"We play energetic and funky rock and roll, with inspirations drawn from reggae, jazz, hip-hop, and jam bands,” says Alex Gow Bastine, who sings and plays keys with Brothers Gow. The group formed in Flagstaff, Arizona, releasing their debut full-length Key of Jee in early 2008. After relocating to San Diego in 2012, they became regulars on the O.B. scene. The group’s lineup features Bastine alongside Carson Church (bass, vocals), Kyle Merrill (guitar, trumpet, vocals), Ethan Wade (guitar, vocals), and Nathan Walsh-Haines (drums, vocals).
- Friday, March 28, 2014, 8 p.m.
710 Beach Club,
710 Garnet Avenue,
- Friday, April 18, 2014, 9 p.m.
2228 Bacon Street,
Their sophomore album, Chapters, produced and mastered by Lucas Stephen, was released last year, and they’re about to embark on a summer national tour. They’ll appear at 710 Beach Club in P.B. on Friday, March 28, and at Mother’s Saloon in O.B. on Friday, April 18.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
Bastine: “The Six Parts Seven, Everywhere and Right Here. Incredible melodic instrumental jams filled with emotion.”
Church: “Robert Palmer, Some People Can Do What They Like. So good, with funky bass lines all day. Robert Palmer has some serious soul.”
Merrill: “Radiohead, In Rainbows. The album is very relaxed and melodic, yet still upbeat and inspirational.”
Wade: “Men at Work, Contraband. I’ve been trying to understand and appreciate what made ’80s pop music so influential. Not that these guys are the catalysts of ’80s pop, though.”
Walsh-Haines: “Local Natives, Gorilla Manor. The lyrical content pulls at my heartstrings, the cathedral-sized harmonies are brilliant, and the percussive wilderness makes me feel like I’m going through some kind of Native American coming-into-manhood ritual.”
WHAT WERE YOU TOO EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT?
Bastine: “‘The Final Countdown,’ by Europe.”
Merrill: “Fun, their Some Nights album.”
Wade: “I really like Adele.”
Walsh-Haines: “Katy Perry and Justin Bieber were in there with a couple tunes. A few friends found out and, needless to say, I’ll never hear the end of it.”
Bastine: “Umphrey’s McGee, 2007, at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in L.A. An amazing performance, with a raging light show, all enjoyed with a group of close friends.”
Church: “Phish at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, 2003. It was my first big road trip from Portland, with five of my best friends cramped in my dad’s truck, along with a caravan of my best friends from high school.”
Wade: “Les Claypool at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, Arizona. I was working as the monitor technician for the opening band, Beats Antique, and it was just before his Mushroom Men album came out.”
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUNGER YOU?
Bastine: “Move to San Diego as soon as possible, and don’t waste your time anywhere else.”
Church: “Start practicing the bass, fool.”
Merrill: “Don’t be a jerk to your old girlfriend.”
Wade: “Being a drunk is not cool.”
Walsh-Haines: “Drop out of college and go rock out.”
SONG THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR LIFE?
Bastine: “‘Elevators (Me & You),’ by Outkast. ‘I live by the beat like you live check to check/ If you don’t move your feet then I don’t eat, so we like neck to neck.’”
Merrill: “Fun, ‘One Foot.’ ‘I’ll put one foot in front of the other one/ I don’t need a new love or a new life/ Just a better place to die.’”
Wade: “A Marcy Playground tune, ‘Good Times.’ ‘But when I’m old and in my chair, thinking back/ Looking back, what will I remember?/ All the good times, they were alright.’”
Walsh-Haines: “‘Loyalty,’ by Blue Scholars. ‘’Cuz I got your back even if you don’t got mine/ Grind in the dark when the clock strikes hard times.’”
Merrill: “Getting mixed up with the wrong crowd and the wrong drugs when I was in high school.”
Wade: “Pawning a ’91 American Stratocaster for rent.”
Walsh-Haines: “Not getting a music degree in college.”
WHERE DO YOU TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?
Bastine: “O.B. Noodle House.”
Wade: “Anywhere with a pool table, though I tend to be a little competitive.”
Walsh-Haines: “Coronado is touristy, but for good reason.”
ANY FEARS OR PHOBIAS?
Bastine: “Ever since I started scuba diving, I’ve developed an irrational fear of snorkeling. The anxiety is comparable to a fear of heights.”
Church: “Not touring.”
Wade: “I have this horrible fear of falling on my face and bashing all of my teeth out.”
Walsh-Haines: “Black ice.”
SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Bastine: “I’ve broken my right collarbone three times and my left collarbone one time.”
Church: “I created and owned a food truck.”
Merrill: “I started playing trumpet in fifth grade.”
Wade: “I prefer to wear briefs.”
Walsh-Haines: “I’m a cat fanatic.”