Ric Root: Drums | Don: Bass guitar | Josh Steely: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Pop, Rock

Sound description: Garage rock with a touch of glam.

RIYL: Bad Religion, Agent Orange, Nirvana

No shows scheduled | Post a show |


Inception: Carlsbad, 1994

Influences: Bad Brains, Bad Religion, Slayer, Black Flag, Agent Orange, Iron Maiden, Vandals, the Clash, the Cure, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Kiss, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, the Mighty Diamonds, Frank Zappa, Sade, Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash


Sandjacket -- a power trio with members based in San Diego, Carlsbad, and Vista -- played their first gig in May 1994. "Deadbolt recently boasted that they were the longest-running band in San Diego, but I challenge that," says Sandjacket drummer Ric Root.

Root says his band's recent Hollywood performance is available at liveatthegig.com. However... "We did not hook up with the website. We hooked up with the club, the Gig, which broadcasts the set of every band that plays on their stage. And we do not get paid to allow them to broadcast the footage; in fact, nearly the opposite is true." The band's entire 40-minute set is playable on the website.

"Obtaining a copy of your own footage on DVD costs $100. A sound check on the night of the show costs $30. A link on the club's website to your band's website costs $15. And beers are about 6 bucks each. And, finally, there really is no recording process at this place. You simply play your set and they tape it."

Guitarist Josh Steely was working as an electrician’s assistant when fellow North County-borne guitarist Stevie Salas (Rod Stewart, George Clinton) brought him up to Hollywood to fill out Chris Daughtry’s band. Daughtry was a top-four American Idol contestant in 2006, which lead to the formation of his self-named band. Daughtry’s four albums have racked up sales of eight million worldwide. Steely’s oldest son, Chris Stone, played in a trash metal band, Brutalion (2005-2014).

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