Cutting The Chord


By Tim Pyles / Photos by Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan

The Filthy Violets are a four-piece rock band. “We feature filthy, grungy rhythms with sweet, strong melodies carried by a four-on-the-floor beat,” says guitarist Jesse Lafica. Mad Traffic’s sound is alt. rock. “It has always been about friendship,” says Blaise Guld (vocals/ acoustic guitar). “We’re five brothers who push the envelope in music and life.”

These two local groups are facing off in Garage to Glory, a digital battle of the bands hosted by, an online repository of local music, album reviews and concerts. The site is supported by SoundDiego, a television show broadcast weekly after Saturday Night Live on NBC 7 San Diego.

To compete, each band posts a music video to in early August in hopes of garnering the most votes from fans. On August 24, both bands will appearance on SoundDiego, the TV show, to drum up support before online voting ends August 27.

The glory? The victor gets to open for The Devastators, the act headlining SoundDiego’s monthly music showcase, SoundDiego LIVE, to be held August 29 at Winstons in OB. (Entrance to the concert is free - RSVP at