Skate punk has seen better days. From the watered-down influence of the Warped Tour to the mass marketing of punk and skating as little more than "brand lifestyles," there are few bands that still stay true to the recklessness of old skate and thrash music. Then, of course, there is Canada's S.T.R.E.E.T.S., a band whose sheer devotion to both skating and punk/thrash are far more 1985 SoCal than 2005 Vancouver BC. On record the band is a decadently sloppy combination of early Suicidal Tendencies trash-punk with the bravado and guitar heroics of Iron Maiden. As a live band, S.T.R.E.E.T.S. demonstrate the youthful recklessness and strut and stammer of the underappreciated punk bands of the mid-'80s. All of this will make you long for the old D.R.I. 7"s you sold when you got into indierock. What were you thinking? Not one for elaborate answers, drummer Cory Gangnes chimes in on the band's name and everyone's favorite surfing Gorilla.

S.T.R.E.E.T.S. perform at Sabala's Mt Tabor on Saturday June 18

The rumor I heard was that S.T.R.E.E.T.S. stands for "Skating Totally Rules, Everything Else Totally Sucks." Is that right?

Well kind of, we made the acronym after we already had the name. It originally came from the saying "See you on the streets."

Has there been a lot of confusion with The Streets, the UK garage rapper?

I don't know, sometimes I guess.

Nice answer. What happened in San Diego when you guys got busted for tagging "S.T.R.E.E.T.S." on the wall of the bar after you played?

The tagging thing was more of an art project involving more people than just the band members. It seemed like it was really bringing the community together. We offered to paint over it, but [the venue's owners] weren't into it.

What is the best skateboard character ever?

Steve Rocco. Oh wait, he's real! Spicoli, nah--Wonton Animal Chin. Definitely not Flameboy.

As a skater, what is worse, cops or rollerbladers?

Cops on rollerblades.

As a kid, when you used to play T&C Surf on Nintendo, what character did you choose? Thrilla Gorilla or Joe Cool?

Thrilla Gorilla, because I'm a drummer.

Um… thank you, Cory.