I can give you three good reasons why you should like Seattle pop-punk quartet Success, playing its first-ever Bend show Monday at Volcanic Theatre Pub (see “If you go”).
1. AMP magazine has described the band’s songs as “catchy anthems and Gainesville-style sing-alongs.”
Soaring, sing-along choruses? Yes, please!
2. Success cites classic pop-punk bands like Big Drill Car and The Mopes alongside more famous influences such as Descendents and All.
All those bands are good!
3. They cover the Spin Doctors’ hit song “Two Princes” on their new EP!
Love or hate the song — we’re guessing most sane people tilt toward “hate” — it’s a pretty punk-rock move to cover the Spin Doctors and put it on a record. “It’s not necessarily the best song ever,” said Aaron Rev, the singer and principal songwriter in Success, when he called Monday during his lunch break.
“Two things came into that,” the 29-year-old explained. “David Casey, our drummer, has been my best friend since I was 14, and the first record we bought with our own money was ‘Pocket Full of Kryptonite.’”
And the other thing?
That stems from one of the ideas that caused the band to form in the first place. Rev explained that about eight years ago, he, Casey and bassist Austin Jones were each playing in different bands when they had a conversation that would prove critical to their future Success. (Haw.)
Among the ideas kicked around that day: “That it would be fun to play songs that everybody hated, but play them in a punk-rock style,” Rev said. “(Not) necessarily that people ‘hate,’ but that are a little more uncool to be seen live. We’ve kind of leveled the playing field to remind people that there’s no rock stars and we’re not on a stage, we’re just as goofy and ridiculous as everybody else.”
That’s a fourth reason you should like them, because he’s right, everybody is goofy and ridiculous.
That conversation between Rev, Casey and Jones came about because “we were watching all these bands fall apart. Like, friends of ours who had amazing talent, forming groups that were just falling apart due to politics and poor intentions, essentially,” Rev said. “And so we all agreed that a band should be started in a real positive way with a real positive focus: Play as many shows as you can with your friends’ bands, and help out as many bands as you can that come to your town. And in turn, you’ll be helping yourself in that way.
“Honestly, it all spawned out of that idea,” he said. “The music wasn’t even necessarily there at first. We were like, ‘We need to start a band that does all of this stuff.’ And then we were like, ‘Oh yeah, and we also need to write records so that we can continue to do all that stuff.’”
Speaking of songwriting, Rev does the writing in the band, which is rounded out by guitarist Dan Gardner.
Rev said he met Gardner, who’s now his roommate, when Gardner was playing in a Weezer-style nerd-rock band. Rev heckled him during a live show “in my younger, angrier punk-rock days,” he said.
“I remember specifically giving him s--t and having him come off stage looking disappointed. And then I walked up and said, ‘You were so good! That was great!’” Rev said. “And he was like, ‘Why did you make fun of me then?’”
He continued: “We’ve kind of been friends ever since.”
The band’s third recording, “Life on the Rocks,” comes out Saturday on La Escalera Records. “Two Princes” is the last song on the EP. It’s far better than the original, too. You might even be tempted into singing along Monday night.
“Honestly, when we recorded it, we were like, ‘Well, alright, the song’s ridiculous, but it sounds great, so we threw it on there,” Rev said. He even briefly gives the evil song’s “a dibba dibba” scatting a go after the music fades out.
“I don’t even think that (Spin Doctors) guy; There’s no way he took a pen and a piece of paper and wrote lyrics,” he said. “There’s no way! He had to just go in the studio and be like, ‘F--k it.’ They had to be like, ‘Hey, did you turn lyrics in?’ And he’s like, ‘Ah, don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it when I’m in there.’”
Make that five good reasons to like Success. Their singer is hilarious.
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