In 1994, three guys really fed up with their bands and the (lack of) scene in general got together to form one of New Orleans longest running and most popular post-punk bands - The Pests. The sound wasn't meant to be aggressive and punk, but considering the atmosphere and conditions under which they formed, there was no alternative.
Steve Halprin -vocals/guitar, Chuck Diesel - bass/vocals, and Dino Mazzone - drums gathered a large and very devoted following before recording their first album "Simplified" in 1995. Their hardcore fans latched on to the rougher songs like "Life is Sweet" and the title track, "Simplified". The typical finale track live was the blunt and over-the-top aggressive "G.A.G.", a testament to the seemingly self-destructive devotion necessary for life on the road. The album wasn't without controversy, however. "Nazi Trot" was often misconstrued, but if the lyrics were ever noted, the vehemently anti-Nazi stance would be obvious. The line "the closet, the closet, they're always in the closet" sums it up. Despite the hardcore lean on some tracks, the one that stood out and landed the band on local radio and TV would be "I Hate My Girlfriend", an anthem of sorts that eventually through it's success would assist in the band's first of several setbacks.
More bio (from 2007) here...