Jay Allen Sanford 11:30 a.m., Dec. 7
Sound description: The band has described its music as "a large dose of guitar, bass, and drums-based rock all big banged out into a wide array of minor notes, ringing octaves, heavy distortion, hovering harmonics, cymbal crashes, drum splashes, and big-britches bass throb."
RIYL: Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Black Flag
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Inception: San Diego, 1991
Current Status: Custom Floor today is a studio-recording entity only, having played their last live show in 2000. Garry Davis and Matt Crane also occasionally play free improvisation and spontaneous rock music with various side musicians under the offshoot name Carpet Floor, who are planning new CDs. Crane is currently living in New York City.
Influences: Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Fushitsusha, Watussi, Minutemen, Parliament, Lee Perry, Albert Ayler, Noah Howard, Dewey Redman, Ornette Coleman, Harry Partch, Big Boys, Cleve Pozar, Descendents, Feldman, O.C., DJ Premier, DJ Quik, Philly Joe Jones, Haitian Voodoo, Bata, John Stevens, Rufus Thomas, Ras Kass, Lord Finesse, Group Home, John Gross, Sunny Murray, Frank Lowe, Grachan Moncur, Xenakis, Black Flag, Sun Ra, Elvin Jones, James Brown, Rashied Ali, Billy Mintz, Frank Wright, Organized Konfusion, Cachao
Custom Floor is an underground indie rock band formed in 1991 by Garry Davis, Phil Esbenshade. and Miki Vuckovich. Although Garry and Phil were former pro skateboarders, Custom Floor was never a skate rock band, instead displaying a heavy Sonic Youth influence. After releasing their first 7" record on Goldenrod Records in late 1991, the band went on to play frequent live shows throughout Southern California in 1992-'93. The first Custom Floor LP Clear Day was released in December 1993 on their own Analog Sound Recordings label, and was supported with a full U.S. tour in Summer 1994 -- the second half of which was spent opening for fellow locals Drive Like Jehu.
After the orginial Custom Floor line-up fizzled out in late 1992, numerous other local musicians enjoyed brief stints in the band with leader Garry Davis in the mid-to-late '90s, including Tod Swank (bass), Brent Fellows (bass), Adam Willard of Rocket from the Crypt (drums), Michelle Slater (bass), Chris Squire (bass), Rafter Roberts (drums), and Matt Crane (drums). After releasing an experimental Custom Floor 7" called The Handsome Young Airforce Lieutenant with Adam Willard (aka Atom from Rocket from the Crypt) in 1995, Garry Davis teamed up with Matt Crane and Chris Squire to record the band's second full-length CD From a Body in 1997. After a hiatus of several years, Garry and Matt recorded the third full-length, A Distant Dull, in 2003.