Deep in the heart of California's Inland Empire, the Hispanic-tinged ska-punk band
formed in the late '80s. Originally a hardcore group, the quartet was comprised of the brothers
. After several years of playing in a garage, the band decided to expand both its lineup (not to mention its sound) with a horn section -- saxophone player
. By the early '90s,
were one of the most interesting ska-punk bands on the West Coast.
After debuting with two 7" singles, the band released the LP Who Is? This Is?
in 1993 on Dr. Strange Records. They toured America several times (alone and with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
) and signed to Epitaph Records in 1995. Their second album, 1995's Firme
, was available in both Spanish- and English-language versions, a unique feature that distinguished the band from the growing number of local ska-punk groups. Baile de los Locos
followed two years later, and The Band Geek Mafia
appeared in 1998. After enjoying a spot on the main stage at Warped Tour, Voodoo Glow Skulls
returned in 1999 with Exitos al Cabron
was issued a year later. The band jumped from local label Epitaph to the Chicago-based Victory Records for 2002's Steady as She Goes
, but the album's murky production (executed by the bandmates themselves) drew criticism from critics and fans alike. Adicción, Tradición, Revolución
followed in October 2004; although also self-produced, the album's crisp sound and skacore stylings were viewed as a refreshing return to form. With their early lineup still in place (with the exception of Joe McNally
, who left the group to pursue a day job in 1999), Voodoo Glow Skulls
issued their eighth album, Southern California Street Music
, in September 2007.