For years, The Bastards have been "that punk band," toiling away on the bar scene in a town dominated by bluegrass, blues-rock and peace-loving singer-songwriters.
Those days are almost over. The trio, a functioning band for the last eight years and reunited in its original form for the last 18 months, will play its farewell-to-Juneau show at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Marlintini's Lounge.
The three members - Ethan Simons (drums/vocals), Jeff Temple (guitar/vocals) and Regan O'Toole (bass/vocals) - are moving to Southern California to pursue "fame and fortune," as Simons puts it. They've been talking about moving for more than a year.
"You can only go so far in a town like Juneau," Simons said. "There's the Internet, but we had to go somewhere for exposure, and for the ability to get out and play."
"We're all going to meet up down there and get a place to live and try to make it work," he said. "We'll be The Bastards in L.A., unless that implodes and all of us start side projects once we get down there."
Comedian Dan Fink will open Friday's show at 9. At midnight, the band will conduct a drawing for a black Fender Stratocaster guitar customized with the Bastards' logo - a red "b" in a circle. You must be present to win. The band will charge a $5 cover at the door to offset the cost of the guitar. They've also recorded a 5-song demo at Gold Street Studios - their first recorded output - that they hope is duplicated by Friday night.
the bastards farewell show
when: 9 p.m. friday, feb. 3.
where: marlintini's lounge.
about: for more about the band, including a video clip from of the group's recent shows, check out http://www.thebastardsband.com.
The group probably won't end up in Los Angeles proper. Simons, a Juneau banker, has been interviewing for bank jobs in Orange County, Irvine and Costa Mesa. O'Toole is bilingual and a talented landscaper.
All three Bastards grew up in Juneau. Temple is the lone member who has lived in Southern California for an extended period of time.
"In a lot of people's eyes, it's probably a rash move to just drop your career and head to a strange city and try to get rich and famous," Simons said. "It's one of those things where you don't want to wake up one day as an 80-year-old and look back at the things you've done and say, 'I wish I would have at least tried.'"
"It is extremely difficult," he said. "This is home, and all of my friends are here. It's frightening and heartbreaking. But we're all pretty serious about what we do. We've been musicians for a lot longer than we've been anything else."
Simons and Temple have been best friends since they were 12 and bought their first guitars almost 16 years ago. Seven or eight years later, they started playing with O'Toole in an unnamed trio.
"We figured we needed to have gigs and an album to have a name," Simons said.
Temple left town and the band played as 36-C, the name of a storage unit. They changed to The Bastards about four years ago, went through two guitarists and evolved into a four-piece before Temple returned 18 months ago. Last June, they opened for The Misfits at the Alaska Native Brotherhood hall.
"We're going to be starting from scratch down there like we started here," Simons said. "We obviously can't take our following with us. We'll just have to start a new one. The bottom line remains, there's not much we can do here in Juneau. We'll be able to travel down there. Everything's connected on the road."