LOS ANGELES, January 21, 2014 — Revolt is a street punk band from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is not an area known for spawning punk bands, but where there are punks, you will usually find punk music and a kid that wants to play in a punk band. Kay Kaos, vocals, and Rob Slob, drums and bass, seem to be the only consistent members. Kay Kaos took some time last August to speak about the punk rock scene in Coeur d’Alene.
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Kevin Wells: Before punk, what kind of music did you listen to?
Kay Kaos: I listened to a lot of hair metal and grunge before I found punk, and still love most of the bands. Mötley Crüe, Guns n Roses, Mudhoney, Tad. Anything sleezy, dirty or dark.
KW: How did punk rock find you?
KK: When I was 11, I really wanted a guitar. I’m awful at it, still can’t play much more than All About the Beer and sing at the same time. So my uncle, who was in a band, got me my first one and a burnt CD that said “Punk ‘76 – ‘94” on it with a piece of paper with the band names. It had Sex Pistol’s Pretty Vacant, DK’s Police Truck, and Clash White Riot, just to name a few. I fell in love and shaved my head within a month.
The bands that really got me hooked and into the scene when I was younger were GBH, The Germs, Rudimentary Peni, Special Duties, the Sick Things, the Casualties, Varukers, Vice Squad, the Exploited, the Devotchkas, the Adicts, X, the Eyes, The Bags, Subhumans – just to name a few. As soon as I heard it, I pogo’d into punk rock as much as I could. I have countless s***ty backyard bands to thank for it as well, taking punk rock from a great music experience to a sweaty, dirty expression of rage with kids as drunk and pissed as I was.
KW: Are there a lot of punks in Coeur d’Alene?
KK: The ‘Seedy (A)’ scene is ever growing. Idaho is populated 80% by rednecks and religious zealots. Places that are repressive are notorious for breeding hard core punk rockers, and this frigid northern hell hole is no different. It’s a great energy too since most of the scene is stemming from the youth. At 21, I’m one of the oldest punks in town.
It also merges with the Spokane scene since no bars in Coeur d’Alene will let anything play that isn’t some half ass Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band and Revolt is banned because they’re worried we’ll wreck the place – we all haul a** to Spokane to have shows. Our ‘punk’ venue (they’ll let Revolt and touring bands play, rap the other nights to cover cost) is all ages and gives the Potato Punx and Revolt Brats discounts for crossin’ state lines, even for a $3 show.
Between CDAs emerging POGO and Street Punx scene and the crusty metal stuff that’s been here forever, there’s a great turn out for the shows. Everyone participates, the Inland North West is too off the map for music snobs. [In] Spokane, we’ve got the Hop, Cars and Mootsys… hopefully we’ll get more soon. Until then we’ve got those few and houses to wreck.
KW: How accepting of punks are the non-punk residents there?
KK: They tolerate us, every time me or Slob get stopped we’re just drunk, in a fight or have beers. There are too many tweekers on that bad biker dope up here that turns ‘em retarded to bother with us too much. CDAPD has more on their plate than punks and they let us handle our own business, for good or bad. Spokane however…you will be shot. Pregnant woman, priests, retarded, they don’t care. Five normal people not breaking the law in Spokane got murdered by cops in one month when we first came north so me n Slob got the f**k out of there.
KW: What made you cross the line from punk fan to punk singer? How did Revolt get started?
KK: These two really go hand in hand. Being in the Inland North West was the final push for me to go from fan to singer, no bands out here were playing the music we wanted to listen to so we decided to do it ourselves. DIY or die, right?
As for how it got started, Rob Slob has been running under the banner of Revolt, the band name he picked in middle school, but had been broken up for a while. Anyone who’s met him over the past 15 years is bound to have heard the name and see the logo whether there was an actual group to go along with it or not.
When we decided to get a band going together, we kept the name and I was actually supposed to be the bass player but I couldn’t stay in time to save my life so I took over at vocals. That just left us as a two piece until we put instruments in the hands of some squatter kids I let crash on my floor, and dragged ‘em to see the Casualties. We played our first show within a month. Since then our lineup is ever changing
KW: Being in a band can be stressful enough at times. Does being in a relationship with Rob Slob add to that?
KK: Slob and I are band mates, friends and in a relationship – in that order. The music comes first. We’re both violent drunk punks and we fight each other and others often, but we each can handle the bulls**t, if that makes sense. So in a way, it’s the only thing holding the band together…stickin’ together like studs on leather.
KW: Where can people find your music?
KK: We’re working on putting out our first album Charged N’ Pissed as soon as we get up the cash. Until then you can find Revolt nOIse on Revoltpunx.com, Reverbnation, our youtube channel Revolt Punx and facebook.
We can also be contacted for booking/questions/whatever at [email protected]
KW: Does Revolt have any touring plans outside of Coeur d’Alene in the near or distant future? Specifically, any shows in Los Angeles?
KK: We took the whole street punx thing alittle to hard. haha We are saving up for a van or car and band equipment right now since we hitch/barrow gear at almost every show. But as soon as we get the means we’re hittin’ the road!
KW: Is there anything else you would like people to know about you or Revolt?
KK: Resist the norm, Revel in Chaos, Revolt against everything! I’m gonna quote one of my favorite bands, the Chernobyl Babies, “They say it’s waist of livin’ but IT’S WHAT I’M LIVIN’ FOR.”
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball