San Diego 'grit pop' band Subsurfer perform; Talk music, showbiz

San Diego 'grit pop' band Subsurfer perform; Talk music, showbiz
Posted at 12:39 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 19:27:22-04

(KGTV) - A mix of Weezer and Pavement - with a touch of Radiohead.

That's how the band Subsurfer describes the sound of their Southern California "grit pop."

Band members David Montalbano, Deric Fernandez, Don DeOliveira, and DJ Jansen sat down with 10News SoundCheck to give us a sample of their music and talk about their musical influences.

Montalbano and Fernandez brought the band together in 2010 and just a year later, the group recorded their first full-length album, "We Are Stars," alongside Brian Karscig of the bands Louis XI and The Nervous Wreckords.

In 2012, their tune "Girl on Girl" for their 2011 album was featured on the final season of Showtime's hit series "Weeds."

Two years later, the group released their second album, "Devil's Lounge," coinciding with the release of their first music video. The video was produced by local artist Jimmy Ovadia, who has also created cover art for the band's first two albums.

Subsurfer's 2015 album, "La La La," was recorded in Chicago with producer Steve Albini, who has worked with high-profile bands such as Nirvana, The Pixies, and Cheap Trick to name a few.

Currently, the band hopes to release a new EP soon and is in the planning stages of a west coast tour beginning in August.

Catch the band locally when they return to the Salty Frog in Imperial Beach on August 4.


You can also Subsurfers on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the band, upcoming shows, and videos.

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