The new music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen, has created a collaborative council to do, uh, something.
Garrett Harris 3 p.m., Feb. 20
Jon Piotrowski: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Damon De La Paz: Drums, Vocals | Eric Shefstad: Bass guitar, Vocals | Joe Aguilar: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Danny King: Drums
Sound description: The band says its music sounds like "Prince in a knife fight with a giraffe underwater being stung by jellyfish."
RIYL: Goddamn Electric Bill, Danzig, Blackout Party, the Swedish Models, the Burning of Rome
Inception: San Diego, 2005
Influences: 30 Foot Fall, Screaming Trees, Louis XIV, No Use For a Name
"We take our influences as inspiration for originality rather than as a regurgitation of sounds," according to alternative rockers Demasiado. The band describes its music as sounding like "Prince in a knifefight with a giraffe underwater while being stung by f-cking jellyfish." For several years, Unwritten Law drummer Wade Youman played with the group, still guesting on stage with them from time to time after he rejoined U.L.
In 2009, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Clayton Edward formed the band Pretty Too Bad, and Demasiado became inactive. Singer Jon Piotrowski relocated to Austin, Texas, to record projects under names like Cry For Us Black Swans and Glass Stars. He returned to San Diego in 2017, reuniting the band for a performance at the Casbah on April 29. A compilation album was released the same year, One Night in a Vision Cult.
In 2018, Piotrowski reformed Demasiado with guitarist Damon De La Paz and bassist Eric Shefstad, in addition to former members of the Burning of Rome, guitarist Joe Aguilar and drummer Danny King. Their two-song cassette Dark Summer features rerecorded versions of two vintage tracks, “Soul Coat” and “Blood Filled Fly.”