“It was about a quarter past midnight — 2012 had just gone — when singer and guitarist Jeff McDonald of Los Angeles band Redd Kross burst out with a joyous, simple, one-word declaration that captured the mood at the storied Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles.
“Yes!” he shouted into the microphone after banging his head and guitar chords through “Blow You a Kiss in the Wind” on early Tuesday morning, well aware of the power that he and his brother Steve’s band had just generated. Performing a double bill with fellow Los Angeles band (and long-ago Atlantic Records label-mates) the Melvins, Redd Kross greeted 2013 with long hair flying and the kind of big, distorted chords, singalong choruses and head-banging ditties that made them one of Los Angeles’ greatest punk bands when they rose from Hawthorne in 1980 alongside kindred spirits Black Flag and Circle Jerks.”
This week’s question is a simple one: What was your favorite song of 2012?
Jason Heller I gave Researching The Blues, the latest album by L.A. punk survivor Redd Kross, a decent grade in my A.V. Clubreview back in August. But if I’d only been judging the album’s best song, “Stay Away From Downtown,” it would have blown the top off the grading scale. Immaculately crafted, leanly muscled, and sparkling with jangle, the instant power-pop anthem sums up everything the McDonald brothers have been aiming for with Redd Kross since the band’s 1982 debut,Born Innocent. The McDonalds aren’t kids anymore, but they bottle the lightning of wild-in-the-streets youth in “Stay Away From Downtown.” The song’s euphoric, Kiss-adoring video doesn’t hurt.
Hey everyone! Some exciting news here for all of us atRedd Kross.
Little Steven’s Underground Garage 2012 “Coolest Song In The World” listener’s poll has started, and we are thrilled to announce that Redd Kross’ “Stay Away From Downtown” has the honor of being on the list!
You can vote once per day, up until Dec. 28th, and each vote you cast allows you to enter a contest for a 4-night stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana. (Must be 21 or older.) Voters will also be up for runner up prizes, including albums and cd’s from all the contenders.
Innocent Words writes “Researching the Blues is everything a Redd Kross fan has been hoping for for nearly two decades: catchy power pop with engaging/entertaining lyrics that keep you focused on the speakers.
Fans of the band will not be disappointed. Standout tracks include “Stay Away from Downtown,” “Dracula’s Daughter,” and “One of the Good Ones.” The McDonald boys truly shine on this album, showcasing their abilities to write infectious, gritty melodies while occasionally pulling back the curtain on their hard rock and surf punk roots.”
KEXP writes: “Despite being completely different than anything else released this year, Researching the Bluesis a exactly what we needed this summer, a predictably cool record to listen to with friends while kicking back and talking about old times. Despite the long hiatus, this album wastes no time ripping right into it with 10 songs and 32 minutes of power pop joy. Today’s featured song, “Stay Away From Downtown,” might just be the highlight of the album, full of all sorts of great riffs and crunchy guitars, and may still be one of their best songs ever written. If you’re not familiar with Redd Kross by now, this is a great time to take a listen and for those who forgot, you’ll be caught up instantly.”