Being the dad of a former high school rocker at San Dieguito Academy whose band Tan Sister Radio practiced at my house, I still enjoy discovering young musicians cutting their musical chops.
When Michael Schmidt asked me to judge the recent battle of the bands where the winners scored a gig at Summer Fun on the 101, I was all over that.
Picking a winner was difficult as there is so much local talent. We narrowed it down though, and you can catch those bands this weekend at various venues along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia.
I wanted to find out more about these bands, including where they like to lick the plate. Their tastes were much more refined than I expected. The bands are The Breaks and Triceratropical and here is what they had to say.
How did your band get started, how long have you been together, and describe your style.
The Breaks are Ben Paul on drums and vocals, Raven Halterman on vocals and guitar, Joaquin Eaton Sharon on guitar, bass and vocals, Cam Richards on guitar, bass and vocals and Kai Stern on keyboards The Breaks all attend Sanderling Waldorf School in Carlsbad. We are all part of the same class, a 6th and 7th grade combined class with 14 students. The Breaks are 5/14ths of the class. We began last fall, but only played sporadically, playing our first gig at a New Year’s Eve party at Ben’s house. While we all have played musical instruments for a while, playing electrified instruments is new to most of us, as we have primarily played together as part of their orchestra class, since grade three. All of us play cello except Joaquin, who plays bass. We’ve gotten a lot of support and guidance from Marko Smith, who is a teacher at Sanderling, a multi-instrumentalist himself, and the drummer in the local band, “The Salt-Lickers.”
Cameron Zirbel, Sebastien Urrea, Michael Munro and Joseph Montalto tarted the band in the summer of 2012. Indie Rock has been their main genre for the last three years we’ve been together. We all attend “The Fine Tune Academy” for the past two years. We study our individual instruments plus learn how to play, write, and perform in a band. Cameron and the drummer Joseph attend La Costa Canyon High School. Bass player Sebastien attends San Marcos High School and Joseph goes to Cathedral Catholic.
What bands would you describe as having the most influence on your sound and style?
Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Pixies, and Rush are favorites of the band, there’s also some classical influence, primarily Bach, and blues, including Robert Johnson and Kenny Wayne Shepard.
Cage the Elephant, Girls, Surfer Blood, The Strokes, Queen
Lick the Plate is all about food and music, so my next question is all about your favorite places to eat in North County. Give me some of your favorites.
We all agree on Fish 101 and could eat there every day. Kai is big on Darshan, Joaquin loves URBN and Bull Taco, Raven is a Pandora Pizza guy, and Ben is a huge fan of Sushi House.
Sebastien is a fan of Lotus Café and Santa Barbara style from The Habit, Michael digs Cessy’s where he gets the California burrito, Cameron’s choice is the Turkado from Board N Brew
Continuing on the topic of food, the column is called Lick the Plate, I’d like to hear from each band member what their ”lick the plate dish” is right now…what dish or item from a restaurant are they craving on a regular basis?
Cam’s LTP plate is the Hamachi Crudo from Fish 101, Ben loves breakfast, and will lick the plate on a stack of eggs, sausage, hash browns and toast, Kai is into the cinnamon rolls at Darshan, Joaquin loves the Veggie breakfast quesadilla at Bull Taco and an URBN coal fired pizza with arugula, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and red sauce
This is a question I ask guests on my KPRI radio show…what was your first concert and where?
Ben just went to see “Brit Floyd” since seeing the original Pink Floyd is not an option. Kai’s first concert was Switchfoot. Joaquin’s first concert he had a say in was Bad Religion and X, who he saw at the Pacific Amphitheater last summer. Cam hasn’t been to a concert yet.
Go to summerfunonthe101.com to check out the full Summer Fun on the 101 lineup including when and where The Breaks and Triceratropical are playing.
Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday – Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at email@example.com or (858) 395-6905.