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Tomorrow Is Today

Roger!

Gritty, sincere Indie Pop-rock from San Diego.

Ernesto Garcia Jr. has been a performing musician for over 20 years. Hailing from El Paso, Texas; his original band(Sour Mash Jack) performed throughout the southwest and generated enough buzz to warrant a move to SoCal in early 2000. After spending years in the trenches of LA, playing, touring and recording with many amazing and talented artists(El-Vez, Kristian Hoffman, Laughing with Lulu, Erik Penny, Ann Magnuson, Billion Stars), he is now in San Diego, writing and performing his own material. Through the magic of Craigslist, he has since stumbled upon some amazing musicians and good friends...Josh Cherichetti (gtr), Samuel Forlines (bass), Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion) and Aaron Luke (drums/vocals). "Dark Matter" was their 2012 debut, "Wishing for Boredom" their 2014 sophomore effort and "Live in Long Beach" is their 1st live release. They have since toured the southwest quite a bit, ventured up the west coast, recorded a new EP "Circle of Willis" and are hoping to do more of the same soon. They have most recently release their 3rd full length, "Tomorrow is Today". Watch for a show near you soon...

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Circle of Willis

Roger!

Gritty, sincere indie rock from San Diego.

Ernesto Garcia Jr. has been a performing musician for over 20 years. Hailing from El Paso, Texas; his original band(Sour Mash Jack) performed throughout the southwest and generated enough buzz to warrant a move to SoCal in early 2000. After spending years in the trenches of LA, playing, touring and recording with many amazing and talented artists(El-Vez, Kristian Hoffman, Laughing with Lulu, Erik Penny, Ann Magnuson, Billion Stars), he is now in San Diego, writing and performing his own material. Through the magic of Craigslist, he has since stumbled upon some amazing musicians and good friends...Josh Cherichetti (gtr), Samuel Forlines (bass), Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion) and Aaron Luke (drums/vocals). "Dark Matter" was their 2012 debut, "Wishing for Boredom" their 2014 sophomore effort and "Live in Long Beach" is their 1st live release. They have since toured the southwest quite a bit, ventured up the west coast, recorded a new EP "Circle of Willis" and are hoping to do more of the same soon. They have most recently released their 3rd full length release, "Tomorrow is Today." Watch for a show near you soon...

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Wishing for Boredom

Roger!

Gritty, dark, melodic, sincere indie rock.

Ernesto Garcia Jr. has been a performing musician for over 20 years. Hailing from El Paso, Texas; his original band(Sour Mash Jack) performed throughout the southwest and generated enough buzz to warrant a move to SoCal in early 2000. After spending years in the trenches of LA, playing, touring and recording with many amazing and talented artists(El-Vez, Kristian Hoffman, Laughing with Lulu, Erik Penny, Ann Magnuson, Billion Stars), he is now in San Diego, writing and performing his own material. Through the magic of Craigslist, he has since stumbled upon some amazing musicians and good friends...Josh Cherichetti (gtr), Joel Shedroff (bass), Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion), Candice Earnhart (vocals/gtr/accordion) and Aaron Luke (drums/vocals). "Dark Matter" is their 2012 debut. They have since toured the southwest a bit, ventured up the west coast, and are hoping to do more of the same after their sophomore effort, "Wishing for Boredom" is released in March 2014. Watch for a show near you soon...

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Dark Matter

Roger

Folky, Americana rock.

Roger! – Dark Matter – (self released) Wonderfully arranged, dark, and breezy pop. A couple of points to start. Roger! Is a band not a person. Led by San Diego transplant, Texas native Ernesto Garcia Jr. and his acoustic guitar, the combo also includes Josh Cherichetti (guitar), Joel Shedroff (bass), Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion), Candice Earnhart (vocals/guitar/accordion) and Aaron Luke (drums/vocals). This is not revivalist music, but the ’60s – ’80s, Beatles to 10,000 Maniacs, AM Pop to New Wave, echo hard on the ten songs here. What Roger! is about is well-crafted tuneful material with both male and female vocals, from Garcia and Earnhart, at times raw, at times orchestral, with lush arrangements custom fit to each song. Earnhart in particular has a great voice, raw and soulful, full of emotion in every note – the string laden ballad, “Slicktender” is a great showcase for her. The CD opens strong with the melancholy jangle pop rock of “Unpredictable” and doesn’t let up with either hooks or melodies. There are several natural singles, probably topped by the charming, folky “Beautiful,” the intertwined harmony vocals from Garcia and Earnhart adding the right touch to the song to maximize melody. But, it’s hard to pick a favorite. “Creeps Like Me” sounds like it was written by Paul Westerberg while listening to the Beatles’ “Ballad of John and Yoko” – great! This is followed by jaunty ballad “Wasted Days” with twin guitars and layered vocals, meanwhile “Shaky Paper Hands” is a garage/powerpop stomper – the variety on Dark Matter is refreshing. According to their website, Roger! Is working on their sophomore release. I’m already looking forward to it. -Bart Mendoza, San Diego Troubadour, 1/1/14

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