Remember that big Muni bus that got torched while we were all out celebrating the Giants' World Series win? Well, it didn't go up in flames without a fight: 28-year-old S.F. native Simon Timony tried to stop the drunken mob from smashing the bus and setting it on fire -- and got beat up in the process. He was punched and kicked by the revelers, and suffered a broken nose and two chipped teeth for trying to protect a $700,000 piece of public property.
Timony got a bit of public acclaim for his efforts, including an award from Muni and an invitation from Sup. Scott Weiner to watch the Giants parade from Weiner's V.I.P. box. (He turned down the offer of free Muni rides for life.) You can give Timony a different kind of recognition, though: Check out his band, Gaviotas, a metal-punk hybrid with a flair for smooth melodies and political lyrics.
Gaviotas has been around since 2003, and has played at venues like Slim's and Bottom of the Hill. The group plans to release a new album, Assemble, in January, and has a gig at Thee Parkside on Dec. 8. Check out three songs below, each of them aggresive but tuneful. Our favorite is the uncompromising "One Look":
And here's Timony being interviewed by ABC 7 about his Muni heroism: