The band Saints and Rebels has gone from occasional cover-song performances at The Hood Bar and Pizza’s open-mic night to frequent gigs around the valley—all within a matter of months. Catch Saints and Rebels at The Hood on Saturday, Dec. 14, opening for punk legends Guttermouth. At the helm of the group is Austin Lawrence, an eccentric frontman and bass-player who knows how to give a great performance. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/saintsandrebelsofficial. Lawrence recently answered The Lucky 13; here are the results.
What was the first concert you attended?
Lynyrd Skynyrd, when I was 7. I hated it.
What was the first album you owned?
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! at the Disco; and Move Along by The All American Rejects.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Mom Jeans, Remo Drive, McCafferty, I Hate Sex, and Joyce Manor.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Anything on the radio.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
I don’t have guilty pleasures, because I love what I love … but I guess “Barbie Girl” by Aqua.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The House of Blues in Anaheim.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Trash hangs with trash, and I’m the worst of the worst,” from “Trailer Trash,” McCafferty.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Streetlight Manifesto, because they told me that they “guarantee I’ll wake in a better place in a better time.”
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
To every ska band: Can I play trombone for you?
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“All Star” by Smash Mouth.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Talon of the Hawk by The Front Bottoms.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Ram Ranch” by Grant McDonald. Do it. You won’t. (Scroll down to hear it! Warning: explicit lyrics.)