By Michael Aushenker
In the 2012 blockbuster “Skyfall,” when renegade MI6 agent Silva asks James Bond if he has any hobbies, steely Daniel Craig, as 007, spits back: “Resurrection.”
The Supplement can relate. At 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, the punk outfit returns for a blast of punk fury featuring new vocalist Chris Gyselinck. This will be the first Supplement show in two years after the band suffered a detour nearly derailing the local group.
Formed in early 2011, The Supplement features ex-Bombshell members Brian Michaels on guitar, Paul Ensley on bass, and drummer Greg Yocum. In addition to Southern California punk outfits from the early 1980s, their music has been influenced by Michaels’ and Gyselinck’s Michigan youth, most notably seminal proto-punk outfits MC5 and Iggy Pop and the Stooges.
As The Supplement gained momentum a couple years back, they recorded their self-titled release with original vocalist Dano, formerly of Never Ready, in Los Angeles, in-between playing shows with such high-profile punk and post-punk acts as Fear, TSOL, The Dwarves, Cro Mags and Generators; mostly American punk groups. (Punk rock originated in England in the mid-1970s, in a reaction to the economic strife there, where it was most famously represented by the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned).
All was going well for The Supplement. Performer magazine highlighted the group’s “short blasts of defiance and the return of SoCal punk” while a Hybrid Magazine writer referred to Supplement as “this intersection of ‘70s hard rock and punk is always a treat and never fails to make me appreciate the punk lineage that traces from The Clash, to Social Distortion, to Rancid, to Green Day, and on into the Top 40.”
Then came the body blow: just before the first CD’s release, Dano fled California under circumstances that Michaels won’t talk about. By 2012, the group was all but disbanded, despite some solid acclaim.
Somehow, The Supplement sallied forth, writing material into 2013, when Supplement’s leader and main songwriter Michaels re-connected with fellow Detroit native Gyselinck and brought him aboard.
Michaels recently spoke with The Argonaut from Pacifica, a facility by La Cienega and Venice boulevards known as Bad Religion’s old recording studio. He said that he has known fellow Motor City musician Gyselinck for more than a decade and the timing was right to bring in the singer, who, at times, can sound like The Cult’s Ian Astbury or Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Axl Rose.
“He can do a lot of different rock styles (while maintaining their punkish roots),” said Michaels, who is excited about his group’s big return. “I’ve been in a ton of bands. If you get the right people, it’s like a brotherhood. Things are easy. When it’s with the wrong people, it’s like a bad marriage and there’s a lot of wasted energy. I’m really proud, really happy. We have no drama.”
Michaels said this new incarnation of The Supplement plans to play a mix of old tunes and songs from the upcoming LP (due in December), which Michaels described as “classic rock-based but heavy back to our Detroit, blues-influenced rock.” “Heroes,” a self-empowerment anthem, is a Supplement standard while “Avalanche,” off the upcoming, still-untitled album, is “a basic meet-a-girl with a Jimi Hendrix twist,” Michaels said.
One Supplement song that has resonated with the group’s devotees is “To the Mourning,” dedicated to late Mar Vista fan Jay Corry, who passed away in his mid-50s from cancer.
The Supplements hope that success will taste sweeter the second time around and they expect to enjoy themselves at TRiP this week.
Information, tripsantamonica.com; facebook.com/pages/The-Supplement/115969118478866.
What’s Supp?: Derailed by a key departure, Venice punk band The Supplement returns with its first concert in two years
By Michael Aushenker