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Tape Heads – Animals Video Review

March 29, 2018

If this song and video have one huge influence, it is definitely found in the beachside neighborhoods of San Diego. The party-ready riffs of this indie-rock-meets-60’s-surf vibe are fueled by the imagery of Ocean Beach in San Diego and all of the piers and flip-flops that come with it. It’s clear that the members of Tape Heads have pride in their turf and they have fun with it. The video takes you on a walk through the neighborhood and gives you an idea of a probable Tape Heads practice space. The energy of the band comes across very clearly and entices you to bob your head along.

The song itself also sounds like what might be on the playlist of a twenty-something beachgoer to pregame before a night of bar-hopping or even on the way to soak up the sun. The guitar melody is really what stands out for me in this particular song, as I can really get a gist of the influences that might have helped this band come together. I can only assume that Tape Heads probably jammed a lot of reggae-infused rock, old 60’s surf rock, and proto-punk growing up. If that sounds up your alley, check out more of their stuff on their website.

– Ari

Music Video Review

Stray Monroe – Hold the Line Video Review

March 16, 2018

 

Southern California pop-rockers Stray Monroe released their newest music video on March 2 for the single “Hold the Line”. The video itself follows a quirky, surprise-ending type of plot line that gives for an enjoyable watch for the three-minute duration and it features all three band members as part of a hit woman’s list. The video concludes with a twist involving a house show played by the band itself. The neighborhood of North Park in San Diego is heavily displayed as well. Overall, the vibe of the song fits with the music video very well and the ‘hit list’ theme is never portrayed as too dark or heavy to outweigh the melody and lyrical content, so I think it flows well.

Stray Monroe is beginning to come into their sound, an indie pop genre heavily influenced by the britpop of the 90’s that features bands like Blur and Supergrass. If you are a fan of bands like The Kooks, Rooney, or The Fratellis, check out Stray Monroe. Their upbeat sound and feel-good energy is sure to get stuck in your head once or twice, and the vocals perform almost as if they are another instrument within the song.

If you like what you saw and heard, come out to the release party for Stray Monroe’s EP, Momentary Vertigo on Friday, March 23 at 710 Beach Club. The show starts and 9:00 p.m. and tickets are available by following this link. Thanks for reading!

– Ari

Record Review

Corporate Citizen – What Would He Do EP Review

March 3, 2018

I have to admit that I’m not particularly good about keeping up with many bands coming out of North County; I live in a rut of my surrounding two mile-radius, and that’s on a good day. However, after hearing this EP, it looks like I’m going to have to get back on my game. I would hate to miss out on more bands that sound like this. Corporate Citizen formed in the summer of 2017 and released this EP in January. It looks like they haven’t done many shows yet, but hopefully they can make it down to central San Diego at some point, because I am pretty certain I’d be there.

As for the EP itself, the themes really speak to me – that of questioning and engaging in societal accountability and social responsibility while also reflecting inwardly, worrying about yourself and the future to come, whatever may. The music is reminiscent of 90’s New York and East Cost hardcore like Sick Of It All and H2O, but I can’t ignore how heavily this EP reminds me of Built to Last, another set of San Diego locals who were also around in the 90’s. Like Built to Last, I think the blend of East and West Coast is a big part of what catches your ear in this EP. With four songs on What Would He Do all coming in at under three minutes, you don’t have much of an excuse to not give these guys a listen by checking out their bandcamp page. Hope to hear more from them in the future.

– Ari

Music Video Review

Mason Summit – Video Review

December 13, 2017
Mason summit melodies in general have a very nostalgic rhythms complemented by his melancholy vocals. Listening and watching the single/video “Right Mind”, Mason’s voice seductively swoons reminiscent to Roy Orbison in the early years.
Mason has a very confident and expressive voice. His very expressive voice compliments the touching lyrics. Expect to hear great things about Mason in future.
Record Review

New Crimes – Inauguaration Demo Review

November 15, 2017

If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in San Diego punk and hardcore, you may have already heard about New Crimes. They’re a four-piece act that formed in 2016 to follow in the punk rock tradition of combating and giving their biting feedback on the current sociopolitical climate of the U.S., and they’ve already laid solid groundwork as far as their Inauguration Demo goes. New Crimes describes their music as having “wide-ranging influences in aggressive music”, something that definitely comes across as you take a listen and are greeted by tones reminiscent of sounds like the early 80’s Hermosa Beach scene and even some later powerviolence heaviness. It’s a familiar cacophony of sound, but a much welcomed one. For being a new band, they have already played a good number of shows at venues like Tower Bar and The Casbah, and I’m sure they will have more coming up. Keep an eye out for New Crimes and check out their two demos on their bandcamp by following this link. Thanks for looking!

– Ari

Concert Reviews

Private Lives Concert Review

November 9, 2017

Private Lives played a 30 minute set  for “Through Being Cool’ at The Blonde Bar in San Diego on 10/21/17 The 30 minutes Private Lives played was a musical experience; the four piece band played a robust set that was musically powerful w imaginative sounds. The layers of music with deep and dense undertones were juxtaposed by Nate Barcalow’s voice. Only Barcalow’s voice could take us on a “Razor’s Edge”, type of journey- visceral to the bone. With Music this tight w such detailed compositions keep us on the edge of our seats for more shows.

Concert Reviews

Alive & Well Concert Review

January 19, 2017

Alive & Well Live at Soda Bar 1/13/2017


Alive and Well prefaced their set with a bonding scrum that confirmed how tight these guys are as a group.

The lead vocals were very confident and edgy with a surprise of Matt's interesting range and dynamics.

Very original lyrics seemed to be known by everyone in the house because they belted them out in perfect timing with each song.

A very devout fan base to say the least.

We look forward to hearing what Alive and Well has in mind for 2017; Hoping for more of that energetic and positive music with interesting arrangements for San Diego and beyond. Bring it on Alive and Well!

Music Video Review

Stray Monroe Video Review “Broken Records”

December 29, 2016

Stray Monroe's Video Review " Broken Records"

The song Broken Record by the Stray Monroe is a tuneful melody with the strongest accompaniment coming from a very expressive guitar. The singers voice is rhythmic and droney in a really appealing way-very Wallflowers like. It will be interesting to see how the group grows into their own.

Concert Reviews

Mandala Concert Review

December 17, 2016

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Mandala Live at Soma Concert Review

The four-piece metal band, Mandala, played a very solid performance at SOMA's Santa Slam on December 9th,2016. The guitarists provided background movement that complimented the lead singer, Garrett's, tribal-like pacing on the stage. Original pieces with a lot of musical shape from guitarists that were very in-sink and a strong foundation from the percussion. Vocals and instruments were well composed with a lot of thought to balance of aggressive and atmospheric sounds. Very positive metal experience

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