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February 22, 2020

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

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San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

San Pedro Rockers 20 Eyes Heading to SXSW

L to R: 20 Eyes' Chris Gomez, Wolf Bradley and Andrew Macatrao will be playing at the SXSW Festival next month. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

In the same building where classical music from ballets like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker¬†usually fills the halls, the sound of drums and distortion can be heard pulsing from upstairs. It’s the music of 20 Eyes, a San Pedro band that’s been signed to the same management behind acts like Neon Trees and¬†Jimmy Eat World.

Between ballet classes happening downstairs, the trio rehearses in a dance studio turned practice room, working on new songs and getting ready for upcoming shows. Next month, they’ll get on a tour bus headed to their biggest gig yet: the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

“When I was younger, my friends and I would go out and look up at the clouds and try to see different shapes in them and I swore one time I saw 20 eyes staring at me, so that’s where the name comes from,” 20-year-old lead singer and guitarist Wolf Bradley says of how the band got its name.

He and drummer Andrew Macatrao, 22, actually met in ballet class downstairs at the San Pedro Ballet School, which is run by Bradley’s parents. When Bradley was 14, the boys decided to form a band, and were later joined by Macatrao’s longtime friend Chris Gomez, now 22, who plays the bass (Bradley and Macatrao are too busy with the band these days to keep up their ballet studies, but they still perform in the Nutcracker.).

The bandmates describe their style as alternative and name Cage the Elephant, the Beastie Boys and Green Day as influences (the latter can be heard in Bradley’s vocals.)

“We’re students of the radio,” Bradley says. “I’m actively listening to the radio finding new bands that have newer sounds. It’s important to stay relevant and contemporary but still have your own style at the same time.”

The band has been making a name for itself playing shows both locally and throughout the Los Angeles area, including Club Moscow in Hollywood, where they’ll be performing March 5.

Following the advice of Music Saves Lives founder Russel Hornbeek, they spent six weeks on the road following the Warped Tour over the summer, selling more than 1,000 copies of their self-titled EP (the trip included an unplanned stop in Kansas, where they were stranded for a few days after their air condition-less van broke down).

Hornbeek, whose organization runs blood donation drives, then asked the band to play a few shows at his venue at SXSW, the Firehouse.

20 Eyes will take the Firehouse stage at midnight on March 14 (so late Thursday night, but technically Friday morning) and 8 PM on March 15, where they’ll be debuting a new song in their setlist. They hope to add more performances and are looking forward to the air-conditioned, cross country journey.

When asked if they have any pre-show rituals, the guys touch peace signs forming W’s for “wigs”; something they do every time they get on stage.

“It’s a really old inside joke,” Gomez laughs.

Once they get back home from Austin, the band will be working on a music video for a song they’ll take to KROQ’s Locals Only Show.

“We’re really excited,” Bradley says. “We just love playing.”

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