"I'd rather play music than be in charge of school busses," says Mike Patton, the bassist for pioneering hardcore band the Middle Class. The 57-year-old Lake Forest resident had been "completely away" from the music scene for nearly three decades because of his day jobs with the teamsters union in Orange and director of transportation for Capistrano Unified School District for approximately 14 years. However, that changed when the Middle Class reunited in 2011, which reminded Patton that being a musician "is such a better way of spending time."
Courtesy of Mike Patton
The Middle Class played sporadically until 2014, but the group's revival came to an abrupt end after cancer claimed the life of guitarist Mike Atta. Knowing their band would "never play again" without Atta, Patton and Matt Simon decided to continue jamming because it was fun, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the same reason they teamed with Eddie Joseph in 1979 to complete the "American Society" lineup of Eddie and the Subtitles.