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Ostrich eggs for breakfast, Trump-rock and doing bad things in good places - it’s only Extended Play 016 with Audacity!
Kyle Gibson and Matt Schmalfield, frontmen for Orange County punks Audacity, laid the foundation for their band at the age of 12. Their teens were spent playing for as long as possible at house party shows before the police arrived to shut them down – and they still play as if the authorities will burst through the door at any minute.
“There was like a dude holding the mic stand and then the cops came and shut down that show. There was always police coming to these shows…”
You might call it slacker-punk in sound, but that label does them a disservice – they are prolific songwriters and have the kind of in-the-pocket sixth sense only achieved by the shared experience of hundreds of shows.
One of the key early acts for fellow Fullerton, CA residents (and garage rock powerhouse) Burger Records, Audacity’s debut Power Drowning marked the label’s second release and brilliantly captured their unrefined, exuberant teen raucousness. Now in their mid-20s, they’ve more recently found a home on Suicide Squeeze, most notably with the better-composed raucousness of fourth effort Hyper Vessels.
Matt sat down with Kyle and Matt at the end of a rare jaunt to Europe to talk tales from the SoCal punk scene, idolising trash men and the assorted “can-crushing motherf*ckers” in their lives.
Audacity's fourth album Hyper Vessels is out now on Suicide Squeeze Records. BUY IT!