Union 13 is a hardcore punk band from Boyle Heights, California, USA which began playing backyard parties in the early nineties. The intense energy of Union’s live show was so fierce that it attracted the attention of Brett Gurewitz, owner of the Epitaph Records label, who turned up at one of their performances and persuaded the band to record a demo at his Westbeach Recorders studio in Hollywood. Gurewitz later played the demo for Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen of Rancid who liked it so much that they jumped on board to help produce the bands Epitaph debut East Los Presents (1997).
Up to date Union 13 has released four full length albums – three on Epitaph Records and one on Disaster Records. Union 13 improved their musical act through relentless touring with bands such as Voodoo Glow Skulls, Bouncing Souls, 7 Seconds, U.S. Bombs, Gutter Mouth and H20 (on the first Punk O Rama tour), while also sharing the stage with Latin rock acts Molotov and Cafe Tacuba on the Watcha tour.
Determined to keeping Union 13 moving forward longstanding band members Edward Escoto along with Baltazar Rodriguez have been joined by guitarist Eddie Carrasco and exciting new drummer Cassie Julie. The intensity created by the bands new set up has inspired Union 13 to once again begin writing new music. Moving forward Union 13 continues touring.