At 20, The Expendables are hungry for more

The Expedables
The Expendables headline Thursday’s reggae tripleheader at Cargo.

After 20 years, The Expendables continue to ride the reggae rock wave.

The Santa Cruz quartet will headline a show Thursday at the Cargo Concert Hall, eat some Awful Awful burgers, head back to Cali for two more shows, and then take a short break before hitting the road again for another tour.

“Pacing myself is the key,” lead singer and guitarist Geoff Weers said during a sound check Tuesday in Park City, Utah. “Got to save myself for the hour and a half we play. I still have fun doing it and it’s not a job really. It’s still a blast to go onstage and play every night. That keeps me from being tired or cold.”

The Expendables will perform in Reno with HIRIE and Tribal Theory.

“They are super awesome bands and good people as well,” Weers said. “HIRIE’s talented, cool and friendly and does the rock and roll thing really well. Tribal Theory has an Island vibe, a little more pop. Very talented as well. Island boys that rock.”

The Expendables rode onto the post-Sublime scene in 1997.

“The next wave was Slightly Stoopid and Pepper,” Weers said. “Stoopid picked us up and took us on our first national tours and signed us to their label, so they our godfathers to the music industry.”

The band has kept the same lineup – Adam Petterson, drums and vocals; Raul Bianchi, lead guitar; and Ryan DeMars, bass — since the early 2000s and has recorded seven albums, the most recent 2015’s “Sand in the Sky.” It has new single, “Stay Now,” featuring Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany.

What can concertgoers expect from The Expendables?

“We do a lot of everything,” Weers said. “There’s at least a song from every album. We try to figure out what people want to hear and we’ll play that. We will do the Rebelution song and another song we just recorded for new EP with HIRIE.”

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  • The Expendables
    Openers: HIRIE, Tribal Theory
    When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; doors open at 7
    Where: Cargo Concert Hall
    Tickets: $16 general admission, all-ages show
  • Where else:
    Mystic Theatre, Petaluma on Friday, Jan. 20; The Observatory, Santa Ana, on Saturday, Jan. 21


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