Swami Records and PLOSIVS, the brand new punk outfit featuring John Reis (Hot Snakes / Rocket From The Crypt / Drive Like Jehu), Rob Crow (Pinback), Atom Willard (Against Me!) and Jordan Clark (Mrs. Magician), are excited to present “Hit The Breaks,” the band’s first official offering. A song described as “a headfirst charge straight into the highest form of kinetic energy, be it sonic, fluid, or pure human euphoria,” “Hit The Breaks” was recorded on a day in October 2020 at Singing Serpent Studio with engineer Ben Moore at the controls.
Reis had the following to share about the formation of the band: “I think part of why we started this group is that we needed a positive reaction to combat the overwhelming uncertainty of life. We need to make stuff with guitars and voices to feel normal.”
Denoting consonants that are produced by stopping the airflow by using the lips, teeth or palate, followed by a sudden release of air, the misspelling of PLOSIVS is intentional. Their foundation is built on the songwriting collaboration of Rob Crow and John Reis (both with long rap sheets of musical exploits dating back to the late-Eighties and extending to present day).
Crow is probably most recognized as half of the duo Pinback and has also helmed groups such as Heavy Vegetable, Goblin Cock, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place as well as literally 45 other recording projects. Reis is most associated with being Hot Snakes‘ riff architect and axe slinger, Rocket From The Crypt carnival barker and Drive Like Jehu’s guitarsonist.
Enter “percussionist to the stars” Atom Willard. Atom was the longstanding drummer of Rocket From The Crypt, eventually playing with the likes of Social Distortion, Angels and Airwaves, The Offspring and currently Against Me! Providing the youthful exuberance from whence these elder statesmen (vampires) would drink, bassist Jordan Clark of Mrs. Magician rounds out the quartet that was born during a year of cancelled tours, postponed record releases and a vast horizon of unemployment to create a new sound in the “distance rock” movement.
05 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar (21+)
06 – San Diego, CA – The Quartyard (all ages)