It was 20 years ago this summer that several musicians in Huntington Beach, California, had a funny thought. They wanted to spoof the local punk scene, and earned cracks out loud regarding placing on a performance to counter the mosh pit mayhem and snarling styles of bands adore Bad Religion, producing post-punk along with a polite smile.
“We were beach bums going versus the grain,” says Christian Jacobs, lead singer of the Aquabats, that goes by the stage name MC Bat Commander. “We merely believed it would certainly be funny to go the others way, talking regarding brushing your teeth and consuming your vegetables. We were going versus hard core punk and rap, all of that durable guy stuff.”
Twenty years later, the Aquabats are still dawning their blue comic timetable superhero suits, and now the youngsters of their followers have actually joined the ranks of listeners, especially because of the band’s frequent appearances on the hip children’s TV prove to “Yo Gabba Gabba!” They are a geek squad still, and they have actually been on the road, and even successfully became action heroes for one more successful kids’ show, “The Aquabats! Super Show!” merely as the comic timetable culture tides continued to rise on television and in movies.
“Be freaks and geeks,” he says regarding the band’s creative formula. “Some individuals would certainly say ‘nerdy.’ It’s a little theatrical. It’s rather silly. Yet we attempt to play our instruments well. It’s very rock’n’roll, brand-new wave, punk, ska, electronic dance music. We adore to flex our muscles in our music and I would certainly say it’s very motivated by Oingo Boingo, the Cars and Devo.”
And if it’s compact, jumpy hijinks in the music, along with songs adore “Shark Fighter!” “Poppin’ a Wheelie!” or “Meals Fight on the Moon!” it’s a pop happy celebration sound beamed in from the early 1980s. “The Legend is True!” is brash pre-wave adore the Tubes, and Jacobs sounds a little adore Fee Waybill. Indeed, the band can easily sincerely rock out and put on a lively prove to for the college crowd looking for simple, self-deprecating fun.
“We don’t demand no thugs,” they sing, “unless those thugs was givin’ out hugs.” One Youtube.com listener commented that the bands songs sound adore they were written by the “most awesome eight-year-old.”
On stage, strange comic villains jump out between the songs, only to be defeated by the most up to date superheroes. It’s a tight league of gentlemen. The band hasn’t had a adjustment in members for 10 years and still features its original bassist, Crash McLarson, as well as keyboardist Jimmy the Robot, drummer Ricky Fitness and guitarist Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk. All of them are only familiar as guys in scuba suits, big belts and faux goggles.
The whole concept has actually become much less ridiculous as the years have actually worn on, along with the band on a few occasions finding some setbacks in terms of failing tape labels, music business individuals that didn’t get hold of the concept, and the relentless pursuit of a prove to that incorporated original “Batman”-style TV satire. They have actually proven any sort of doubters wrong. “The Aquabats! Super Show!” eventually aired, Jacobs says, after they tried to get hold of it going for a decade. It went on to play for an extended period on the Hub cable network. Then, after earning a Daytime Emmy Award, it was canceled. Yet the prove to still goes on; lots of of the episodes are available on Netflix and Amazon.com.
Jacobs, that grew up in the entertainment business as a youngster actor and auditioned for a role in “E.T.,” has actually shown a determined knack for keeping an eye on the long term.
“It’s prove to business and the Aquabats aren’t a prototypical prove to biz act,” he says. “We aren’t as sexy as ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ To several of the individuals in the industry, it was hard to understand. We were adore Tim Robbins in ‘The Hudsucker Proxy.’ It constantly feels adore we are holding a piece of paper along with a circle on it saying, ‘Look, it’s genuine simple.’ “
What’s inside that circle?
“Fun, fast, crazy music,” he says. “A big party, controlled anarchy.”
The unexpected has actually been known to come in as quickly as the working parts, such as frequent interruptions in the form of monsters, appear to have actually costume mishaps. Jacobs takes them in stride.
“Outfits have actually fallen off people’s heads, stuff adore that,” he says. “By design, if something tanks or is type of jinky, it’s funny. adore along with that moment in ‘Spinal Tap,’ we have actually constantly planned for Stonehenge type of moments. It merely enhances the ratings, so to speak. If we can easily get hold of individuals laughing at us, that’s great.”
That’s the place for the Aquabats, says Jacobs … um, The Commander, “on the landscape of pop culture,” as comfortable on a kids’ prove to as on the Warped Tour, turning the exclamation point in to a form of musical notation.