Ventura County has sparked a huge music scene throughout the years, a lot of which consists of punk and alternative bands. TSR is amongst all of them.
The project began as a solo effort of lead vocalist Johnny Riot, but eventually became a punk rock group as bassist Adam Crawford and drummer Ivan Pahua joined in.
“We rehearsed as much as we could played whenever we were asked to perform. Our good friend Andrea Holmes did a photoshoot for our album. We started getting asked to do more and more shows. There was a point where every week we had a show, which, as a musician is dream come true because that’s all you want to do,” Riot explains about only some of what the band had done in 2017, “During that July and August we recorded our album. Our good friend and lead guitarist/singer for The Osteoblasts recorded and produced the entire album with us.”
That self-titled album was released digitally in the beginning of October 2017.
“We spent a lot of time rehearsing. Whether it was at Ivan's house or we were at Stage One. Stage One is kind of like my second home. A lot of hours logged there consistently working on new material which would become our debut album. We talked about what each song meant, what is was about. Some of the songs you can tell right off the bat with the title. It was a lot of fun because we would either just jam and something would come out of it, I would come to rehearsals with new material, or Adam would come up with couple of songs. It’s a group effort. We all add a piece of each other,” Riot explains about the songwriting process of the record.
While it hasn’t been too long since the record was released, the band are already working on new music.
“I’m always writing. I can’t stop. There’s always a new song. I’m working on material for upcoming EP and our sophmore album, which I believe will be better than our first,” Riot reveals about the future.
“The aforementioned E.P. should be recorded and released in the late winter, followed by our second album later in the year,” Crawford says, adding onto the previous comment.
It seems like the band are working hard on what they plan to do next and it’s clear that the hard work will pay off.