Band of the Week – Dead End Job

Is punk rock dead? According to drummer and “close personal friend” of the genre Alex Mendoza, “punk rock may be dead but it lives on in all of us.”

Indeed, Berkeley pop-punk trio Dead End Job make for rollicking mediums, crunching straight out of the mid-90’s with a flurry of palm-muted power chords and bright, clean snares pounding out deliriously quick and infectious tempos. Calling to mind Dookie-era Green Day, MXPX, and the Ataris, Dead End Job brings the golden era of pop-punk crashing into the present day with assured, anthemic irreverence.

Echoes of second wave punk luminaries are not merely incidental, for although each band member forged their own path into music, Dead End Job coalesced around a shared appreciation for the music of Green Day – one of the boys even has an uncle who drove the band’s tour bus. In true punk rock fashion, Dead End Job didn’t even have a name until their very first show, when they were forced to put something down on paper.

Since their practice space happened to be on a dead-end street, the moniker Dead End Job seemed appropriate, and despite everyone hating the name, it stuck for good. With a keen sense of humor and a tight, earnest sound, Dead End Job has been making concertgoers pogo from the Golden Bull in Oakland to MeowMeowz! in Pasadena. Over the buzz of Colin’s catchy riffs, Octavious’ clean bass, and Alex’s straight-ahead drums, punk rock is stirring beyond the grave and preparing to rise again.

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