ocmusicawardspostheader color1 [OC Music Awards Interview] Sederra Are Old School Punk Rock, Have Scars To Prove It

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the OC Music Awards kicked off on January 4th with seven weeks of free showcases at different venues across the county. 35 local artists will compete for the titles of Best Live Band or Best Live Acoustic and a performance slot at the 2011 OC Music Awards, March 5 at the Grove of Anaheim.

Orange County rock ‘n roll elite and hardcore punk 5-piece, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sederra[/lastfm], is a band with brash, uncompromising stage presence and an ear-drum tickling sound that reverberates your brain for days after with both sheer loudness and infectious quality.

Summoning up the swaggering gods of Southern California’s ’90s alternative punk scene, Sederra harken back to a time before music was about who could do the most interesting thing production-wise and more about who could get fans screaming with excitement, while they blow the speakers off the wall.

Coming out of their impromptu set at the final Best Live Band showcase for OC Music Awards (originally scheduled band Stereofix pulled out because of laryngitis), Sederra was awash with good-natured adrenalin and covered with post-performance battle scars. Lead singer and ex-member of Kung Fu Records signed punk-revivalists, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Longfellow[/lastfm], Tom Schmitt had a ghastly bruise. This did not keep Schmitt from cheerily saying, “We tend to get injured, but it’s all part of the game. The show must go on.”[pullquote quote=”Everything was born around here for us. Everything was so inspiring. ” credit=”Eric Bootow”]

Joined by a few other ex-Longfellow members and Mike Doherty (guitar), Eric Bootow (bass), Tony Warner (guitar) and Steve Ludwig (drums), Schmitt and Sederra are successfully following the in the musical footsteps of some of their favorite bands “the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Vandals[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Social Distortion[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Face to Fac[/lastfm]e,” which Schmitt nostalgically remembered,  ”the Orange County 90s punk scene was phenomenal. It was incredible…I saw the[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Offspring [/lastfm]play at Club 8 1/2 in Placentia…We saw [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sublime[/lastfm] there…Listening to those bands and seeing them live was a huge…We were fortunate.”

Bootow laughed, saying: “The best is when you talk to some little straight edge kid and they are like, “[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Minor Threat[/lastfm], who the f**k is that?” You need to have a musical history lesson. It’s time for me to spank you and ground you…The Ice House right there…Everything was born around here for us. Everything was so inspiring. “

As well as citing these bands as musical inspirations, Sederra has keen sonic similarities to the punkish thrash of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Hot Water Music[/lastfm], the politically tinged Angeleno anarchy of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bad Religion[/lastfm], and the masterful, hard-alternative crunch of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foo Fighters[/lastfm].

Despite not playing in Longfellow anymore, Schmidt said playing music is like “the best kind of crack.” Bootow agreed, adding: “It’s kind of like the good version of crack…It still costs a lot of money, but it’s awesome.”

Along with their brand new drummer, Ludwig, Bootow was not an ex-Longfellow member, but had seen his current bandmates play with a lot of huge bands at the time:

“We played shows together and stuff like that and I saw them like fifteen times and stuff like that…They weren’t my heroes, but I thought they were rad. I saw them [Longfellow] with[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] At The Drive In[/lastfm] and I thought, ‘This is awesome.'”

Schmitt elaborated: “We got to play with a lot of cool bands back in the day. We played with[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Jimmy Eat World[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Atari’s[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink 182[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fenix TX[/lastfm].”

With such an idyllic sounding career, why did Longfellow dissolve and how did Sederra form? Schmitt explained how the addictive nature of music was too intoxicating to pass up once they got a taste of performative power again:

“Longfellow just kind of ended. We were together nine years. We took some time off. We were in that other band called The Kelly Affair. He went to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Papa Roach[/lastfm] for a little while. Eric was doing his thing as a bass player for a bunch of bands.”

“So we all just decided we want to play music still. You know, once it’s in your blood, it’s hard not to.”

