BAD COP/BAD COP
Stacey Dee, co-vocalist and guitarist for Bad Cop/Bad Cop takes a moment at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour Salt Lake City, UT stop to tell us about playing acoustically for the first time because no one would play in a punk band with her. How music was the only thing that ever mattered, and how it very literally saved her life. What it felt like to play in front of 5,000 people for the first time, and why the best show stories always seem to always be in Europe. Yet despite this fact, a small bar in the middle of nowhere of Germany was still pretty terrible.
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Sabrina Worthington, lead vocalist for Austin, Texas punk band,
The Applicators stops by and tells us stories about playing the Blondie’s Skate Shop’s last show ever for a first show ever, and how The Applicators went from a side project to a full time project. The importance of promoting your own show, and building your own scene around your band without just using the internet. Creating an all-woman punk band when there were no all women punk bands in Austin! Performing in Italy at a club called Jack the Ripper. Dealing with the catcalling bro-dudes of Arizona, and playing a strip club,
after MCing a topless volleyball game.
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ME FIRST AND THE
Spike Slawson, lead vocalist for the world's premiere punk rock cover band, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies, takes a moment while on tour in Denver, Co to talk about performing as Ace Frehley in a KISS cover band, the sordid tale of the Electric Banana, and the focus on the how you present vs. what you are presenting. Unself conscious fun fashion adventures in Cologne, Germany. Embracing the theater aspect of punk rock, and just how disastrous performing fireworks night at Pittsburg Pirates PNC Park really was.
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A very short clip of the "worst show": Me First and the Gimmie Gimmes at the Pittsburgh Skyblast from PNC Park on August 24, 2006.
Marketing Director for
KITS LIVE 105.3 FM
MY NEW LIFE
BOY KICKS GIRL
Brandon Paski, Marketing Director for San Francisco, CA alternative radio station KITS Live 105.3 FM and formally the bassist for pop punk bands
Boy Kicks Girl and My New Life, sits down with us to tell us about playing a talent show and getting in trouble when sneaking in an extra song, playing the first Boy Kicks Girl show at 1am to no one, and his first Live 105.3 FM BFD at Shoreline Amphitheater with 18,000 people! How sometimes you have to make it all up as you go along, and never getting to see any band that plays your shows. How punk rock makes you ready for anything. The joy of opening for Blink 182, and what it felt like to sell out 25,000 people for BFD 2014 in advance at Shoreline Amphitheater for the first time (and still holding the record of the biggest show there of all time)! The best worst show in Buffalo, NY and having your drummer decide to leave a six week tour after two weeks with little to no warning.
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JAY HUNTER RICHARDSON
Jay Hunter Richardson aka Jay Danger from Danger Friends, while recording in the studio tells us about starting a band to perform at the high school talent show, but leaving out actually practicing as a band, never having met the singer, and not knowing how to play the chosen song…and getting third place out of three bands. Jumping into things he’s not quite prepared for. Becoming local legends based off one song and playing the single greatest house show ever. He also shares how Danger Friends survive the most devastating and heartbreaking shows ever.
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BOBBY JOE EBOLA
AND THE CHILDREN MACNUGGITS
TURN IT AROUND:
THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK
Corbett Redford, director of the new documentary "Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" and one half of the musical duo, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits stops by 3 Gigs and shares how the Bay Area was once filled with Marijuana and Funk metal, and how he either played his the first show at a sandwich shop or between sets with Papa Roach. He shares what it was like playing wherever you could to reach people, the crazy genre hybrid bands of the 90s, the unique qualities of the San Francisco Bay Area Punk Scene with it’s mixing of cultures and multiple cities…opening up for Negativeland and having to convince them Bobby Joe Ebola wasn’t a real band. The creation of “irratainment” and having issues trying to play good shows in a particular town in Oregon.
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RUSH & ATTACK
Bay Area punk rock drummer Kevin McCracken stops by 3 Gigs and talks about singing for his first band ever and not being able to face the audience, the developing early days of the Santa Rosa and north bay punk scene, the "peanut butter sandwich" thing, the evolving punk scene and how social media has effected communication, how the punk rock community has influenced his business model at Social Imprints, the politics of punk rock and Siren, making your show an event, and reuniting Siren to perform a memorial for a mentor and friend, and how confrontations with local extremist vegans while on tour can lead to a very uncomfortable show.
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THE TWO TENS
Rikki Stixx from The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, and The Darts talks about starting a band and doing it for yourself, and how everyone else can suck it. Accepting that everyone is terrible at first and the impact of social media on new musicians! The Two Tens opening for her husband’s band, The Sonics. Being part of a power drummer couple. How special The Dollyrots are. The Darts against the world. Stephen King tweeting about your band. Getting stranded in the mountains during a white out blizzard. Saved by two random teens in flip flops and what it was like being a high school teacher with a rock n roll secret.
