“This album covers a lot of emotionally heavy stuff like mental health, addiction, existence, and relationships”
Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Nov. 21
Sound description: Power-pop punk from the garage.
RIYL: The Ramones, Devo, the Dininyls, the Dickies, Bad Brains, Fishbone
Inception: Chula Vista, 2003
Ex-Band Members: Derek, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)
Influences: Devo, the Ramones, XTC, the Police, the Dickies, Screamers, the B-52s, Blondie, Patti Smith, the Divinyls, the Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, the Spits, the Sess, the Power Chords, the Prayers
Previously known as the Atoms, the Watusi’s were formed when guitarist Derek met singer Joey Ugalde at Bonita Vista High School in 2003, both of them with a dream to play music. After releasing an EP produced by Sweet Tooth Records, they were seen seen at alternative side venues such as the Casbah’s Atari Room and the stage corner of UCSD’s Ché Café. Based in Chula Vista, they released demos in 2004 and 2005.
In 2009, the band recorded a 7" for local Single Screen Records and Germany's P-Trash Records. The following year, they changed their name to the Watusi’s. In 2010, bassist Branden Parish (aka Brand-O) co-founded Shiva Trash, with whom he plays keyboards.