As the drummer of PEARS, Jarret Nathan has toured all around North America, Europe, and Australia. He’s been part of outstanding releases the hardcore band has put out on Fat Wreck Chords. He’s shared the stage with legendary punk bands like NOFX, Off With Their Heads, Suicide Machines, among others. Long before he did any of that as the drummer of “Your New Favorite NOLA Punk Band,” Nathan was a young aspiring percussionist living in Long Island, New York.

Back in May, My First Band host Tyler Maas spoke to Nathan about all of that and much more. Over the course of an hour-long discussion, the pair talked about their shared love of Doughboys and the NBA, Nathan’s early drumming endeavors, the circumstances led him to fall in love with punk rock, his move to Philadelphia and subsequent stints in Philly bands like Push Ups, and his bold decision to leave everything behind and move to New Orleans and join PEARS. At Nathan’s request, we encourage you to donate to Black Lives Matter’s Philadelphia chapter.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”), PEARS (“Pepaw”), and Push Ups (“Le Grande K”).