Hometown: Austin, TX
With a line-up that includes original members of The Dicks, Offenders, SubPop moto-rockers Catbutt and other notable underground bands of recent decades, it's tempting to call Austin-based El Pathos a supergroup of Texas Punk royalty. But what's truly at work here is six veterans uniting to create a group whose whole is far greater than the sum of its parts and their collective history. The result is music that is as hard edged and soulful as any rock'n'roll classic. It's no frills stuff with gripping moments both down'n'dirty and grand'n'glorious, just as the best rock music always has and should.