The Frequency Conspiracy features members of Raven, Last in Line, 24-7 Spyz, and Seventrain. Their Quarantine Covers album contains “Sailing” (Christopher Cross), “Carry On Wayward Son” (Kansas), “Life in the Fast Lane” (Eagles), “Hell Bent For Leather” (Judas Priest), and other tribute tunes. Guest players include singer Andrew Freeman (Last in Line, Offspring), bassists John Gallagher (Raven) and David Pastorius (Pat Travers, Tech N9ne), guitarists Joshua Jones (Poster Child) and Christophe Godin (Morgibl, Metal Kartoon), keyboardist Craig Soderberg (Shockhead), and Conspiracy drummer Joel Maitoza’s 24-7 Spyz bandmate Rick Skatore. According to Maitoza, “I decided to contact some musicians I’ve always wanted to work with and record an album of cover tunes with a hard rock metal vibe. The songs are some hand-picked favorites of mine that I thought everyone involved could have some fun with and the fans would enjoy hearing. It all started with releasing two videos in 2020 featuring Last in Line/Lynch Mob vocalist Andrew Freeman, and it just took off from there. I recorded the drum tracks in the studio by myself without any music, just a click track and the arrangement in my head. Then, I sent the tracks out to the individual musicians I wanted to have perform on the songs. The artists recorded their parts in their own home studios and sent them back to me. It was amazing to hear how each musician interpreted and performed their parts, and the songs just evolved.”
Promoting the spirit of unity, diversity, and equality, Hemisphere features openly gay members, including bandleader and founder Rob Shinno. The group draws on rock, pop, jazz, fusion, and metal for inspiration and has played at prestigious events such as the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. Their 2020 album American Dreams includes guest players like Grammy winning percussionist Tommy Aros (Fattburger), vocalist Rebecca Jade (2020 San Diego Music Award Artist of the Year), singer Leonard Patton, trumpeter Derek Cannon, a guitar solo from Patrick Yandall, and local jazz star Peter Sprague served as engineer and mixer.
Hemisphere Live “Big World”
As the band works on their upcoming Unity album with Rebecca Jade and other guests, Rob Shinno reports that “the American Dreams album got 400K-plus views and streams, and got on 55-plus stations on NACC radio. [I] saw the ‘Home’ video hit 55K streams on YouTube today, and we sold out our Humphreys show in October. In 2022, we have SXSW [South By Southwest music festival] in Austin TX, the Unity release with Peter Sprague and Bernie Grundmann, a special original artist showcase called Dudes and Divas hosted by Donna Larsen and I, and the Hemisphere Art & Dance live show. So, great things in the works.”
Dead Feather Moon
Most members of North County psychedelic alt-country rockers Dead Feather Moon grew up around Vista. Since making their live debut in 2009 at 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach, they’ve gone on to become regulars at the Belly Up, the Casbah, and other blue chip local venues. A debut EP was released in 2009, Leave Heaven to the Birds, followed by the full-length Dark Sun, tracked in 2011 at White Horse Recorders with producer Aaron Swanton. A little over a year later, it won Best Alternative Album at the San Diego Music Awards, where the group also got a nomination for Best Alternative band. In 2014, they were named Best Alternative at the SDMAs, which offered the band another nomination nod in 2019.