Garrett Harris 12:36 a.m., June 19
Sound description: NuJazz electroacoustic jam band, with a touch of psycho surf.
RIYL: The Ramones, the Clash, the Vultures, the Muslims, Robyn Hitchcock, Alex Chilton, Big Star, They Might Be Giants, Delta Spirit, Grand Ole Party
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Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: Peter Perrett, Phil Spector, Robyn Hitchcock, the Ramones, Smokey Robinson, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Alex Chilton, Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, Edwyn Collins, Arthur Lee and Love, Billie Holiday, Spirit, Randy California, Lennon/McCartney, the Vultures, the Muslims, Delta Spirit, Grand Ole Party
Before they ever played a show, the Prayers received offers of sex and death threats via MySpace. But because three members of the new pop/rock outfit were in the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, sex and violence were expected.
"I'm sure a lot of Plot fans will hate the Prayers, but a lot of Plot fans are morons," says vocalist Brandon Welchez. "A lot of Plot fans hate the Plot whenever we step outside of the boundaries they build up for us in their heads, so yeah, I'm sure a lot of them will hate us."
The Prayers emerged after Welchez met Andrew Miller (formerly of Gasoline Please) and "formed mutual man-crushes on each other," says Welchez. The two searched San Diego for a rhythm section before borrowing Plot bassist Willy Graves and drummer Brian Hill. The Prayers made their live debut January 17, 2006 at the Casbah. Miller and Welchez left the band in early 2008.
As of late March 2008, it appears the Prayers have split. Willy Graves passed away in September '08.
- God Save the Prayers