25 Years of Left Coast Punk
MxPx, Slick Shoes, The Huntingtons
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Slick Shoes is a pop punk band from Antelope Valley, California. Their name comes from the hit 1985 movie, The Goonies, 'slick shoes' being one of the character Data's many gadgets. The band formed in 1994 and made their first release as a self-titled EP in 1997. They released 5 full length CDs, 4 of them on Seattle based Tooth and Nail Records. They also released an EP, a split with Autopilot Off and a greatest hits CD entitled The Biggest & The Best, featuring 3 previously unreleased songs. Slick Shoes' style could be described as fast and melodic, occasionally with a rough-edged hardcore punk/melodic hardcore sound.
The band had gone through numerous line-up changes over the years, but singer Ryan Kepke and Joe Nixon (drums) performed on every release, while Jeremiah Brown (bass) played on all except their final album, Far From Nowhere. This was their first release without Tooth and Nail Records, which they left, not for religious reasons, but merely because their contract had finished and the band felt the need for a change. Far From Nowhere was released on SideOneDummy Records in the summer of 2003.
The Huntingtons debut album Sweet Sixteen was released in 1996 by Flying Tart Records. A few months later, their first attempt at recording Ramones covers, entitled Rocket To Ramonia saw limited release via the Burnt Toast Vinyl label. At this point the band added a second guitarist, Tom Rehbein (later in Small Towns Burn A Little Slower). After working with producer Mass Giorgini for the band's next album, Fun and Games, Tom was replaced by Brad Ber. After the album's release in the summer of 1997, the band started touring and gained a cult following. Their big break came in 1998, when they signed to Tooth & Nail Records and released High School Rock.
After touring for the High School Rock release, the band made a conscious decision to take their Ramones sound to the extreme and released five albums in a one year period. Live: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, File Under Ramones and Get Lost all made it into stores before 1999 was over. The band also played the first of what would become two shows as Joey Ramone's backing band at CBGB's in NYC. Plastic Surgery and Split were both released to stores in January 2000. During this period the band went through multiple line-up changes before finally settling in for good with Josh Blackway (aka Jonny Huntington) on second guitar and Josh Zimmer (aka Danny #2) on drums. The band spent the remainder of 2000 on the road touring throughout the US and Europe.
Two years after the band decided to officially call it quits, they reunited for a show in Elkton, Maryland and had so much fun that they ultimately decided to keep the band going in part-time "do what we want, when we want" status. In 2009, the band released a new record on Knowhere Records called Punk Sounds (released digitally through Steinhaus Records) which includes b-sides, rarities and two new tracks. Official remasters of several of their albums have also been released (High School Rock Remastered, 1-2-3-4!: The Complete Early Years Remastered and Rock-N-Roll Habits For The New Wave (Remastered)). Limited edition vinyl pressings of Sweet Sixteen and Fun and Games were released in the summer of 2011. A brand new studio record to be entitled, "Punk Rock Legends From USA" is slated for release in 2012 (oops, that never happened), 16 years after the release of their debut album.