By Michael Botsford and Sami Yazdanyar
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio punk rock scene can eat a local band alive. If you don’t have a mohawk, you better have some melody. What the boys from ‘Id’ lack in hair, they make up with one massive beard and a Beatles-like set of singers. Click here to watch…
With years of recording and touring under their belt JC, Alex, David, and Sean make up one of the definitive punk rock bands in the Alamo City. Still the most humble guys in town, they are rocking out harder than ever and their performance in The Garage proves they still a couple tricks up their sleeves to share with the old and new fans alike.
Id will be a part of the 2012 Monkey Fest on Saturday, July 28th at Hi-Tones. Click here for ticket information…
Once upon a time, two unknown bands named Blink 182 and Unwritten Law went on tour to promote their early albums before catapulting to worldwide stardom. The guys of ID had the pleasure of sharing that very stage with the now extremely successful bands.
“Anytime you open up for great bands like that, it’s so much fun. Especially since the band ended up booming and became globally great. When we played with them, it was small shows and small indie crowds. Lots of punk rock clubs. You couldn’t ask for more,” says lead guitarist JC.
Originally from The Valley, getting their feet wet and moving to San Antonio after graduating high school was the first priority for the guys.
“We are from a really small town. Eventually we all graduated high school and said let’s all move somewhere. We always came into town for music. The Valley rarely had any music outside of the box but San Antonio was always able to say a punk rock band was coming. We would always drive up from out of town to see these bands,” states JC.
Like every great rock band, coming up with an original name was important and came when they least expected it.
“One day we were sitting at a table and we just had a bunch of books laying around. A friend standing there said we sounded like “id” – a physiological term. We looked it up and it fit for us. The form of instant gratification without the means of having to worry about what’s right or wrong” explains JC.
The name surely has had staying power in the San Antonio area. Their fan base has grown with them over the years and stuck with them through even the hardest of times.
“I found out I had cancer one day. For the next 4 years I was stuck having to take care of my illness. The guys stuck around and went through and supported me. When I was better we wanted to continue doing this” says JC.
JC’s journey to overcome cancer instantly gave the band a new outlook on life. Not only was his health of extreme importance, but also his inspiration and creativity began to evolve.
“It took me out of the viewpoint of being young and feeling invincible. Then all of a sudden you realize life is quick and simple. You think you have control, but sometimes you realize you may not. It made me take a more introspective, humble shot at what doing what we do. Take advantage of the situation,” he describes.
Through the good and bad times, the guys have an everlasting brotherhood that keeps them loving what they do. Their new music is a true reflection of their new lease on life.
Zach Marcott listened to their latest recordings and instantly signed the band to his W.O.G. Love Records label. Proceeds of their music is donated to charity – a cause extremely important to the members of ID.
Performing two tracks in The Garage, “Swords in the Storage Shed” and “Punch to the Face”, sends out an encouraging message to their listeners. Materialistic items come and go, but you only wake up everyday with one life to spare.
“We definitely have the love songs, but we try to go across the board. Social, political, introspective, anger – whatever we feel. We all write the music, not just one of us,” says JC.
The outcome of their latest writing sessions?
“We now have our favorite record.”
To listen to more tracks or became a fan of ID check out their Facebook page.
Are you in a band or know of somebody here in San Antonio that should spend some time in our garage? Please let us know! Email MichaelBotsford@woaitv.com
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