LA Weekly: ‘The Gears Are The Best 70’s LA Punk Band You Never Heard Of’ by Johnny Whiteside

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Don’t Be Afraid To Pogo Film poster courtesy of Chris Ashford

This is another one I’m loosely connected to as I played in a band with LA Deathrock/Doom-n-Gloom originator artist Pat Mata in a trash rock band called The Legendary Wrong People and we utilised the skills of Sean ‘Shift’ Antillon for awhile, I think we did a gig or 2.

Excerpt: “Los Angeles punk veterans The Gears may not enjoy the worldwide infamy accorded X or the Germs, but the band is nonetheless a critically important strain of this city’s raging, late ’70s punk-rock virus. Although they came to life at the tail end of the infection, The Gears distinguished themselves with a potent sound that combined the class of ’77’s buzzsaw bounce with some classic, elemental components — the clattering impact of Dick Dale, a pungent, blues-informed throb, Charlie Feathers’ war cry — to make them one of most popular bands in Southern California.

Now, at long last, they are the subject of Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo, a new feature-length documentary, which premieres Thursday at Los Feliz’s Vista Theatre.”

Read the Original LA Weekly Article in it’s entirety:

The Gears Are The Best 70’s LA Punk Band You Never Heard Of’ by Johnny Whiteside


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