RPM Interviews young Navajo hardcore punks, Lo Cash Ninjas: Jordan Steele “Rude Boy Lice” (Navajo) vocals/guitar, Martin Johnson “Panda” (bass), Keanu Lee “Popeye” (vocals/guitar) and Andre Alva “Dre” (drums).
RPM: How/When did you guys start Lo Cash Ninjas?
Jordan: It all started in the heat of 08′ “most” of us were still in high school. Shiprock was a metal dominant music scene back then. We were the the outcast band that nobody liked, but we were different that is what drew attention.
Dre: Well they (Lo Cash Ninjas) were already a band and their original drummer decided to bail so I picked up the slack and joined the band.
Martin: I was just a guy with an amp that Jordan constantly borrowed, so I let him and when he needed someone to play bass I volunteered to help, didn’t think i was gonna be part of the band. Made my senior year of high school a blast with all of us hanging out.
Keanu: We started out with 2 acoustic guitars jamming in Jordan’s storage room, this was about four years ago. I was self taught and whatever I learned I taught Jordan.
RPM: What drew you to punk and hardcore?
Dre: When I was small I started listening to NOFX, Sublime, Crass, the Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug and all kinds of shit. One day I decided to pick up the drums, and from there I started to play guitar and really got into drumming. I always wanted to have a band and play drums and now I do.
Martin: Curiosity to hear something different, there are many different genres I never hear of..
Keanu: Well, I liked the fact that the punk music has a raw sound to it. Also, the songs were quite easy to play.. but once we got into ska, it was a whole different sound.
Jordan: We all came from different music backgrounds, that’s what made the “ninja sound” your hearing today.
RPM: How was the show you played in Shiprock, NM at the Indie/Electronic show at Navajo Nation Fair?
Keanu: We played two nights in Shiprock, both nights were good. It’s been awhile since we played our hometown.
Jordan: Overall I had fun, we rarely get to play Shiprock because half the band lives in the Phoenix area now…
Martin: The one at the Indian Market tent was very good, sounded just like our old shows.
RPM: What was the best thing about playing the fair at home?
Keanu: Got to go home to a home cooked meal right after we played. Haha.
Martin: Its the fair. its where we grew up and its home to us.
Jordan: Got to see a lot of familiar faces.
Dre: (Andre’s from Arizona) The shows were awesome I’m glad I made it out to play with my homies. It’s always sounds good when we’re all back together.
RPM: Why is it cool to play an all Native showcase?
Martin: All Native? Wouldn’t matter to me if aliens were playing too. Just jamming out and having fun with your friends is cool enough.
Keanu: Because we get to hear various types of music native bands have to offer.
Dre: It was cool to play a Native showcase because we like other people to hear our music and what we’re about and not only that but keeping it Native.
Jordan: Native or not, we still try to make the best of every show.
RPM: Anything else you want to tell me about you guys?
L$N: Shout out to all my ninjas for all the support over the years!!!!
Check out the youtube link below for the song We All Die.