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The Pier: Getting To Know LAW!

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We spoke with LAW’s drummer Nick Aguilar, who gave us a long awaited introduction to the up and coming Long Beach rockers. Discussing everything from opening for Sublime with Rome to their upcoming debut EP, Nick provided some insight into the band’s experiences, and answers the question, “Who is LAW?”


LAW’s Identity:

“At the end of the day, I would just say that we’re a rock band,” says Aguilar. “We can be heavy, we can be soft, and we can be in-between. Whenever people ask what we are, I just say that we’re a fucking rock band because I really can’t put a genre name on it. I guess you could say punk rock, I guess some elements of ska and reggae, some hip-hop here and there with an alternative rock kind of edge to our songs. It’s all very confusing.”
We usually don’t cover bands composed of recent high school grads, but LAW is a unique case, particularly because it’s led by Jakob Nowell, the son of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell. Starting as a three-piece and now a quartet, LAW’s members include Jakob Nowell (Vocals/Guitar), Dakota Ethridge (Vocals/Bass), Aidan Palacios (Lead Guitar), and Nick Aguilar (Drums).

Finding an identity is an obstacle every young adult has to overcome, and that especially applies in a band. With the lead singer being who he is, it’s only natural for fans to want to compare LAW with Sublime, however those comparisons don’t sit too well with the band.

“That’s always been kind of annoying for all of us,” explains Aguilar. “I mean obviously it’s a good factor to help us out with our publicity and stuff, and I can’t blame the fans for doing it because its what we all expected, but we’re trying our best to do our own thing. With this EP, I think it’s gonna showcase that we are a bit different. We still kind of have the Sublime vibe just because of who Jake is. He sounds a lot like his dad, there’s no denying that, but he takes a lot of different influences from all different kinds of artists and so do I. We all have very different musical tastes, and we all bring to the table whatever sounds good at the end of the day. We don’t really care about the genre or whatever the hell we’re playing, all we want to do is play whatever we think sounds good.”

LAW: Coming Together

When asked how the band got its name, Aguilar says, “The name LAW actually came about between Dakota and Jake when they used to live in San Diego. Law was the name of a street in Pacific Beach, and Jake’s house and Dakota’s house connected to each other from Law Street.”

Miguel Happoldt, a major figure in the Long Beach music scene, is responsible for putting the band together. Nick, whose been playing the drums since he was ten years old, described his chance encounter with Miguel that led him to become LAW’s drummer.

“When I was twelve I really got into punk rock, and my dad worked with the organ player in Mike Watt’s band. Mike lives in San Pedro, where I’m from, and one day the organ player told my dad ‘hey I heard your son plays drums, he should fill in on a song with us one day.’ So I learned the song ‘This Ain’t No Picnic’ and I played that. Mike thought I was gonna be like a little kid act but I blew him away doing that song, especially at that age. Then in July 2012, Miguel was in the audience while I was playing the last two songs of Mike Watt’s set at DiPiazza’s. I actually had no idea who Miguel was or anything, but he came up to me after the show and asked ‘What’s the two hardest Minutemen songs you can play?” and I said ‘I guess those two.’ I really didn’t think anything of it. And then about a month later I got an email from Mike saying that Miguel wanted me to play drums for Jake Nowell’s band. It took a few months for Jake and Dakota to move up to Long Beach, but once they did we were officially started as a band.”

Watch: Mike Watt and the Secondmen with Nick Aguilar – “This Ain’t No Picnic”

LAW: Performing Live

“It’s kind of hard to say what our best show was, but not gonna lie, I really enjoyed the show we did opening up for Slightly Stoopid in Soma, San Diego. I’m not saying that just because it was Slightly Stoopid, I mean obviously it was an honor to be opening for them and Perro Bravo, but for some reason, on that stage, we sounded really damn good that night. It all kind of came together and that was a really good show.”

