Garrett Harris noon, Aug. 28
The Long and Short of It
Sound description: KGB Sky Shows circa the 1980s.
RIYL: Tarrakian, Utopia, Sleeping People, Gort, '70s-style hard rock
Upcoming Local Shows
- Soda Bar — Saturday, October 11, 8pm
- Blurt: "Record Release Roundup" · March 18, 2009
- Blurt: "Third Degree" · July 27, 2006
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
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.