The Absentees – S/T 7″



What can be said about The Absentees that Ryan Richardson/Break My Face haven’t said in his excellent article: The Absentess? Not much actually. Which is a relief since typing text for blog posts is for pussys. Just listen to the goddamn thing and find out for yourself. If you think it sucks say so in the comment section if not then you’re most welcome to say that too. Raw, imbecile and classic. 106 copies. Punk Rock!


Mike Zed reports that: “Even the ones that were sold at Zed Records (including the ones that went to Jello and Tim Yo) he gave to the store for free just so we would carry it. He said he brought them and felt weird about it the first time, but the second time he came in we listened to it and liked it, and he has liked us ever since.”


Country: USA

Tryin To Mess With Me.mp3


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58 Responses to The Absentees – S/T 7″

  1. Randy Scott/ drums on "Tryin to Mess With Me"-FUM says:

    Just thought I would add some history. We use to practice at PCH and Pine in Long Beach. That was Steve Goldsmith’s (bass player) mom’s house. It has since been torn down, but it’s right behind the gas station, two houses in from PCH. The alley is still there! Also, I’m pretty sure that the drum track on FUM on the KBD cd is not me. My drums on the 45 should be different. I wasn’t much of a half time guy back then. Strange also that Roco loved the Damned and that I really didn’t listen to them before laying the track down on Tryin to Mess With Me. Rat Scabies is awesome(Damned drummer) and I must have channeled Roco’s liking and description of that style into this special 45.

  2. Randy Scott/ drums on "Tryin to Mess With Me"-FUM says:

    Roco was very easy to work with when he wrote new material. He would first just talk about what he was trying to say in the song and how that matched his guitar. Then he would give a brief description of what he heard in regards to the drums beat/timing/feeling. Every time I would play drums he 90% of the time would be smiling and liking it. He was very nice about suggesting a small change or part. When I joined, Roco was already good friends with Steve Goldsmith, who by the way I became good friends with. Just thought I would add a thread for those Absentee fans.

  3. Randy Scott/ drums on "Tryin to Mess With Me"-FUM says:

    I started playing drums after high school; a little late, but I could tell it was easy for me to keep a steady groove or meter. I would ride my bike home after lectures from Long Beach City College; down Conant street. As soon as I got off the bike, I would change into a bathing suit, then it was into a hot cluttered garage, close the door, and I would pick a beat, add some fill (drum rolls) and solo until I was drenched in sweat; about an hour plus. My mom was very sick and I had no dad. My neighbors knew I was really into it and felt bad because of my home situation. I did this religously for 6 months plus. That’s when a friend of mine who was renting a room from my mom, said he knew a good guitarist named Roco. He thought my style would be a good match with Roco. I was exited to be in a real band; not just everybody getting together and jamming some time. I liked Roco from the start and he liked my aggressive style with a driving meter. It clicked. So did Steve Goldsmith’s bass; but that’s another story.

    • Joel says:

      Randy Scott, I would like to contact you about a book I am writing on the history of punk rock in Long Beach. (i realize this message is a long shot, but maybe internet magic will do its job). I became fascinated with the Absentees story and was stunned to learn you played drums for Absentees. I thought of you only as the Modern Warfare drummer. In fact, I was good friends with the sister of your then-girlfriend Mary C. You once gave me a couple M.W. 45’s at her house on Harco. I still have them in my garage! That was quite a prize for a 15-year-old punk rocker ! Email me at joel [@]

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