You have big shows and then you have BIG shows. Even that is selling this one short. Early in the year Southern California’s hardcore heroes the Adolescents announced a wee number of Australian shows. Now Geelong has been added. I know, awesome news, right?! Cancel your wedding if you have to. Formed in 1980, the band is widely regarded as one of the leading bands of the 1980s hardcore scene. Their career has been stuttered, but their music has never faltered.
“I get people saying to me all the time I don’t like going out to see bands because there’s too many shit bands out there,” he says. “I don’t book shit bands full stop … that sounds arrogant, but the people I book they’re original, they’re creative, they have an obscene amount of quality control. They’re career-minded musicians,” he adds.
“Music is everything at this point,” John says. “It’s my job. I teach music, and I love that, and every other hour I’m writing music, recording music, playing music, rehearsing music, doing publicity for music: it pretty much consumes my life at the moment. On weekends I usually spend most of the time inside a dark room either mucking around with recordings or rehearsing. It’s definitely a driving force in everything I do.”