After a two-year break, metal-heads Sirhan Sirhan are back with a new lineup. The band disbanded in 2009 when drummer Alex Organ and bassist Mike Johnston relocated to the Midwest. But Organ recently moved back to San Diego from Kansas City, and the trio decided to get back together for a reunion tour, guitarist / vocalist Jason “Blackie” Blackmore says. When Johnston, who now lives in Des Moines, Iowa, had to back out of the tour for work, Blackmore recruited his friends Jeremy Walsh (Otro) and John Cota (Otro, Rats Eyes, Ghetto Blaster) to play bass and guitar, respectively.
“Seriously, I've been wanting to hear this stuff with a second guitar player for a long time,” Blackmore says.
Johnston is still welcome to play with the band, Blackmore says, but for now the foursome has plans of its own. They've embarked on a two-week West Coast tour, and they hope to start working on a new album once they get back—that is, if they get along while on the road, Blackmore says.
Aimee Sanchez of Black Mamba is working on a new project called Divers with Heavy Hawaii's Derek Butler. Using a keyboard, bass and processed drums, their music has the same stripped-down feel as Black Mamba, only it's much gloomier— indeed, Sanchez cites “bad dreams” as one of the duo's influences. They're currently recording new material, and they've posted a demo at divers.bandcamp.com.
Hipsters in ensemble costumes (including the 12 Days of Christmas and craft beers of San Diego) got a sample of Tourism, a new band with members of Gray Ghosts, on Saturday night at an apartment-complex party in South Park. The band's first-ever set included more than a few Gray Ghosts carry-over indie-rock songs, minus the group's female members. The band features former Kite Flying Society members Dustin Illingworth and Frank Green, Rookie Card's Kevin Gossett—who were dressed, respectively, as Richie Tenenbaum, Raleigh St. Clair and Pagoda from The Royal Tenenbaums—and The Bloody Hollies' Matthew Bennett, who was a mere karate guy.