The Zeros was the first band I was in, that was starting in, like, late 1976. The New York Dolls had influenced us and my brother (Alejandro) was starting the Nuns up in San Francisco and his friends Tony and Chip (from the Dils) had opened up for them. It wasn't like today where you plan things out, we just started playing together.
I had been living in Huntington Beach in 9th grade and when it was time to start 10th, we moved to Mexico. Then, after a semester there, we moved back to the States to Chula Vista. So, I went to Chula Vista High and it was weird for me. Huntington Beach was faster, it was kinda crazy, actually. I thought San Diego/Chula Vista was very slow and I was bored and going crazy. I met a guy named Ray Wise at school. We formed a band called the Main Street Brats. It was just him and me; he played drums and I played guitar. He then met this girl in his class named Evie and she was best friends with a girl named Rhoda, who was Robert Lopez's (El Vez/Zeros singer) sister. So, that's how we met him. Rhoda became my girlfriend and she is now my wife. She told us her brother played guitar, so we told her to bring him over. He came over, to this trailer behind my house (laughs), and we started playing together.
It was just time. It seemed like punk rock was over in a way, and it was just time to do it. We went out to New York and it was kind of a rough trip. To tell you the truth, when we came back, I didn't have my shit together. It was just time for a change. After you do the same thing for a while, you wonder why you're still doing it. It was that kind of thing. Still, though, at the end, we were playing at this club called the Roosevelt, and a lot of people were coming out. They were fun shows and everything, but it was just time to walk away from it.
Javier Escovedo (about disbanding)
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