Last week we mentioned that "former" lowcloudcover bassist Dario Izarraras has joined Goodbye, Blue Monday. Actually, Izarraras has not left lowcloudcover-he's playing in both bands. Apologies to indie kids who gazed sadly towards their shoes because of the erroneous news.
S.S. banned from the Roxy?
What does San Diego band Scarlet Symphony have in common with petite singer-songwriter Anya Marina? Not much, actually, besides the fact that they've now both been banned from rock clubs in L.A.
Or, at least, that's what Scarlet thinks was the result of some backstage bacchanalia at their Oct. 11 show at legendary Hollywood venue, the Roxy.
"There was this Hustler model hanging around backstage, and at some point she took one of our friends into the bathroom and blew him," Scarlet singer Gary Hankins said. "Then when we were leaving, she kept flashing her tits at us and stuff, and I was like, "No, please, you don't need to do that.'"
The centerfold was apparently offended by the boys' lack of interest and Hankins claims she started throwing a fit: "She called security over and made a big fuss, claiming we were harrassing her. It turned into a big scene and I ended up throwing a beer on her."
Hankins claimed the model was a "friend of the owners or something." That episode-coupled with a good amount of Scarlet Symphony graffiti left on the Roxy's dressing room walls-got San Diego's biggest buzz band banned.
"I really don't give a fuck," Hankins said. "I think it's kinda funny, actually. I could care less about Hollywood trash."
Roxy owner Nick Adler, however, denied that he banned Scarlet Symphony. "I don't know anything about asking them not to come back. We don't do things like that here," he said. "I remember the night they played-it was a damned good show, don't remember any problems. I can't imagine what they would've done-I'm sure they were just doing band things that bands do backstage."
That puzzles Hankins and drummer Josh Wheeler, because someone from the club e-mailed the band the day after their gig to say they were banned.
When asked if one of his employees-possibly someone who might be easily swayed by a Hustler model-could have sent the e-mail, Adler replied, "I don't really think so.... Everything comes through me."
Whether or not they'll be invited back to the Roxy remains to be seen, but Scarlet Symphony has been invited overseas by Japanese band Change Up. The band's management is paying for Scarlet to fly out for a few gigs from Nov. 13-16. A Japanese distributor ordered 100 CDs and other merchandise from Scarlet, proceeds from which will fund the band's trip. The band will be in Japan for two weeks, and is looking for more dates to fill their time.
Scarlet will also be recording soon with David Bowie's guitarist (more on that next week).
Rocker's guide to Halloween
As you get older, the candy's not free but the costumes get saucier. And since Halloween is a pagan ritual, it makes sense it's rock's favorite holiday. Here are our picks for rocking with the dead this weekend:
Scolari's Office, Oct. 29: A cover show featuring The Misfiends, a surprisingly competent Misfits tribute band. If you prefer the real thing, The Misfits-who are basically a cover band themselves, now-are playing at 'Canes the same night. Also playing the Scolari's show is the latest incarnation of Nirvana cover band Nearvana. Now with a female singer channeling Cobain, they've changed their name to Hervana.
The Ken Club, Oct. 30: The club will host a costume contest and farewell show for San Diego rock-punk band, Watch It Burn. Also playing is Apocalypse Dudes, a one-off Turbonegro cover band with members of John Cougar Concentration Camp.
Brick by Brick, Oct. 30: The Bay Park box will once again host Slumpbuster, an adult-themed Halloween party with performances by And The Hero Fails, The Transit War, Born Tonight, Dogmatic, Changingnames and Die September. Cover is $5 ($2 for those in costume) and the theme for the night is "Shock and Awe."
Shooterz, Oct. 30: Just as people who don't smoke often light up after a few drinks, everyone is a goth on Halloween. So the bar will host a special edition of Sabbat-with prizes for people dressed as their favorite dead celebrity.
