Jonathan – Bassist in Stickup Kid

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Jonathan – Bassist in Stickup Kid

Hello all! My name is Jonathan McMaster and I play bass in a band called Stickup Kid. It took me about five seconds to nail down the three records that had the biggest impact on me and my musical journey haha. I’m going to list them in the order I discovered/first heard each record. I’m the older brother in my family so I had to discover bands the old fashioned way (FFO sections, album liner notes, message boards, and dumb luck).


New Found Glory – Sticks and Stones
This is definitely the album that started it all for me. I was in 8th grade when this album came out and I had already dipped my toes in the rock water with Sum 41 and other more embarrassing butt rock type bands, but this was the band that really showed me that there was a whole world out there. These were fast songs with some attitude about things I related to, and I had yet to experience anything like that. This also exposed me to Drive Thru Records and their whole roster of bands further shaping my young musical identity. I don’t think it’s one of the best albums of all time or anything, and I definitely listen to it the least out of these three now, but it hit me at the right place at the right time and changed my life forever.


Lifetime – Jerseys Best Dancers
This goddamn record! I could go on and on about this one. I discovered this record my senior year of high school. It was only a matter of time because pretty much every band I loved could trace their roots back to Lifetime. In my book, Lifetime has had the second biggest influence on modern melodic punk right behind the Descendents. Their influence can be heard on a super wide range of bands over the last two decades and I think there are plenty of bands out there who owe a lot to Lifetime and they don’t even know it haha. This record taught me so much. You can wear your heart on your sleeve without playing a sappy ballad, you can play loud and fast while still being sensitive/personal. Traditional song structure doesn’t matter if the movements of the song feel right, and that maybe punk isn’t just for people who don’t give a shit, but also for people who care too much.


A Wilhelm Scream – Ruiner
A Wilhelm Scream is my all time favorite band and this is the first record of theirs that I heard. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Wilhelm record, but honestly that answer could probably change every day, so ask me tomorrow and maybe it will be. This band is really hard to explain to people so I’d recommend opening another tab or opening Spotify and checking them out RIGHT NOW. Did you do it yet? Pretty nuts right? If I HAD to describe the sound I’d say it’s a 90’s Epi-Fat band that was raised on metal with an almost never ending stream of three part harmonies. This band is so goddamn talented and their live show is truly something else. They are that rare band that is actually having just as much fun, if not more, than the audience when they are playing. This band is so important to me and represents everything that is good about punk to me. I’ll definitely shed a few tears if they ever call it quits.

Stickup Kid is a punk band from San Jose, CA, USA.

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