Calabrese's Jimmy Calabrese on Hometown Acceptance, Creating a New Sound and Dream Tours

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The Calabrese boys (from left): Bobby, Jimmy, and Davey.
When a band in a small genre possesses a sound that is very much their own, most would assume it would limit the acts it can perform with, but that's not the case with the local horror-punk trio of the brothers Calabrese.

They've performed and shared bills alongside a number of rockabilly and psychobilly bands, including The Chop Tops, Koffin Kats, and legendary act The Meteors, even playing Ink-N-Iron Festival 2012 with Buckcherry headlining. Calabrese, who hail from Phoenix, has proved it has the ability to play with any act with dark influences, even if the bands' sounds aren't similar. This plays over into their aspirations as well, says bassist/vocalist Jimmy Calabrese, the oldest of the three brothers.

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Why I Still Love Green Day's Dookie, 20 Years After Its Release

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Song associations are strange, because when I hear "Longview" by Green Day, I think of Rosemarie Sandoval's hair. We were both sophomores, sharing a table in Mr. Nardinelli's third-period art class. I think she was almost a year older, and if she wasn't taller than me anyway, her bangs sure were. Between the towering, lacquered fan rising from her forehead, a wardrobe consisting entirely of Aztec-god-holding-naked-lady-over-a-low-rider t-shirts, and a constant array of hickies, Rosemarie kind of terrified me, especially when I saw her beat the shit out of some girl outside of Spanish the following spring.

Mr. Nard played the radio on a component stereo up behind his desk, and on that day, he switched it to KWOD 106.5 (Sacramento's New Rock Alternative). Rosemarie got super huffy about it. "Naaard!" she complained. "Why can't we just listen to oldies?" It was a commercial break, and when the DJ came back, he mentioned something about "the new one from Green Day." Rosemarie spent the rest of the period sulking and patting her bangs in front of her compact; I busily worked on my upside-down Picasso drawing, until Mike Dirnt's bass intro wandered out of the speakers and into my brain forever.


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