Paul Teel (guitar, lead vocals); Jay Barron (bass, backing vocals); Bahrum Moghadam (drums, backing vocals).
CITY OF ORIGIN:
“Anyone that inspires another human being in a positive way and life in general” plus bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Descendents, The Police, The Beatles, Blink-182, Dag Nasty, The Offspring, The Misfits, The Smiths and Thrice.
When you’re rockin‘ a name like Commitment Perseverance Attitude, it’s pretty tough for anyone to infer that your punk trio is just a slew of slackers, angling to get absolutely nothing done.
In fact, talk with frontman Paul Teel and you’ll see that they’re a dedicated bunch, having launched nearly a decade ago, save for a few years off and some member swaps.
“Due to struggling with numerous line-up changes and an unfortunate hiatus for three years, things have changed drastically,” says Teel. But such change’s been for the better. “The main thing is that now we are adults and we know that we take our band seriously and we hope to pursue it as long as we possibly can all while still remembering to have fun in the process.”
And fun there is, as CPA’s tunes are both lively and engaging with comparisons to punk vets Bad Religion and Dag Nasty not unreasonable. According to Teel, the band’s earliest releases were all self-produced affairs and are out of print. The act’s since gone four years without a release, but it’s Teel’s optimism—coupled with the band’s name—that keeps this musical locomotive ridin‘ its rails.
“It is of utmost importance to us,” Teel notes of the moniker. “These are not just words, they are attributes which one needs to possess in order to attain what they desire in life.”
“We didn’t force our place in the garage, the studio or the stage, we merely found it,” he adds. “With that being said, we were kids who loved our CD/record collections so much we chose to produce our own songs and recordings. The hope of carrying a positive message and creating a pleasant sound was and still is our incentive.”
Though CPA already played over a dozen area gigs in 2010, their latest aim is a slot on the Vans Warped Tour, with your ballot cast for them online via Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands (www.battleofthebands.com/cpatheband), thankyouverymuch.
“I highly recommend that they vote for us because we have a clean, tight sound,” says Teel. “We have edge—but not too much, soul, finesse, and above all, we have commitment, perseverance and attitude.” That last bit’s reason enough.
Commitment Perseverance Attitude at the Lake Alice Trading Co., 3616 University Ave., Riverside, (95) 686-7343; www.lakealicetradingco.com. Wed, 9PM. $5.