Science Fiction Jazz wants to cut a full-length LP. They really do.
“We have enough material to play a three-hour show,” says guitarist Aaron de la Rosa. “It’s just a matter of getting into a studio and actually recording it.”
In the meantime, the group’s sole release is a self-titled EP with tracks such as “Swampfoot” and “Mt. Scurvy.” It’s a mix of competent, clean jazz progressions and funky, meandering vamps. The band’s name is an ode to their self-confessed geekery and Star Wars fandom more than anything else, although the drummer reportedly grabbed the phrase “science fiction” off of a poster when the group needed a name.
“For now, performing is a bigger priority than recording,” says de la Rosa. “We want to go back out on tour, maybe through the Pacific Northwest or Arizona. At the same time, we would love to have a new album recorded before we set out. That way we’d have something to tour with.”
Lately, they’ve been playing around San Diego at diverse venues. They played the UCSD Loft with the Afrojazziacs, and they’ll be playing at a comic-book release party later in the month. They try to play a show every other weekend so band members can take some time to work on side projects. Aaron’s alter-ego plays guitar in a Euro-Gypsy foot-stomping outfit called Quel Bordel, while his brother Allen strays more toward indie rock in his band Porn Film.
One of the biggest things that complicates the group’s desire to record is the improvisational nature of their shows.
“An eight-minute song might be ten minutes long the next time we play it,” explains de la Rosa. “Trying to figure out just how to record something we play so differently live is tricky. I mean, you want the album to make people say, ‘Wow. Cool. I like these guys!’ But, then it has to be an even better experience live. That’s a hard thing to bottle and make digestible.”