They made up for it with an all-out rat-a-tat-tat, dual-vocalist lyrical delivery. Only 14 years old it was so cool and charming to see such young kids playing such good and furious punk rock. They were a welcome change from the bloated, old rockstars of the day. But, it wasn't just their youthfulness that was so refreshing.
They were unusually bright and wrote some good social commentary and anti-war punk lyrics. Along with the three other Fresno punk bands, MANIAX got a song on the MRR 'Not So Quiet On The Western Front' compilation in '82. The doors opened quickly for these young guys. They were invited to go on tour with FLIPPER and BLACK FLAG but were unable as they were just too young. There actually was some pre-MANIAX activity.
When Gregg was 12 and 13 he worked with Nick and Eric on the INSANEZ. It didn't quite get out of the garage but they did write some of the songs ('Dead Puppy' and 'Barbie Doll') that were used just a few months later in the MANIAX. The MANIAX were the first Fresno punk band to get played on MAXIMUMROCKNROLL radio. "I had listened to the program and had been playing in some bands but never really thought about sending a demo. Gregg and Rob made that connection first and after that we other Fresno punk bands began to send in our homemade tapes.
To our surprise we got airplay! Contacts were made and Tim Yohannon kept in touch with us. Some months later Tim put on a show at the Mabuhay Gardens nightclub in San Francisco featuring the Fresno punk bands including the MANIAX. It was a fantastic start for the budding Fresno punk scene in 1982!" By 1983 MANIAX broke up and Gregg formed THINK TANK. They continued on with the same thoughtful lyrics but with a new direction in the music - some of the material sounded post-punk ala JOY DIVISION but still with a similar political/social commentary. From nice families from the nice side of town these bands seemed a little out of place with the thuggish bands from the poor side of town.
But it showed the validity of punk through the wide variety of class represented in the local scene. "Throughout my travels I saw a lot of other punk scenes like Fresno. Mostly poor kids trying to better themselves by learning to play an instrument. But, there were some rich kids, too. And some older folks as well.
Sometimes it was the rich kids and the older ones who provided the leadership to make the scene happen. Making contacts, renting halls, putting out fanzines and forming record labels. Through punk rock a door of opportunity opened for a lot of disadvantaged people to get up on a stage. To at least have a chance at a job as a musician/performer or a writer or gig promoter". Members: Gregg Mitchell - Vocals Rob Mitchell - Vocals Nick Urbino - Guitar Eric Dansby - Drums Read more on Last.fm.
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