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John Meeks, darkly

San Diego Music Award winner tosses the genre

John Meeks has been “trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin.” - Image by Chris Maroulakos
John Meeks has been “trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin.”

“I’ve spent the past couple of years trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin and get a little less genre-specific,” says John Meeks, who won Best Americana or Country Album at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards. “That whole post–O Brother, Where Art Thou Americana resurgence that happened was a great thing for a while, but, like all good things, it became a parody of itself. A giant costume party with fake country accents, waxed mustaches, and put-on down-home sentiment.”

Video:

"Night Sea Waltz"

...from John Meeks's <em>On a Sea Darkly</em>

...from John Meeks's On a Sea Darkly

His upcoming fourth full-length is a collaborative rock effort, featuring members of the Locust, the Album Leaf, Blackheart Procession, Three Mile Pilot, and Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects. “People can expect a whole new musical style from our band. The album title, On a Sea Darkly, was my bandmate Matt Resovich’s idea. It was a nod to a photo project his mom did when he was younger, called Through a Lens Darkly, which was a nod to the Ingmar Bergman film Through a Glass Darkly. A lot of the new songs we do reference the sea, or drowning, so I thought it was perfect. Not to mention I love Bergman films, and Matt loves his mom.”

Past Event

John Meeks, Pall Jenkins, Preston Swirnoff

  • Saturday, July 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+

The release party is at Soda Bar on July 30.

“Pall Jenkins [Blackheart Procession, Three Mile Pilot] will be playing right before us. He plays instruments like the musical saw and all of his music has a very interesting and dark cinematic vibe to it. The opener, Preston Swirnoff, will be playing music from his newest project called Haunted Sea Songs of Bahia. It’s a sort of homage to an old Brazilian singer/songwriter named Dorival Caymmi. He sings in Portuguese and does both covers of Caymmi and original compositions in that style.

“Really cool stuff you’d normally never hear in a dive bar in San Diego.”

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John Meeks has been “trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin.” - Image by Chris Maroulakos
John Meeks has been “trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin.”

“I’ve spent the past couple of years trying to slither out of my Americana, old country skin and get a little less genre-specific,” says John Meeks, who won Best Americana or Country Album at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards. “That whole post–O Brother, Where Art Thou Americana resurgence that happened was a great thing for a while, but, like all good things, it became a parody of itself. A giant costume party with fake country accents, waxed mustaches, and put-on down-home sentiment.”

Video:

"Night Sea Waltz"

...from John Meeks's <em>On a Sea Darkly</em>

...from John Meeks's On a Sea Darkly

His upcoming fourth full-length is a collaborative rock effort, featuring members of the Locust, the Album Leaf, Blackheart Procession, Three Mile Pilot, and Mr. Tube & the Flying Objects. “People can expect a whole new musical style from our band. The album title, On a Sea Darkly, was my bandmate Matt Resovich’s idea. It was a nod to a photo project his mom did when he was younger, called Through a Lens Darkly, which was a nod to the Ingmar Bergman film Through a Glass Darkly. A lot of the new songs we do reference the sea, or drowning, so I thought it was perfect. Not to mention I love Bergman films, and Matt loves his mom.”

Past Event

John Meeks, Pall Jenkins, Preston Swirnoff

  • Saturday, July 30, 2016, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+

The release party is at Soda Bar on July 30.

“Pall Jenkins [Blackheart Procession, Three Mile Pilot] will be playing right before us. He plays instruments like the musical saw and all of his music has a very interesting and dark cinematic vibe to it. The opener, Preston Swirnoff, will be playing music from his newest project called Haunted Sea Songs of Bahia. It’s a sort of homage to an old Brazilian singer/songwriter named Dorival Caymmi. He sings in Portuguese and does both covers of Caymmi and original compositions in that style.

“Really cool stuff you’d normally never hear in a dive bar in San Diego.”

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