After that we fought to get on shows with other local bands most of which were funk bands and most of which thought there was no place for punk even watered down pop punk at their shows. So we played more parties, some fire hall shows with the rock gods Mustard Seed Magic and became a staple at the heavy metal bar The Rage in Baltimore. If The Beatles had Germany to cut their teeth then we had The Rage. Amid strobe lights and smoke-machine smoke and the ten dollar cover for our few friends we would play badly and make our 20$ for the night.
But the countless shows paid off and we got better and I got a tuner and we recorded a demo and then a 7" and opened for the Fastbacks and Jawbox and Schlong and The Hard On's and lots of others. We played a frat party in Virginia with Green Day before they got famous outside punk circles and we were loved and they were pelted with bottles and they thought we were good and we thought they were young and amazing and good at dodging bottles. We went on a small tour and everything went great. We recorded at Sonic Iguana and made it home alive and born again hard from our ten days on the road.
We were the best we had ever been and Darron left to do other things and we thought "how hard could it be to find a singer?" Real hard. I put out the Sonic Iguana material a year after our last show it definatly represents our rise into decency. By the end we were pretty damn decent so we kept practicing and writing songs as a three piece and after many try outs Mike from the Pee Tanks came along. We had played tons of shows with the Pee Tanks and they thought we were long haired grunge rockers that played pop punk songs.
Of course being as obtuse as I am I didn't realize that Mike just wanted to sing and so I made him play guitar and we all tried to sing. Pete by this time had a real job and after we showed some promise and looked like we were on the road to getting our spot back at the Rage he had to quit because of schedule conflicts. It was a huge loss but we found Randy and the shift of original members provided the opportunity for us to start a new band: The Thumbs or The Bonitos or The Sandwiches or The Noses. We went with The Thumbs and learned how to sing a little bit and......(see The Thumbs bio).
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