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Skateboarding toward a musical horizon

Urethane, the Lyrics, Belladon, Plosivs, Stephen Bishop

Urethane
Urethane

Pop punk rockers Urethane came together during the 2020 pandemic shutdown. The group was founded by professional skateboarder and guitarist Steve Caballero (The Faction, Odd Man Out, Soda), with War Fever singer-guitarist Tim Fennelly (living in Carlsbad), Skipjack bassist Chad Ruiz (from San Diego East County), and BombPops drummer Dylan Wade (of Oceanside). Their debut album Chasing Horizons, just released via Cyber Tracks, was produced, engineered, and mixed by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Megadeth, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Pennywise). The album title comes from the song “Wyoming,” which bassist Chad Ruiz says is about giving up, running away, and starting over. “There is a line where the character is on an open road, chasing the horizon, and it just made sense. During the short life of this band, we have been chasing horizons non-stop. It’s that kind of fun feeling you get when you’re just out on the road going for it.”

Past Event

Urethane and Decent Criminal

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+

The album track “Avalanches” features Toby Morse of H2O, and “Inheritance” includes a guest appearance by Jim Lindberg of Pennywise. They’ll play the Soda Bar on Thursday, September 23 for a bill that includes Decent Criminal.

Lyrics

Psychedelic garage band The Lyrics were North County blue eyed soul rockers best known for their 1965 single “So What!” which appeared in the popular and influential Pebbles garage band compilation series. The song is said to mainly be about the hate and rage songwriter Christopher Gaylord (who grew up in Cardiff) felt toward a rich girl who once rejected him. They recorded for labels such as Era, GNP Crescendo, and Feather, and in late 1966 spent time working with Stan Ross at Gold Star Studio, home of the famed Wrecking Crew. A 1967 video posted on YouTube shows the band playing the Oceanside Community Center with the Survivors and the Band from U.N.C.L.E., filmed for the local Dance Time show. Chris Gaylord (sometimes aka Raymond Clearwater) later fronted Magic Mushroom, which featured fellow former Lyric Mike Allen alongside two members of the California Sons, John Buell and Gary Williams (from their original incarnation, not the latter-day California SUNS spinoff). Gaylord also recorded solo tracks like 1967’s folky hit “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” which appeared on the Best of Broadside 1962-1988 box set. The late 1965 Lyrics single “So What!” b/w “They Can’t Hurt Me” is being reissued this month on 7-inch vinyl by Ace Records.

Belladon

Founded in 2017, Belladon were nominated Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards. Their debut double EP, Dreaming/Dreading was tracked and mixed by Ben Moore at Singing Serpent. “The band just came out with a new single called ‘Truths You Crave,’” says singer-keyboardist Aimee Jacobs. “We just finished filming a music video for it and now are in the editing process. ‘Truths You Crave’ is a journey of discovering personal truth. We’ve all lost touch with ourselves and betrayed inner beliefs for work, for relationships or just to emotionally and physically survive. Through the realization of such loss, we find ourselves desperately attempting to find our way back. ‘Truths You Crave’ is a war zone of self-doubt, criticism, and the pain one feels when you’ve made no place for your true self. This cognitive dissonance is represented in the composition and lyrical themes. Sections drastically change and the words seesaw between somber acceptance and aggressive rebellion. It’s an internal struggle to find oneself while trying to shut out the subliminal and forceful static, which society and media feed us. It’s an attempt to find individualistic reprieve, something under the surface of the body we can anchor to, something that will allow us to reach out to the grace of self we lost.”

Plosivs

A new group called Plosivs was formed during the 2020 pandemic shutdown. Rob Crow is probably most recognized as half of the duo Pinback and he also helmed groups such as Heavy Vegetable, Goblin Cock, and Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, as well as around 45 other recording projects. John Reis is most associated with local heroes who share a solid national rep such as Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt, and Drive Like Jehu. Even though they only live ten miles from each other, ideas were mailed back and forth during quarantine, and the decision was made to form yet another band with Atom Willard, longstanding drummer of Rocket From The Crypt who also played with Social Distortion, Angels and Airwaves, Offspring, and currently Against Me!

Plosivs

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8 p.m.
  • Quartyard, 1301 Market Street, San Diego

They were joined by Jordan Clark, the bassist for locals Mrs. Magician. The band will make a November 6 appearance at the Quartyard in East Village. A “static promo video” is streaming online for the track “Hit the Breaks.”

Stephen Bishop

Singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop left his home in San Diego for Los Angeles at seventeen to write songs for a publishing company at fifty dollars a week. His music has been recorded by Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Kenny Loggins, Beyonce, Art Garfunkel, Pavarotti, David Crosby, and others. His own hits include “On and On,” “Save it for a Rainy Day,” and “Everybody Needs Love,” and he wrote the Oscar-nominated song “Separate Lives” from the film White Nights. His appearances in other pictures include Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and his famed cameo as the “Guy with Doomed Guitar” in National Lampoon’s Animal House, which he did the theme for. He also contributed songs for films such as Tootsie, The China Syndrome, Roadie, Mickie & Maude, and Unfaithfully Yours. To date, he’s written over 650 songs, released 19 albums, has had his music streamed over 500 million times, and has sold over 15 million records worldwide for himself and other songwriters. Next May, Bishop is releasing his autobiography, On and Off, a project he began three years ago in conjunction with an upcoming documentary film about his life in the music and film businesses.

