"Clean and virgin" are hardly the words most people would use to describe the Lomita hangout of one of L.A.'s seminal hard-core speed-thrash acts, but [Ray Cooper] should know. After all, the two small rooms are not just a place to practice and conduct business-they're also home for Cooper and two other [Descendents]. This is "Descendents Central Headquarters," a Never-Never Land that functions as a combined clubhouse and sanctuary for the band.
The Descendents began during punk's late-'70s heyday, when [Bill Stevenson] and a pair of friends from Mira Costa High School got together to play. A variety of singers floated in and out of the band until 1980, when Stevenson asked a friend, Milo Aukerman, to take a stab at it.
Earlier last year, New Alliance had released "Bonus Fat," a collection of old Descendents recordings that seemed to signal a continued interest in the band. This was followed in August by "I Don't Want to Grow Up," an all-new LP displaying more of the distinctive songwriting that always separated the Descendents from the family of generic speed-thrash rockers.