North Park Deli, Oct. 30: FCC agents may wanna attend this one. San Diego's longest-running pirate radio station, Free Radio San Diego, will host its two-year anniversary party, with on-air personalities trying their hands at live DJing, a costume contest, Halloween games, etc. It's family friendly, and starts early-8 p.m.
This is strictly rumor at this point since the band wasn't available at press time-but our sources say Louis XIV has signed a very good deal with major label Atlantic Records, also home to San Diegans Jewel and P.O.D. The band had been in talks with major labels for awhile, but was making such good cash selling their stuff on their own that they weren't eager to offer up a piece of their pie. More details next week.
The Nov. 1 release of It's the Way That You Use It by dreamy pop quartet Fono will be a bittersweet triumph, as the date marks one year since their studio was destroyed in the San Diego wildfires. The seven-song EP was produced by Alan Sanderson (Weezer, Green Day, Rolling Stones) and will hopefully create as much buzz as the band's debut, goesaroundcomesaround. That album made Billboard's Heatseekers chart, was licensed by MTV's Road Rules and led to a supporting slot on the Goo Goo Dolls tour. Real World has already licensed tracks from the new release. Fono has also signed a deal with Phinc clothing company, which has pressed and shipped T-shirts to radio stations that read: "Fono has a hot chick bass player." And yes, Cindy Milliman (ex-Lualta) is one comely big-stringer. Stations in Alabama and Montana are already on the release.
Transfer, the new project with members of the defunct Ten Pound Brown, will have some big-name help when they record their new material. Their demo got into the hands of guitarist Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon, Unified Theory), and he's asked the band to come to L.A. to record a few tracks at his home studio.
Reeve Oliver's recent tour with Yellowcard went so well that Yellowcard's violinist took to playing an instrumental version of Reeve's ballad "I Want Burns" on stage every night. The tour would have lasted longer, but Reeve didn't have the right papers and were refused entrance into Canada (more to come on that story). Sources say Y-card fans dug Reeve so much that two major labels have sent scouts to sniff their rump for hit potential.
Raymond Raposa, the grubby, shy kid behind the brilliant new Castanets album, has announced that he's leaving San Diego for New York. Screw him, we didn't need him anyway.
Oct. 29 marks the 30th anniversary of Solana Beach institution The Belly Up Tavern. For three decades, the club has been an essential joint in the local music scene, and recently has become known for the work of house rock-poster artist (and CityBeat contributor) Scrojo. We salute the venue for putting up with sing-a-long souses so long, and will join them for their B-day party, which will include music by the Pine Mountain Logs, as well as a karaoke contest with cash prizes and a menu with 1974 prices.
The Trummerflora Collective is hosting a pre-election party at Dizzy's Nov. 1, dubbed "Get Out the Note." Claiming to represent the Demopubligreen National Party, the lineup for the event is billed as Candidate: Ellen Weller on "wood and wood-like winds, hot air (and lots of it)" with an Election Committee consisting of David Borgo (saxophones, voter access, pregnant chads), Marcos Fernandes (percussion, Patriot Act electronic bugging devices), Chuck Perrin (guest speaker, spin doctor, Swiftnote veteran), Scott Walton (bass, toneland security, wealth care), Bob Weller (electric piano, family values, Camp David Achords), Charlie Weller (drums of war, technocratic paraphernalia, no child left behind). The evening's repertoire promises to add new meaning to the word "eclectic."
Encinitas music historian Paul Williams' latest book on Bob Dylan-Performing Artist Vol. 4-scored a full-page, four-star review in this week's edition of major U.K. mag Uncut.
The Q head out on a five-week tour dubbed "Punk the Clock" beginning Nov. 7, alongside fellow locals My American Heart. Their as-yet untitled EP won't officially be released until next year, although advance copies are making rounds.Jason Weedon and Danny Calderon of defunct band Run For Your Fucking Life are working on a new, as-yet-unnamed project. Weedon played in Chula Vista pop-punk band The Kids, and he describes the new band as, "really fuckin' poppy man. It's like The Kids, except grown up.