Monday, May 3, 2010

Thrashers: 4th-graders' band not kidding around

Monday, May 3, 2010

The band members kicked back on the sofa, long hair falling over their eyes, jeans faded and torn, Vans sneakers scuffed.

They talked about their heroes in music: AC/DC, the Who, the Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne. They did some riffing, joking and head-whipping - as if onstage.

Then one of the band members, Chris Rigling, the drummer, raised his hand: "Um, can I be excused to go to the bathroom?" he asked.

The five members of the Thrashers, a Pacifica band - which played Friday at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood - are in the fourth grade. They met as toddlers, play Little League together, and have just released their first four-track CD, "Nine," a reflection of their age. They bill themselves as America's youngest rock band.

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