Strung Out

Alex's Bar Anniversary Shows Night 1

Strung Out

Twilight Creeps, Sederra, Riverboat Gamblers

Fri, January 27, 2017

8:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Strung Out
Strung Out
Six years. It's longer than the president sits in office or most people spend in college. In the music industry, it's practically an eternity. Bands form, blow up and break up in that time period; new, disturbingly awful trends develop, old forms of media die out, social networks spread their insidious seed through shiny handheld devices no one actually needs but everybody wants.
Six years is also the amount of time that has passed since Strung Out's last album. The Southern California tech-punk quintet had been so reliable for two decades—write, record, tour, repeat cycle roughly once every two years—that to go this long without new music felt like cause for alarm. Frontman Jason Cruz shared similar feelings.
"You get to a point where you decide if you're going to go on or stop," he admits. "Everyone kind of just lived life for a little bit. I think that's pretty important if you consider yourself a songwriter or an artist of any kind. You have to live and experience other things in your life to have something to write about, to give value to what you're singing about."
Cruz & Co. were able to put their time off to good use, focusing their energy on the creation of Transmission.Alpha.Delta, out March 24 on their longtime label Fat Wreck Chords. The album didn't come together easily, though; according to Cruz, writing was a yearlong process, as was recording. "We have an excess of ideas, and everyone in the band likes to put their elbows up and fight for their ideas," he explains. I think that conflict is healthy. It's all part of collaborating." The process was further knotted by adding in another strong voice in producer Kyle Black, whose previous production credits ranged from Paramore to Comeback Kid. "There was butting heads in the beginning," Cruz admits. "We've been doing something for 25 years and then some kid steps up and tells you to try it a little differently, all of us were like, 'What? Who is this guy?'"
Early tensions were resolved, though, when the band realized they had an ally behind the boards. "Kyle was the first producer we've worked with that was a true fan of the band," the vocalist says. "A lot of people said Transmission.Alpha.Delta is reminiscent of some of the earlier stuff we did, and I think Kyle had a lot to do with that, celebrating what this band is but at the same time hopefully elevating our artform."
And elevate it he did; Transmission.Alpha.Delta is an album well worth its half-decade wait, with incredible songs like "Magnolia," "Modern Drugs" and "Tesla" lyrically tackling difficult issues like drug addiction, faith and even the technological brainwashing of today's youth while musically measuring up with the best moments of the band's back catalog. "The biggest theme of this record was that we were all outside our comfort zone," Cruz says. "Instead of just soloing, we've incorporated the solos into the actual structure of the songs. We mixed up the tempos, and we switched to E flat, which gives the guitars a better tone. I think we created a journey from where each song begins to where the song ends are two completely different places. I love that about Strung Out songs."
Cruz is is own harshest critic, so when the singer says this might be his favorite Strung Out album, he really means it. "I judge the record by how accurately it describes my life," he says. "As long as it's a representation of who I am, and sincere and not pandering to any '90s bullshit—I fuckin' hated the '90s. I don't want Strung Out to be a nostalgia punk band at all. I wanna be right here, right now. I consider it an honor to be a musician and to contribute to everything that came before me."
That urge to keep pushing to be modern and relevant and not rest on their laurels is what continually sets Strung Out apart from so many of their nostalgia-obsessed peers. "I'm not interested in looking back at all," Cruz states. "I have no time or energy for that. There's too much shit to be done. When I'm sitting in a diaper and on a morphine drip, maybe I'll look back. Maybe I'll actually listen to one of our old records."
It's clear Strung Out are rejuvenated and ready for more. And even though Cruz might not listen to Transmission.Alpha.Delta again until a few decades from now, odds are their fans will listen to it more than enough in the interim.
Strung Out's Transmission.Alpha.Delta out March 24th on Fat Wreck Chords!Wreck Chords
Twilight Creeps
It all started with a band named Longfellow (Kung Fu Records), who over the course of their highly successful run, released four albums, toured extensively both as a headliner and as support with The Vandals, The Ataris and on the Vans Warped Tour to name a few, and became one of the first bands to develop a sound well before its time. That sound is now known as emo. With the demise of Longfellow in 2002, guitarist/vocalist Tom Schmitt spent time writing and playing music while looking for a group of individuals who shared his musical influences and creative impulses to form a new band. With little to no success in his search, he continued to play in other projects. Mike Doherty who had also done duty in Longfellow, went forth to pursue his career in music as a guitar player in bands such as Die Trying (Island) and Papa Roach (Geffen) playing on the LoveHateTragedy world tour in '02 and '03. Another seasoned veteran, Darren Reynolds, cut his teeth drumming with Longfellow and later on with another popular band from the O.C. music scene, Homegrown (Drive Thru). Eric Bootow, another refugee of the local music scene, spent his early years playing in the hardcore band Fourth in Line and after their break up in 2002 went on to work as a hired gun, playing bass and recording with countless bands including the influential Orange County hardcore band As Hope Dies.

In early 2006, the quartet crossed paths and finally hooked up, giving birth to the new project. Then still unnamed, the band began to work on their sound and hone their collective vision, toiling and practicing incessantly to create that which would be representative of their shared passions.

With musical influences as deep and rich as the vast myriad of projects the members of Sederra has played with, the band sites Fugazi, Hot Water Music, The Clash, Black Sabbath, Refused, The MC5, Quicksand, Avail and The Foo Fighters as some of the sounds that have helped flavor their work. A blend of hard and indie rock, with pop sensibility, Sederras sound is a charged and vibrant one that electrifies and leaves the audience waning for another jolt. When asked about the bands sound, Tom stated, "We like strong hooks and catchy melodies and encourage listeners to dance, sing and enjoy themselves". Sederras sonic reach is one that is vast," Our vision is to take the power, energy and the raw emotion of punk rock and hardcore and infuse it with a raw rock sound", described Bootow.
Riverboat Gamblers
Riverboat Gamblers
"Injecting themselves into the cultural consciousness through sheer force of will, the Gamblers might very well be the most influential punk band of the last two decades." -Fadi El-Assad, 2016
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804