INTERVIEW

Punk: West to East L.A. Part 2

Featuring: Teresa Covorrubias
Time: 1:11 minutes
Excerpt:"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 on the West Side."
full transcript

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.