Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Dec. 5
Sound description: Mudhoney meets the Beatles or the Black Keys with a bassist.
RIYL: Mudhoney, Merkaba Bandits, the Atomic Love Bombs, the Black Keys, Robert Lockwood Junior, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden
Inception: San Diego, 2007
Influences: Beck, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, James Brown, Stray Cats, Oingo Boingo, Grant Green, Muddy Waters, Peter Green
Named after a line in Macbeth, the group began as a studio project. Composed of guitarist Jared Mullins and bassist Joe Brooks, the majority of the songs were tracked between the two, with Mullins doubling up on drums, guitars, mandolin, and vocals. In September 2007, the band released Burnt Circus.
After bringing drummer Dave Rollans into the group, the newly formed live lineup played their first show at the Whisky à Go Go in early 2008.
Mullins studied with late Delta blues icon Robert Lockwood Jr.; Brooks with bassist and saxophonist extraordinaire Berke McKelvey; and Rollans with Russ Miller, Dave Weckl, Rick Latham, and Carter Beauford.
-- Press bio exerpt
- Burnt Circus