Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish were one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, they were distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when the single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Reel Big Fish's popularity gradually waned in the subsequent years, following the decline of ska-punk as a marketable genre. Nevertheless, the band restructured its lineup and continued issuing new material to a smaller (yet considerably rabid) fan base. Based in Huntington Beach, California, Reel Big Fish were originally a trio comprised of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Barrett, bassist Matt Wong, and drummer Andrew Gonzales. At that stage, the group was a conventional rock band with pop-metal leanings that covered both classic rock and Top 40 songs --essentially, it was music designed for frat parties. After several months, the band discovered ska and decided to bolster its lineup with the addition of horn players. Reel Big Fish had a difficult time maintaining a stable horn section, and it took several years before their final lineup -- featuring Tavis Werts (trumpet), Scott Klopfenstein (trumpet, vocals), Grant Barry (trombone), and Dan Regan (trombone) -- fell into place. Everything Sucks This definitive incarnation of Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, Everything Sucks, in 1995. Everything Sucks became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label's president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced Turn the Radio Off, which marked the band's first album for Mojo. Turn the Radio Off was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, Reel Big Fish continually toured in support of the album's release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single "Sell Out" began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song's quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100. In July 1997, Reel Big Fish released the Keep Your Receipt EP, which contained "Sell Out" and several outtakes, new songs, and live cuts. Why Do They Rock So Hard followed a year later, and in early 2000 the band returned with a reissued version of Everything Sucks. Cheer Up!
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive's parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish's first release for Jive, a rock-oriented record entitled Cheer Up!, appeared in mid-2002. Years of touring followed, during which the band shared stages with the likes of Sum 41, Catch 22, Lucky Boys Confusion, the Matches, and Zebrahead. Replacement drummer Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Suburban Rhythm) eventually decided to leave the lineup, and his last show with the group was recorded live at Anaheim's House of Blues in June 2003. A DVD of that performance, The Show Must Go Off!, was released by the end of the year, and the band's next album, the cynical yet catchy We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy, was issued in April 2005. By this time, the group's lineup had shifted to include Barrett, Regan, Klopfenstein, Wong, new trumpeter John Christianson, and drummer Justin Ferreira (who was later replaced by Ryland Steen). Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since Cheer Up!'s release. A co-headlining tour with MxPx followed that summer, allowing Reel Big Fish the chance to gain their footing as an independent band. In August, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album. A few months later -- and much to the annoyance of the band -- Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled Greatest Hit...and More. Reel Big Fish received no money from the album's sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs. Duet All Night Long Nevertheless, Reel Big Fish returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP (Duet All Night Long) with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free followed several months later, marking the group's first full-length studio release since leaving Jive's roster, and 2009's Fame, Fortune and Fornication found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, Slade, and Tom Petty. In 2011, longtime member Scott Klopfenstein left Reel Big Fish to focus on raising a family, with Goldfinger's Matt Appleton taking over for him. The following year, the band released its first album of new material in five years, Candy Coated Fury.
The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, CA; surfing, skating, partying, and playing music were commonplace. Since 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast. Blending Reggae, Punk Rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years.
The band consists of four longtime friends: Geoff Weers (Guitar and Vocals), Adam Patterson (Drums and Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar) and Ryan DeMars (Bass). The first seven years of their career was fueled with three full-length, completely independent releases. No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001), and Gettin' Filthy (2004), would bring in a combined total of over 40,000 units sold with no physical distribution and no record label.
Tunnel Vision is quickly becoming Southern California’s favorite new Surf, Reggae, Ska band. The band is comprised of five musicians who grew up in the San Diego area with instruments in their hands and skateboards and surfboards under their feet. Tunnel Vision originally formed as a three-piece band, with Hayden Hanson as the lead singer and guitarist, Jacob Hernandez on bass, and Tanner Payan on drums and additional vocals. The three have been long time friends, who grew up surfing spots like Black’s, Oceanside Jetty, Trestle’s, and T-street and Skateboarding iconic bowls like The Vans Combi, Encinitas YMCA, Clairemont, Carmel Valley and Oceanside’s MLK Skatepark.Growing up in SoCal, the band was heavily influenced by the Punk Rock, Reggae and Ska Music of bands like Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, NoFX, Rancid and Mad Caddies. The boys have all worked in the surf industry for years, starting out in retail for Rip Curl and moving on to manufacturing surfboards for Lost Enterprises.Tunnel Vision increased the band from a three-piece to a five-piece by adding Doug Alani and Matt Risley. Matt Risely & Doug both met the guys through their connections with Lost’s retail store, Catalyst. Matt is Texas surf transplant. Matt plays keys for the band and is an avid Surfer and Skateboarder as well. Doug brings his mad saxophone skills to the sound of Tunnel Vision, when he is not in the courtroom tipping the scales for justice, he is cranking out tunes with Tunnel Vision.In 2013, Lost sent the boys down to Cabo for The Cabo San Lucas ASP Surf Contest and to perform at venues around the contest. The song tells the story about their adventure in Cabo with surf pros like Chris Ward and Mason Ho. Then to top it all off in 2014, they were offered the opportunity to caravan down to Cabo with a group of eight bands. Road tripping the San Diego to Cabo route and then finish the journey off with playing the main stage at Zipper’s. Tunnel Vision was able to finish out their set in Cabo playing Up all night. The whole caravan to Cabo trip and all the antics that went along with it, was filmed by a local film crew and is available on a DVD. Also in 2014, Tunnel Vision did a mini East Coast tour sidelining with surfboard shaper Matt Biolas, and Mike Reola of the Lost crew.In 2015, Anthony Levato joined the Tunnel Vision crew and started managing the boys. Anthony connected Tunnel Vision with Tom Maxwell of Whiskey Barrel Records and together they all connected with San Diego favorite Miles, Kyle & Dela of Slightly Stoopid. Slightly Stoopid took the boyz under their wing and let them record the rest of their album at the Slightly Stoopid “The Lab” Studios in San Diego. The self titled debut album Tunnel Vision rolled out in July and is now available on ITunes and the store section of the web site. Tunnel Vision then launched their first Coast to Coast tour where they traveled from the west coast to the east coast via Texas hitting up all sorts of venues along the way. 2016 is promising to be even better with recent news that Tunnel Vision will be touring with The Expendables for their Spring Black Out Tour in March and April. Along with starting the summer out right playing the California Roots Festival in Monterey. Tunnel Vision will continue with their love of music, travel, surfing and skating with groups like Miles for Myles, Fender Charity, and Surfrider.You can hear some of Tunnel Vision’s music now at www.tunnelvisionsc.com. Make sure to sign up for their email list and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. And check out their calendar for upcoming shows