Bobby Bray: “So begins the pre-postapocalyptic genre.”
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“It is no secret that San Diego is a military target,” writes vox/guitarist Bobby Bray of skronky-math-lounge duo Innerds (members of Sleeping People, the Locust, Holy Molar).

Bray cites a handful of reasons for this, including the headquarters of General Atomics (the company behind the infamous Predator drone), the largest naval base on the West Coast, the home port of the USS Karl Vinson (the ship that discarded Osama Bin Laden’s body into the ocean), and proximity to the border.

“As U.S. drones continually strike Pakistan (a nuclear-armed nation), does the likelihood of something like an atomic bomb going off in a city like San Diego increase? Is San Diego purposeful bait?” Bray asks.

“At this point the American collective consciousness has acclimated to postapocalyptic imagery. It has pretty much come to a point where the term ‘postapocalyptic’ no longer requires a hyphen. So begins the pre-postapocalyptic genre.”

As a social experiment and exploration of pre-postapocalypticism, Innerds will be kicking off their mini-tour at the Greek Sombrero (12891 Campo Road) in Jamul, to be followed by dates in fringe locales such as El Centro, Slab City, Julian, Ramona, and Idyllwild.

“This show is the first in a series that aims to reexamine our physical place in the world. Depending on the strength of a nuclear detonation in San Diego, certain areas on the outskirts of the city would survive, such as Jamul. For this reason, the unlikely location of the Greek Sombrero was chosen as the venue for this show — perhaps the only place to see a local show in the future!”

The free show on Saturday, February 23, features the face-melting polyrhythms and falsetto yawps of Innerds, no-wave post-punk hijinks at the behest of Batwings, and schizophrenic avant-doom jazz passages by California Bleeding.

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metapunk Feb. 13, 2013 @ 1:40 p.m.

Can you record the last paragraph on and post it here? I really want to hear that last paragraph spoken.


Bobby Bray Feb. 16, 2013 @ 7:22 p.m.

During the Bush administration it was quite fashionable for many Americans to disregard or think the opposite of whatever the president's office said. If they said to fear a nuke on American soil, it was easy for many to NOT fear a nuke. No matter who says what though, it would be hard to argue that San Diego is not a target. Also, there are already so many nuclear weapons that already exist, stopping any new nations from joining the nuclear club doesn't even come close to ending the possibility.

There are a few things you could do to survive, depending on where you were if and when it happens, but strangely there is very little public awareness or public service announcements (PSA) about this. It is likely that the size of any nuke that would go off wouldn't be of the magnitude that wipes out a city completely, so there could be many survivors.

You have 10-15 minutes to get at least a mile away from the actual blast site before lethal radiation falls. Move perpendicular to the wind to avoid the fallout. The first few days are the most dangerous in terms of fallout, so if you cant get out of the city seek shelter. As there are not that many basements in San Diego, underground parking structures may be good shelters - the deeper the better. Also, during a blast don't look at the flash because you could go blind and keep your mouth open so your ear drums don't burst.

Or you could just hang out at the Greek Sombrero!


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