Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
RIYL: OK Go, the Tubes, the Replacements, Third Eye Blind, Gin Blossoms
- Blurt: "Record Release Roundup" · Sept. 23, 2009
Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: OK Go, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, Rilo Kiley, the Who, Thin Lizzy
Moxy Bullets formed around 2006, when guitarist Mark Polydoris tired of doing the solo-acoustic-guitar thing. He recruited punk guitarist Jay Martir to play bass and - via Craigslist - added drummer Rey Puente singer Ben Sanders to complete the lineup.
Based in Clairemont and Pacific Beach, their self-named debut album was released in 2009, produced and released by Roland Ware II (Plane Without a Pilot) on local label Rdub Recordings. "Roland is pretty much a one-man-show at Rdub Recordings," said Polydoris at the time, "and he did all the tracking, and then we mixed the record at Doubletime studios with Jeff Forrest. Roland produces in this guerrilla-warfare style of recording, where some sessions are lightning quick and others would drag on forever until we got the right sound or the right part."
The band opened up for Matisyahu at the 2009 KickGas Festival, and they were awarded the People's Choice award at the 2010 Del Mar Fair. They disbanded shortly after.
- Moxy Bullets