About 1208

Southern California punk band 1208 hails from the South Bay Area and is comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist Alex, lead guitarist and vocalist Neshawn, bass player Bryan, and drummer Manny. The group, which was established in 1995, is building on the musical tradition inspired by other outfits that hail from the same region, including the Descendants, Pennywise, the Circle Jerks, and Black Flag. Bandmembers at first feared that their youth would work against them, since many nightspots in their locale were for ages 21 and older. Despite this worry, the band persevered, drawing inspiration and encouragement from the success of another local young group, the Deviates. 1208 triumphed with their own opportunity to record, and the result was Feedback Is Playback. The albums' producers were Pennywise's Fletcher Dragge and Darian Rundall. An interesting aside: lead vocalist Alex's uncle is Greg Ginn, guitarist for punk rockers Black Flag. Raymond Pettibon, another uncle, provided the album's artwork, evidence of an artistic career that spans several decades. ~ Linda Seida

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