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Urethane
Urethane

Pop punk rockers Urethane came together during the 2020 pandemic shutdown. The group was founded by professional skateboarder and guitarist Steve Caballero (The Faction, Odd Man Out, Soda), with War Fever singer-guitarist Tim Fennelly (living in Carlsbad), Skipjack bassist Chad Ruiz (from San Diego East County), and BombPops drummer Dylan Wade (of Oceanside). Their debut album Chasing Horizons, just released via Cyber Tracks, was produced, engineered, and mixed by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Megadeth, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Pennywise). The album title comes from the song “Wyoming,” which bassist Chad Ruiz says is about giving up, running away, and starting over. “There is a line where the character is on an open road, chasing the horizon, and it just made sense. During the short life of this band, we have been chasing horizons non-stop. It’s that kind of fun feeling you get when you’re just out on the road going for it.”

Past Event

Urethane and Decent Criminal

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+

The album track “Avalanches” features Toby Morse of H2O, and “Inheritance” includes a guest appearance by Jim Lindberg of Pennywise. They’ll play the Soda Bar on Thursday, September 23 for a bill that includes Decent Criminal.

Lyrics

Psychedelic garage band The Lyrics were North County blue eyed soul rockers best known for their 1965 single “So What!” which appeared in the popular and influential Pebbles garage band compilation series. The song is said to mainly be about the hate and rage songwriter Christopher Gaylord (who grew up in Cardiff) felt toward a rich girl who once rejected him. They recorded for labels such as Era, GNP Crescendo, and Feather, and in late 1966 spent time working with Stan Ross at Gold Star Studio, home of the famed Wrecking Crew. A 1967 video posted on YouTube shows the band playing the Oceanside Community Center with the Survivors and the Band from U.N.C.L.E., filmed for the local Dance Time show. Chris Gaylord (sometimes aka Raymond Clearwater) later fronted Magic Mushroom, which featured fellow former Lyric Mike Allen alongside two members of the California Sons, John Buell and Gary Williams (from their original incarnation, not the latter-day California SUNS spinoff). Gaylord also recorded solo tracks like 1967’s folky hit “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” which appeared on the Best of Broadside 1962-1988 box set. The late 1965 Lyrics single “So What!” b/w “They Can’t Hurt Me” is being reissued this month on 7-inch vinyl by Ace Records.

Belladon

Founded in 2017, Belladon were nominated Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards. Their debut double EP, Dreaming/Dreading was tracked and mixed by Ben Moore at Singing Serpent. “The band just came out with a new single called ‘Truths You Crave,’” says singer-keyboardist Aimee Jacobs. “We just finished filming a music video for it and now are in the editing process. ‘Truths You Crave’ is a journey of discovering personal truth. We’ve all lost touch with ourselves and betrayed inner beliefs for work, for relationships or just to emotionally and physically survive. Through the realization of such loss, we find ourselves desperately attempting to find our way back. ‘Truths You Crave’ is a war zone of self-doubt, criticism, and the pain one feels when you’ve made no place for your true self. This cognitive dissonance is represented in the composition and lyrical themes. Sections drastically change and the words seesaw between somber acceptance and aggressive rebellion. It’s an internal struggle to find oneself while trying to shut out the subliminal and forceful static, which society and media feed us. It’s an attempt to find individualistic reprieve, something under the surface of the body we can anchor to, something that will allow us to reach out to the grace of self we lost.”

Plosivs

A new group called Plosivs was formed during the 2020 pandemic shutdown. Rob Crow is probably most recognized as half of the duo Pinback and he also helmed groups such as Heavy Vegetable, Goblin Cock, and Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, as well as around 45 other recording projects. John Reis is most associated with local heroes who share a solid national rep such as Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt, and Drive Like Jehu. Even though they only live ten miles from each other, ideas were mailed back and forth during quarantine, and the decision was made to form yet another band with Atom Willard, longstanding drummer of Rocket From The Crypt who also played with Social Distortion, Angels and Airwaves, Offspring, and currently Against Me!

Plosivs

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8 p.m.
  • Quartyard, 1301 Market Street, San Diego

They were joined by Jordan Clark, the bassist for locals Mrs. Magician. The band will make a November 6 appearance at the Quartyard in East Village. A “static promo video” is streaming online for the track “Hit the Breaks.”

Stephen Bishop

Singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop left his home in San Diego for Los Angeles at seventeen to write songs for a publishing company at fifty dollars a week. His music has been recorded by Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Kenny Loggins, Beyonce, Art Garfunkel, Pavarotti, David Crosby, and others. His own hits include “On and On,” “Save it for a Rainy Day,” and “Everybody Needs Love,” and he wrote the Oscar-nominated song “Separate Lives” from the film White Nights. His appearances in other pictures include Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and his famed cameo as the “Guy with Doomed Guitar” in National Lampoon’s Animal House, which he did the theme for. He also contributed songs for films such as Tootsie, The China Syndrome, Roadie, Mickie & Maude, and Unfaithfully Yours. To date, he’s written over 650 songs, released 19 albums, has had his music streamed over 500 million times, and has sold over 15 million records worldwide for himself and other songwriters. Next May, Bishop is releasing his autobiography, On and Off, a project he began three years ago in conjunction with an upcoming documentary film about his life in the music and film businesses.

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