IRENE (Houston, TX) http://www.reverbnation.com/irenerocks Irene Gonzales was our grandmother. She inspired and encouraged. She had passion for life, and loved us unconditionally. All three of us had been playing and performing at an early age. Oscar and I had been in bands together, and always felt a musical bond. We started Jamming with our younger brother Hector, and even though our influences and styles weren't the same, we liked what was coming out. IRENE became our name without debate. In part as a tribute to the person our grandmother was. In part because we were deep into what we where doing. We had bands in the past, but this was it. All or nothing, into the unknown creating and pushing ourselves and our music. The Dirty Seeds (Houston, TX) http://thedirtyseeds.com/ Frustrated with a music scene dominated by wuss rock and sad emo kids, The Dirty Seeds have sprouted to bring real rock music to Houston. Laying down grooves as heavy and dirty as the Houston air, The Dirty Seeds are making their way to a venue near you to save your earholes from the skinny jeans/guyliner wearing bands you’ve become accustomed to. The Bad Drugs (Houston, TX) http://www.reverbnation.com/thebaddrugs It seems so pretentious when these things are in third person. Last year (2011) me and Britt worked on our first serious music project The Alley Queens a glam rock band. Due to an overly rigorous practice schedule and real life obligations I had to brake up with the project. I still really wanted to do music and I had left with a good idea how to really promote and organize a project. I dug around a little bit thinking I wanted to start a new glam project. One day while meeting with a potential band mate it dawned on me that it wasn’t quite the right fit. I wanted to do actual classic punk rock ‘n roll which was closer to my roots. I was fortunate to find Ryan right away after this occurred to me and he was very much where I was at with this inspirations and intentions. We immediately started hammering away at putting together material and tried out a few different players. I kept commenting how much I really liked working with Britt and wanted to bring him on. I also knew The Alley Queens was a full time job and then some. Britt split with TAQ and I couldn’t stop myself from calling him and begging him to come drum. Fit like a glove and he was so excited about the project he turned Mitch on to it.