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The Brodys celebrate 20 years as a band

The Brodys are, clockwise from left, Ace Kapoor, Tony Brusca, Troy Hook, Chris Chaussee and Dave Kline. They and the Knockoffs are on tonight’s bill at Old Ironsides.
The Brodys are, clockwise from left, Ace Kapoor, Tony Brusca, Troy Hook, Chris Chaussee and Dave Kline. They and the Knockoffs are on tonight’s bill at Old Ironsides. The Brodys

After 20 years playing the Sacramento scene and beyond, pop-punk and rock band the Brodys outlasted countless local bands who’ve pursued lofty dreams of major label contracts.

Thankfully, the five guys in the band – Tony Brusca (lead vocals/guitar), Ace Kapoor (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Chaussee (guitar/backing vocals), Troy Hook (bass/backing vocals) and Dave Kline (drums) – still have a lot of fun doing bringing the noise whenever their adult schedules can permit.

Original member Kline spoke to The Bee.

Has the band really been around for 20 years?

It sure has been 20 years. We still have all four original members but added Chris (Chaussee) back in 2003. At one point, we had a different bass player since Troy Hook was away for a while but, eventually, he returned.

Where was the band playing at the height of your popularity?

We played all over, really. We did well in San Francisco at Hotel Utah, Tongue & Groove, The Red Devil Lounge and many other places. We had a pretty good following there and were constantly trading shows with out-of-town bands. There were many years when we would all take vacation at the same time, and we book a mini-Southern California tour and stay at a Travelodge in between gigs.

Describe each of the member’s quirks and attributes including yourself.

That’s a tough one. Tony, our singer, has some superstition about what he wears onstage that we really don’t understand. However, he is a great frontman and has a certain “X-factor” that can turn a show around when things are not going in our favor or we need him to buy us some time. Ace is known for being hilarious at all the wrong times yet he’s a character who’s, similarly, always fun to be around.

Chris, on the other hand, is like the Don Rickles of local rock bands and constantly insulting us whenever possible. Of course, he has his talents and is the best at promoting the group. Troy has an off-the-wall sense of humor that we more than often don’t understand but is an amazing bass player and comes up with great bass lines and grooves. As for me, I am the least cool person in the band. I would make even Bun E. Carlos (former drummer of Cheap Trick) look … cool. However, I would play any show anywhere at any time and was always easiest to schedule.

What is so special about this 20th-anniversary show?

Really, it’s just a nice round number. If anything, it shows people we’re still in the game after after two decades. We only play around eight times a year these days as opposed to eight times a month during the late ’90s in places like Davis, Chico and San Francisco. We have families and good jobs now, so it’s a lot harder to do a show in San Francisco and return home around 4 a.m. It was way easier when we were younger. As long as we have fun doing what we do, we will keep on doing it.

The Brodys

  • What: 20th-anniversary celebration with special guest the Knockoffs. The show is limited to those 21 and over
  • When: 9 p.m. May 22
  • Where: Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St., Sacramento
  • Cost: $10
  • Information: (916) 443-9751, www.theoldironsides.com
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