“3against1 split in 2008, after playing for seven years,” says guitarist Arnaud Lemaire. “Each member was personally evolving, whether it was a need to make some money, planning for marriage, or bringing a child into the world.”
Many were surprised when the highly buzzed band broke up, having been SDMA-nominated two consecutive years for Best Rock Band (they won in 2004), as well as landing songs in the THQ video game MX Unleashed (PlayStation2 and Xbox) and on MTV’s Real World and Road Rules.
The group’s “temporary reunion” gig at 710 Beach Club on Friday, March 19, also caught many by surprise. “We’ve all been divided up between L.A., O.C., and S.D., but we remained friends and we kind of got the itch to get onstage again,” says Lemaire.
“We’ll be playing all of our crowd favorites, and we have a few changes planned on some songs, but mostly we’re just looking forward to seeing all of our friends and fans under one roof again. We’ve always considered [710 Beach Club] our home base, back to when it was Blind Melons, where it all started for us.”
Also on the bill, “Mower will play as Slower — they were the first San Diego band to give us a break — and we played with Split Finger back when they first started out, so it’s only fitting we do the show with both of them.”
The band will play again on April 9, at L.A.’s Viper Room. “As of right now,” says Lemaire, “there are no plans for 3against1 after these shows. But, then again, you never know.”