SCOTT PETTY: Guitar
JEFF “BASSHOLE” CARLSON: Bass
JAYSON BEVAN: Drums
Hardcore punk like Mental Midgets is the true and literal garage rock of the United States.
There aren’t any garages in New York City where all those hip-as-fuck garage bands are, but there are plenty of garages in suburban New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, California and everywhere else in between. In those garages are rejects who know that the government is up to no good, that religion is bullshit and that consumer culture is a trap. Those are the kids who invented the ’zine, the independent label, the mosh pit and touring in a van as we know it. Like it or not, anyone connected to DIY rock music today owes it all to punkers from uncool places who people think are uncool. And if you were wondering, they also like cheese, sandwiches, 2 % milk and hate cats. —Dave Barratt