House of Blues, San Diego. Everyone’s heard of it, everyone’s been to it, everyone wants to go back.
San Diego’s favorite local radio station, 91x, hosted Local Brews, Local Grooves this past weekend at House of Blues, and let me tell you, it was poppin’. Not only were there 14 (yes, 14) local breweries featuring their best creations, but there were another 14 talented San Diego bands providing their best jams to shake your beer bellies to.
Now, let’s talk about The Montell Jordans. A.K.A., the perfectly nostalgic, not-so-boyish, boyband.
Comprised of four local San Diegan studs, The Montell Jordans have won the hearts of those looking for that rock n’ roll nostalgia of the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s. They released their first full album, Sweater Puppies, in 2016, which is also featured on Spotify.
In an interview after their set, they raved about how the making of these videos was 100% impromptu. “When someone started throwing out kicks or jumping around, we all just went with it.” Their success lies heavily on their ability to take their audience back to a simpler time when Rock n’ Roll ran through your veins, when boobs were frequently autographed, and when partying was a priority.
They do this so well, in fact, that they were one of the only bands that night in the House of Blues that clearly had a solid fan base singing along to their music. If that doesn’t convince you to give them a listen, then maybe this might– they have a new album coming out in 2018, and it’s literally going to take you back in time (well, maybe not literally, but it’ll be damn close). But, until then, you’ll just have to listen to Sweater Puppies on repeat, like I have been for the past week.
Let’s meet the band members, shall we?
Tim Kilcourse, Lead Vocals/Rythm Guitar
Tim captures the vocal nostalgia of Blink-182 and Hoobastank. When I tell you this band captures the best of your dearly missed teenage angst, I mean it. Just look at this picture:
This jump could not have happened without the powerful fuel of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll, and no one can convince me otherwise.
Ryan Baghai, Lead Guitar
Ryan Baghai brings back solid Nirvana vibes, seamlessly intertwined with the band’s rockin’ energy. After talking with some fans, it was decided that his shredding skills are so abundant that the extra talent had to be physically manifested, thus creating his unbelievably lush beard.
Matt Price, Drums
Matt Price’s killer drums can best be described as those boobs n’ booze vibes of Guns N’ Roses, which happens to be one of their biggest band inspirations.
Adam Sisco, Bass
Matt and Adam Sisco, the Bassist, provided the Black Sabbathesque beats that had the middle-aged mamas dancing harder than the college-aged babes, and let me tell you, they were definitely feelin’ 22 again.
Trust me, these boys broke hearts, awakened souls, and inspired minds left and right, for the young, the old, and everyone in between at the House of Blues. Give them a listen, follow them on Spotify, and like their Facebook to stay up to date with their new releases, new events, and band updates.
If you guys know of any local San Diego bands, musicians, or singers that deserve to be recognized, comment below or email me at Detreville.LR@gmail.com. My three qualifications for featuring an artist are:
- They must be a local band from San Diego.
- I must see them live.
- I must be able to talk to them either in person or over email/phone.
Until next time,
Stay Rockin’, Stay Rollin’, Stay Local.