The next instalment in Fat Wreck Chords’ Live in a Dive series arrives from influential California hardcore band RKL.
For its 10th ‘dive’, the label’s gone back over 30 years to the famed Eindhoven squat-turned-venue De Efenaar in Holland. The unearthed 17-song tracklist is mainly culled from RKL’s 1987 album ‘Rock’ n Roll Nightmare’ and was trailed by single ‘Scab on My Brain’.
RKL (Rich Kids on LSD) formed in 1982 in California, influencing the likes of NOFX and Lagwagon among others. But the initial line-up of singer Jason Sears, guitarists Chris Rest and Allen ‘Alpo’ Duncan, Vincent Peppars on bass and drummer Bomer Manzullo splintered and the Live in a Dive set was recorded shortly before their first breakup.
“This [album] definitely brings back the excitement of those days,” says Joe Raposo, who joined the band as a bassist in 1987. “Even the rough times, which were harsh, were still exciting, I have to admit.”
The band reunited in 1993 and then again in 2000, but finally ground to a halt in 2005. The new live album also serves as a bittersweet tribute to both Manzullo and Sears, who died in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
“When the band got back together, drugs had taken a strong hold on some people, and at that point the addictions were just so bad that it couldn’t be resolved. And then, of course, shortly after, death started occurring and that became the end of it,” Raposo said.
“So what I really love about this record is that I can always play it and hear my friends playing, and me playing with my friends. That’s the best thing ever. It’s a great memorial.”
RKL’s Live in a Dive arrives with art by their long-time cover artist Dan Sites and is out now on Fat Wreck Chords.
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