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HAPPY HARDCORE DJ
We spoke with Rafer Rawb, a Happy Hardcore DJ from San Francisco, who tells us about the days of being down to play in front of anyone, anywhere, anytime. Getting cut short at a Santa Cruz Houka Bar, his love affair with Happy Hardcore, learning the ropes of being a DJ, and finally performing side by side with his mentor and hero. Learning to read the crowd, feeling the vibe and creating a story, and a drug related gang turf war in Gult, CA.
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SELL THE HEART RECORDS
Andy Pohl, owner of Sell The Heart Records and member of Snipers visits 3 Gigs and talks about building the courage to perform for the first time, terrible clothing choices, having your heroes love your band, local music scene politics, an in-depth look at the art of starting a new band, how to pick bands for your label, and strange things afoot in Madera, Ca.
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GWENDOLYN & LUCY GILES
Sisters Gwendolyn & Lucy Giles of the band DOG PARTY take a quick moment right before their spring break tour to tell us about opening for Agent Orange at a smelly dive bar show as 4th and 6th graders, seeing people mosh for the first time, performing with your siblings, the search for an instrument that doesn’t involve the mouth, falling in love with thunderous beats, the life changing suggestion to actually play together, the hunt for a band name, touring stadiums with Green Day, playing different size crowds, merch table dynamics, no one knowing who you are, being lectured before playing a church show, and being paid a penny per person at a show, and guys being rude at shows, people quantifying their compliments and being creepers.
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Music Journalist Rae Alexandra tells us about convent school girls, epic hair metal, spontaneous trips to Southampton Tanning Salon punk shows, the tiniest dance floor in the world, and reading the meanest review ever of the worst show ever in London, England.
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TAIL LIGHT REBELLION
Today on 3 GIGS, Rob Black from Tail Light Rebellion! He tells us about the two books he’s writing, how the modern scene is stronger than ever, touring as a two piece, playing in a jazz funk swing band only to still get complaints for being too loud, playing last at a Vermont Bluegrass Festival, drinking moonshine on stage, performing for more people then you think you are, the weirdest show ever in Houston, and the second largest Raggedy Anne Doll Collection in Texas.
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DESA / LINK 80
We talk to Adam Davis, vocalist of Gnarboots and guitarist for DESA and Link 80, and hear his stories about 'Wortstock’ Barn shows in Gilroy, CA, accidentally being invited to teenage house shows, a moment that it all comes together in Switzerland and all that’s left of the show is a poster in the kitchen, when security storms the stage to perform themselves, chugging half & half while sweaty, random homeless guest musicians, memorial shows for an iPod, the art of purposefully getting a negative reaction out of your own audience, boycotting the headliners of your own show, getting banned from clubs, and trying to destroy Dominic’s bass amp.
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BUILD THEM TO BREAK
We spoke to Chris Shearer from Build Them To Break just before their west coast tour dates, and we hear about Canadian shows, being forced to play last when you are barely ready to play first, rolling around in glass, playing marathons first thing in the morning in front of fully naked people, forgetting half the drum set for a college show, and playing a church when Satan is clearly on your side.
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POLI VAN DAM
We spoke to Jen Razavi and Poli Van Dam from The Bombpops while they were on tour driving through the desert, and they told us all about playing a High School Battle of the Bands, and then ruining that High School Battle of the Bands forever. Las Vegas adventures, playing in the middle of nowhere, legendary punk houses, European shows, drunken turtles,
and rallying from a hang-over by showtime.
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We catch Jay Northington, the vocalist and guitarist for the band Nothington in an Uber and he tells us stories about 4th Grade Talent shows, Nothington headlining their first show ever, the 10 year anniversary show for Red Scare Industries, what it’s like when your father finally gets it, bittersweet memories of lost friends, band members pitching off limit tents in the middle of clubs, and how the worst show can end up restoring your faith in humanity.
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GO BETTY GO
Our guest today is the drummer for Go Betty Go, Aixa Vilar! Hear about 10 year old birthday parties, Miguel's Hell House, musical workshops for Japanese exchange students, the changing music scene, and how no matter how long you've been a band the worst show can happen at any time.
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Today we sit down with Joe Escalante, the bassist for the legendary Orange County punk band, The Vandals to talk about his "3 gigs". Find out about his rockabilly past, how The Vandals got their start, the glory of European squats, and military mosh pits! Also how one of the best shows ever ruined Europe for The Vandals and why bands should avoid Cleveland, Ohio.
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Coming Soon: 3 Gigs Podcast
Coming soon, a new podcast, 3 Gigs hosted by Dominic Davi (bassist for Tsunami Bomb). The show features musicians, writers, and performers of all types, and the story of the three shows that have had the most profound effect on their lives and careers; their first performance, their best performance, and their worst performance.