TSOL singer Jack Grisham is the evil doppelganger of suave Chris Isaak. Both are known for surfing and the accompanying swagger, brawn and good looks. Both have a legacy of fisticuffs. Isaak jabbed inside the boxing ring and has a bum nose to prove it, while Grisham's autobiography is called An American Savage Reformed — he once ran riot like a neighborhood terror. Both also exhibit trenchant wit, leaving stinging welts on your flimsy ego. TSOL was restless and shape-shifting, producing raging agitprop ("Abolish Government") and death-punk macabre ("Code Blue") to joyride soundtracks ("Man and Machine") and poetry with gothic drippings ("Weathered Statues"), expanding punk's umbrella much wider than three chords; few other bands of the era continue to show such resilience and relevance. Last month the band recorded a 30th-anniversary album, available free from www.hurley.com, which TSOL hopes will focus fans' attention on its favorite charities: food banks, missions and a children's foundation.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.