The Long and Short of It

Matt Strachota: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Brian Barrabee: Bass guitar, Vocals | Ben Johnson: Vocals | Tim "Big Baby" Johnson: Drums

Genre: Alternative, Rock

Sound description: KGB Sky Shows circa the 1980s.

RIYL: Tarrakian, Utopia, Sleeping People, Gort, '70s-style hard rock

Upcoming Local Shows

  • Saturday, October 11, 8pm


Influences: Hot Snakes, Melt Banana, Big Business, the North Atlantic, Hostile Combover, the International Playboys, Sleeping People, Birds of Avalon, Made out of Babies, Party Time, RPG, Bob Logg III, National Sunday Law, the Ruby Doe, the Family Curse, Get Your Death On


The Long and Short of It say they play “a pastiche of aggressive rock forms including punk, prog, metal, and '70s hard rock.”

“We wanna be a fierce, in-your-face band,” says singer Ben Johnson, also plays drums for Hostile Comb-Over. Johnson was attending college in Santa Cruz with his brother Tim "Big Baby" Johnson when the siblings met bassist Brian Barrabee, who is paralyzed from the chest down, the result of a May 2004 accident.

Barrabee recruited Bartenders Bible guitarist Matt Strachota. Their debut album  Flight of the Mallard was released in 2007. Their newest full-length CAW! An Unkindness of Ravens was released in 2009. In September, it won Best Hard Rock Album at the San Diego Music Awards.

Ben Johnson also plays with Wha?, is a goth-punk band he formed in 2012 alongside keyboardist Tracy Wooley (of Beehive & the Barracudas, formerly of Tourette's Lautrec and Tammy Faye), with Kaoss Pad and David Robles (the Marsupials). Also known as comedic rapper Grammatical B, Ben Johnson, a member of Wha? and The Long and Short of It and a rapper under the name Grammatical B, became a published novelist in 2014 with his book A Shadow Cast in Dust, an urban fantasy mostly set in Golden Hill.


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