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“We call our music ‘grit pop,’” says Subsurfer bassist/singer Deric Fernandez. “Really gritty with a pop sensibility.”

After making their live debut in January 2011 at 710 Beach Club in PB, they released their debut We Are Stars in October, recorded with Brian Karscig (Nervous Wreckords, Louis XIV) at White Horse Recording Studio. Karscig also sang backup on the track “Girl Problem.”

“The album is about girls and stars, Hollywood and outer space, along with all the dark and sexy craziness of being in the Hollywood scene,” says Fernandez. The band includes Dave Montalbano (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Greg “Bones” Jones (guitar), and Greg Patus (drums, percussion).

Subsurfer performs Saturday, January 7, at the Soda Bar with the Schitzophonics and Shake Before Us.


Dave Montalbano:

1) Nirvana, Nevermind. “I’m still finding gems of genius within each song that I’ve never heard before.”

2) The Wedding Present, Bizarro. “Whenever I’m tired or down, I just put this in and the jangly guitars wake me up and turn my day around.”

3) Autolux, Future Perfect. “I don’t know what they’re singing about half the time, but I understand where they’re coming from.”

4) The Vaccines, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? “Fun beats and quick songs, with perfect pop melodies overlapping gritty guitars.”

Deric Fernandez:

1) Rise Against, Revolutions Per Minute. “Every song hits hard and fast.”

2) Muse, Black Holes and Revelations. “Amazing songwriting.”

3) Offspring, Ignition. “This album brings me back to a time when all I thought about was music.”

Greg “Bones” Jones:

1) Sumak, Now Hear This. “Great quirky band from Hollywood that rotates their instruments amongst each other while playing, without stopping the song.”

2) System of a Down, Toxicity. “Insane vocals and musicianship.”

3) Incubus, Make Yourself. “I used to rehearse in the same studio as these guys in Reseda.”

Greg Patus: “Compilation discs of artists such as Alice in Chains, Nirvana, the Killers, and Kings of Leon.”


Montalbano: “Jonas Brothers, ‘Lovebug.’ Hey, it’s an infectious, perfect pop song. When I listen to it, I pretend it’s a cool band from Sweden or something.”

Jones: “Owl City, with really dumb electronica songs that my eight-year-old daughter likes.”

Patus: “Lady Gaga.”


Jones: “I like to walk my dog through Del Mar Town Center and count the Range Rovers.”

Patus: “The museums at Balboa Park.”


Montalbano: “Nirvana at Off the Record in October 1991. I was one of the first 100 people in San Diego to buy Nevermind, so they gave all of us a private show at OTR. Kurt Cobain drew the baby peeing on my Nevermind poster and signed it.”


Jones: “I got fired from the PB Bar and Grill. At sunset, the manager wanted me to take down all the table umbrellas, so I did, even the ones where people were still eating. While I was cranking the umbrellas shut, bugs and stuff were falling into people’s food and drinks.”


Montalbano: “I was an actor in San Diego and L.A. for years.”

Jones: “I used to babysit Jim Belushi’s dog.”


Montalbano: “Paul Rudd, because he’s a funny guy and a bit dorky.”

Fernandez: “I’ve been told Dean Cain is my doppelganger.”

Jones: “Christian Bale, because we have the same physique.”

Patus: “Daniel Craig.”


Montalbano: “Avenue 5 has kick-ass food, and local artists hang pieces on their wall.”

Fernandez: “Miguel’s Cocina in Coronado for dinner and the Casbah for live music.”

Jones: “I usually take out-of-town guests to the Gaslamp and tell them how it used to be nothing but crackheads and whorehouses.”

Patus: “Where else? The beach.” ■

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Jay Allen Sanford Jan. 4, 2012 @ 11:06 p.m.

Outtakes: FIRST TIME DRUNK? Montalbano: “I was 13, and me and my friend drank Vodka and chased it with milk. We went to the local fair with our girlfriends, and I threw up on one of the rides.”

Fernandez: “When I was a little kid, my dad used to give me a whiskey bottle and shot glass as a remedy for a toothache. He would say ‘Don’t drink it just let it numb your tooth.’ I got toothaches quite frequently.”

Jones: “It was the last week of sixth grade, and my parents had a lot of nice expensive wine and hard liquor, so we opened up the Southern Comfort, the Chardonnay, and some Pinot Grigio and poured them all into the bong.”

Patus: “I was fifteen, and my uncle decided to teach us a lesson by letting us mix our own drinks at his house. We hurled all over his stuff, so I guess we taught him the lesson.”

WHAT REMAINS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? Montalbano: “I want to surf the gold coast of Australia.”

Fernandez: “Tour Ireland with my wife.”

Jones: “Make contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence.”

Patus: “See as much of the world as I can.”

ANY FEARS OR PHOBIAS? Montalbano: “I hate being stuck in the middle of a crowd with no drink in my hand.”

Fernandez: “Bees! Don’t go there, or I’m out of here.”

Jones: “Cockroaches make me scream like a little girl.”

Patus: “Having my teeth fall out.”


fredster Jan. 6, 2012 @ 1:18 p.m.

I have known Deric Fernandez(Bass Player) since High school and from surfing in Imperial Beach. I missed the Subsurfer's last couple of shows and I keep hearing how much this band rips (it seems like on a weekly basis) so I am excited to see them live tomorrow at the Soda Bar along with hanging out with the big caravan of people we are bringing to support this group.

For Montalbano :On a side note I was also one of the lucky people at that free OFF THE RECORD show that Nirvana put on inside the shop and it seemed like they played forever. They signed autographs and gave away giant posters in which I still have. I never knew how big this group would be and how inspiring their music would have on future bands for decades to follow. Wishing your group success as well but it seems like you guys are on your way!!!


SUBSURFER Jan. 6, 2012 @ 4:11 p.m.

THANKS Fred..... See you at The Soda Bar tomorrow Night!


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