Camel lights, cheap beer and Red Bull are all to be consumed when hanging with the Jeans boys. They like to party and I’d even go out on a limb and say these dudes drink to get “hammered”. With no more then two minute songs that kick major ass, Portland’s pop punk band The Mean Jeans sound like a band that only listened to the Ramones growing up. But site the Riverdales, the Queers as influences as well.
The Trio; Jeans Wilder on drums, Billy Jeans singer/guitar player, and Jr. Jeans on bass are going on tour this month throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas ending with a SXSW show or two.
I’ve had the pleasure of partying with these hilarious guys and I’d be super bummed if this article didn’t convey how funny these fellas are. I’m sure you can tell from their songs that they don’t take themselves seriously. But what you might not know is that they abbreviate everything and use ‘prolly” way too much…prolly. They love taking shots of girly drinks like Jager bombs, (they call them Jageys), or Tic Tacs which consist of orange flavored Bacardi and Red Bull. And when I texted Jeans Wilder while writing this article to ask for a joke or something I could quote him on letting him know my deadline was less than 12 hours away he responded, “U ass! I’m at a meatball party. Howmy sposta deliver da goods?” Not his best work, but I’ll take it! Check out their Facebook if you want to be constantly entertained by their one-liners.
All the funny stuff aside, these boys can play, and I mean, really truthfully play. Billy Jeans even used to teach metal guitar to kiddos. He says of it, “I was a major league shredder, The Berklee School of Music, they gave me a major paycheck to go teach youngsters how to shred. And ’cause I knew how to shred I said, “All right—I’ll shred it.”