Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Joel Shedroff: Bass guitar | Aaron Luke: Drums | Ernie Garcia: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Piano, Vocals | Ryan Shultzaberger: Percussion, Trumpet | Candice Campbell-Earnhart: Accordian, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals
RIYL: Wilco, Built to Spill, the Beatles, the Decemberists, the Rolling Stones
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Local Band Ch-ch-changes" · Jan. 31, 2014
Inception: San Diego, 2010
Ex-Band Members: Josh Chierichetti, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)
Influences: Wilco, Guided by Voices, Big Star, Built to Spill, Ween, the Beatles, the Mother Hips
Based in North Park, Roger! was founded in 2010 by singer/guitarist Ernesto Garcia Jr., aka Ernie Garcia (Stunt Double), who moved from west Texas to southern California in 2000.
Their debut full-length Dark Matter was released in 2012. The band also includes drummer Aaron Luke (Moontucky Risin, Lost Dog), Candice Campbell-Earnhart (vocals, guitar, accordion), Joel Shedroff (bass), and Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion). Former members include guitarist Josh Chierichetti.
"Our best gig," says Garcia, "would have to be opening for local celebrity Javier Escovedo [the Zeroes, True Believers] at Til-Two. Although the show wasn't packed, it was an honor to meet and open for an influence of mine. Our worst show thus far was definitely at Old Cal Coffee in San Marcos. During a song, the owner jumped onstage and proceeded to start yelling and threatening the band for playing too loud. It was an appropriate volume for the outdoor venue, in my opinion. It was pretty awkward. I guess the owner was having a bad day."
A second album, Wishing for Boredom, was released in 2014, after which they embarked on a southwest tour. Whereas their debut was the exclusive brainchild of Garcia, the sophomore release was definitely more of a collaborative effort, with a bit more of a country sound, owing to Garcia's Texas roots. Primarily hashed out at Studio West in Rancho Bernardo, the LP consists of twelve new tracks, including a few penned by Candice Campbell-Earnhart and one by Ryan Shultzaberger.
Guitarist Josh Cherichetti graduated SDSU and moved back to OC in early 2014, so “We've been through about five guys since,” according to frontman Ernie Garcia at the time. “We've had friends fill in at shows and brought in Ritchie Orduno to finish the last few tracks on the upcoming album [ Wishing for Boredom, due February]. We've also enlisted Greg Irwin from the Flowerthief, to help out with a few shows.”