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Department Store Santas

Joseph D'Angelo: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Erik Ross Brashers: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Bart Alan Brashers: Saxophone, Trumpet | Matt Metzgar: Drums, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Todd Hilton: Bass guitar, Drums

Genre: Acoustic, Rock

Sound description: Demented cult stoner folk psych rock.

RIYL: Television Personalities, Guided By Voices, Daniel Johnston, Cleaners From Venus, Comus, Gary Wilson, Syd Barrett, 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson, the Red Crayola, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Guy Good and the Decentones, Friends of Ghosts, Ranch 2

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 1981

Influences: Syd Barrett, Gary Wilson, Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson

Background:

Department Store Santas played folky underground rock in the early 1980s, self-recording a 16-song album in La Mesa on 4-track tape, At The Medieval Castle Nineteen 100-Year Lifetimes Since. A totally DIY effort ala Gary Wilson's homemade recordings, the album earned cult status for its funky vibe and offbeat instruments like Toys 'R' Us pianos and plastic toy guitars.

"Department Store Santas was the name I used for my recording projects at the time," says singer/guitarist Joseph D'Angelo (Guy Good and the Decentones, Friends of Ghosts, Ranch 2). "Medieval Castle was recorded 1981 - 1982 on various reel-to-reel and/or cassette decks and pressed 500 copies in 1984."

D'Angelo was backed on the record by brothers Bart Alan Brashers and Erik Ross Brashers, as well as Todd Hilton and Matt Metzgar. All but Hilton later played together in Guy Good and the Decentones, whose album There Are No Clean People was released in 1985.

Another local DIY band self-recording their releases, Friends of Ghosts, was fronted by Donnie Darq in the mid-1980s, with Joseph D'Angelo often on bass.

D'angelo's 1987 cassette release as Ranch 2, Rural Hi-tech Symphony, features Erik Brashers playing guitar on the track "The Hall Closet."

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