LOS ANGELES, January 21, 2014 — The San Fernando Valley has produced a wide lineage of punk, hardcore and thrash bands. Cholos On Acid, which over formed 25 years ago, is back together. In August, Cholos On Acid released a new album, Grab Your Brain. Cholos On Acid singer Horhay Coa spoke with Wells On Music last August regarding the bands earlier days, their new record and the future of Cholos On Acid.
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Kevin Wells: What bands made you want to start playing music?
Horhay: When I was a kid, I had a Circle Jerks record, a Fear album, D.O.A. record, Dead Kennedys record. So that’s pretty much what got me into it. The old school punk.
KW: How did Cholos On Acid form?
Horhay: I’m originally from Venice and most of the guys are from the west valley and I was in a band out there. Straight out of high school a couple of them got together and then I joined the band shortly after, still real early, in like ’86. So, it was basically just through the scene we met. We played together and then I joined the band.
KW: Why did you guys split up initially?
Horhay: Well, me and the other guitar player went on to form a band called Jughead’s Revenge and put out records. Then on and on from there, I’ve been in a hundred bands since then. Basically what it was, we just started growing up and, you know, trying to make it in music is impossible.
KW: What made Cholos On Acid get back together and start playing again?
Horhay: All these years had passed and a few years ago our original drummer passed away. So we did a memorial just for fun, 25 years after the last time I sang these songs, and it was all these kids who had our tape in high school and they’re all freakin’ out. We’re like, “Let’s do it,” you know? I said if we are going to do it, do it right and make a CD, go to a decent studio and put it out.
KW: What can fans look forward to with this new record?
Horhay: It’s actually kind of cool because we re-recorded some of the old 1989 demo tracks that were on the little cassette. They sounded crappy, now they sound great. We have some new songs, I love the old songs the most because they bring me back to when it was fun and the whole reason why I started playing music in the first place.
KW: Will you release it on vinyl as well?
Horhay: We have the CD. We’re thinking about doing vinyl. We’re talking to a guy that has a record label, Records On Tap, that puts out vinyl. We might go threw him and do a limited run.
KW: What are your thoughts on the thrash metal scene now compared with the 80s?
Horhay: [laughs] You know, it used to be something new back in the day with Suicidal [Tendencies] and Cro-Mags and great bands like that, Anthrax. It was fun back then. Nowadays, it’s like, if you’re not singing out your ass [laughs], then it’s something weird. You have to sing like, I don’t even know what you would call it, just basically grunting into the microphone. We’re more wide open, like punk metal, I would say, as opposed to just being metal.
KW: I’ve always enjoyed the punker side of metal.
Horhay: Yeah, absolutely. That’s basically what I’m trying to say.
KW: Will there be any touring this summer?
Horhay: We’re just doing California over the summer, but we’ve been talking to our friends in Brazil, a band called, Bandanos. When I was on tour in Romania, I met these guys and I’ve been talking to them about going down to Brazil in January, which we might do.
KW: Where are your favorite places to play?
Horhay: That’s tough, man. There’s a lot of good cities. Right now with [Cholos On Acid], we’ve been doing very, very well in San Diego. We played the Shakedown twice down there and they just loved us. They just absolutely ate it up. We’re going back again at the end of August.
KW: Is there anything else you would like people to know about Cholos On Acid?
Horhay: We’ve been working really hard on trying to get our online presence going. We have the website, which we’re constantly working on, constantly putting new stuff out on. Check out the CD with art by Jeff Gather, who did the Accused records and many other bands. He’s got a website online. Just look forward to another record coming out next year. We’re just gonna keep this going. We’re all kind of old men. I’ve been doing this straight since I was 13. I’m 46 years old now and it doesn’t look like we’re stopping anytime soon.
Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball