The Anti Virals
When life changed in 2020 for people around the world, Long Beach punk rock veteran Brian Coakley reacted with music. Hard, fast, politically charged, mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it-anymore protest music, to be exact. Soon, as social unrest and political upheaval united with the COVID-19 pandemic to create the 3-headed beast that has ravaged the country ever since, Coakley was toiling away on new songs in his home studio and The Anti Virals were born. By the end of the year, the 10-song Brainwashedalbum was complete, set to be released on January 10 to all digital platforms via Nadine Records Media.
“The Anti Virals started as therapy—as a release from the anger that welled up inside me from watching so many people losing their minds,” said Coakley, who had a 30-year stint as the guitarist and chiefsongwriter of the OC punk legends the Cadillac Tramps. “The idea was just to record one song in the style of the music that first made me pick up a guitar, to go back in time to the days when I first heard Black Flag and the Sex Pistols. That song ended up being ‘Idiot Nation,’ then ‘Brainwashed’ came next really quickly too, and before I knew it the album was writing itself.”
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Scott W. Prior
Scott is a classically trained illustrator and fine artist specializing in oil painting and specifically Plein Air painting. He is a California native and we met him through the Cadillac Tramps and live music scene here in Southern California. We are so happy to finally be able to bring you this minidoc which we shot in Borrego Springs early March of this year.
Check out his art at scottwprior.com!
Keith Slettedahl is a musician from Los Angeles, CA. As one of the founding members and lead singer of the pop rock band The 88, Keith’s songs have found fans for their infections catchiness, rough edges and complex phrasing, all anchored by his distinct vocals.
The music’s vivid imagery lends itself to placement in films, commercials and television: most notably the song “At Least It Was Here” which was used as the opening theme for Community. In 2011, the band co-scored the film Friends With Kids. From 2010-2012, Keith and The 88 toured and recorded with Kinks front man Ray Davies. Other collaborations include Elliott Smith, Elvis Costello, The Zombies, The Flaming Lips, and The B-52’s.
Since The 88 disbanded, Keith has released a solo EP called The First Time and a side project called Big Sky Blue with Frankie Siragusa.
His first full-length album, also produced by Siragusa called You Know You Know, is available now through most streaming platforms.
Blind House, LBC
Hailing from Long Beach, CA, 5-piece band Blind House is a who’s who of OC and L.A. punk vets, a “supergroup” of sorts if that term weren’t so ridiculous. Led by former Cadillac Tramps guitarist Brian Coakley, Blind House features drummer Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion’s Mommy’s Little Monster, Agent Orange, D.I.), bassist Warren W. Renfrow (Manic Hispanic, Adolescents, Final Conflict), percussionist Michael Vasquez (00 Soul) and guitarist Frank Meyer (The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs).
Their soundis pure SoCal: OC punk mixed with East L.A. Latin flavor and Long Beach muscle rock. Think Bad Religion mixed with War. Think Black Flag meets Concrete Blonde. The band makes its recording debut with the single “California Sound”, an ode to their beloved home state, and a beautiful accompanying music video highlighting some of the bands favorite places… a perfect escape in our current stay-indoors climate!
Directed by Jamie Sims Coakley (The Cadillac Tramps: Life On The Edge), the video mixes exciting live performance footage shot at world famous Alex's Bar in Long Beach and The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa with epic shots of California, the beaches, the parks, pretty girls, motorcycles and classic cars.
Did you ever wear Dr. Martens or have a pair of Creepers? If so, then you most likely have Nancy Hunt to thank! I met Nancy at her store, Brat, in Santa Monica a few months ago and fell in love with her style and energy. After following her on social media (@Bratstore on IG/FB) and learning more about her amazing and inspiring story, I just had to feature her! Although technically Nancy is not GenX, her influence on GenX fashion is huge and undeniable and we just knew GenX would love to hear the story of how Dr. Martens and Creepers became part of our collective fashion.
Mike Wellman celebrated his 25th year of comic book retailing by launching The Atomic Basement Comics and Creator Lab with longtime friend and now, business partner, Anthony Davies.
In addition to comic book retail, Mike has served as a comic book writer and publisher. His most recent book, Guns A’ Blazin’! has seen him and his pal, artist and co-creator Rafael Navarro around the world, as guests from LA to Chicago to the Philippines!
We first met Mike through a mutual friend and instantly fell in love with his enthusiasm for people and comic books and are excited to introduce him and his amazing mission to you!
I am a native and lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. My writing has been inspired by my experiences from living as a rampant clubber and simple resident in the all-too colorful Bay Area