A look at the latest news and trends from San Diego’s rich music scene.
A family affair
Alongside other local breakout acts from the early ’90s, such as Blink-182 and Rocket From The Crypt, Poway punks Unwritten Law have long earned their place on San Diego’s ever-growing list of notable bands. And while the veteran foursome is still going strong — they’re currently set to play the final Van Warped Tour in San Diego on June 22 — bandleader and vocalist Scott Russo is passing the torch in another way.
RUSSO, a Los Angeles-based rock quartet fronted by his daughter Cailin, just debuted their first single, Lonely.
The former American Apparel model grew up in San Diego and was no stranger to joining her dad in the studio or even on stage during shows. Cailin released a handful of singles on her own, as well as appeared in a pair of Justin Bieber videos, before taking lead of her current namesake quartet.
Rounded out by Tyler McCarthy on guitar, Sean Ritchie on bass, and Hayley Brownell on drums, RUSSO plans to hit the road this summer in support of forthcoming debut album, A House With A Pool.
Snakes on a frame
In May local rock godfather John Reis and frequent collaborator Rick Froberg performed a highly-anticipated hometown show at North Park’s Observatory with long-running post hardcore quintet Hot Snakes. The band’s latest album, March’s Jericho Sirens, was their first release in 14 years.
Keeping the theme of “firsts” rolling, Reis and Co. made their late night TV debut when cameras from Last Call with Carson Daly captured three songs — Six Wave Hold-Down, I Need A Doctor, and Having Another? — from a performance at The Troubadour in Hollywood.
Check out the clips here.
BROs for the show
The lineup for the 14th annual BRO-AM Beach Fest has been announced. Local rockers and Fest founders Switchfoot will be joined by Tennessee-based indie rockers Colony House, L.A. pop rockers Sure Sure, and the winner of radio station 91X’s Battle for the BRO-AM contest.
The all-day main event will take place on Saturday, June 30, and once again features multiple surf events, auctions with one-of-a-kind prizes, food, drink, and live performances. And as it has done since its inception, the entire day of activities will benefit a collection of charities and support a variety of youth causes.