Info: BACKMASKER began in 2011 as a four piece punk rock band with influences ranging from Small Brown Bike to Thin Lizzy, Rush and Propagandhi. Although the band plays fast, melodic, modern punk rock, it isn’t difficult to detect the wide variety of musical forces that mold their sound. Throughout the 6 tracks that make up their debut 10″ EP, “Effigies”, the band delves into territories that would please fans of Bad Religion and Megadeth alike. While there’s no shortage of riffs and headbangin’ moments throughout the record, they also know how to expertly craft and execute memorable song structures and undeniable hooks. These four righteous dudes know what they’re doing, and they do it well.
With members ranging from all over California (LA, Oakland, and Redding to be exact), BACKMASKER came together through a shared love of the Epi-fat/No Idea persuasion of the late 90′s and early 2000′s. Although ‘Effigies’ is largely characterized by melody and pop-sensibilities, the songs never lose sight of the member’s collective tendency towards darker and heavier moments, which may have something to do with their previous bands (Set it Straight, Dangers, and DC Fallout to name a few). Basically what we’re trying to say here is that BACKMASKER’s debut 10″ EP is diverse, interesting, and technically proficient while remaining free of bullshit. We love it, and you will too! Expect the band on the road in support of ‘Effigies’ throughout the remainder of 2012 and 2013.
BAND MEMBERS: Curt Baer: Vocals, Guitar Ben Hirschfield: Guitar Justin Mellor: Drums Earl Carrasco: Bass