“We’re having so much fun. It’s great. The ball’s really rolling right now, which is cool for us too. We’re excited for a lot of the stuff that’s going on….We just got our first album. It’s an EP out on Itunes. We’re just playing a ton of shows. Our Facebook is going off. We were nominated for Best Rock for OC Music Awards and now we’re in the Best Live Band thing out of nowhere.”

This nomination is fitting as Sederra is definitely a band you need to see live to truly appreciate. Sederra whip the audience in the face with their punkish, no-holds-barred libido and stimulating stage antics. Schmitt explained how being musical veterans has helped Sederra’s stage show be so organic, how[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Danny Elfman[/lastfm] from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Oingo Boingo [/lastfm] inspired him, and how watching his dad get punched by a 16-yr-old girl made him want to be a rock star:[pullquote quote=”It’s like second nature for us. We don’t really think…Steve rocked…Killing it on drums. Amazing drummer. We are very lucky to have him in the band. He’s lighting shit on fire. First song, this guy was lighting stuff on fire.”]

As for playing live, it’s a thing that builds. All of us have played for so long. Our first shows, we weren’t doing that. We were still feeling out the water and getting used to it. But now, it’s just so much fun to get up there.”

“We want to bring it like they did back in the day. For me, one of the biggest influence was Oingo Boingo and Danny Elfman. The first concert I ever went to, just him and Boingo as a band live was amazing. They’d bring it every time and he’d be all over the place doing somersaults, rocking the f**k out. And that was really what kind of made me say, ‘I want to do this. This is awesome. This is cool as hell.'”

“My very first concert–when I was in 6th grade, my dad brought me–he got punched by a 16-year-old girl at the time. I was like this little kid and said, ‘Oh, my god.’ And my stepmom grabbed her boyfriend and said, ‘I’m going to kick your f**king ass if you don’t get out of here right now.’ And he was shocked. And I thought, ‘I want to be in a f**king rock band. If this shit happen, that’s what I want to do. This is awesome.’ So, thanks to my dad for getting socked…My dad is awesome. He’s actually the one that got my into music anyway, so I gotta give props to him.”

Bootow added: “It’s like second nature for us. We don’t really think…We just showed up. We loved it. Steve rocked–this is our third show with Steve. Killing it on drums. Amazing drummer. We are very lucky to have him in the band. He’s lighting shit on fire. First song, this guy was lighting stuff on fire.”

“What’d he [sound guy] say? ‘Put the fire out or we will shut you off.’ We did it here last week and they were cool with it. We figured we could do it again. “

Schmitt smirked wisely and said:  “Well, we metaphorically lit it on fire.”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sederra[/lastfm]-“Fly To The Sun”

The 2011 Showcase Series ran every Tuesday night, January 4 –February 15 with stops at:

Jan 4 – Detroit Bar

Jan 11 – The District at Tustin Legacy

Jan 18 – The Gyspy Lounge

Jan 25 – The LAB

Feb 1 – Tiki Bar

Feb 8 – The Gyspy Den of Santa Ana

Feb 15 – The Slide Bar

Five Showcase Series finalists in each live category will then move on to the Showcase Series Finals.

Feb 24 – Best Live Acoustic Finals, Fullerton Museum

Feb 25 – Best Live band Finals, The Galaxy

2011 Best Live Band winner will receive a performance slot on the four Southern Califonia Vans Warped Tour stops!

Night Seven of the OC Music Awards Showcase Series featured nominees for Best Live Band on Tuesday, February 15th at the The Slide Bar.

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Friday, February 11th- Fiction Reform

Saturday, February 12th-We Are The Arsenal

Sunday, February 13th-Stereofix

Monday,February 14th-BLOK

Tuesday, February 15th-Echo Echo

Friday, February 18th-Sederra


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Comments (35)
  1. Jason says:

    Great songs,amazing live performance,great band! Go Sederra!

  2. Jenn says:

    I was a Longfellow fan and have also been a Sederra fan for a couple of years now.
    I saw Sederra open for Unwritten Law and The Dirty Heads at The Grove in Anaheim a few years ago and the crowd went crazy for Sederra!

