Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish
Andrew Hamlin 1 p.m., July 29
Sound description: Heavily produced guitar-hero hard rock straight out of '70s FM radio.
RIYL: Nirvana, Zebra, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Marilyn Manson (circa his glam album Mechanical Animals)
Inception: San Diego, 1999
Current Status: Playing around town and frequently in Hollywood, where several sometime band members now live.
Influences: Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Sex Gang Children, Built to Spill, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu
"Our name came from the foothills behind our neighborhood in El Cajon," says Erik Clabeaux, bassist/vocalist for Stolen. "Years ago, the property was sold to build a new housing development and a Wal-Mart. The hills were a part of all of our childhoods...we felt as if they had been stolen from us. We decided to carve 'Stolen Hills' in one of the concrete slabs in remembrance of the hills. When the band formed, we shortened the name."