At just 11 and 14, brothers Steven and Jeff McDonald began to morph their middle-school band into the stuff of punk, pop, and glam/indie-rock legend. In the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne where they were born and raised, the band’s first show — an eighth-grade graduation house party — was played with their friends in the punk band Black Flag. In the years that followed, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Melvins would all cite Redd Kross as a core sonic and visual inspiration.
Now in their fourth decade, Redd Kross have released a total of nine full-length albums and over two dozen EPs and singles. After joining seminal hardcore band Melvins as their bassist in 2015, Steven is currently playing bass on three projects — Redd Kross, Melvins, and OFF! — all while being a devoted husband and father.
The band stops in Memphis on Friday, April 22nd, for a show at Growlers. I talked with Steven about the tour, teaming with Dale Crover, dad life, and Goner Fest.
I understand you were at Goner Fest a few years back.
Yeah, I worked for a bunch of record labels over the…
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