Descendents in Vancouver
In 1977, friends Frank Navetta and David Nolte began writing songs on acoustic guitars with the intention of forming a band. They initially called themselves The Itch, until Navetta came up with the name Descendents. However by the end of the year they had failed to attract any more band members, so Nolte instead joined The Last with his brothers. It would seem the Descendents had experienced a false start, yet in late 1978 Navetta was joined by drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Tony Lombardo who revitalised the project. They changed the style and lengths of their recordings over the early year from short under a minute hardcore style songs to average 2-3 minute punk rock songs.