From Hot to Coldplay

By Loren Graves
Photos by Tessa Angus

(Published in the January 2011 issue)

Back in the US from a recent European tour with the Killers’ frontman, Brandon Flowers , San Diego alt rockers Transfer are poised to match their success abroad right here at home.

Across the pond, the British press showered our local boys with accolades. Q Magazine placed the band among “10 New Faces of 2010,” and Clash Magazine included the quartet in its “Ones to Watch” feature.

It’s been rumored that Transfer will be hitting the road with Coldplay in the coming months, which is why I find myself lost in BFE Kearny Mesa, looking for White Horse Recorders-the studio that Transfer owns.

It’s a fact-finding mission, which is off to a poor start considering I can’t find the address.

Three U-turns later, I manage to park and interrupt the band in the middle of a practice session. They agree to sit down with me.

I lead with the question at hand:

“What’s up with your tour with Coldplay?”


I couldn’t tell if it was the first they had heard of it or if I had somehow been leaked some confidential info.

Andy Ridley, the drummer, broke the silence. “We’re into putting good things in the atmosphere and seeing what happens, like with that AC/DC tour coming up...not really sure how they’re gonna like opening up for us.”

With Ridley’s English accent, you can’t be sure what’s true.

We spend an hour catching up on the last six months, which has been anything but slow for Transfer-their opening of the studio, their recording and online releases of “Future Selves” and “Losing Composure” and their love of San Diego.

“When you hit that Mission Bay turn on the drive, when you see downtown, that’s why I live here,” Ridley says.

“We’re looking forward to playing Soundwave [in Mission Beach]. It’s been a while since we’ve been home,” says bassist Shaun Cornell, cleaning his shotgun as he talks.

When asked how the tour with Brandon Flowers went, frontman Matt Molarius understates that “the swell around the last tour was a good response.”

But none of it gets me any closer to the Coldplay rumor.

When I push, Molarius finally offers up a solid lead.

” Chris Martin and Andy [Ridley] were actually soccer mates back in England,” he says. (Chris Martin, Coldplay’s lead singer, is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.)

Ridley confirms, “Me and Elton John, also.”

Yeah, that sounds reasonable-Chris Martin, Sir Elton and Andy Ridley, all doing bicycle kicks on the Queen’s lawn.

Cornell cuts Ridley off before he can elaborate.

“I don’t want you to print that,” he says. “It’s nepotism.”

And that’s where they end the interview, leaving me lost, again, as to whether or not Transfer may soon be embarking with Coldplay on the biggest tour of their career.

See Transfer perform live in concert New Year’s Eve at:
The Casbah
2501 Kettner Boule vard , Little Italy

Check out free videos and songs from Transfer below:

02 Take Your Medicine by PacificSD Magazine

01 Losing Composure by PacificSD Magazine