San Diego's all-ages scene will see a geographical shift in the next couple of months-The Scene will shut down its current location and move elsewhere. Currently located in a non-descript business park in Clairemont Mesa, the venue had reportedly received numerous complaints from other businesses that share their parking lot (tour buses hoarding parking spots, etc.). So owner Alice Stinnett has decided to get the hell outta Clairemont. She says the final show at The Scene as kiddos currently know it will be Nov. 30. Those close to the operation say the new location will be somewhere in Mission Valley.
Agent 51 founder quits the band
Chris Armes, founding member of pop-punk mainstays Agent 51, has officially announced his departure from the band, and he's urging fans not to support the band in its present incarnation. In an open letter to fans posted on sandiegopunk.com, Armes says financial problems have prevented him from touring for the last several months. He also makes it clear he doesn't support the remaining members going on without him.
"I have been the principle songwriter for Agent 51 since day one," Armes writes. "I have written every single song except for two since the band's inception. My responsibilities for the band since the beginning include writing all the songs, designing all of the merchandise, all of the graphics for our CDs, past websites, stickers, making flyers, booking gigs, getting us a manager, getting us a label, honing our stage show, and booking the majority of our tours up until April 2003."
A friend of the band counters that instead of discussing this with the band, Armes grew increasingly distant and at one point called their agent to cancel all upcoming shows without consulting other members.
The split comes as the band is nominated for three San Diego Music Awards-Song of the Year, Best Punk Band and Best Punk Album for their most recent release, The Red and The Black. The band has had its share of brushes with mainstream acclaim in its eight-year history, and accomplishments include a short-lived stint on Billie Joe Armstrong's label, Adeline Records.
The band will continue with the lineup not supported by Armes.
Switchfoot profiled in Rolling Stone
Surfing-obsessed pop-rockers-of-God Switchfoot are making considerable headway in the secular world with their hit song and album ("Meant to Live" from The Beautiful Letdown) and seem poised on the verge of P.O.D.-like crossover success. A profile in the current issue of Rolling Stone (in the "New Faces" feature) may just push them over the edge.
"We're Christian by faith, not by genre," frontman Jon Foreman told the magazine. Rounding out the band are Foreman's bass-playing brother Tim, drummer Chad Butler and keyboard player Jerome Fontamillas. Formed in 1996, the band, as evidenced by Foreman's quote, has attempted to break into the mainstream for years.
Their efforts so far have been rewarded with a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album, Best Adult Alternative honors at last year's San Diego Music Awards and a handful of tunes on the soundtrack for the Mandy Moore flick, A Walk to Remember. This year may become a Music Awards equivalent of the First Crusade, with the band nominated for Best Pop Album, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. They are also listed as a nominee for Fuse Television's Next Big Thing.
A number of San Diego area musicians have begun to team up on a regular basis to maximize exposure. The Ghandi Method, featuring guitarists Chuck Schiele, Scott Wilson and musician-producer Sven Erik-Seaholm, is one such union formed just last month, specializing in sterling three-part harmonies and tunes that veer from folk to pop.
"On a whim, we decided to play the Adams Avenue Street Fair together, just for fun," says Schiele. "I think we just fell into the same petri dish by natural law.
"We didn't care about it sounding cool or anything," Schiele says of the quasi-spiritual name. "We just trusted the notion that inspiration is everything, and we wanted our name to be [one] that was inspired for a hugely great reason. Gandhi basically won a war, won back a country, liberated a people-all without raising a fist, firing one bullet, manipulating circumstances maliciously or selfishly, or calling anyone names. Bingo."
Only a few weeks old, the trio already has a slew of performances lined up and are planning an album for release next year. In the meantime, you can check them out on the KUSI Morning Show on Oct. 19.
The Offspring have announced that ex-Rocket From The Crypt drummer and Rancho Peñasquitos native Atom Willard will be touring with the band in support of the album Splinter. Willard replaces temporary Offspring member Josh Freese.
Garage rockers The Loons, featuring well-known music historian Mike Stax, are looking for a new drummer as they finish recording their second album. Any interested parties can contact Stax at email@example.com.
Blink-182 fans will want to check out this unique collectible: On its website, U.K. music mag NME is auctioning off a black leather sofa signed by the trio and a few other bands who performed at this year's Reading Festival.
The new album by The Rapture, featuring La Mesa natives Luke Jenner and Vito Roccoforte, entered the U.K. charts at No. 32 last month. The band has also been nominated as "Best New Band" in the annual Q Magazine awards. They'll release a new single, "Sister Savior," Nov. 24.
Blues fans should check out the Bayou Bar in downtown on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., when new blues band Lady Dottie & The Diamonds take the stage. In addition to Lady Dottie, the all-star band includes Joey Guevara (Jejune, Lovelight Shine) on piano, Andrew Robillard (GoGoGo Airheart, Bartender's Bible) on drums, Ashish Vyas (GoGoGo Airheart) on bass and Mark from the Hi Notes on guitar.
Militant skate punks Sk8 or Die are releasing their complete recordings in one package. They named it The First Few Years: Complete Discardography, because, as Brandan Hosoi (nom de punk rock, not his real name) says, "It's every song we've ever recorded and you want to throw away." The songs can also be downloaded for free at www.sk8ordie.net.
Local hardcore band Life Crisis just released its first non-live album, an 8-song demo called Vigilante Justice.