The Reignsmen

Paul Wellman

The Reignsmen

The 2013 Santa Barbara Band Guide

Get Up Close and Personal with the 805’s Next Great Music Makers

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Since launching our annual music issue back in 2007, we’ve come to equate autumn with aural surprises. And this year is no exception. In the following pages, you’ll find a small wealth of new faces, all of which are showing some serious chops — and a whole lot of promise — in and outside of the South Coast music scene. We’re calling them the Class of 2013, and this issue their big post-graduation debut. The roster is as diverse as ever, too: There are singer/songwriters, instrumental rock acts, killer emcees, and plenty of new releases to keep your music-thirsting palette quenched through the winter season. We’ve also got the scoop on this year’s Downtown Sound Battle of the Bands champs, The Reignsmen, who scored the honorable title of Santa Barbara’s Best New Band last Friday night. Happy reading — and listening!

The Reignsmen - This year’s battle of the bands winners are melding punk rock and stomp folk to great effect.

Erland - From national tours to hometown house shows, these S.B. folk rockers are all about the connection.

The Blues and Greys - Lindsey Waldon’s little recording project is fast becoming Santa Barbara’s hottest new export.

Jay October - This 25-year-old Santa Barbara transplant is poised to jumpstart our hip-hop scene.

The S.B. Bands Alumni Association - Looking back on and catching up with some of the many bands who have graced our annual music issue.

Todd and Erin - The pair’s Save It for the Remix EP brings synth pop to the dance floor.

Little Big Here - Ojai native Vaughn Montgomery is crafting sweet, dusty folk-pop that’s all in the details.

Swim Lessons - The Arroyo Grande native delivers fuzzy folk ballads on his new EP, Someday.

Grady Lee - This Santa Barbara singer/songwriter is putting indie-pop through the neo-soul filter.

FMLY BND - From hit singles to a near-chaotic EP release party, Isla Vista's reigning electro rockers are about to blow up.

The Trashberries - Dizzying drum work, fuzzed-out guitars, and screwy time signatures are just part.

Kelp - This Santa Barbara trio is championing a vintage sound and all-instrumental setup.

Jamey Geston - At just 14-years-old, Jamey Geston is showing all sorts of promise — not to mention some killer pipes.

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