“It is no secret that San Diego is a military target,” writes vox/guitarist Bobby Bray of skronky-math-lounge duo Innerds (members of Sleeping People, the Locust, Holy Molar).
Bray cites a handful of reasons for this, including the headquarters of General Atomics (the company behind the infamous Predator drone), the largest naval base on the West Coast, the home port of the USS Karl Vinson (the ship that discarded Osama Bin Laden’s body into the ocean), and proximity to the border.
“As U.S. drones continually strike Pakistan (a nuclear-armed nation), does the likelihood of something like an atomic bomb going off in a city like San Diego increase? Is San Diego purposeful bait?” Bray asks.
“At this point the American collective consciousness has acclimated to postapocalyptic imagery. It has pretty much come to a point where the term ‘postapocalyptic’ no longer requires a hyphen. So begins the pre-postapocalyptic genre.”
As a social experiment and exploration of pre-postapocalypticism, Innerds will be kicking off their mini-tour at the Greek Sombrero (12891 Campo Road) in Jamul, to be followed by dates in fringe locales such as El Centro, Slab City, Julian, Ramona, and Idyllwild.
“This show is the first in a series that aims to reexamine our physical place in the world. Depending on the strength of a nuclear detonation in San Diego, certain areas on the outskirts of the city would survive, such as Jamul. For this reason, the unlikely location of the Greek Sombrero was chosen as the venue for this show — perhaps the only place to see a local show in the future!”
The free show on Saturday, February 23, features the face-melting polyrhythms and falsetto yawps of Innerds, no-wave post-punk hijinks at the behest of Batwings, and schizophrenic avant-doom jazz passages by California Bleeding.