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It's Casual - "The Redline"

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It's Casual - "The Redline"

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It's Casual Redlines with Los Angeles Rage!

Like most Angelenos, Eddie Solis is pissed about the traffic on the 101. Unlike most Angelenos, Eddie Solis writes songs about being pissed about the traffic on the 101.

Solis' band, an impossibly loud punk/hardcore duo called It's Casual, addresses transit issues with an urgency hitherto unmatched in the realm of urban planning. Imagine Henry Rollins at a City Council Transportation Committee meeting, all neck veins and municipal outrage, and you get the picture.

Onstage, Solis' eyes bulge amid a shock of curly hair, his throat emitting the collective war cry of a million frustrated commuters: "Los Angeles! There's too many people! I want them to go away"!

His isn't the Los Angeles of Priuses, Pilates and brunch, but the L.A. of undocumented immigrants, hardcore music and bus-stop delays.

"We've been working at it and believing in this kind of music - which I call L.A. hardcore or L.A. skate rock - every day," says Solis. His gaze is unflinching, and his voice is smog-raspened. He calls It's Casual "L.A.'s only two-piece hardcore band" and is serious about his art. "I don't take it lightly. It all comes from deep within".

It's Casual formed in 2001, the name inspired by a line in Cameron Crowe's obscure follow-up to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, called The Wild Life. In it, a character played by the late Christopher Penn replies with "It's casual" every time he is asked a question.

The band's sonic boom is amazing, considering there are only two of them. The secret to their sound is a unique pedal and mic'ing system. Solis' guitar is actually wired to two amps for added punch. The results are so thunderous that fellow musicians have been known to come early to shows to watch him set up. ("There is a special formula with different pedals," he explains of his sound. He's trying to register it as intellectual property.)

Video directed by Rick Kosick (Jackass/Big Brother)

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