Brad “Daddy” X has long earned his reputation as the voice of Placentia “rip-hop” crew the Kottonmouth Kings, but before the vocalist would spend most of his career rapping about weed, his roots were in punk rock. Years ago, in a different period of his career, he fronted punk bands Doggy Style and Humble Gods. During the Doggy Style era, he was apparently straight-edge, an idea that sounds patently WTF now. With that in mind, X Pistols is sort of a throwback for the vocalist. The Dirtball of KMK, plus Eddie and Joe Tatar of OG OC punks D.I. joined Brad X to make a record that runs roughshod with wild, Suicidal Tendencies-style aggression and is smitten with the archetypal punk themes of rebellion and anxiety.
Shoot to Kill, X Pistols' debut, comes out on Jan. 18. In advance of the release, Brad X dished on how the project came about and what he finds appealing about punk in the first place. Hit below for a stream of “Wild Side” from the new record.