When I saw The Sea of Cortez perform in the Atari lounge at The Casbah a few months ago, my mind triggered a memory of seeing this band sometime in the somewhat distant past. Upon further research, i.e. talking to the band, my recall was correct. The band is from San Diego, relocated to Los Angeles around four years ago due to employment, and was back on the radar in full form. The band has a very distinct sound, filled with visions of the future with a nod to the past. Hard work has indeed paid off and the result is the forthcoming LP, Make It Sound, scheduled for a 2011 release. The Shores, a single from the upcoming album, has garnered regional radio play. The album was mixed at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco. Until the album hits the stores and the Internet, live shows will have to suffice if one wants to hear (and see) the band. I asked the band how they felt about playing their former stomping grounds and they replied with a firm "anytime". Proof can be found this Wednesday at the Middletown venue. A great way to cure the midweek blues.
Gran Sasso and Grand Tarantula set the stage.
Watch a surf video teaser Billabong "Frothing" featuring Mystified below.