Josh Brown & Sean McCabe of Ink & Dagger outside Gilman Street in Berkeley, CA. This was 1998 and The Icarus Line was touring up the west coast with them and Bluebird. We were kids at the time and it felt like we were on the fucking Monsters of Rock tour to me, in reality we were sleeping on floors every night. In fact, this night I’m pretty sure we all slept in Golden Gate park on benches for a few hours. It was fucked but I was still so young that I barely noticed. We really looked up to Ink & Dagger, so the whole thing felt pretty big time no matter how shitty it got. Despite having expected Ink & Dagger to draw more, we were in full awe of them. Or at least I was – especially Sean. He had that extra something, that star quality for lack of a better term. He was just larger-than-life. When he entered a room people took notice. I was always kinda surprised Sean liked me. I really felt honoured to be his friend and it really gave me a lot of confidence. I learned a lot from him, just about life and how to act. In fact it’s safe to say that his attitude, and overall demeanour heavily influenced the tone of what I would write on Buddyhead in the early days. When he died, it hit me hard. I still miss him. But yeah, playing Gilman Street was definitely one of the highlights. I don’t think anyone played very well but just being there was totally like scratching one off the bucket list. Oh, and Jello Biafra from Dead Kennedys was there and bought a copy of everything from every band’s merch table. Punk fucking rock, eh?