A young punk band from Santa Rosa by the name of The Invalids would provide a one-shot deal with the ‘Punker Than Me’ 7” (LK 96), that owed much to Lookout bands Screeching Weasel and Fifteen, molding a straight ahead 90’s punk sound with influences of the early incarnations of said bands. The Invalids had formed in high school around 1992 while the members were young teens.
Sean Kehoe (The Invalids) : “I was a sax player, but none of the bands we really liked used a saxophone, so I decided to play the drums. Practices were extremely rudimentary. I played drums with a bucket for a snare and a plastic lawn chair as a "high-hat" for a few months until I was able to borrow the school bands drum set over summer break. We were all basically obsessed with Lookout bands, Green Day and Screeching Weasel in particular although we liked most of the labels roster.”
The influences appear obvious upon listening to the ‘Punker Than Me’ EP, solid melodic punk tunes played with youthful enthusiasm. Larry Livermore had approached the band to work together with Lookout, but like the aforementioned Funbug 7” it sent some confusion to a young Chris Appelgren handling the EP, who was nonplussed about the release with again little info on the band or no real background knowledge – while respectfully still appreciating the music contained within.
Chris Appelgren : “Great music but Pat and I never really understood how or why Larry wanted to release it.”
Sean Kehoe (The Invalids) : “I think the EP was received pretty well. I don't know how it was reviewed. Probably like most other music, some good and some bad. But that little 7" made it all over the world and the people that liked it seemed to really like it. I honestly think the quality of the recording is pretty shitty, but it's an honest representation of our lives and our level of skill as a band at that time. I'm glad to have it as a keepsake from my teenage years as a musician. At the time, to be recording with Andy Ernst at Art of Ears studio, with Larry Livermore there was pretty awesome.”
The Invalids shared the stage with Fifteen, Rancid and Tilt although were not approached for any other releases by Lookout but did continue on to release two more 7” EP’s before disbanding a couple years later.. The Invalids however did reform and put out a new record in 2010 – ‘Still Sick’. Even though the band is a small footnote for the label, it certainly was a personal triumph for a group of young teenagers being a part of a label they greatly looked up to.
Sean Kehoe (The Invalids) : “I felt like we had better connections and relationships with the labels that did our subsequent releases, but it did our band a lot of good and some people really enjoyed that 7". It certainly was a great experience for me at the time. To be 16 years old and have a record on a label that brought me so many bands that were so important to me was like a dream come true.”