Various Authors noon, Jan. 25
The Electric Healing Sound's Debut Video - "Tangled Up"
Noisy minimalist SD/TJ rockers The Electric Healing Sound recently posted their debut music video, which features the track “Tangled Up.”
“We take advantage of the San Diego-Tijuana thing,” guitarist/vox Ricky Soltero told The Reader last July. “Up here we are a TJ band. Down there we’re a San Diego band. People like it.”
Since their first gig in September 2010 at El Burro Reyado in Tijuana, The Electric Healing Sound has been bringing San Diego bands such as Shiva Trash, Baghdad, and the Last Years to play south of the border.
“I want to get rid of the old clichés about Tijuana,” Soltero says. “If you go looking for trouble, yeah, you’ll find trouble. But Revolución and [Calle] Sexta is really chill. There are really good musicians down there, and it’s ridiculous that nobody knows about them.”
Stringent visa laws aside, Tijuana bands hesitate to play in San Diego because “they feel like they’ll get ripped off. There are places in TJ who’ll charge cover and won’t even give you a free beer. So, we started boycotting those places and playing other venues who give us drinks all night.”
“There’s a weird thing going on in Mexico,” says bassist Eric Curiel (Shantelle). “People get really excited when something from outside happens. That’s why we’re bringing San Diego bands down there. It keeps it exciting.”
“There’s a thriving scene down there,” Soltero says. “People are coming to our shows and being inspired. Bands spring up and ask to play. They open doors for us, and that’s the only way we will get our scene started. At the Dragon Rojo gig with Shiva Trash, we couldn’t even move. I’m looking a guy in the face while singing. They haven’t heard music like that in a long time.”