What do hardcore punk rockers from Los Angeles scream about? In hardcore band It's Casual's case, the freeways. - Huffington Post impossibly loud punk/hardcore duo called It’s Casual, addresses transit issues with an urgency hitherto unmatched in the realm of urban planning. Imagine Henry Rollins at a City Council Transportation Committee meeting, all neck veins and municipal outrage, and you get the picture. - LA WEEKLY

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Don’t let the name fool you—It’s Casual is anything but. Led by singer/guitarist Eddie Solis, this Los Angeles-area punk rock duo blasts through riff-heavy tunes somewhere between Rollins-era Black Flag and Slayer. It’s a brutal, straightforward approach that has redefined skate rock and proven the old adage that less is more.

Formed in 2001 by Solis and drummer Dob Le Ve, the band’s moniker hails from the 1984 Cameron Crowe film The Wild Life and has built a local following by playing shows all across Southern California. No matter what the venue, an It’s Casual show is guaranteed to be all things energetic, interactive and fun. And loud—really, really loud.

The group has also performed with Black Flag, Fu Manchu, High on Fire, Zeke, Fireball Ministry, Mondo Generator, Good For You and Mastodon. And they’ve released three full-length records—2002’s Buicregl, 2005’s Stop Listening to Bad Music and 2007’s The New Los Angeles, all produced by Sergio J. Chavez (Motorhead, Pennywise, Helmet).

And it’s the latter that earned much praise from fans and press thanks in part to the title track, featuring a video shot in Los Angeles and directed by Robert Schober (Metallica, Coheed and Cambria). Also, there’s the single “The Red Line,” which finds Solis screaming, “The freeways are not so nice” urging listeners to ditch the bleary congested interstates and instead seek mass transportation. A popular video for “The Red Line” by Rick Kosick (Big Brother, Jackass) in 2012 quickly led to Solis being featured on NPR-affiliate KPCC and was later picked up on “The California Report.” The “greencore” message also garnered substantial coverage in seminal alt-weekly papers, including the LA Weekly and OC Weekly, plus on websites like the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Treehugger, Noisecreep, Amoeba Records, Natural Resources Defense Council,, and even on L.A.’s own Metropolitan Transit Authority blog.

But it’s not just the area’s nightmarish gridlock that inspires Solis as he tells listeners about the virtues in using his inter-agency transit pass. The singer’s veins bulge as he delivers such songs behind a wall of sound generated by stacks of amps. And when he’s not raging into the microphone, Solis roams the stage and stares with an intensity not seen since Rollins railed, “You’re one of them!” As if that wasn’t enough, the Los Angeles native often pumps his fist with one hand, all while hammering busy riffs on the fretboard with his other. Solis can also be heard through a microphone via his Internet radio show, Los Angeles Nista, which he created to actively advocate the car-free message on a different platform.

On December 16th, It’s Casual will release The New Los Angeles II via Stoked Records. This fourth full-length by the duo expands upon the theme and concept formulated within the first installment, providing sharpened commentary on what Solis witnesses in his everyday Los Angeles-based life. While TNLA I covered transportation hassles and the general woes of urban living specific to the city of Angels (with plenty of devils, too), TNLA II delves deeper into these myriad topics. Produced by Paul Miner (Death By Stereo), The New Los Angeles II ignites straight into the aurally assaulting riff of “The Gold Line,” which triumphs the installation of commuter rail lines heading east through the remainder of Los Angeles County.

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