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These studio commitments limited his ability to adhere to the bands heavy touring schedule, his spot being filled at various times by Brooks Wackerman, Adrian Young, Derek Grant, and Ty Smith.
The Vandals first recording of the new millennium, Look What I Almost Stepped In , marked a return to the Nitro label for another collection of knockabout punk.
The archetypal southern California pop punk band, Orange County veterans the Vandals have maintained an irreverent position over their lifetime and while being avowedly anti-political, they nonetheless aim continuous pot shots at likely targets such as self-important punks, domestic violence, social inadequacy, the MTV generation, and the Rollins Band.
Formed in the early 80s by bass player Joe Escalante who had also appeared in seminal punk movie Suburbia, the original Vandals line-up featured Stevo (Steven Jensen, 1959, USA, d.
The first Vandals EP, 1982s Peace Thru Vandalism, appeared on Bad Religions Epitaph Records.Fitzgerald worked with Oingo Boingo, No Doubt and Tenacious D, while Quackenbush runs his own alcohol distribution company.Freese (who the band reputably discovered drumming at Disneyland as a teenager) was much in demand as session drummer working with Guns N Roses, Suicidal Tendencies, A Perfect Circle, Devo, and Mike Ness, and also recorded a solo album The Notorious One Man Orgy.Following the release of 1991s Fear Of A Punk Planet, the band moved to the XXX label for Sweating To The Oldies: The Vandals Live, but this partnership was quickly and acrimoniously dissolved when the Vandals moved to Dexter Hollands Nitro label for Live Fast, Diarrea, a solid if unspectacular release.The band was in full flight for their next effort, 1996s The Quickening, with typically excellent musicianship matched by intelligent and occasionally heartfelt lyrics, notably on Canine Euthanasia and Aging Orange (a deserved dig at aging punks Agent Orange).