There's a solid core of art-punk groups playing regularly in and around Long Beach at the moment: The bands take a musical approach akin to the late-'70s Manhattan underground scene, playing hard, loud, grimy, deliberately minimalist and technically proficient. That group includes Gestapo Khazi, Some Days, Death Hymn Number 9 and Deadly Finns.
The music of Deadly Finns parallels that of, say, Television–a two-guitar attack that employs interlocking riffs and improvised sections in which the guitars aren't necessarily noodling around, with one guy playing lead and the other rhythm. Rather, they prefer layering noise to provide an energetic point-counterpoint to tunes.
"I like to see musicians go for it," says guitarist/vocalist and de facto bandleader Mike Vermillion, describing the way the band put songs together.
"The climate of music started changing," Vermillion recalls. "If you weren't touring all the time, you had no money. We just kind of got tired of not having a home. I was still in Gogogo Airheart when I moved to Long Beach; we were touring a lot, but it was obvious our interests were going into different things. So it was time for a new band with friends from Long Beach."