Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Oct 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

The Backup Razor

music BackupRazorLYLBThe Backup Razor was raised on Santa Cruz punk, and the band is working hard to keep it alive. The four-piece “extreme music, not punk” band grew up watching local punk-metal legends like Good Riddance and the Lonely Kings perform at $2 Tuesdays at The Catalyst and The 418 Project. Influenced by thriving ’90s music, Jesse Williams (vocals), Jonathan Mumma (drums), Jeff Badagliacca (bass), and Nick Hardesty (guitar) formed The Backup Razor in 2007, bringing their spontaneous brand of high-energy, up-tempo, eclectic rock into the scene.

“Everyone says we’re a punk band, but I think we’re a rock band,” says Williams. “We don’t just play four to the floor, and we change up the melodies.” The band started out playing in Reno with hardcore outfit Vampirates (who they will soon tour with), where they performed for strangers to get a genuine reaction to their music. Since Reno, The Backup Razor has played hundreds of gigs at money-making venues, but they maintain a “do what you love” mentality. And reviving the local scene is still a priority. “The bands are there,” Badgliacca says, “but Santa Cruz needs youth centers for bands to play at. The Teen Center closed down because of lack of funding! And bands mostly play at bars now.” He believes adults have to empower youth by providing resources. “They need to give their kids stuff to do besides watch TV,” Badgliacca continues. “We need what we had when we were kids, the punk rockers and metal heads that look scary to our parents but were like our older brothers.” Though many venues have come to favor profitable headliners over supporting local bands, Williams thinks change is on the horizon. “The people who grew up when Santa Cruz had a good music scene are having kids and realizing their kids won’t have that,” he says. “I think they’re starting to take notice and do something about it.”
INFO: 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. The Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Avenue., Santa Cruz. $5. 423-7117.

Comments (1)Add Comment
...
written by The Backup Razor, April 26, 2012
Hi, we are The Backup Razor. If you would like to learn more about our band please feel free to contact us. Unfortunately we were misquoted in this article. We do not agree with or endorse this publication. We did not ask Good Times to interview us. They contacted us, then they misquoted us. We apologize to our fans and to anyone mentioned in this article. We run our own web page at http://www.thebackuprazor.blogspot.com where you can learn all kinds of accurate information about us.
-TBR

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

 

Nut Kreations

Co-owner Craig Olsen goes nuts over nuts

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Santa Cruz | Teacher

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay