by Fred Pessaro // BBG
California X at Tommy's Tavern, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
California X hits the sweet spot between booming, riffy punk rock and bubblegum-pop. Their live show is no slouch either, as I remarked earlier this year when the band shared the stage with Nude Beach and White Lung:
...the big stand out to me was California X. The Massachusetts band worships at the altar of Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du, creating some sugar-y pop melodies buried beneath layers and layers of crunch. This is definitely a heavy band live too; one hell of a first showing in NYC.The band will play a string of Northaast dates early next month and have set aside January 11 for NYC (venue TBA). All other tour dates are below.
California X's self-titled debut is due via Don Giovanni on January 15. Stream "Pond Rot" from that LP below, definitely worth a listen.
Streams and a list of tour dates are below.
California X - Pond Rot
CALIFORNIA X - 2013 TOUR DATES
Fri. 1/11 - NYC, NY
Sat. 1/12 - Philly, PA @ Nachouse
Sun. 1/13 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (Upstairs)
Mon. 1/14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue. 1/15 - Washington DC
Wed. 1/16 - New Brunswick, NJ @ House Show
Thu. 1/17 - Hartford, CT
Fri. 1/18 - Somerville, MA @ PA's Lounge w/ Dig Safe, Sneeze, No Fun
Sat. 1/19 - New Market, NH @ Fuckingham Palace w/ Young Leaves, Betty Nico