GALLERY: Descendents

Milo goes to San Diego: Descendents stormed SOMA on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Widows and LAW opened the show.

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Milo goes to San Diego! Punk legends Descendents stormed SOMA on Thursday, Sept. 22.
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Descendants currently consist of drummer Stevenson, singer Aukerman, bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton. They’ve had that same lineup since 1986.
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The band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California. In 1980, they enlisted Milo Aukerman as a singer and rose up in LA's hardcore punk scene.
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Hometown punk faves, the Widows, opened the show.
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Long Beach-based rock band LAW opened the show too.
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Descendents released their debut EP “Fat” in 1982.
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In June 1982, they went into the studio to record their seminal album, “Milo Goes to College.”
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In an interview, Aukerman said: “We started very melodic, then moved to hardcore, but melded the two at a certain point and became melodic hardcore.”
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The album’s title and cover referenced Aukerman’s departure from the band to study biology right here in town at UC San Diego. Hey-oh!
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A note on the back of the album read: “In dedication to Milo Aukerman from the Descendents” and was signed by the other three members.
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In another interview, Aukerman once said: “When I decided to go to university, the guys in the band were pretty hip on it because they knew how big of a nerd I was.”
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After Aukerman went back to school, Stevenson joined Black Flag, fully intending to play in both bands at the same time. He soon found out that Flag’s touring/recording schedule was too grueling.
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The Descendents then went on hiatus from ’83 to ’85. After Stevenson left Black Flag, the band got back together and recorded “I Don’t Want to Grow Up.”
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After 1986’s “Enjoy!” and 1987’s “All,” the band went on hiatus.
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They returned with another classic punk album, 1996’s “Everything Sucks.”
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The band has been largely influential on scores of modern-day punk and pop punk bands, including Blink-182, NOFX, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Pennywise, Propagandhi, Rise Against, the Offspring and more.
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Spin magazine listed “Everything Sucks” as No. 20 in their list of 50 Most Essential Punk Records.
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In 2006, Kerrang! magazine ranked it as the 33rd greatest punk album of all time.
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Still going strong (obviously), their latest album, “Hypercaffium Spazzinate,” was released earlier this year.
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The Widows hail from right here in San Diego!
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LAW was founded in 2013 in Long Beach, California.
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They released their new EP, “Toxic,” this year.
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The band consists of vocalist Jakob Nowell (son of deceased Sublime singer Bradley Nowell), guitarist Aidan Palacios, drummer Nick Aguilar, and bassist Logun Spellacy.
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