Neurotic Mirage and Abner
Based in Rancho Penasquitos, Neurotic Mirage combines southern California punk influences with a metal undertone. They released their debut four-song demo in late 2015, recorded at a studio in Cardiff, followed in 2016 by a nine-song EP called Haywire Culture, recorded at DoubleTime Studios in Santee with Jeff Forrest. The same producer helmed their new album Psycho Carnival, which debuts when they share a bill in San Carlos with Imperial Beach’s Abner. After performing their first show in February 2016 at Lestat’s, Abner entered Kings Ransom Studios in Lakeside to record their debut three-song EP with local producer/engineer Jeff Sers. The band features guitarist Adam Baez, who was still a teen writing songs under the name “Abner” when recruited for the band Fuzz-Huzzi. After that group folded in late 2012, Baez at first joined with several other ex-members to form Freak the Mighty. While studying Recording Arts at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, he used his resources there to record demos of the songs he had written as Abner, a band officially launched in spring 2015. The bill includes Bitter Kiddos.