Ron Reyes lives!!!!!!!!
Ron Reyes -- also known as Chavo Pederast, also known as the right answer to the question "who's the best Black Flag singer?" -- has seemingly been living under a rock since bailing on the South Bay punk band more than two decades ago. Rumors swirled that Reyes moved to Vancouver, Canada, and had found God. And now, thanks to myspace.com, those rumors can be confirmed.
I don't make a habit of posting links to people's myspace pages, but this is something totally different. Reyes was -- and still is -- my favorite Black Flag singer of what was probably my favorite Black Flag era ("Jealous Again"). His vocals were potentally melodic and his performance in "The Decline of Western Civilization" used to make me jump off the couch when I was in high school.
According to his myspace page, Reyes played in a garage/glam band called Crash Bang Crush Pop after leaving Black Flag and also recorded some home demos that were never released. The player on his site has some of these songs and they're pretty good. CBCP's cover of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is killer, as is a homemade tape of Reyes' lovesong for his wife called "Our Love is Perfect."
Reyes also has a youtube site with footage from Crash Bang Crush Pop that shows his rocking really long hair.
For Black Flag fans, this is a goldmine. I don't know if ol' Chavo is interested in becoming your "friend," but his page is open to the public and he's got some never-before-seen pics worth taking a gander at.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.