Redd Kross Plays Music Hall of Williamsburg Tomorrow Night

July 5th, 2012

Brothers Jeff (vocals and guitar) and Steve (bass) McDonald formed their first band, the Tourists, while attending middle school in the L.A. suburb Hawthorne, Calif.—home of the Beach Boys. The precocious group’s first gig found them opening for Black Flag. By 1980, they had changed their name to Red Cross and released a self-titled EP. But when bandmates (and schoolmates) Greg Hetson (guitar) and Ron Reyes (drums) left for the Circle Jerks and Black Flag, respectively, the brothers McDonald relied on a changing lineup of musicians to put out six albums of quality pop punk under the name Redd Kross before going on hiatus in 1997. Then the band suddenly returned to the stage in 2006 and began playing festivals and one-off shows. But that wasn’t enough for them. In fact, an album of new material, Researching the Blues, is due out next month. And Redd Kross (above, doing “Jimmy’s Fantasy” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night as part of the CBGB Festival.