Mike Vallely - Vocals
Jason Hampton – guitar
Eddie Solis – Bass
Wal Rashidi – Drums
City of Origin: Long
Band Formed: Late 2005
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The South Bay region of Los Angeles County could easily occupy its own
chapter in the annals of American punk rock in fact, entire books could actually
be authored solely on the history and impact of the incredibly influential
locale. Cities like Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Lomita and Long Beach spawned acts
like Black Flag, The Minutemen and Descendents, all forefathers to the current
punk tide of today.
Nearly thirty years have passed since the region's introduction to what has
since become known as punk, underground, hardcore and indie rock. But for a band
like Long Beach-based Revolution Mother, certain philosophies established by its
area's predecessors are still intact and in practice. The do-it-yourself
involvement, the defined roles of each member, the drive to spread new sounds to
as many ears as possible, the proclivity to perform outside the box these are
just some of the original foundations upon which Revolution Mother was built.
Revolution Mother formed in late 2005, fronted by professional skateboarder
Mike Vallely and backed by L.A.-based punk scene veterans Jason Hampton, Eddie
Solis and Wal Rashidi. Vallely and Hampton had previously performed together in
Mike V and The Rats, which had disbanded earlier in the year. Given the
opportunity to start anew, the pair enlisted the rhythm section of Solis and
Rashidi, who had already been performing together in various acts, immediately
launching on a plan to deliver uncompromised, powerful compositions with each
show and recording.
With solid credentials in the music industry amongst its members (including
record labels, distributors and publications), Revolution Mother became a
machine fueled by both its own extensive background and creative output. "We
have a solid line-up and with everyone firing on all cylinders, I feel empowered
to do my thing all the way," says Vallely.
Sharing an affinity for blues-based overdriven riffs, punishing hardcore
rhythms, dynamic vocal deliveries and an uninhibited thirst for raw energy,
Revolution Mother has already been compared to acts like AC/DC, Bl'ast,
Motorhead and Black Flag.
Summer 2006 finds Revolution Mother on store shelves, as the band releases
its recorded debut, Enjoy The Ride, a five-song EP released by Mike V.
Incorporated and distributed by Revelation.
The five tracks of Enjoy The Ride feature a host of styles, tempos and
directions, showcasing the many facets of Revolution Mother's direct-hitting
approach. As for the lyrical direction, Vallely notes the prevailing theme is
self-perseverance. "From the guy searching for a more meaningful existence in
'Goodbye,' to the unflinching 'stand strong' stance of the lyrics of 'Never
Die,' these songs are about taking everything the world has to throw at you,
taking your beatings, learning your lessons and getting up and getting on with
As for the EP's title, Vallely says that it holds a double meaning. "One as a
personal mantra, enjoy the ride, the ride of life, and two, to all the naysayers
and shit talkers, enjoy the ride boys, while it lasts, because what goes around
The quartet will be embarking on a national tour this summer in support of
Enjoy The Ride, in an effort to ensure that the passion and aggression of its
recorded material can be experienced first-hand. With a secure team, substantive
material and an ethic shared with trailblazing acts of the past, Revolution
Mother is poised to become an integral part in the historical continuum of
Southern California punk rock.
"Revolution Mother has the talent, business savvy, previous hard work in
other bands and each band member has a lot to offer," says Solis. "This band
will write its own book, and to me, that is something to be proud of. I want to
make history in a band that I believe in with people that I believe in."
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Created: June 17, 2006
Updated: July 7, 2006
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