Blink-182 Producer Goes From Making Records To Making Donuts
A couple weeks back, Trombino made a serious career change and opened Donut Friend in Los Angeles' historic Highland Park neighborhood. Blueberry compote, bacon, cayenne pepper, manchego chese and orange marmalade are just a few of the ingredients available in his design-your-own donut line-up, but music fans may be more interested in the band-themed pastries.
The current concoctions include (A)pple Pi(E), a donut stuffed with caramelized apples and cheddar cheese, topped with a caramel glaze and toasted peanuts; it was inspired by peace-punk band (A).PPL(E). There's Bacon-182, a self-explanatory ode to one of the biggest bands Trombino's produced; Chocolate from the Crypt, named for Rocket from the Crypt (with whom Trombino's early band Drive Like Jehu shared a guitarist); and the chocolate mousse-stuffed Fudgegazi, a delectable tribute to Fugazi.
"I actually just came up with a list of names [a few years ago]," Trombino explained from his office at the back of the store. "I had donut combinations already that I wanted to use and then I came up with all these lists of names, and I just started matching them [to band names]."
There's a personal story for almost every concoction. "Rites of Sprinkles is Rites of Spring," he explained. "Hands down one of the bands that changed my life so I was very happy that they were on this list."
"Around the time that I was doing the Jimmy Eat World records, Christie Front Drive was a band that Jimmy Eat World looked up to," Trombino explained. "So, you get Custard Front Drive."
But worry not, Jimmy Eat World fans. As the act Trombino is perhaps most associated with as a producer, Jimmy Eat World has its own donut in the works, the perfectly titled Jimmy Eat Swirl. The band has even submitted recipe ideas for it. more on this story
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