Jordan Mam delivers lyrics in shouts, at breakneck speed.
On first listen, you might miss the positive messages in lines like "There's only two ways to light up the dark. Use the rage that burns inside you or the flame in your heart."
His band, Reunion, is finishing up work on a new EP and playing Saturday at the Chinatown Youth Center, 901 F. St. We did an interview with Mam via e-mail.
Who does what in the band?
Cruz Aguayo plays guitar. Jake Parisi is on bass. Ish (Ismail Raven) plays the drums. Dak Feaster is the other guitarist, and I use the microphone.
The band obviously plays hardcore. But that's a generic term, descriptive of several similar styles. So, where does Reunion fall on the hardcore spectrum? Who are your influences?
We are a hardcore punk band. It's all about familiarity and community. Whatever you think we are we are. We won't correct you. Our influences are Inside Out, Straight Ahead, Undertow, Better Than a Thousand, Unbroken, Youth of Today, SST, Minor Threat, Insted and Nirvana. Musically, lyrically and spiritually. Those are just a few. I'm down to discuss bands with anyone out there and nerd out!
Is there any significance to the band's name?
It's based on the idea of reuniting the times. We love three decades of music. We might as well try and embody it all.
About the positive messages in your music. Is that an intentional thing? Are you trying to effect change in your listeners and be about more than than just playing music?
I guess we are a positively charged band. What counts as positive in hardcore usually means something along the lines of "Here's the issue. Here's how to fix it." I feel like I'm in no position to tell people what to do, nor do I want to. I feel people are generally decent, so by nature it's hard for me to write anything explicitly negative. I put most of my efforts into writing about people who care, so I don't get burned out on the things that I enjoy the most. I would rather see a thousand friendly faces than be one grouchy person. That could be a positive way of seeing things.
We're honestly surrounded by amazing people, amazing bands and an amazing music scene. Not just hardcore and punk, but everything the central Valley has to offer. Of course it's more than playing music. It's a sense of community that we are proud of be a part of.
Tell us about the new recording.
We will be putting out digital downloads on bandcamp (reunionca.bandcamp.com) and have tapes coming soon. So be our friend if you want updates. Email us for any questions, or just to talk to us at ReunionCrewCa@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/ReunionOfficialPage
Is there anything I missed?
Big ups to the slam dancers, the promoters, Chinatown Youth Center and all the DIY venues in town and the straight-edgers.
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