San Diego’s very own crusty pop-punk trio Se Vende just released a limited edition 7″ with help from Tucson rockers No Stones. The band doesn’t shy away from writing about where they come from, or more personal things like substance abuse or loss.
Talking about the origin of the songs, the band states:
“We wrote these songs way back in 2011 when we were staying at this house some young punks were living at. They saw us on the street one night, they asked us if we could buy them beer, so we did and then said we could stay there. Before that, our squat got boarded up by the cops and we were too sketched out on meth to wanna break in again.”
Se Vende opens up the split with the song “Cable Street,” which is about that point in time in particular. The song addresses the struggles of drug abuse and the want to quit while also constantly using. The band added:
“We write about what we know, and at that time, that was what we knew: The day in and day out of using as much heroin and meth we could, while simultaneously wishing we could stop.”
The second track, “All Gone Wrong,” is written from the perspective of looking back in time and trying to figure out what brought them to the point where drug abuse seemed never ending. It touches on a simpler time in the band’s life that seemed more wholesome before the loss of a member’s father, leading to more substance abuse.
The band had never planned on releasing these songs until their drummer, Ono, brought new life to them over a year ago. Although the content of the songs no longer resonate with the band, they serve to document a time that the band had found themselves in and remind them how far they’ve come.