Lost Monarchs, Social Spit, The Sleepwalkers, Sacha Boutros Trio, Bill Walton and Electric Waste Band
Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., Nov. 14
Inception: San Diego, 2009
Influences: AFI, Pennywise, Rage Against the Machine
Based in Rancho Bernardo, Latex Grenade says, “The term Latex Grenade refers to our planet. It is a fragile planet that can break so easily if it is squeezed the wrong way, like a water balloon. This is not just an environmental thought, however. The term fragile planet that we speak of refers to every single way humans affect the planet. Whether it’s genocide taking place in Africa, corporate American companies damaging the environment with no restraint (BP, OPEC, industrial pollution), or the consumer refusing to change his or her ways, we are on borrowed time...Latex Grenade is a term for change, and hopefully it will open the eyes of our peers.”
“We stand for free thinking and open mindedness. We are individuals, therefore we should form our individual opinions.”
The trio released a self-titled EP in 2010, followed by a full-length in 2012 called Going Green. 2013's FDR Part 1 was followed three years later by FDR Part 2.
As of 2016, the band members included Geoff Davis, Nick Shores (bass, vocals), and Kyle Dern (drums). The release of FDR Part 2 in summer 2016 was preceded by a video for "Burger Murder" shot at the Garage Kitchen and Bar downtown.
A new EP dropped in 2018, The Cage, recorded at Bellville Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, by Theo Crous (guitarist for Springbok Nude Girls) and preceded by the title single. "The song is a protest to the current issues arising in American culture," according to the band. "The song reflects on how divided the nation has become and calls for people to unite and work together rather than dwell on the things that make them different. Stand up to hate."
October 2019 found the band hitting the South African shores for their second visit and tour of the country.