Punk music hits WPMD

Victor Diaz

For the past six months, two longtime friends have provided Cerritos College with a concentrated dose of punk music.

“Pancakes and Punk” is a radio show on WPMD.org that plays mainly punk music, as well as other genres of hard rock and heavy metal.

Shawn Adams and Jason Tyler, the show’s hosts, have worked together on past shows, which makes the operation of “Pancakes and Punk” all that easier for them to manage.
Adams and Tyler, both veterans at the station, decided to create the show out of their modern-day interests.

They decided to do a show together during their time broadcasting football games for Cerritos, and from then on, Adams took the reigns to think of a concept for it.

“I wanted to do something that I loved and really enjoyed, which was metal and punk rock,” Adams said, “once you turn 30, there’s only one thing you like in the morning, and that’s breakfast, so what’s better than pancakes and punk?”

Tyler states that at first, they did not have much music to work with for their show.

“The punk section is very limited here at the college. The music library here at the station has really grown over the years,” Tyler said.

However, Tyler also credits the increase of availability by saying, “The hard rock section, which was metal, was almost nonexistent, and now it’s about six shelves full of records.”

“Pancakes and Punk’s” music library has increased due to contributions from several record labels such as Relapse Records, Prosthetic Records, as well as Century Media and Metalblade.

It is through these connections that have given Adams and Tyler the opportunity to bring many signed bands to their show.

Some bands that have been on “Pancakes and Punk” include All That Remains, Lacuna Coil and Cannibal Corpse.

Adams also mentions that he had the chance to interview Bill Ward, drummer for famed heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Tyler’s other endeavors include pursuing higher academic interests.

Tyler is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Communications-Entertainment and Radio-TV Films. Tyler is currently planning on working on his Master’s degree in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University.

He is also the host of “Transgression Overthrown,” another show on WPMD that has been going for 11 years, according to Tyler.

Tyler is also the lead singer for All Gods Kill, a metal band that is set to open for Exodus at Hollywood’s Key Club on June 11 to celebrate the band’s CD release.

Adams also has his own show, entitled “2 Bums and a Mic,” which airs on Fridays from 1 pm-2 pm.

“Pancakes and Punk” has also had the opportunity to feature live performances from local bands.

In their last live broadcast, they welcomed local bands Ass and Eaton and Lomax to their show to perform acoustic sets, or as Eaton and Lomax’s guitarist Eli Eaton described it, “using grandpa’s guitars.”

Adams and Tyler have gained notoriety for their show by promoting concerts at venues such as Ferns Punk Bar in Long Beach, where they featured several rock bands.

When it comes to their experience working on the show, Adams describes it as “unbelievable.”

“I have lived on a natural high for the last six months and every day that we do the show, we literally come up to each other and we say, ‘That was the best show ever,'” Adams said.

Tyler also talked about his experience on the show when he said, “I enjoy my metal show in the afternoons, but this show tops it because of the chemistry that Shawn and I have and the response we’ve had from the public.”

Tyler later said, “We’ll finish a show that goes really well, and our goal is to top that show week after week, and somehow, that happens.”

“Pancakes and Punk” can be heard on Fridays from 9 am-11 am on WPMD.org. They can also be reached at www.myspace.com/pancakesandpunk and their facebook page under the “Pancakes and Punk” name.