|We had the pleasure of touring the U.S. 3 times; in '85, '86
and '89 and Europe twice; in '87 and '91. We played all over
California including many times in San Francisco and the bay
area. We got to play with some of the really cool
punk/hardcore bands of the day: THE DEAD KENNEDYS,
BLACK FLAG, MINOR THREAT, BAD BRAINS, DISCHARGE, to
name a few. In our earlier tours we played mostly in the
midwest; Chicago, Memphis, Houston, Omaha, Milwaukee,
etc. Our '89 US tour took us to the east coast for the first
time and we were so thrilled to play at the legendary CBGB
in New York.
After signing to We Bite Records in Germany in '86, they set
up a European tour for us in '87 and again in '91. We Bite did
such a wonderful job booking those tours. We Bite discography
Thomas and Margit also took great care putting out a top
quality product. Playing for appreciative audiences, singing
along with our songs in Germany, Belgium, Denmark and
Austria was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We played a few
500+ halls, but It was mostly small halls and Jugendzentrums.
It was very meaningful and outrageously fun!
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|The first band Jocey and I played in together was a new
wave band called ALTERED FEATURES. That was in 1980 and it
lasted just a few months. We really wanted to play punk not
wave and we looked for a new project and hooked up with
Eric Tsuda. He wanted to try his hand at singing and he knew
a drummer, 16 year old Keith Johnson. Eric thought up the
name of the band and we practiced in his living room
at the Punk Palace.
A few months later we played our first gig,
July 4, 1981 with the DEAD KENNEDYS, THE FIX and
7 SECONDS at the Belmont Ballroom in Fresno.
That original line-up was short-lived and by '82 Eric was
replaced with Ralph Lotspeich on vocals and a few months
later Mike Branum took over drumming duties for Keith. Eric
went on to play drums for DEATH OF GLORY and The UNFIT
from San Luis Obispo. Keith moved up to San Francisco.
|From 1982 to 1987 we kept that same lineup, which is a long
time in punk band years. And what an incredible time those
years were! We had a lot of fun from time to time and
achieved goals every band strives for.
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|Our friend, Keith
Johnson passed away on
January 31, 2012. He
leaves behind his
children and a loving
family. Kellae was in
touch with him and so
were his kids. He told
Kellae to contact his old
friends and to tell them
to remember the good
things of his youth and
those friendships that
were so meaningful to
him. He laid down that
raging punk beat that
propelled us to our first
bunch of gigs and our
early success. Goodbye
old friend, we had fun
playing in the band with
you in the early days of
the Fresno punk scene.
|The entire time Capitol Punishment existed 1981-1995 Tim Yohannan was enthusiastically supportive of our band.
|In the years to come we would release 5 studio LPs,
4 7-inchers, a couple videos, lotsa demos and
compilation tracks for several different labels. We
were on a few labels here in the U.S., Mainly my
own label, Stagedive Records in Fresno, We Bite
Records and Destiny Records in Germany,
Unclean Records in Austin, Texas and Alternative
Tentacles in San Francisco.
|CP1 Roeding Park 1981