RETOX (Members of Locust, Festival of Dead Deer, Some Girls, etc.) REGENTS (Ex Frodus, Men's Recovery Project, Thursday, etc.)
RETOX was birthed in Southern California, specifically in San Diego and Los Angeles during the later part of 2010. The members; Brian Evans on drums, Thor Dickey on bass, Michael Crain on guitar, and vocalist Justin Pearson. Retox has been described as punk, post-punk, hardcore, metal, and even power violence. But anybody whose ears are not completely damaged by way of decibel pressure or contemporary media will agree that Retox is carving out a unique sound. The best possible description would be sci-fi/surf/punk. The songs are fast tempered clocking in somewhere between one and two minutes. The guitar's harmony and disharmony battle each other, engaged in an endless standoff. Interwoven throughout the timbre is a driving bass acting as a referee for the rest of the instruments. Propelling the songs are drumbeats chopped up with surgical precision and stamina. The vocals are littered with subtle hooks as well as not so subtle irritation, influenced by political disdain, horror, and sarcasm. The band's inspiration is drawn from both horrific misfortune and sheer imagination. Either way this is good news for the listener.
Regents contains members who hail from some of the most influential hardcore bands of the 90's/00s including Maximillian Colby, Sleepytime Trio, Frodus, Men's Recovery Project, Battery, Thursday and Combat Wounded Veteran.
Regents line up solidified around David NeSmith, Drew Ringo, Jason Hamacher and Dan Evans in the late part of the first decade of the 21st century. Drawing inspiration from years playing in basements, squats, and living rooms, Regents crafted four songs of pure ferocity laden with heavy hitting drums, distorted ringing guitars and blood curdling screams. Recorded by Joseph Mitra at Wired Wrists, the four songs they recorded were released as a 7 inch record on Lovitt Records. After several shows and a few weekend tours, Dan Evans left the band.
Regents regrouped with Lukas Previn (Thursday bassist) as the permanent replacement for Evans. Old friend and Sleepytime bassist Ben Davis periodically sat in for Previn when he was away on Thursday's farewell tour. Davis joined the band in 2011 for North and South East US mini-tours.