RF7 is a long-lived, southern California punk rock band that began in 1979 by Felix Alanis and small time child star of the Sheriff John show Nick Lamagna. Felix also began the record label Smoke Seven Records and signed his band and many others who were ignored by the big labels then, such as Redd Kross, Bad Religion, JFA, Crank Shaft, Circle One, Sin 34, Youth Gone Mad, etc.
From the beginning, the RF7 sound was not clearly punk but really what would be called today hardcore punk. Felix Alanis has always mixed middle class virtues with strange religious imagery in his lyrics. Nick Lamagna added guitar and music that had a twist more "rock" then some punks preferred. Walt Phelan added a drummer's drumming, and the bass player seemed to always change, with Robert Armstrong perhaps being the most solid recorded bass man from 1980–83, and again on 1990's classic Traditional Values album. On 1982's Fall In album, the band brought in super producer Geza X.
Falling James, musician and writer for the LA Weekly put it this way...When future archaeologists dig into the eventual rubble of Los Angeles looking for proof that punk rock once existed here, they’ll have to sift through a thick crust of garbage left behind by today’s surfeit of inane, happy-go-lucky pop-punks before finding traces of more obscure yet influential bands like RF7. In the early ‘80s, RF7’s working-class anthems fell somewhere between peers Social Distortion and Channel 3, and leader Felix Alanis enjoyed 15 seconds of fame as the producer of Redd Kross’ debut LP, Born Innocent, originally released on his own Smoke 7 label. RF7’s 1999 CD, God Forbid, was an impressive return to form, with the group’s throttling tempos — and a scuzzy, Kiss-style assault — contrasted by Alanis’ introspective concerns about the loss of youthful ideals while "trapped inside some factory”.