Ok now for a little introduction. The Faction started around 1981 or so. Steve Cabellero played bass and was better known as a pro skater. The Drunk Injuns and Los Olividados go into hybernation and Ray joins them on bass, moving Stevie to 2nd guitar. Actually, let's back up here. All members skate....and skate alot. Well you know the California lifestyle of surfing and skating, etc right. Well The Faction hail from San Jose, California and that is where I spent my entire life up until two years ago. Now I live in Scotts Valley which is between San Jose and Santa Cruz and the ocean. I digress. Anyways when Ray joined the band, The Faction became more than the little brother band to both Los Olividados and The Drunk Injuns. To my ears they also changed sound and became a tad heavier? The Faction were probably San Jose's most known band until the mod influenced Odd Numbers and my band The Forgotten came around. They only toured once across the USA with The Drab, who's guitar player Sean and I would start a band called Slip with Lars in his pre-Rancid days. Gordy would take Lars' place and Gordy and I would start The Forgotten. Convulted and interesting. Well I would get to know Ray quite well over the years, because he was our soundman at the bar that I bartended at for ages. All of the guys are great people and The Faction were my faves from San Jose. Oh and Longy, the singer Gavin from The Faction bleeds West Ham........And in fact RIP Robert (Hammer fan, and dear Bro').