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Living by the slogan, “We’re here to drink your beer, eat your chips, and bludgeon your ears, with punk,” KICKER was forged in 2010 on rainy night at 924 Gilman. They took refuge in the brewery bar across the street. Guitarist Mauz [Dystopia], had a room full of musical equipment and an idea for a band. Bassist Dave [Edwardson, Neurosis] was looking for a new project. Pete the Roadie — who for over thirty years has roadied for the likes of Subhumans, Amebix, Jello Biafra, Neurosis, and everyone in between — swore he would never cross over to the dark side. Somehow though, he was convinced. They were all looking for something more than everyday life can provide; aging Bay Area/UK punks adapting to new pressures of modern life; resilient enough to let go of the (dis)comfort of the past but bored as fuck with the present. A few lyrics and some guitar riffs led to regular rehearsals and eventually a demo. Soon it was time for the first gig. As it turns out, Roadie is a natural. The band has since released three EPs, a split with Submachine, and one full-length with their second to see release next month. The band recently added drummer Jon Weiss (Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine to the fold (longtime comrade Toby of Submachine plays on the record). And the true spirit of punk rock lives on…