Another good show that stuck out in Nick’s mind is one that was met with a hint of controversy from fans. That being the December 2013 show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, where LAW opened for Sublime with Rome.
“It was cool that we got to play that show. Rome is honestly a really nice guy, he came to our green room and talked with us and everything. Jake even went on stage to sing ‘What I Got’ with him. He was talking to me after the show about a bunch of hardcore punk bands that he’s into and I thought that was really fucking cool.”

In a separate interview with Rome Ramirez, Rome shared the same sentiment regarding Jake and LAW.

“We’re real close with Troy Jake, I mean especially with Eric being close with them as well. As soon as Jake started doing shows, I caught wind of it and I had to put him on the show. Jake is so incredibly fucking talented. He can sing his ass off and shreds on the guitar. His dad would be so fucking proud of him. He’s super intelligent too, he’s a very good kid. There’s a treat waiting to happen for him.”

When asked if the band felt any hesitation when the opportunity to open for SWR presented itself, Aguilar said, “We didn’t even really think about it. A show is a show. There’s a good audience, good publicity, so it was really just whatever and we went into it.”

LAW: Original Music

LAW’s eight-song debut EP is set for release on Skunk Records on Friday August 28th, and it came to fruition after many years of writing and some tough days in the studio. When asked how he enjoyed his first experience working in the studio, Aguilar said, “It was kind of stressful. Time is money and there’s only so much you can do. When you go in there for ten hours, it seems like you’re gonna have a lot of time to do everything, but time goes by extremely fast, it’s ridiculous. It’s kind of hard to explain what it’s like to be in a studio until you’re actually there, but it’s difficult at some points.”

As of now, the band has released two songs on their bandcamp page, the Mic Dangerously engineered “Flower” and “Getting By,” both of which were written by Jake Nowell when he was fifteen years old.
When asked why the band chose those two songs in particular to release early, Aguilar explained, “We thought ‘Flower’ was a good way to showcase what we had to offer. It’s kind of a mixture of everything like ska, stoner rock, punk rock, reggae, and hip-hop. It’s a little bit of a messy song, but Jake wrote it when he was really young and he felt comfortable releasing it.”

Aguilar admits that Jake is the band’s primary writer, but he went on to explain that all the members have an input in songwriting, especially Dakota, whose written several tracks of his own.

Aguilar mentioned how he enjoys playing “Flower” and “Getting By” live, but his favorite song to play is “Drown It,” which he describes as a “grungier sounding tune that Jake wrote a couple of months ago.”

The band will be releasing their EP on the same week that they all return to college, but they already have their sights on their next project.

“Definitely a full-length [album]. We have a lot of new material that we want to start recording as soon as possible after we release the EP. Miguel has offered to produce this one this time if we do it his way, which is fine because he’s a great producer, so hopefully we can do it with him this time.”

Those of you looking for the third coming of Sublime won’t find it on this EP. LAW may still be in the process of finding themselves, but they’re doing it their own way, and we respect them for it. Good luck out there, boys.

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LAW Facebook
LAW Instagram
LAW bandcamp

Article By: Andrew Aroche
Photos By: Josh Coffman

Listen: LAW- “Flower”

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WGN Radio interview with Jimmy Buffett

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Jimmy Buffett did an in depth interview with Dave Hoekstra on WGN Radio: “Jimmy Buffett talks about the state of the music business, Steve Goodman, Walter Cronkite and the importance of Chicago to his early years“.

Jimmy Buffett joins Dave Hoekstra for an in studio discussion about his long career as a singer/songwriter and head of the Coral Reefer Band. They talk about his travels in Europe and that audience’s response to the music, the impact of the Chicago club scene on his early career, the state of the recording industry and the benefit of an artist holding the rights to their material, his friendship with Walter Cronkite and much more. Listen to the interview at WGN Radio.

Buffett mentioned he’s been working on a new book off and on for awhile. It’s a collection of travel stories. It will be published by Mailboat Publishing and will be direct to retail and available on Amazon.


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Workin’ and Playin’ in Alpine Valley

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended the summer leg of the Workin’ n Playin’ tour last night at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy WI.

Huey Lewis and the News was the opening act for the show. Huey came out later and joined Buffett and the band during the song “Fins” and played harmonica. This was the first time the Huey and Buffett performed together during one of the shows.


