5150 was formed in the late Las Vegas winter of 1985 by Phil Mauro, Tony Trent, James Bagley and myself rehearsing initially in our apartment above the Hair Zoo on Charleston Blvd with scrounged together gear. Our first shows were in the desert off Anne road opening for bands such as Pig Children and NOFX, capitalizing on pre existing notoriety stemming from our loosely organized "social club".
Influenced by the tail-end of the hardcore scene, by seeing bands like Self Abuse, G.B.H., D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies, we knew what we wanted to do and what we needed to do it....One Monday morning as we were being released from jail James and I were picked up by and formally introduced to Eric Thompson, an established band leader who along with our life long friend Bryan Cappozolli were forming Papsmear. Brothers in blood......They taught us about equipment.
5150s' unspoken mission statement was to play as fast and hard as humanly possible. Songs like 410 would over time be reduced from 90 second pieces to under 30, as much the result of hard work as a collective, intangible desperation.
As, inexplicably, our audience grew so did the hubris, the external pressures. Ricky Bonanno replaced Phil in the summer of 1987, propelling 5150 to finish off it's run as one of the most vicious acts in the history of music, and leaving in our wake 2 singles-Forever Night and Lil' Miss-The first self -produced vinyl in Las Vegas at that time since the 60s',almost instant collector items.
Special mention must go to Steve Johnston, Michelle Viau and Michael Bergman amongst so many.
Gene Bagley 1/13/10