Amplif[ie]d | The Logs
By: Crystal Vega
Is punk dead?
To answer that question you simply need to witness local punk band The Logs play live, and you will clearly see that punk is alive and well, especially here in the IE. Proving that punk is not just a style of music, The Logs still exhibit the same rebellious attitude today as they did when they first formed the band all the way back in 1993. With songs that pay tribute to all things indicative of rock and roll, they continue to produce music that is the embodiment of the rebellious spirit of the SoCal Punk scene. The Logs do not shy away from mayhem and debauchery and instead embrace the idea that music can be fun, satirical and full of humor. We caught up with Andy (Vocals) and Aron (Guitar) to learn more about these local punk rock legends.
Q. Please introduce your band members and their role in the band:
Andy Log (Vocals/Harmonica), Aron Log (Guitars/Vocals), Ruben Log (Bass/Vocals) and Matt Logdog (Drums).
Q. Where are you guys from? Are you all local to the IE?
Aron: We all grew up locally. Andy, Matt and myself grew up in Mira Loma and Glen Avon area and Ruben in Riverside.
Andy: Now we are all spread out from the mountains to Elsinore. But we all are originally from the IE. Aron, Matt and I actually have known each other since grade school. Ruben we have known through the music scene for a couple decades.
Q. Where does the name of your band, The Logs, come from?
Andy: Now there are many stories out there on how the Logs name was derived. Many acronyms have been made from our name. The truth of the matter is back in 1993 we were all just sitting in my room one day smoking trees and found a Pine Mountain Log box that I kept my records in, shortened it to The Logs, and thought, now there is a name that will stick.
Aron: And stick it has. For the first few years we kept thinking we would come up with something better, but after a while it just grew to really fit us somehow.
Q. What are some of your biggest influences?
Aron: We learned how to be a band by going to lots of great backyard and local venue shows back in the late '80s, early '90s. Watching bands like 454, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Guttermouth, Old Nick, Still Dreadful, this list could go on and on, and at some point went from watching these bands to opening shows for them and so on. Beyond that our influences range from David Lynch's Twin Peaks to stand-up comedy to crossword puzzles . . . and everything in between.
Andy: Wow, there are so many genres of music that I have been introduced to over the years, and many of those musicians have given me some type of influence with my songwriting. It's so hard to name favorites. I guess I would say right now, a lot of the local IE bands are inspiring to me. As far as non-musicians, one of the main influences are all of our parents. They all treated us like their own kids no matter which house we were at, and they pushed us in our passions.
Q. How has the punk scene in the IE changed since the band first started out?
Andy: I see a tighter connection with all the bands now, it doesn't matter what type of music you play. We all help each other out in many ways that didn't happen 20 years ago.
Aron: I've been part of the punk rock community since the late '80s, a time that a lot of people were saying "punk is dead," but it didn't seem dead to me. In fact it was the most wildly alive thing I had ever experienced, and I knew immediately that this was what I was meant to do. I somehow managed to live long enough to see the scene go from backyards to stadiums to backyards again, but one thing has never changed, we have always been and always will be a family. That's the thing that makes the punk scene more than just another crowd, somewhere along the way we realized we are all the same f*cked up kids at heart, the ones that didn't fit into society anywhere else, until that one day we went to a punk show and saw that we do have a place, a family, a community. I'd say the biggest way the punk scene has changed is that when we started The Ramones were still a band playing shows, and now they are dead.
Q. Is punk dead or alive and well here in the IE?
Andy: It is becoming more alive than ever. Bands from OC, LA, and all over the nation are starting to venture out here to do shows. Word of the IE is getting out there.
Aron: I find the only people that ever say things like 'The scene is dead' don't go to many shows. Because I can personally tell you there are many, many great shows going on across the IE every night of the week, many of them free! Of course there will be years that the bars are more crowded, the venues more packed, and there will be times they aren't. The size of crowds doesn't matter as long as there is at least one person out there being moved by it, one kid waking up to something new, punk will always be alive.
Q. How would you explain the atmosphere of your live show to someone who has never been?
Aron: "It's a culmination of all your wildest dreams and fantasies coming true at once. But seriously it's a punk rock show, its one, two, three, four, GO! We give love to every band playing that night and respect to the places that let us play, but aside from that we don't do much talking. We would rather spend our time playing as many songs as possible."
Andy: "A lot of energy, and occasional acrobatics when I get launched off stage by Ruben."
Q. Where do you frequently play?
Aron: "We play anywhere and everywhere our schedule allows us to. We play a lot of shows in our hometown of Riverside, but we are always willing to travel."
Q. What are your favorite local IE venues?
Aron: "Many great ones have come and gone over the years, but there are currently so many awesome venues it would be hard to name them all. Just a few off the top of my head, we love Shane and Laura and everyone else over at The Alamo in Riverside. They are doing some great things for the scene. Of course Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside is always great, and you know Rick is going to make you sound awesome. The Office in San Bernardino is doing some big shows and giving back to bands in wonderful ways, and out in Lake Elsinore PK's Roadhouse they are having some really good punk shows, and hopefully they will start having them more than once a month. And of course one of our absolute favorites is Inkonsiderate Skate Shop in Riverside!
Q. Who are some of your favorite local bands to play a show with?
Aron: This list could go on forever . . . BDSM. Those guys know how to party! WET BRAIN is awesome, and they share one of the best drummers around with BDSM. Day Drunk are great and have one of the best 17-year-old musicians I've ever seen. Ciphers Of Transcendence, Pull Punch N Pray, Vicious Cycle, our longtime friends Sick Sense, Bad Ass, and although you said local bands and they're international super stars, we love doing shows with Greenland's number one export The Maxies . . . just too many more to name because the IE has the best bands around right now, and we love doing shows with all of them!!!
Q. Any upcoming shows you are really excited about?
Aron: Currently we are putting the finishing touches on our five song EP El Diablo Vive de la Orilla Del Rio that was recently recorded and mixed by Eddie Casillas of Voodoo Glow Skulls at his Dog Run Studios in Riverside. We are also laying down the first tracks for a new full length album, so we are keeping the shows to a minimum for the summer, but we do have four really great IE shows coming in July and August. First off we will be at Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside along with Day Drunk & Tracy Kaos Ukulele Rockstar for Inkonsiderate Mondays on July 13. Then July 25 we will be at The Office Saloon in San Bernardino with The Trash Bag Villains and Penetrators. August 22 we will be back at The Office Saloon with our friends Chica Diabla from San Diego. Our last show of the summer is going to be a Huge blowout at M15 Concert Bar & Grill with Tartar Control, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, our good friends Terminally Ill and Bad Ass! All of these shows are can't miss events and we guarantee you'll have a great time!
Q. Where can we find more information on your band?
Aron: The easiest place to get all our up to date info is on Facebook. You can find free music and lots of other cool stuff at our Reverbnation page, but the best way is the old fashion way—come out to a show, say hi, buy some merch. I'm pretty easy to talk down on prices, and just have a great time!