On Saturday, Dec. 29, local punk outfit Phasers on Kill will mark the release of its debut EP “Write Home” by headlining Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave., in Tacoma. They'll have support from local rock faves Big Wheel Stunt Show and True Holland, with music starting at 8:30 p.m. Five bucks gets you in the door, and here's the skinny on one of Tacoma's most compelling young bands. Personnel: Chris Adkins (guitar, vocals), Mikey Waco (guitar, vocals), Ryan “Timebomb” Smith (drums) and Dan Rankin (bass.) Waco is also a member of local punk band Psycho 78. Influences: Phasers on Kill formed in 2009 when members of defunct local rock band West of Waco got back together with the idea of forming a Screeching Weasel tribute band. The quartet's name is actually a reference to one of that influential Chicago pop-punk group's songs. So settle down, Trekkies. “They had an album called ‘How to Make Enemies and Irritate People,’” Adkins recalls. “The bass player on that album was Mike Dirnt from Green Day. Screeching Weasel has influenced MxPx, Green Day, Blink 182. They were one of the originals, man.” Their new album: Phasers recorded their five-track EP at Bremerton's Monkey Trench Studios, a studio owned by MxPx front man Mike Herrera. The disc was mixed and recorded by Bradley Miranda and mastered by The Descendants guitarist Stefen Egerton. “So we had a lot of really cool people involved. It's been a rad project,” Adkins says. The band produces a sound that's brash, hooky and melodic, much like their idols. And lyrically, set staples like “Clone” and “FM Murder Device” skew towards the irreverent. But listen closely to the new songs and you may discern a hint of introspection underneath those glossy, sing-along choruses. “I think a lot of it is about personal struggle,” Adkins says. “But you won’t get that from the music. ... Every song we write, it’s catchy, it’s melodic. It doesn’t sound like it’s gonna bring you down. But I think if people read some of these lyrics, they’re gonna see a little bit of a different side of us.”
Listen online: Local music fans can listen and pick up digital copies of “Write Home” online at http://www.phasersonkill.bandcamp.com.