P.O.D., guitarist split
Side projects can often be the seventh sign on the way to the Land of Creative Differences. Backstage at their Bud Bowl gig on January 25th, P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel gushed about the new heavy metal side project he's formed with Sprung Monkey's rhythm section, called The Accident Experiment. He also explained that he and P.O.D. were going through "contractual renegotiations," but wouldn't comment further. Now, the "contractual renegotiations" have been clarified. Curiel has quit P.O.D.
That might explain why the band was so adamant about CityBeat publishing their public apology to old San Diego band House of Suffering (Feb. 12, Page 13) for not giving them proper credit for writing the song "Draw the Line," which was included on P.O.D.'s Warriors EP. Tidying up the house for a new tenant, so to speak.
It should be interesting, especially since Curiel was no creative slouch-he had been with the band since the early years, and was a pretty hefty part of the songwriting process. So, hey, Santana... wanna gig?
Curiel will now make The Accident Experiment a full-time project. Along with Curiel, the band features Sprung drummer Ernie Longoria, Sprung bassist Tony Delocht, and vocalist/guitarist Pete Stewart, who used to front the Seattle-based alternative Christian group, Grammatrain. They'll play their first gig at SOMA on March 15.
L.A. Guns hissyfit
At Access Hollywood's star-bereft, overhyped Super Bowl party hosted by Carmen Electra, local band 3 Against 1 got a taste of ex-rock star vitriol. The local band was selected to perform along with a bad cover band, an all-girl R&B group and interminable '80s rockers, L.A. Guns. Carmen was the gracious hostess, says guitarist Arnaud Lemaire, picking up the band in her limousine and chatting them up on the way to the soiree.
L.A. Guns, however, weren't so happy that 3 Against 1 had the best time slot of the night and they were bogarting the babe of honor. After the local boys pulled up to the red carpet a tad late with Carmen in tow, L.A. Guns let their true colors shine.
"They were pissed that we had the best slot and put their shit on stage while we were arriving with Carmen," says 3 Against 1's Lemaire. With the crowd quickly dissipating, L.A. Guns decided they'd steal 3 Against 1's time slot.
"We got to play after the Guns dragged out their set for a whole hour," Lemaire explains. "We were trying to set up as fast as possible to keep the crowd from leaving. So we started setting up the drums on the riser right away.... And [L.A. Guns] got all pissy. They came back to say that the carpet was theirs. They made us take the whole drum set down to give them their carpet since they couldn't wait around 20 minutes after our set."
Ah, but dealing with post-career heavy metal premadonnas was only a slight damper on the night. After being introduced with a jam on Nelly's "Hot in Here," the band managed to get what crowd was left onto the dance floor. Lemaire is still buzzing from the limo ride with the ex-Mrs. Rodman.
"Carmen was really cool. She was talking to us the whole ride... She is just as hot in person. She couldn't really see us drooling in the dark limo. I guess she liked us since no restraining orders have been issued yet."
3 Against 1 perform at Blind Melon's on March 14. 858-483-7844.
Rookie Card disses leap year babies!
Local specialty rockers Rookie Card have signed up to be the house band for the San Diego Humane Society's telethon. Says cheek-tonguing frontman Adam Gimbel, "The Jingle Cats have always been heroes of ours, so we're truly honored to be playing a telethon that benefits their favorite charitable organization."
Also, RC seems to have a spoof song for every worldwide minority group. They've now come up with a leap year baby anthem entitled "2/29." The Society of Leap Year Babies (yes, it really does exist) have published a link to RC's song on their website (www.leapzine.com). Not everyone is happy about the song, however. Gimbel just received this hate mail from an English woman:
"Sorry to disappoint you but I think your song is rubbish. As for the lyrics, "So you think it's rough being born near Christmas? Try coming out on a day that doesn't exist in three years out of four, I'll have faith no more," my son was born on Feb. 29 and it's exactly this type of attitude that gets on my nerves. Do you really think we tell our children they only have a birthday every four years? We have always emphasized the originality and excitement of being born on such a special day. Contrary to popular (it would seem) belief, he has a birthday every year-on March 1st if it is not a leap year, and every fourth year he has an extra special birthday, some really big treat."
We at CityBeat are saddened and outraged that Gimbel would so flippantly diss the leap year babies of the world. We propose striking leap year altogether.
Rookie Card performs Feb. 21 at the California Club.
Album Leaf mastermind Jimmy Lavalle is now on tour through Europe with Icelandic art-rockers Sigur Rós. Lavalle is playing solo piano and guitar, but on the upcoming American tour, he'll be joined by the entire band. Expect Lavalle to be fluent in elfin opera gibberish upon his return.
San Diego's next pop sensations, The Troys, will be recording the video for their new single, "What Do You Do" on Feb. 28 at a soundstage in L.A. Sam Brown (Doves, Haven, Fatboy Slim) is producing the video. Starting on March 10, the girls will do a coast-to-coast radio tour for three weeks to promote the single. Reportedly, teen magazines are frothing at the oxy pad for the girls, and they'll be doing a Seventeen Magazine tour in March as well. Meanwhile, Anna Troy has been recording a solo project with Gregory Page as producer.