Photo of Keida Mascaro, member of The Pinks.
Mr. T's Bowl, Los Angeles 1998
The Pinks (1998 - 2000) resided in Hollywood and played shows all over the Los Angeles area. The band was a part of a scene that centered around the famed Mt. T's Bowl in Highland Park. Mr. T's was a dilapidated bowling alley turned punk rock venue, owned by Mr. Testeverdi, affectionately known by all as Mr. T. The rowdy club housed an interesting mix of young punks as well as old townie drunkards and neighborhood regulars. Mike V of Vermicious K formed the first band website we could all recall entitled "Y Records" where we were all able to put up small bulletins of upcoming shows. Keida and Mike V booked out shows all over Los Angeles, primarily at Mr. T's Bowl and The Garage in Hollywood.
Below is a film made in 1999 by Sacko, one of the regular musicians in the scene. Bands that were regulars at the time were:
The Mashed Notes, Arlo (Otto), Hollistons Stops, Ghetto Blaster, The Pinks, Vermicious K, Rainbow Sugar, 1976, The Mormons, PaulLaura, Dopamine, Twister Naked, Spanking Machine, Little Morphine Annie, and Socko.
Arlo got signed with SubPop in 2001, which marked the end of the the Y Records scene. Dave Roche of The Mashed Notes went on to become a published writer with his first title On Subbing becoming a zine hit. Alfred Darlington of The Mashed Notes became DJ Daedelus.
Our Garage | 1999
Film by Sacko of the Y Records scene in Hollywood, at the famed club, The Garage. Live performances by The Mashed Notes, The Pinks, Vermicious K, and Arlo (Otto).