Common Sense: Common Sense has established itself as one of California’s premier reggae rock bands.
Their influences from reggae, rock and ska, give them a new roots sound of their own.
Nick Hernandez, Larry Young, Billy Sherman and Phil Gough have been brothers in music for years and are committed to performance and sound they love. The band’s multiple personalities work together to craft soulful, intelligent sound that tells stories of real life. With heartfelt lyrics and melodic harmonies Common Sense delivers a true music experience.
The group started out in the college music scene of Santa Barbara and quickly dominated the Southern California club scene. Noted for their high energy live shows, they continue to grow a loyal fan base. The band has toured with many legendary reggae artists such as Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, and Jimmy Cliff. Their far-reaching style has earned them a spot on national tours from the Van’s WARP Tour to Reggae Sun Splash and Reggae on the River.
Critical and commercial success has led the band to work with top producers Don Was, Ron Saint Germain and Roy Thomas Baker. Common Sense’s music catalog includes five albums beginning with Live at the Belly Up Tavern, followed by Psychedelic Surf Groove, State of the Nation, Common Sense - Common Sense, and Don't Look Back. The band is presently in the studio recording a new album of original material slated for a summer release.
Laughing Stalk: What sets Laughing Stalk apart from the rest of the horn-driven bands that littered So Cal music scene in the 90's & forward? How about a truly original sound that embraces the best of classic funk,70's punk,80's power-pop,traditional ska and reggae,a twist of hip-hop,and a healthy dose of hardcore.Laughing Stalk serves up a tasty casserole of truly tasty music,from recipes written by madcap cooks who know their way around a deep phat fryer.
Trenchtown: For Trenchtown, brotherhood is everything. From the first time five kids with guitars met up after school in the rural town of North Adams, MI, just some 50 miles south of Detroit, they simply followed the path laid out for them. It was one that would take them to far-off places as well as other rural towns, still guitars in hand, providing their signature four part harmonies blended with driving punk beats and rhythmic reggae accents. But it all began at local high school parties covering songs by Green Day, Nirvana and Sublime. “We would play as long as we could, literally all night. Ever since then, it has been impossible to escape the rock and roll lifestyle,” lead guitarist Nichols says, Trenchtown’s music, then under the name Maryz Eyez, garnered them 1 and 3 hits on XM radio and two spots on the Vans Warped Tour. After several years of calling the Detroit music scene home, the band decided to take their show to SoCal and relocated to Hermosa Beach to work on their self titled debut “Trenchtown EP”. Since arriving in the same beach town which has given rise to bands such as Black Flag and Pennywise, Trenchtown has been hard at work writing songs and learning the LA music scene. Upon a chance encounter, Nichols ran into Billy Graziadei of the band Biohazard at a local Best Buy and offered up a demo. Nine months later, the pair of Trenchtown and producer Billy Graziadei (Slipknot, Sick of it All, Biohazard) have completed the self titled EP. First track, the driving ska fueled opener, (“Ay Oh”). “We literally had this song complete,” vocalist Ryan Wagler reveals. “But Billy thought it needed some changes, one being a slight tempo increase of two BPM. Needless to say, we started over and worked all night. That’s how dedicated we all were on this project” The six songs move from the melancholy and abstruse (“Paralyzed”) to the hook laden feel good reggae/pop of (“Unpaid Holiday”), featuring shout-it-from-the-rooftops choruses (“Let it Go”) and narratives about the wrongful conviction of an innocent man (“Murderer”). Yet, the Trenchtown brotherhood is best conveyed live. “Our shows are no different from the house parties we started at,” Nichols says. “You rarely find us back stage, we only want to hang out with everyone before and after shows and share music during. Hope to see you there!!”