Jay Allen Sanford 1 p.m., March 21
Children of Nova
Sound description: The band incorporates aspects of alternative rock, progressive rock, post-hardcore, punk rock, heavy metal, and jazz.
RIYL: Sum 41, Silversun Pickups, Bright Eyes, Plain White Ts, Shiny Toy Guns, the Bravery, Say Anything, the Cathedrals, Circa Survive, Muse, Coheed and Cambria, Dredg, the Mars Volta, Rush, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin
- Musican Interview: "Time and Space" · Dec. 16, 2009
Inception: San Diego, 2007
Influences: Circa Survive, Muse, Coheed and Cambria, Dredg, the Mars Volta, Rush, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin
Experimental electric-soul songsmiths Children of Nova came together in summer 2007, featuring members of Atlas of Id and Temperature Delete. After releasing a three-song EP, they bought a van and spent much of 2008 touring the West Coast.
Based in North Park, their debut full-length, The Complexity of Light — recorded at SCM Studios with Brian Grider (Lower Definition, Fight Fair) — is a sci-fi concept album that shows off the band’s experimental side with lofty themes, ambitious production, and a wide range of instrumentation. According to percussionist-singer Teo, “The story, although sci-fi in nature, parallels our world and the lives of the band members in many ways. I’ve always liked taking things we can all relate to and applying them to a different time and place in the universe.”
The album’s first single, “Arcaedion,” was a Local 94/9 Recommended Pick of the Month, and the band was asked to perform at one of X1FM’s Open Door sessions. In September 2009, Children of Nova won Best Hard Rock at the San Diego Music Awards.
Their full-length Impossible Landscape was released in 2012, though the band ended up splitting, with a final show at Soma on January 26, 2013.