California and music

California and music

CaliforniaCalifornia is often comparing with rich lifestyle. That great way of living where you can visit Playboy mansion or go to Hollywood sign. But it’s not so all fancy in California. Few days ago I had to call my favorite roofing service because my roof is broken again. But don’t get me wrong, living in California it’s great. Living in California has its advantages. I know this will come as a surprise to my family and friends whose first response when they heard I was moving here was, “Why would you want to live in a place that’s going to have an earthquake and fall into the ocean any day now?” Of course the next thing they said was, “Oh good, now that I have a free place to stay I can change my plans and go to California for two weeks instead of Cancun,” which tells you a lot about how they weigh fear vs. saving a buck. Not to mention what kind of family and friends I have. This doesn’t mean life here is unexciting and boring just because we don’t have to evacuate our homes once a week during the fall, can switch off the Weather Channel anytime we want without doubling up on Xanax in the hope it will stave off the feeling that if we miss a crucial update about a storm that’s 1,000 miles and four days away we’ll wind up as tropical storm toast, or watch Twister over and over to make sure we know what an approaching tornado looks like.

And wonder why if one hits we won’t be waiting it out in the cozy storm cellar with Helen Hunt. Or Bill Paxton if that’s your preference. What it does mean is that we can spend our time doing all the things Californians prefer to do with our lives, like eat granola, work out at the gym, and shop for new socks to wear under our Birkenstocks. Just kidding. Actually Birkenstocks are out. Anyone who’s anyone without a fashion sense knows Tevas and socks are the new statement.

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But all this it’s important for people to understand what co-relation have music and California. If you name all the bands from all kinds of genres that played here, you would be surprised. So it’s logical to have fusion band in California. Especially with a name 26 Red Tred. If you don’t remember this sneakers, they were popular in the nineties and they were very comfy. So if you ask me what music 26 Red Tred play, I have to say that it’s ace91b03cd16b6f3678660cd184af26a.500x323x1music from the nineties but it sounds like comfortable living in California. Still confused? Well then, imagine a band that combines The Beach Boys and Cypress Hill. Or better, imagine a band that combines The Mountain Goates and The Bellrays. Still confused? Well then look at some pictures of California bitches and listen to music of this artists. And then you will found out what I’m talking about. Also, while thinking, imagine that shoes as well, because they are so comfy.

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Surf rock and their derivatives

Surf rock and their derivatives

orange_county_ocean_view_foreclosuresSurf music is a subgenre of rock music associated with surf culture, particularly as found in Orange County and other areas of Southern California. It was especially popular from 1962 to 1964 in two major forms. The first is instrumental surf, distinguished by reverb-drenched electric guitars played to evoke the sound of crashing waves, largely pioneered by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. The second is vocal surf, which took the original surf sound and added vocal harmonies backed by basic Chuck Berry rhythms, a movement led by the Beach Boys. The surf rock sound was dominated by electric guitars played through spring reverb and using the vibrato arm on their guitar to bend the pitch of notes downward. Surf music was one of the early adopters of the electric bass, and often used an electric organ or an electric piano featured as backing harmony. At the height of its popularity, surf music rivaled girl groups and Motown for top American popular music trends. Surf music is sometimes referred to interchangeably with the California Sound. Many notable surf bands have been equally noted for both instrumental and vocal surf music, so surf music is generally considered as a single genre despite the variety of these styles. During the later stages of the surf music craze, many groups started to leave surfing behind and write songs about cars and girls; this was later known as hot rod rock.

So if this music is so relevant to that so called California sound, why doesn’t exist anymore? In this modern age of new fusion music, where musicians always recall some retro music for combination of some modern stuff, you have to ask a question why this California sound is always forgot. But with new directions, Terry_Melcher_Byrds_in_studio_1965everything could change. For instance, a band called 26 Red Tred is a good example for reviving this sound. They don’t look like The Beach Boys, but the soul of the band can be heard in their songs. That’s because music became so evolved that derivatives od California sound can be heard in other genres. Like in the early ’90s there was a southern California punk rising that focused on the original sound developed by the likes of The Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Misfits. Some of the bands that started this change back to a more streetpunk 1977 style were Cell Block 5, The Exploding Fuck Dolls, The Stitches, U.S. Bombs, Schleprock, Agent 51, FISHHEAD, and John Cougar Concentration Camp. This new style would later influence bands like The Generators, The Briggs, Time Again, Die Hunns, and also re-fueled reunions of old school bands like Youth Brigade, The Descendents, Screaming Bloody Marys (Dr Dream) and even some Black Flag performances.

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And when I called my favorite roofing service to fix my roof I asked a guy can he imagine a music that combines The Beach Boys and The Misfits. He said that it isn’t possible. Well, that man who said that don’t understand music. Band called 26 Red Tred is exactly what this sound is all about. They are no punk rockers or surf rockers, they are California rockers.

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