EL SANCHO

Alan Kasameyer - Guitar / Vocals

Nate Werneck - Bass / Vocals

Tony Joyce - Drums / Vocals

Greg Toliver - Guitar / Vocals

Hawaii-based punk band El Sancho has been performing around the Big Island since 2018, and has released 2 CDs, one 7" record and a slew of digital singles on Spotify, Bandcamp and other online platforms. They are currently working on their third album, with a planned release for October 2022.
 

The bands is based in Waikoloa Village, a sleepy town not too far from Kailua-Kona. The small but loyal Big Island punk rock scene embraced El Sancho and is a regular presence at their gigs around the island. 
 

El Sancho draws influence from classic punk bands like the Buzzcocks, Screeching Weasel, Descendents and The Dead Milkmen. Weaving humor and anger throughout their lyrics, the songs fly by at breakneck speed while drummer Tony Joyce sets the pace faster and faster. While guitarist Alan Kasameyer is the primary vocalist, all three members share lead vocal and backup vocal duties throughout their songs. 

In early 2020, mainland punk bands started touring to the Big Island again and El Sancho was honored to open gigs for D.O.A., The Cutthroat Brothers and D.I.. During the pandemic they focused their time on writing and recording, and released two albums and several singles while only occasionally being able to perform live. In 2022 the band has come back to the stage on the Big Island regularly, bringing bands from other islands over to perform and planning tours to other islands and beyond...

 
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TONY JOYCE

Drums / Vocals

Boat captain, race car driver, punk rock drummer.

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ALAN KASAMEYER

Guitar / Vocals

Before moving to Hawaii in 2014, could be found around the SF Bay Area in bands like Airfix Kits, Giant Haystacks, Your Mother and more.

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NATE WERNECK

Bass / Vocals

Before El Sancho, Nate played in bands on the Big Island and Oregon including Banned in Kona and No Comply.

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GREG TOLIVER

Guitar / Vocals

Greg joined El Sancho in 2022 after moving to the Big Island from Bend, Oregon.

 

SOME PRESS MENTIONS

The Bloody Scar lyric video announcement

El Sancho has digitally released their newest single “The Bloody Scar.” The song was recorded by the band at their studio in Hawaii, mixed by Craig Billmeier (The Love Songs, This is My Fist) and mastered by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Zeke, Mudhoney).

New release and new band member announcement

“The bloody scar is the racism that is so prevalent in our society but brushed under the carpet like it doesn’t exist,” says guitarist Alan Kasameyer. “It is a wound that stays infected and only gets worse no matter how many band-aids we try to cover it up with.”

2021's Best New Christmas songs

The top seasonal songs of the year, from the best-known artists to indie acts. (Includes "Merry Christmas Joey Ramone" from El Sancho)

Our Part in the Darkness Review

A trio of punk veterans end up on Hawaii’s Big Island, help carve out a wee scene there, and produce this debut eight-track effort. All self-recorded, mixed, mastered, and released. It’s speedy, poppy basic punk, à la DESCENDENTS and CRIMPSHINE, with lots of politics (and some zombies) in the lyrical mix. Catchy and infectious for sure.

Punks Get Pressed on Vinyl

Waikoloa-based punk rock band El Sancho has just released a new three-song picture disc vinyl record titled How to Kill a Zombie....

Our Part in the Darkness review

Basic, endearing, rough-around-the-edges pop punk from Hawaii. It didn’t occur to me that bands might write pandemic-related songs until I heard “It’s Your Vuneral.” I also should have expected strange zombie-like illustrations of the My Pillow guy. I thought we’d mentally throw these last couple years away! But El Sancho handles the endless American nightmare era well. We got through it, let’s party. –Matt Werts (El Sancho, elsanchoband.com)

9/4/2021 Live show preview

Big Island punk rock band El Sancho returns to Kailua-Kona for a night of fast, fun punk rock under the stars at the Willie’s Hot Chicken courtyard. The Waikoloa-based band has been performing on island since 2019 and draws influence from classic punk bands like the Ramones, Agent Orange and the Descendents. Expect a healthy dose of songs from their debut album “Our Part in the Darkness” mixed with occasional covers.

