While many can’t fathom the notion of attending a rock concert with a parent, the latest batch of 20-somethings is a different breed. After all, their parents came of age in the rock ’n’ roll era.
So not only has Brook Thompson shared many a show with his now 50-year-old father, he is also influenced by the punk bands his dad introduced him to. Groups such as The Clash and the Ramones no doubt influenced Thompson, whose band The Mighty Fine draws from punk and indie rock.
The band, which just released its debut album, “Bad Time For Everything,” has already gone through several lineup changes. But for now it appears to have a consistent cast, featuring Jon Miller, Chris Scott and Chris Lintner.
We talked to Thompson, a former Cal Poly ag-business major and a Templeton native, about music, his dad and Indiana.
When I was into this more late-’90s “punk rock,” he introduced me to those groups, and I instantly fell in love with them because there’s just a more honest raw aggression to it.
My dad and I have gone to see The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan. And my dad is into the whole Coachella scene. He’s very up to date with all the hip new bands that are out there.
this is pretty much what I do, but we don’t call it pogoing.”
We basically want to have an aesthetic history of the band. We don’t feel weird putting up shots of guys that used to be in the band. They helped shape our band to what it is now.
I did not like it. We didn’t have a band name at the time and no real ideas — or nothing worth considering — and they kept bringing it up, and I’d just hold my breath. But after that it just got incorporated into our lineup, and now I really like it. I just didn’t want to come off as sounding conceited or pretentious.