Punk: West to East L.A. Part 2
And when The Brat started doing shows, we started on the East Side. We started playing a lotta’ gigs on the East Side. And I remember it was really almost impossible for us to get any shows on the West Side, to play any of these clubs, uh, on the West Side. And I don’t wanta’ say that it was racist or anything but it might just be like every, ev-, I mean, every scene has a clique. You know, there, there becomes like these cliques of people and they only kin-, I mean they see each others’ shows. And I guess within the East L.A. scene, too, it was like a clique of bands from the East Side. But it, it really wasn’t until we, we, um, we played a gig and I think, um, Exene and John Doe came down to see a gig that we did in, uh, City Terrace, in like a backyard party type of thing. And they really dug the band and it was really because they liked the band then all of a sudden, “Oh well if, uh, you know, John Doe and Exene like ‘em, well”. You know what I mean? It was kinda’ sad, you know, like it had to, we had to get our foot in through somebody that was already, you know, a part of that scene. So it had already closed up to that point that unless you knew somebody that could get you in, y-, y-, you were not, people didn’t really want to know.