Garrett Harris 11 a.m., July 19
Sound description: The Sess on happy juice, right before the brown acid chaser kicks in.
RIYL: The Sess, Ale Mania
Inception: San Diego, 2009
Influences: The Sess, the Powerchords, Vision of a Dying World, DropJoy, the Atoms
After the Sess split in late 2008, drummer Andrew Montoya and singer-guitarist Jeremy Rojas formed Beaters (no relation to Billy Vera and the Beaters), whose initial demos were recorded at Montoya's home studio in North Park. The band also included Sess keyboardist Aldo Bustos and bassist Craig Barclift (the Powerchords).
Montoya also formed Ale Mania in early 2009, for whom the Sess drummer has played bass and sung, as well as writing songs, a luxury rarely afforded him in the Sess. His bandmates include former Sess players Jeremy Rojas and Aldo Bustos. The group's early lineup was rounded out by Melissa “Christy” Beats, drummer for the Atoms.
The Beaters debut 7-inch “Fishage” was released in August 2009. An eight-song full-length called Fishage was released on the Volar label in 2011, featuring remixed versions of the title track and “White Hate” as well as a cover of “New Rose” by the Damned.
Keyboardist Aldo Bustos also runs local record label Cholo Punks, which has recorded his band Northern Tigers, as well as the Natives, the Watusi's, and the Electric Healing Sound.