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- Posted on Jun 8th 2012 1:00PM by Spinner
Elvis Kuehn (Guitar/Vocals)
About a year ago, we played at my buddy Phil's art show at UCLA. it was a free show in a super-small art space. There were pieces of a mannequin laying around the room and a blowup doll hanging from the ceiling. The room was covered with Christmas lights and there was a moon bounce right next to where we were playing, which was rad. We set up all our gear and started drinking. It was kind of hard to find because it was on the UCLA campus but all our friends managed to make it there. Eventually, we started playing and the crowd got rowdy. Beer got spilled all over the floor and everyone was slipping and falling all over the place. Someone bumped into the PA speaker that was right in front of me and it fell back and hit me in the nose. It fucking hurt! By the end of our set, the moon bounce was completely deflated and the room was trashed. Our friends from The Shrine started pissing and graffitiing on statues outside so we decided it was time to leave.
Zac Carper (Guitar/Vocals)
We had a show in San Francisco at one of the colleges, SFSU I think. We played in this open hallway thing: Ankle-high stage, super loud and insanely packed. It took us forever just to get to the gig area and set up. Once we started playing, the whole place went apeshit and fucked the place up. It was pretty neat seeing kids go crazy at a college show like that. I remember the sound guy announcing, "Everybody, please get off the stage, the band needs to be able to play." And Elvis just says, "Fuck that, everyone get on stage." It was one of the most fun shows we ever played. I don't think we made through one song without shit getting knocked over. But kids went off. Non-stop crowd surfing. Epic.
Brandon Schwartzel (Bass)
We used to play these DIY shows for these big bike rides called FMLY. Actually our first show was one of these rides at the Culver City Skate Park. Anyways, it kinda goes like this: We'd get a call from the bike dude and would find out where were playing (Pep Boys Parking lot, Skate Park, weird art space, etc.) then we would go set up all our shit and try to find a place to get power. Then the dude would say that they're 5 minutes away or whatever and pretty soon about 150 drunk kids on bicycles would ride in and we'd start playing and everyone would just fucking go crazy for about 30 minutes and then they'd take off riding again. I remember one of these shows particularly when we were playing and kids started ripping pillows open so there were feathers flying everywhere and someone lit a trash can on fire and was trying to run on it like a circus performer. Those were some of our first shows and they were fucking rad.
Max Kuehn (Drums)
The craziest show I can remember was this last New Year's Eve (2011). We played at this house/trailer party in Highland Park, and the place was packed. We were all pretty trashed but I think we played a good set, though the crowd kept knocking over all our gear. Until now, this story seemed pretty normal, but then out of nowhere, a chick starts shitting and pissing off the trailer we are playing in front of. We didn't even see it happen or know about it until the next day on Twitter some kid was talking about how he got pissed on. Weeeeiiiirrrddd
Brian Campos Sigala (Fan)
That show at that theater space where we broke the PA and everyone was drunk on everclear and tampico. Everyone made out with everyone except me. The cops showed up so we just locked everyone in and kept playing.