The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 24 songs including “SummerZcool”, “Gypsies In The Palace”, and “Dreamsicle” (last played Feb 25th 2012 in Birmingham AL)

The tour resumes with two shows in Paris on September 26th and 27th, followed by shows on the west coast in October (Santa Barbara CA, Las Vegas, Albuquerque NM, Los Angeles CA, and Irvine CA).

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Alpine Valley tonight

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform tonight at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. It’s the last stop of the summer for the 2015 Workin’ n’ Playin’ Tour.

LISTEN to the show on Radio Margaritaville or SiriusXM 24
WATCH the show online on Margaritaville TV!
Pre-show begins at 7:50 Central and the show starts around 8:20 Central.
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Workin’ and Playin’ in Camden

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 23 songs including “SummerZcool” (last played Feb 27 2010 in Ft Lauderdale FL), and “I Have Found Me A Home” (last played July 16, 2013 in Cincinnati OH)

The tour continues on Saturday August 22nd at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy WI.


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Video: Inner Circle – We The People

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Inner Circle, the original Bad Boys of Reggae, have released a new single titled “We The People” featuring Kingston, Jamaica’s up and coming reggae-hip hop artist Kabaka Pyramid. The song and video addresses the recent social injustices that have gone from peaceful rally’s to riots in the community. We recently caught up with Inner Circle in an interview with bassist Roger Lewis that you can read by clicking HERE! The song dropped on August 7th via Dubshot Records and you can purchase it on iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Plans for MargaritaVillage revealed

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From the Orlando Sentinel: “Water park, swim lagoon part of MargaritaVillage plans

New details about the proposed MargaritaVillage development in Osceola County emerged during a county meeting Wednesday, including information about a water park planned for the resort and a central lagoon licensed for swimming.

“The hotel, time shares and condominiums will be surrounded by a lagoon that will be … Florida Department of Health-licensed as a swimming pool,” said Bagley. A similar feature is part of plans for several Florida developments, including a resort in the Lake Nona area, where an 11-acre man-made lagoon would anchor some watersports activities similar to those planned for MargaritaVillage.

At Wednesday’s meeting, during which county officials asked about a construction timeline and potential traffic problems, committee members approved the project’s preliminary subdivision plan.

Plans for MargaritaVillage’s multifaceted development will be submitted and reviewed in phases, said Bagley. The county will need to approve all engineering plans for the project before developers can start construction, scheduled for the second half of 2016.

Providing more detailed information than was provided for last week’s public announcement, Bagley said Wednesday that the hotel would have about 200 rooms and 437 vacation-rental homes, 300 time-share units, and 340 apartments would be built on site.

He also better described the planned layout and construction of the resort. Amenities of the resort, including the water park and 200,000 square feet of retail, are expected to open in early 2017 and be complete by midyear. Bagley said full build-out of the vacation-rental homes will be by 2021.



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Workin’ and Playin’ in Jones Beach

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh NY last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 23 songs including ” The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful”, “License To Chill”, and “Brown Eyed Girl”.

The tour continues on Thursday August 20th at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ.

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Pepper’s ‘Three Amigos’ 2015 Fall Tour

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Summer may be coming to a close, but reggae-rock lives forever. Yesterday afternoon, Pepper, Ballyhoo! and Katastro made an announcement when they revealed plans for a joint month-long fall tour called the Three Amigos Tour.

With both Ballyhoo! and Pepper expected to release new albums this year, fans who attend one of the Three Amigos Tour shows will be among the first to hear their new music. Listening to new music from your favorite bands is always fun, but this case is a bit different because Pepper and Ballyhoo! have both openly stated that they’re re-adjusting their sound for their new albums.

[Related: The Pier – Catching Up with Pepper]

During our conversation with Pepper’s drummer Yesod Williams in April, he teased, “There are a couple of songs that we’re calling part two of older songs. That was kind of our direction when we approached this, like let’s pick up where we left off… So we’ve got a ThreeAmigosTour‘Stone Love 2’ on there, and we’ve done that with a couple songs.”

