Posted on October 11, 2018
Riding the 3rd Wave in the late 90’s
In the mid to late 90’s, nothing was cooler than the tidal (3rd) wave of ska that hit Southern California and Orange County in particular. Although we grew up outside of OC, really on the border of LA and San Bernardino counties, we got super into Ska. From Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones to more local bands like our absolute favorite JEFFRIES FAN CLUB, we wanted to skank…hard.
Mainly due to the influence of the roodest dood we knew, Eric Mulligan, and younger brother Jason Mulligan, we put together our first band in Junior High school – MO57. Formed through our church (First Presbyterian Church of Upland) at the time, and being “RANDOM!” young teens, we named the band after a sign that hung up in the choir room in the church basement that we were allowed to use to practice which said “Maximum Occupancy 57”. Thus, MO57 was born. We played a lot at local church services and covered a lot of worship songs in a skankin’ way.
When we finally scraped together $500 to record a 5 song demo special at a small local studio advertised in the pennysaver, we thought it was the absolute coolest thing ever. I remember my dad even springing for the extra $40 bucks to get the original recordings on a DAT master tape for future editing.
The song “OH” was even featured on a Christian Ska Compilation CD.
Our second band that followed up MO57 was a ska-punk band called THE KUNG FOOLS. We also recorded a demo that we were extremely proud of:
And of course, like any 1990’s band, we had a high tech HTML and Frames driven website, courtesy of budding graphic and web designer (AND FUTURE EDITOR OF STREET TRUCKS MAGAZINE), Jason Mulligan, ERMAGERD!