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Blaise Guld: Piano, Saxophone, Vocals | David Michael Torr: Drums | Brian Fleck: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Blaise Garza: Keyboards, Saxophone | Chris Murray: Bass guitar

Genre: Reggae & Ska, Rock

RIYL: Sublime, 40 Oz. to Freedom, the Police, Kings of Leon, New Order

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2008

Influences: Sublime, Long Beach Dub All Stars, 311, Mike Bedard, Oingo Boingo, the Specials, Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Background:

Fronted by Blaise Guld, Mad Traffic made their live debut on September 11, 2009, at the Sky Box. Drummer David Michael Torr studied native drumming while working in South Africa as part of Habitat for Humanity.

Guld shares road reminiscences that begin with their first SXSW appearance in Austin, Texas, in 2012. “That trip changed the way we looked at each other, as people and as a band. The true test of friendship is being crammed into a van together with a bunch of musical equipment for a week straight.”

One gig found them playing at a photo shoot for Shure Microphones. “The photographer’s assistant started buying our fans shots, then buying the band shots, so, needless to say, things got crazy. Everyone was drunk and, after the shoot, there was major chaos. Their wardrobe mistresses packed everything up, including some of the band’s clothing! So some of us left drunk and pantsless onto the streets.”

They found themselves missing something else after a New Year’s Eve performance. “We played a gig at a house party so we could earn some extra money for the band, [and] it was a really hard place to get to and load equipment up crazy narrow stairs. We played for a while to about five people, because nobody came to this guy’s party! When we were done, he told us he couldn’t pay us because nobody showed up. Boo!”

The group was interviewed by former Playmate of the Year Jessica Hall in late 2012 for the then-new SiriusXM show Playboy’s Happy Hour. “Our lawyer Jeremy Evans went to high school prom with Jessica,” says Guld. “He gave her a call, and we were interviewed at Playboy Studios in Los Angeles. We played a few songs and told some raunchy stories.”

Such as? “Some funny X-rated backstage tour stories. They’re not appropriate for the Reader.

In April 2013, they released their City EP, produced by Grammy-nominated Bell Biv Devoe collaborator Jay Henry and available as a digital download or on CD. “We wanted to have something that represented chaos and congestion that is often the life we live, with the diverse traffic of our everyday lives,” says Guld of the EP, which sports a cyberpunkish cover rendering the band’s logo as a mechanized urban cityscape. “The cover art was digitally rendered by our friend Tony Washington, who designed artwork for Lady Gaga and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.”

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