Redd Kross at Cactus Club
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Unlike the famed bands with which it’s shared members—including Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Bad Religion—Redd Kross never quite captured the collective imagination, which is surprising, seeing as how Redd Kross had far more imagination than its L.A. punk peers. After the bratty snarl of 1982’s Born Innocent, the band began to tinker with the trappings of glam, trash culture, and pop worship. The culmination was 1987’s decadent Neurotica, an unsung classic that exerted a strong if subliminal influence on ’90s alt-rock. By the release of 1997’s Show World, Redd Kross had become a footnote to a movement it helped pioneer. With its first album in 15 years, Researching The Blues, all that baggage has been left in the rearview mirror. What’s left is the sound of surging, scrappy garage-pop outfit that may as well have been formed yesterday.
The band is playing a string of shows this spring in support of Researching The Blues, and will end its tour Sunday, April 14 at the Cactus Club. Ticket prices and sales dates are forthcoming.