THIS AIN'T NO DISCO
40 oz. Freedom Fighters figure that if you stay long enough at one of their shows, you're guaranteed to hear something you love. Unless, that is, you're obsessed with female pop singers — vocalist Nicolas Caballero isn't that versatile — or another style that holds little interest for the band and its fans. "Disco," says the singer, "is probably the only music that we wouldn't really want to play."
GUYS WITH GUITARS
The band's musical ambidexterity dates back to its origins nearly a decade ago, when Caballero and guitarist Tim Mako used to host an open jam at the Hatch Cover, playing anything from Metallica to Billy Idol hits. Once a permanent lineup solidified, arrangements were tightened well beyond the capabilities of random guys who showed up with guitars, and a steady fan base soon followed. These days, you can find them on Friday and Saturday nights at their usual haunts: Benny's, Cleats, Mother Muff's and, of course, the Townhouse.
The band's name, as even the most casual Bradley Nowell fan can tell you, is derived from the title of Sublime's first album, 40oz. to Freedom. So even if they've played "Wrong Way" or "What I Got" during the set before you arrive, it's a pretty safe bet you can talk them into doing it again.
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