The Cocks – 2:20pm

“THE COCKS are a collision of elements that aren’t supposed to work together: punk rock, metal and over-the-top faggotry. But to us it makes total sense…”

So says The Cocks loquacious lead singer Zsa of his cohorts, a classic 5-piece with a punk rock spirit (think Ramones, Dead Boys and Turbonegro), an occasional metal edge (think Motorhead) and, well, a lot of the aforementioned “faggotry.” With songs like ”It’s Better Being Gay,” “Brotein,” and “Cheeseburgers & Dick,” it’s never hard to tell where the The Cocks are coming from.

Says guitarist Bunny Knutson, “Zsa and I started the band a few years ago as a fun side project with no expectations. The attitude was always, ‘When we have a full set of songs, maybe we’ll play some shows’ – once we had ten songs together, we realized we were onto something special, and the band came together pretty quickly.”

Next on board was guitarist (and LA punk and glam stalwart) Tchad Drats, who had known Zsa from around the scene for years. “Tchad and I used to be big fans of each other’s bands,” says the singer, “so it completely made sense that we’d finally end up in a band together. He’s one of the few true rock ‘n rollers left in town, and he got what we were trying to do from the start.”

The thing he “got” was The Cocks punk-meets-metal combination of short, catchy songs and goofy phallocentric lyrics – and their sly commentary on relationships gone bad (“Be My Ex,” “Hateload”), unbridled sexuality (“Taking One For The Team”) and the joys, pitfalls and hilarious mishaps endemic to the world of a touring rock ‘n roll band (“Spit Out Those Nuts, Let’s Go!”).

Drats entered the fray with a secret weapon in tow, drummer Michael McCormick, a hard-hitting Canadian ex-pat who felt he could only be fulfilled “by joining a punk rock band that shamelessly celebrated gay sex.” With the addition of bassist Curt Remington, all the pieces fell into place. “Curt’s the guy that keeps the whole thing locked down,” says Drats. “Besides being a total rock star, he’s the only one who ever remembers how the songs go.”

The result has provided a much-needed injection of pure, no-nonsense rock ‘n roll into the Los Angeles music scene — and a classic album in the form of their recently-released full-length, Loads of Fun (on Spotify, Apple and all streaming services). Says Zsa, “The driver behind everything is writing great songs and bringing it onstage every night. If the audience isn’t completely exhausted when we leave the stage, then we suck. Cocks.”

Check out the debut single from LOADS OF FUN, “It’s Better Being Gay,” the Official Anthem of Pride 2022!