When FrankEatsTheFloor—my band, I should disclose—came onto the local scene a few years ago, the valley was introduced to Aleks Romo. His guitar-playing expertise has been a huge asset, as his styles range from intricate indie-rock lines to hard-hitting punk chords. I should also disclose one more thing: On top of being an excellent guitar player, he is also my best friend. For more on FrankEatsTheFloor, visit www.facebook.com/FrankEatsTheFloor. Romo is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band at Fantasy Springs. He kept asking the crowd, “What’s my name?”
What was the first album you owned?
Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. I got it at a thrift store in Coachella.
What bands are you listening to right now?
No Buses, Goodbye Honolulu, Mickey Darling, and Radiohead.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
K-pop is something that bewilders me, and I don’t understand why there’s such a big following for it all of a sudden. “Gangnam Style” is still cool, though.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Mickey Darling. They haven’t had any shows as far as I can tell, but I’d love to go with friends.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
What’s your favorite music venue?
Music Box in San Diego.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Then I’m screaming in my head / When I’ve got nowhere to go / And I’m falling into bed / On a high chemical low / And I know I’m bound to lose / When I feel the need to use / Why I’m full,” ”I’m Full,” by Wallows.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
PUP helped me get through a lot of hard times. Their energy uplifted me no matter the circumstance.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask Kondo Styling from No Buses how he composes his music, and why he makes it in English with such metaphorical lyrics.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“My Hero” by the Foo Fighters, and anything friends would relate to me.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Remo Drive, Greatest Hits. Yes, that’s the name of the album.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Hurricane Jane” by Black Kids. (Scroll down to hear it!)