Garrett Harris 2 p.m., Dec. 12
RIYL: Fuzz-Huzzi, Freak the Mighty, the New Regime, Nirvana, Switchfoot, the Killers, the Struts, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182, Cage the Elephant, Fitz and the Tantrums
- "I.B. Strong" · Aug. 24, 2016
Audio clipsDarkest Hour Early This Morning Mind Takes Over
Inception: Imperial Beach, 2015
Influences: Nirvana, Elvis Costello, Rock Star Club, Depeche Mode, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Metallica, the Strokes, Neil Young, the Beach Boys, the Smiths, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Sade, Oingo Boingo, the Cure, Operation Ivy, the Pixies, Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Blink 182, Night Riots, the New Regime, Brand New, the Killers
Based in Imperial Beach, Abner features guitarist Adam Baez, who was still a teen writing songs under the name "Abner" when recruited for the band Fuzz-Huzzi. When that group folded in late 2012, Baez at first joined with several other ex-members to form Freak the Mighty.
In 2014, Baez was studying Recording Arts at Mira Costa College in Oceanside when he became friends with bass player Ian Blaemire and drummer Kyle Hansen. Baez used his resources at Mira Costa to record demos of the songs he had written under the name Abner with Hansen and Blaemire, with whom he launched Abner the band in spring 2015.
After performing their first show in February 2016 at Lestat’s, Abner entered Kings Ransom Studios in Lakeside to record with local producer/engineer Jeff Sers. They dropped their debut three song EP in September 2016.