Edition: July 19 - August 01,
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By: Jana Summers
Mullet: Energetic skate-punk with
radio-friendly material and fun onstage charm.
Michael Lozano, guitar, vocals;
Frankie Lozano, bass, vocals; Adam Lozano, drums; Victor
Campos, guitar, vocals.
Material: Mullet is from the Inland Empire, not too
far from Orange County, the hub of the punk/ska revival. These
rockers play youthful and energetic skater-punk, reminiscent
of mid-Nineties bands such as Less Than Jake, the Vandals,
Homegrown and Face to Face. Their newest album, Straight on
till Morning, would be the perfect soundtrack for any
skate or snowboard video. In fact, it would not be surprising
to hear this act featured in the next American Pie
Musicianship: These guys are different from other
pop and emo bands that merely play simple power chords.
Michael Lozano weaves skillful guitar leads with Victor
Camposí heavy rhythms and brother Frankie Lozanoís driving
bass lines. Upon listening, without even knowing their names,
itís obvious that Mullet is a band made mostly of brothers.
Their familiarity helps them present a tight live show that
almost sounds recorded. Drummer Adam Lozano sets up the rhythm
and vibe with a dynamic performance.
Performance: The high energy of Mulletís show was
enhanced by the bandís stage theatrics. Despite a broken
ankle, Michael Lozano rocked out onstage more audaciously than
most frontmen can. His performance was just shy of circus
contortionism. While seated in a wheeled office chair with his
ankle propped up, he shredded on a guitar he held behind his
head. Mullet projected its abundant enthusiasm with infectious
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