How to Kill a zombie EP review

Three songs of mid-tempo melodic punk. I believe that everyone contributes vocals here as there is an obvious distinction between the vocalist on the first two songs, the vocalist on the third song, and the backing vocals. All in all, this is catchy enough; the main issue I have with this release is that it is a lathe-cut 7”. While I appreciate the fact that you’re going ahead with committing to put these songs to a physical format, I’ll never understand the lathe-cut gimmick. For the most part they’re expensive to produce, most times they are limited to only a handful of copies, and they don’t sound that great. I’m just nitpicking here at this point. Anyhow, this is limited to 25 copies, so I’d suggest trying to get one quickly if that interests you.

Our Part in the Darkness album review

 El Sancho rip through eight songs in 18 minutes, starting with the minute-long “Never Listen.” Guitarist/vocalist Alan Kasameyer says about the song “It was supposed to be for my kids about how they never listen to me but turned into a diatribe about information bubbles and confirmation bias. And after all that, they still don’t listen to me.”

Our Part in the Darkness release

Hawaii’s El Sancho has released a new album entitled Our Part in the Darkness. El Sancho is a punk rock band from the Big Island of Hawaii that started in 2018. They’re self described as kinda old and like short, fast, loud songs. Some bands they like and wish they could sound like are Descendents, Agent Orange, The Dead Milkmen. With the Hawaii punk scene being almost nonexistent, the trio has still been able to open for some punk rock legends including D.O.A., D.I. and The Cutthroat Brothers.

Our Part in the Darkness Review

This is band´s first full length album and what a great debut it is. The record contains 8 songs of pretty political punk rock, which is no wonder with that blonde madman being in control of States until recently, so El Sancho, voluntarily or involuntarily wrote and release rather political debut album. The music of El Sancho reminded me a bit of old school punk bands from UK, production wise and in style of playing, yet also of bands like Descendents and All with adding hearty melody and epic backing vocal harmonies to the song structures.

Album Announcement

Our Part in the Darkness takes nods from the early 1990’s California Bay Area punk scene, where Kasameyer lived before moving to Hawaii. “When I was in high school we’d head to Gilman Street almost every weekend to see bands like Jawbreaker, Green Day, Fifteen, Angry Samoans, and every band that came through on tour. For me, that’s the golden age of music.”

It's Your Vuneral single release

Waikoloa Village punk-rockers El Sancho has announced “It’s Your Vuneral,” the first single from their new album, Our Part in the Darkness, is set for release in January 2021. The single is now available on all streaming platforms, including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

"Permanent Record" - Dirty and Raw Punk Rock

If there's one thing that fans of punk rock hate, it's overproduced perfectionism. Punk devotees want dirty, raw, in-your-face tones, and the "I'm yelling a foot away from you and refuse to use auto-tune" type of vocals. El Sancho delivers this organic authenticity in "Permanent Record."

Punks in Paradise

El Sancho is a punk rock band based in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, and they have just released a four-song EP on all streaming platforms with a CD to follow this month. While most Mainlanders may think that Hawaii is home to soft-strumming ukuleles with palm trees gently swaying along the beach, the State has a long history of punk bands that have played turbo-powered music since the late ‘70s.

Our Part in the Darkness review

El Sancho is a band from Waikoloa Village, Hawaii.  From ex-members of Banned in Kona, Giant Haystacks and Your Mother. They play zombie-themed punk rock and it’s raw and you can sing along to it. There are lots of interesting sounds on the record. The majority of the numbers have the “Beat on the Brat” formula; somewhat slow songs with muted guitars and it’s a formula that is quite consistent on here. Even if I think it’s an interesting sound, my favorites are probably the songs that move away from that formula like “Never Listen” and “Permanent Record”.

How to Kill a Zombie 7" review

Three songs from this Hawaiian pop punk band’s last album, cut with an eighty year old lathe-cut machine onto plexiglass, and turned into a square picture disc of sorts. Quite the novelty and a cool collectible, even if the lo-fi mono sounds on the record don’t exactly do the catchy songs justice. –Chad Williams (Lost Alley, gulchalley.com)