  3. David says:

    I saw Sederra play with Ignite last year and it was such an awesome show. Sederra is more of a rock band than a punk band but you would never know from their live show.So much energy on stage it’s insane.

  4. Kim says:

    These guys are just simply amazing at what they do. They rock on all levels and their passion for it explodes (literally) when they hit the stage. Sederra’s energy is highly contagious each and every time. I can’t get enough!! They never disappoint. Period.

  5. LaMaster says:

    It’s about time these guys get the credit they deserve. Much props to you SEDERRA. Now to take over Arizona.

  6. Brett Scanlon says:

    Sederra is a great band to keeo your eye on.

  7. Steve says:

    These guys ROCK! So glad to see them get some exposure, it’s time for Sederra to get the recognition they’ve earned! If you haven’t seen these guys live, YOU NEED TO! Pure energy, awesome stage presence and their music just plain kicks a$$! you can tell these guys put their heart and soul into their live performances! Congrats Sederra!!!

  8. Kassi says:

    Sederra not only puts on an AMAZING live show, but they are some of the coolest guys I have had the pleasure of meeting in recent memory. If you haven’t checked them out yet, DO IT.

  9. Nick says:

    These guys are nuts. Go see a great live show for cheap before you might actually have to shell out some bucks to see them!

  10. Gypsy says:

    Sederra!! yep, i’m a fan.. check em out if ya haven’t! Gypsy Pride.

  11. Peter says:

    Sederra Rocks! One of the best bands in SoCal with the coolest guys in the band! Rock on dudes!

  12. sal says:

    great interview… i agree. too many kids worry about making history and forget to do their homework. dont worry though .. there are many of them out there that know whats up.. they will be the ones that stick around.. great story

  13. Nikki says:

    I really want to see this band live now!!!

  14. Adrian says:

    I saw those guys play a few nights ago and they KICKED ASS!@!!!

  15. Rachorama says:

    These guys were in great bands back in the day, now together they are AWESOME!

  16. Will Peacock says:

    Dude! Great article. Great sound.

  17. fat free milk says:

    These guys are good!

  18. Eric says:

    These guys still rock out as much as way back when they were still in high school (club 369 when they were Regression). Don’t care about making money, just still love to play on stage for anyone willing to watch and listen. The way music should be.

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  19. liz says:

    Sederra always rocks it!!! They never disappoint…their music is consistently awesome!!

  20. Chris says:

    Sederra are some of the coolest guys in the world and SUPER talented musicians! It’s about effin’ time these guys got the recognition they DESERVE!

  21. Lilly says:

    SEDERRA RULZ! I’m so happy for those guys, because they’re amazing and truly deserve the best!!! Great article!!

  22. liskfest says:

    i started seeing Sederra a couple of years ago and they keep getting better & better. at the first show this year at slidebar, they blew my face off! their energy is AMAZING! ludwig is a great blend into the band and they really seem to be IN THE ZONE. now is the time to get into Sederra! they are going to blow up big and this is the year…!!!

  23. JQM says:

    Great live band, great recorded band, they translate. What you see is what you get, rock, plain and simple.

  24. angela says:

    I’ve seen Sederra play at the Slidebar, and they blew me away. Glad they’re getting some much deserved props. Awesome band.

  25. Kiri says:

    Sederra is one of the greatest bands out there right now! Legends as far as I’m concerned. Definitely a band everyone needs to hear and love!!

  26. Jim says:

    It’s just one of those bands where you say, “Wow, now that was a great show”!

  27. Mike says:

    Awesome interview. Great to see a rising OC act get the attention they deserve and have EARNED. I hit up iTunes and you can find they’re music there- looking forward to more.

  28. Jason says:

    Sederra is such an awesome band. Whatever they are doing right know they must be doing it right because to get the attention of KROQ is HUGE.

  29. Shari says:

    Way cool, great band, love the vibe, and awesome video production work.

  30. Name says:

    I love this band. I can’t get over that kroq is covering you guys.

  31. hey theres some weird embeds that dont work in this post. but yeah man I love longfellow, i havent checked out sederra yet but I think based on their music they made when they were longfellow, i’ll be very happy.

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