You probably know by now that El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced he'll run for Ted Cruz's U.S. Senate seat next year — an uphill battle, considering Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate in nearly 30 years.
You may also have heard that O'Rourke used to be a punk rocker and had a band called Foss. He actually talked about it on his San Antonio stop outside the Southerleigh brewery last week. He even used it as an analogy for his underdog Senate run.
“We were writing our own songs, we had no record label or corporate producer. Our music was just the stripped down, basic roots of rock and roll, and people connected with that,” O'Rourke said. “Since we launched this run for Senate two weeks ago, it’s felt a lot like that — rock and roll at it’s roots. And it’s making this campaign a helluva lot of fun."
It was back in the early 1990s that O’Rourke played bass and sang in the early first-wave emo/post-hardcore band alongside Arlo Klahr, Mike Stevens and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. You read that right: the singer from At The Drive In and The Mars Volta played drums with the guy now running to unseat Ted Cruz. Seriously, how many politicians do you know who can say they were in a band with a member of arguably the best post hardcore band of the late 1990s-early aughts?
Bixler-Zavala actually tweeted about it a few years ago.