And in a separate interview with Ballyhoo! front-man Howi Spangler, he revealed that Ballyhoo! would be returning to their roots in their new album. “We got to be known as a party band, writing songs about drinking, smoking weed and shit like that, and we kind of got away from that with ‘Daydreams’ and ‘Pineapple Grenade.’ Which is fine because I’m really proud of those records… I guess [our music] has always had a really upbeat feel no matter what, but we really want to accentuate it now with our next album.”

Even the up and coming Arizona rockers Katastro, who released their album No Mud No Lotus in November, have stated that they’re working on new music for the fall tour.

[Related: Ballyhoo!’s Pledge Campaign For New Album]

Howi shared that while excitement is there for them to perform new music on this tour, they’re not sure which new songs they’d like to debut, although he did tip his hat towards new song “Jameson Ginger”, explaining that it has a Sublime meets Beastie Boys sound.

The tour kicks off at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on October 22nd, and will make its way across the country before coming back to California to close at Ventura’s Majestic Ventura Theatre on November 21st. With so many high-energy bands and new songs, the Three Amigos Tour is sure to be one of the better live experiences of the year. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at 10am.

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Pepper Website
Ballyhoo! MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Ballyhoo! Website
Katastro Website

Article By: Andrew Aroche

Watch: Pepper – “Too Much”

Watch: Ballyhoo! – “No Good”

Watch: Katastro – “Counting Stars” (One Republic Cover)

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Love living in Destin…

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Sunshine Cindy and I love our life in Destin. There is never a shortage of things to do around here. This past week was no exception.

It started on Friday afternoon. We stopped in at Landshark Pizza for a cold beer or two after running some errands. Both Sue and Brian were there. They have officially signed the new lease for their new location on the harbor. They are shooting for an October 17th grand opening. The new design is almost done and the contractors are ready to get to work. It’s an exciting time for Landshark Pizza!

When we left Landshark we headed to LuLu’s for a parrot head get-together. We had another big turnout of over 100 folks. It looked like we might get rained on but we only got a brief shower as we pulled up then it was beautiful the rest of the night. The only downer was LuLu’s only had two bartenders working and they were run ragged. When will establishments learn they are losing money by not having enough staff when the parrot heads show up. Oh well, we still had a blast!

Saturday was our third beach cleanup of the year. There were thunderstorms around as I headed to the beach but they stayed out over the Gulf of Mexico all day. It was actually a great day as the clouds kept the temps down and a nice breeze blew all day. It was very comfortable out there. A good group of almost 20 people showed up. We cleaned up the beach and then partied the rest of the day. It was fun as always relaxing on the sand.

Saturday evening Sunshine Cindy and I stopped in at Johnny O’Quigleys for some dinner. We got there before the dinner rush. We are stopping here more often. They have all the sports on dozens of TV’s, good food and cold beer! By the time we left, the place was pretty full with the dinner crowd. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing at home.

Sunday we went to Crab Island Cantina. We helped get Trop Rock musician Paul Roush booked for a show there. He played from 3-7 and put on a great show. We had a fun group of friends show up for the show too. The Cantina was real busy with folks coming and going. It looks like their sports bar, Charlies, will be opening next weekend. I am looking forward to checking it out.

When Paul was done with his show Wayne, Paul, Paula, Sunshine Cindy and I all went to the Boathouse. Rusty was playing to a packed house. There were some Ohio State fans there so Rusty did Hang on Sloopy, the unofficial OSU fight song. The fans were up doing the O,H,I,O routine. I was doing it from my seat and then the next thing I know they dragged me up to do it with them. I am glad I could provide some entertainment to everyone! LOL 

Destin has some of the best lifeguards in the country and they recently proved it by winning a national competition. They have a tough job with all the tourist we have but I am glad they are here. Here is the article from the Destin Log about them winning the competition.

This week is the powerboat Poker Run along the Emerald Coast. In a few days we will have almost 300 high powered boats showing off in our local waters. For some reason Brent Burns’ song, “Big Boat, Little Johnson” comes to mind. LOL 

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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