Mondays mean BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the PropertyOfZack feature today with Tyson Evans of Second To Last. The band just released a new split with Starters, so make sure to check it out as well.
In this week’s feature, Tyson discusses his love for MxPx, which ended up being a huge transition for him into discovering legendary punk bands that have helped shape his life and his music. Listen to songs by MxPx here and check out what Tyson had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
I grew up in a small conservative town in Northern California called Lodi. I was raised in the church and went to private Christian school from K-8th grade. I remember my first encounter with anything remotely punk rock was seeing the music video for Green Day’s “American Idiot” in 7th grade on VH1. I instantly fell in love with the band and more importantly their style of what at the time seemed to me as “punk”. After hearing Green Day and buying nearly every record with in a week’s span of time, I was ready and anxious to go see the band live. My parents wouldn’t budge on taking me to see the band but my dad finally caved and bought me tickets to the American Idiot tour in 2005.
I could hardly contain my excitement about seeing the band. After about 10 songs or so into the set, my dad pulled the plug and said it was time to leave. My mother had heard from a friend that was at the show about how vulgar and offensive Billie Joe was as a front man and called my dad demanding we leave and come home. The next morning my mom threw away every Green Day record as well as merchandise that I had bought. She then took me to the local Christian book store to pick out a record that was clean and laden with songs about falling in love with Jesus and promoting positive faith based values.
Little did she know that the moment I got to the CD section of the store, my eyes had already met fate. I remember seeing the cover of MXPX’s Life In General and resonating immediately and I had yet to even hear the content. On the front was a punk kid with dyed hair getting life handed to him by some butch jock with a mullet. Nothing resonated with me more at that time. The moment I stuck the record in my stereo at home and heard those first palm mutes on “Middlename” I was hooked. I don’t think I took that record out for all of 8th grade. Songs like “Doing Time” and “My Mom Still Cleans My Room” had my life figured out. The one thing that I loved and really captivated me was Mike Herrera’s ability to convey a positive message without over saturating the songs with lyrics about loving Jesus and going to church.
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From Jack Parker:
After a very interesting evening in Worcester, MA (see part 2), we drove to upstate New York to our next gig at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester. We definitely noticed a drop in temperature once we got to town. When we arrived at the venue I walked in and saw the huge room/stage complete with another bands’ gear, and immediately knew I was in the wrong place for a punk show! I walked down the hall through a dark doorway and entered another show room much smaller than the previous one. This was obviously our room. As it turns out the show in the larger room was a Sublime tribute band.
By this time in the tour, all the bands (Unwritten Law, Versus The World, FLF, and us) had gotten to know each other pretty well, and had figured out a good system for a smooth show. All the bands shared UL’s cabs, so transition between bands was quick and smooth. UL and MxPx All Stars would alternate headlining each night, and tonight was UL’s turn. The FLF guys were also doubling as our crew, so they helped us with set-up, tear-down, selling merch, etc. we were all one big well-oiled rock & roll machine.
The show went off without a hitch yet again, and was a lot of fun. Shane from FLF took this video of us covering “Another State of Mind” by Social Distortion.
After the show we ate at a local all-night diner that served something called a “garbage plate,” which consisted of every kind of breakfast food (and lots of it) on one plate. Some of the guys couldn’t resist, but I did my best to stay away from that.
The 7 of us got another cheap hotel room, and crashed hard.
We had the next day off, and Mike Davenport from Versus offered to buy us a hotel in Cleveland for two nights as a birthday gift for Mike Hererra. As if that wasn’t enough, Mike D. got us all on the guest list for the Sum 41 show at the Cleveland House Of Blues that night! We got in town just in time to check-in to our room (15th floor view), grab a quick dinner at a Mexican place up the street, and walk to the HOB for the show.
Each of us armed with backstage passes, we could see the show from anywhere we wanted, so most of us hung out side-stage for Sum’s set. I never really followed them much so I only knew a couple of songs, but they put on a very tight, and professional rock show. We were all impressed.
We had decided that since we had time the next day, we would go see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, only a 20 minute (and quite cold) walk from our hotel. We also found out that touring bands get in for free. We spent about 3 hours in the museum, and still weren’t able to see everything. We saw so many cool artifacts… Guitars once owned by Hendrix, Duane Allman, Pete Townshend, Muddy Waters, and so many other legendary pieces. So inspiring.
From Jack Parker:
Wednesday Oct. 31 (Halloween!!) we left Charleston, SC for Charlotte, NC and our gig at The Milestone.
When we arrived at the venue we noticed that we weren’t in the best of neighborhoods, which was beginning to look like a trend for us on this tour. The club was an old, run-down building on the corner, with a dirt parking lot out back. We walked inside, and I knew right away that The Milestone was the most punk rock bar I had ever been in. Every square inch of surface except the floor was completely covered in different band stickers, and various spray can graffiti. The place smelled of cigarettes, urine, and bleach.
Each band played stellar sets (I broke 2 strings) to a house packed full of zombies, storm troopers, Andrew W.K.’s (all of Versus The World), and other interesting costumes.
After the show we decided to drive through the night since we didn’t have anywhere to stay in Charlotte, and our next gig in Baltimore was about 8 hours away.
Our merch guy Jason Kaiser drove the whole way to Baltimore all night, like a badass, while we all tried to get some sleep in our seats.
After breakfast at Denny’s in Baltimore, Kaiser then offered to get each band a room for the day/night. What a bro! We checked in at 11am and got to nap a little before going to the gig at the Ottobar. The club was a little bigger than the Milestone, only slightly less punk rock, but still a way cool venue, where we had another great show. After the show we went to the little upstairs bar attached to the venue, had a drink, and shot a little pool before returning to our hotel less than a mile away.
Our show in Allentown, PA was cancelled, but we ended up still having to go there because Kaiser had booked a flight home out of Allentown, and he needed to return home to Bismarck and his job at UPS.
When we got to Allentown we noticed quite a few blown-over trees, road signs, and some dark traffic signals- clearly some of the aftermath from Sandy. Kaiser tried to get each band a room again, but because so many locals had been without power for several days the hotels were all booked. After several tries he finally found ONE room in the suburb of Bethlehem, near the airport. All 8 of us shared one hotel room that night!
We said our farewells to Kaiser early the next morning as he left for the airport. We all agreed that we would miss having him around.