Article by Kyla Wyllie
“A lot of people kind of just give up on San Diego. They get tired of playing with the same bands, at the same places, and seeing the same people come out, but that’s pretty much how scenes get started. As long as you’re just not taking off on San Diego because you’re tired of everything being the same, that’s building a scene.”
Getting into local music can be the best decision you’ve ever made, but if you’ve been a part of it for so long, things can start to feel like a broken record. So take this as a call to action, San Diego needs some fresh faces, some new music among the streets in order to keep what we have going. So if you want to be in a band, what’s stopping you? Put one together, you don’t have to be amazing, no one is, you just have to be passionate. Keep this in mind as you continue reading our interview with popular local band, Fake Tides.
Great things can begin in the most unlikely of places, take Fake Tides for example, local “surf punk” band began in the shed of bassist Sal Samano. Originally, this trio consisted of Sal on bass, Luis Mireles on guitar and vocals, and Kalani Lomu (current guitarist of Bad Kids) on drums. However, Kalani moved on to begin his current band, and Edgar Alejandre (current drummer) came into the picture.
“I always wanted to start a band,” Sal told us, “but I didn’t play any instruments at all so I couldn’t do it, but I knew that Luis had been playing guitar since he was 15 (now 21). He was the one that taught me how to play bass, and we started jamming.” However, things happened a little differently for drummer Edgar. “I didn’t necessarily want to do music,” he explains. “I was more into film and photography and stuff like that, it just kind of fell into place for me. I’ve always played drums just because my brother had bought me a drum set, so I’ve known how to play for about six years but I’ve only been playing in a band for maybe two. Music just kind of happened for me, it wast really something I was looking for.” Luis goes on to add that, “music honestly just started out as a hobby for us, we didn’t think people would notice us, but I guess here we are.”
Notice them is exactly what people did, playing shows all around California, these Imperial Beach & Chula Vista natives have definitely made a name for themselves. Although each member has different personal influences, they come together to create their iconic “modern garage revival rock” sound, as the band put it.
“When we first got started, a lot of the influences were just older surf bands, just surf music in general. We all listen to different types of music and over time those influences become pretty present in our sound, so over time the influences change, therefor our music changes. We make progress that way, by listening to different bands and getting certain elements, like recycling it and making it our own.” It’s a foundation thought that you are compiled of what makes you, like a collage of all these different factors all coming together. People are art, music, anything that has ever impacted you is what you are, the same goes for anything that you create. Music has been passed around, altered, and recycled by many exceptional people, and the more we are influenced, the more music will be influenced. There’s no limit to what you can do, but everything starts local, that’s why it’s so important to help maintain and improve not only the San Diego scene, but the hundreds of others all around the U.S.
Speaking of music changing, I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that Fake Tides has released that they will be working on an EP, and then an album, with new vibes and fresh influences. Also, all of you T.Rexico fans (interview with them released in the near future) will be happy to hear that before those projects, Fake Tides will be making a split with not only them, but also a second with an unreleased collaboration? When asked to elaborate, all the band had to say was, “the details probably won’t be announced until it’s finished. This is a really big deal to us because they’re a band that we listen to, but never thought we’d end up being their friends, let alone making a split with them.” The bad news is that the band is taking a long break following their final (for now) performance at Love Fest. “Playing live is becoming a cycle, and you can only play the same songs for so long,” Sal remarks, “main focus is trying to make new music.” Get stoked, but not broke (Fidlar joke), because you’re going to need money when these guys pop back on the grid. Make sure to keep an eye out for their future projects, and we’ll keep you posted the best we can.
Huge thanks to Fake Tides for talking with us, check out their Bandcamp, Here.