Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Creature marinade

Super Groupies out, Creature Canyon in

According to Austin Steele (glasses) of Creature Canyon, “You have to have videos. YouTube is everything.”
According to Austin Steele (glasses) of Creature Canyon, “You have to have videos. YouTube is everything.”

Austin Steele learned the hard way that it’s hard to play pop music in San Diego. “There is no scene for our music at all,” the singer/songwriter told the Reader three years ago about his trio Super Groupie. After one album and a couple of breaks (a popular video with model Cailin Russo and a song on the soundtrack to MTV’s Washington Heights) Steele moved on.

“I always thought the Super Groupies thing would take off,” says Steele. “But as time went on, the band just grew apart. Things started to get a little bit forced.”

Video:

"Life I Know"

...by Creature Canyon

...by Creature Canyon

Super Groupie folded. But the experience may have helped Steele with his latest project, the alt-rock Creature Canyon. The band’s “Life I Know” single was just named the 91X Local Break song for March, and they were added to the X-Fest lineup in June.

Steele says his current bandmates share the same appreciation for a well-crafted rock song. “I had always been into the Beatles and the Stones and the Small Faces. I just wanted to play rock and roll.”

After the Groupies, Steele says he started jamming with guitarist Ryan Amyot and bassist Elliot Ramsey (both ex–Viva Apollo members). “We kind of just let ideas roll around for a couple of years. We slowly crafted our songs.” He says that “marinade” process led to the band’s current repertoire of about 20 songs and the Life I Know album, which was recorded at Studio West.

While the video for “Life I Know” jokes about a long struggle with drummer auditions, Steele says the selection of Kyle Victoria from L.A. was easy.

”When he auditioned, he had already learned our stuff.”

While Steele’s current band is sonically a lot different from Super Groupies, he says one reality he learned still applies to Creature Canyon: “You have to have videos. YouTube is everything. My buddy Mitchell Harris helped us direct ‘Life I Know.’ We both went to Westview High School [near Rancho Peñasquitos]. He was trying to progress his career as a director and we needed the help. Andrew Rowley hit us up to do a Red Trolley video in January. He’s from P-Q, too.”

Creature Canyon appears at X-Fest with Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Bob Moses, Skip Marley, Missio, Sir Sly, the Lemon Twigs, Lo Moon, and Lightning Cola on Sunday, June 11, at the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field in Mission Valley.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Barbara Bry was right about motorized scooters

Todd Gloria was not
Next Article

Antebellum: Janelle Monáe’s Moment

If one must remake a movie, make sure it’s a bad one.
According to Austin Steele (glasses) of Creature Canyon, “You have to have videos. YouTube is everything.”
According to Austin Steele (glasses) of Creature Canyon, “You have to have videos. YouTube is everything.”

Austin Steele learned the hard way that it’s hard to play pop music in San Diego. “There is no scene for our music at all,” the singer/songwriter told the Reader three years ago about his trio Super Groupie. After one album and a couple of breaks (a popular video with model Cailin Russo and a song on the soundtrack to MTV’s Washington Heights) Steele moved on.

“I always thought the Super Groupies thing would take off,” says Steele. “But as time went on, the band just grew apart. Things started to get a little bit forced.”

Video:

"Life I Know"

...by Creature Canyon

...by Creature Canyon

Super Groupie folded. But the experience may have helped Steele with his latest project, the alt-rock Creature Canyon. The band’s “Life I Know” single was just named the 91X Local Break song for March, and they were added to the X-Fest lineup in June.

Steele says his current bandmates share the same appreciation for a well-crafted rock song. “I had always been into the Beatles and the Stones and the Small Faces. I just wanted to play rock and roll.”

After the Groupies, Steele says he started jamming with guitarist Ryan Amyot and bassist Elliot Ramsey (both ex–Viva Apollo members). “We kind of just let ideas roll around for a couple of years. We slowly crafted our songs.” He says that “marinade” process led to the band’s current repertoire of about 20 songs and the Life I Know album, which was recorded at Studio West.

While the video for “Life I Know” jokes about a long struggle with drummer auditions, Steele says the selection of Kyle Victoria from L.A. was easy.

”When he auditioned, he had already learned our stuff.”

While Steele’s current band is sonically a lot different from Super Groupies, he says one reality he learned still applies to Creature Canyon: “You have to have videos. YouTube is everything. My buddy Mitchell Harris helped us direct ‘Life I Know.’ We both went to Westview High School [near Rancho Peñasquitos]. He was trying to progress his career as a director and we needed the help. Andrew Rowley hit us up to do a Red Trolley video in January. He’s from P-Q, too.”

Creature Canyon appears at X-Fest with Phoenix, Empire of the Sun, Bob Moses, Skip Marley, Missio, Sir Sly, the Lemon Twigs, Lo Moon, and Lightning Cola on Sunday, June 11, at the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field in Mission Valley.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Religion in Christmas movies, Yellow Deli a cult?, San DIego Sikhs, Christmas without Jesus, Hare Krishnas

San Diego spiritual
Next Article

Oktoberfest beers to drink at home

Pick up a stein, or have this year’s märzen delivered
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close