MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Paco (guitar, vocals); Jason (bass, vocals); Lynnda (organ); Johnny (drums).
Punk ‘n’ ska ‘n’ reggae ‘n’ other greatness—let’s throw it somewhere ’tween Madness, Rancid, Bad Brains and Eddie Grant . . and hey, why not a dash of the Clash while we’re at it?
Working Class Blues (2009)
For a band with a moniker that embodies the antithesis of success, The Failures sure as hell ain’t resigning themselves to last place. Though the Pomona-based group initially launched to entertain friends, they’ve since earned commendable grades by getting involved with their surroundings—and society at large.
“We realized we had something to say about the state of our world—no work and little opportunity—and the realization that we really can’t wait for someone to save us,” says bassist/vocalist Jason. “We didn’t feel like anyone else spoke for us, so it was time to speak up.”
And speak up, they did, by taking their music out on the road to the people. “There are some stories,” says Jason of the act’s treks, “but probably nothing that [can] be reprinted. We can say that when you see ‘Land of Enchantment’ on New Mexico license plates, they are full of shit.”
But the shit doesn’t end on the back of a bumper, as The Failures address more significant issues with its latest, Working Class Blues. “The government forces GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, while brokering deals to save Merrill Lynch and AIG,” says Jason. “From our perspective, it’s full of shit—trickle-down economics all over again . . . To be working class right now in America is not an easy thing. We’ve allowed our manufacturing base to erode and we have failed to replace those jobs. What’s left right now in places like the IE? Temporary jobs unloading trucks coming in from the docks. No benefits, low wages. And this is being replicated in blue-collar towns throughout the U.S.”
As for The Failures, they’ll jam their “working class blues” for those just about anywhere, including at a pecan farm. “Driving down the road to the barn was a scene straight from [The] Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a psychotic looking old guy staring at us the whole time,” says Jason. “Against our better judgment, we played and everyone had a good time. Isn’t that what punk rock is supposed to be about—taking it to the people?”
The Failures at Characters, 276 E. 1st St., Pomona, (909) 622-9070; Fri, June 12, 9PM, www.characterspomona.com; Sat., June 13, 8PM at the Glass House Record Store, 248 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.myspace.com/glasshouserecordstore, www.myspace.com/thefailures77.