East Bay pop punkers The Lookouts release collection
“Before East Bay punk was even definable as a movement—much less a sound—there were The Lookouts.”
– The A.V. Club
“Way before Operation Ivy or Neurosis or Born Against or Pretty Girls Make Graves, Lookout Records was a vehicle for The Lookouts”
– VICE’s Noisey
“two highly influential LPs”
“sloppy punk rock with a devil-may-care, no-influences-at-all jangle to it”
– Alternative Press
Thirty years ago, long before there was Gilman Street, Green Day, or the East Bay pop punk explosion, three guys got together in an off-the-grid hippie wilderness known as Spy Rock, and The Lookouts were born. Available for the first time in 30 years, Spy Rock Road is available again via the Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories) collection out now via Don Giovanni Records. Together with bassist (and future forest ranger) Kain Kong, and with guest appearances by Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy) and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, The Lookouts produced a legacy of two albums, two EPs, and several compilation tracks, the best of which are featured here.
Spy Rock Road would be the first time 12-year-old Tre Cool ever laid hands on a drumstick or a set of drums, but over the following five and a half years he would hone the skills that would one day see him headlining amphitheaters and stadiums, winning Grammy Awards, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his second band, Green Day. Guitarist and singer Larry Livermore would go on to co-found Lookout Records, the indie label that introduced Green Day and many other bands to the world.
Available at iTunes and as limited edition green vinyl, the Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories) collection features the original album and a collection of tracks from their others albums, EPs and never before heard demos.