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Nobodys Hero Drops a 12-Track Punk Slab and Hits the Pit With NOFX Tonight

What are you doing tonight? Wanna go scream about stuff like anger, aggression, and fratricide? Well, ditto local punk crew Nobodys Hero.

So here's a tip: Drag your wild ass up I-95 to Fort Lauderdale's Revolution Live 'cause there's gonna be a pit party and these 305-ers will be ratcheting the rage, along with NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls, and Old Man Markley.

Another tip: Score the new self-titled debut slab by Nobodys Hero for the road.

Back in 2008, the band began when a couple of longtime buddies -- Guajiro/ex-Vandals drummer Doug McKinnon and ex-Against All Authority singer Joe Koontz -- started hanging out and jamming together just for fun. Soon, a bunch of songs piled up and so they decided to add two more dudes to the crew: Guajiro guitar guy Dave Santos, and ex-Defy bass player Rod Rushka.

It wasn't too long before Nobodys Hero needed to get some stuff on tape. So in September 2010, these four scene vets crammed into the home studio owned and operated by Torche's Jonathan Nunez. And over the next couple of months, the crew worked around Nunez's busy tour schedule, getting together whenever possible to pound out recorded product in sometimes short, sometimes long, but always sweaty sessions.

"If we had gone straight through, it would've taken two weeks," McKinnon says. "But it took two or three months 'cause we had to piecemeal it together."

Now Crossfade's never made the trip out to Senor Nunez's homebase. But Torche are fucking rock stars, right? So we wondered about the studio's specs: Is it soundproofed? Is it state of the art? Is there a mini-fridge stocked with premium vodka and vitamin B shots?

"Oh, my god! It's hilarious," McKinnon laughs. "It's a house in Southwest Miami-Dade. You'll be recording, you'll have the headphones on, and you'll hear bleeding through the room mic, 'Oye! Que vola, cono, no joda!'

"And I'm laughing, like, 'That's gonna be buried in the mix, man. And someone's gonna be, There's a very unique Latin feel to this stuff! I don't know what it is! But it's something!'"

Now besides the subliminal Spanish slang, the record is 12 tracks of straight-ahead fury, featuring songs like "Keep Up the Fight," "La Reformation Final," and "Ruination Under God." You could call it street punk. The press release does. But the band's got more specific ideas.

"The street punk thing ... I just started hearing that term in the last couple of years," McKinnon says. "It seems like the go-to definition for people who aren't that educated on the wide array of punk rock music."

"Basically, the way we see it," Koontz elaborates, "we're just a plain old hardcore punk band."

Nobody's Hero with NOFX, Boucing Souls, Cobra Skulls, and Old Man Markley. Friday, January 28. Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission costs $24 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 954-727-0950 or visit jointherevolution.net.

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