We come from San Pedro, a small town just outside of Los Angeles where everybody knows someone that you do. It’s part of LA county, but it feels like a different world. It’s made up of people who rarely leave the town limits unless they have to. It sits right on the ocean and is home to the world’s second largest harbor, which provides most of the jobs. There’s not a whole lot to do around here when you’re a kid. At night, we’d always walk to the cliffs from our house. We’d stop at the liquor store and get snacks and a drink, then post up at the end of Pacific Avenue and watch the waves while we fantasized of the venues we wanted to play and the songs we wanted to write. We called that place “the spot,” and every weekend we’d have band practice and then head there and dream big.
“Hosting shows in San Pedro and bringing different genres of music to the scene has made a huge impact on us as a band and to our community.”
Honestly, we felt out of place in San Pedro because people always thought of us as too “Hollywood,” but we don’t feel perfectly at home in Hollywood because we still feel like we’re small town kids. Being isolated to the South Bay Area made it so we really had to discover our own sound. There is a real music scene in San Pedro that is incredibly vibrant and alive. Hosting shows in San Pedro and bringing different genres of music to the scene has made a huge impact on us as a band and to our community. Playing pop music at the punk bars in Pedro gave us thick skin. We’ve felt out of place because we were always considered too different for our hometown.
“Coming from a town like San Pedro makes it almost impossible to sounds generic and for that we’re really thankful.”
One of my favorite things about this band is that no two people have come up to us saying we sound like the same artists. We’re a geographically contained group with vast influences which makes for something unique. Another way Pedro has effected us is our unbudging identity. We know what songs we want to write and perform. Coming from a town like San Pedro makes it almost impossible to sounds generic and for that we’re really thankful. Even though musically we don’t fit into Pedro, we understand and have the same values as the music scene here. It’s important for us to be confidently ourselves without pretentiousness. We knew we broke the mold, but we’ll always feel connected to the small town we grew up in!