On the Goe: Bask in The Blank Tapes, Bad Weather California
California is a tantalizing prospect. Held up as a promised land where leggy blondes outnumber palm trees and money flows like the Santa Ana River, it teases us with golden dreams.
In California, the surf never breaks and the good times and cool vibes never end. Never.
With that in mind, two bands tied to the Golden State, spreading the gospel of good times and cool vibes, are set to convert skeptics into believers Friday night, March 22, at the Mesa Theater and Lounge. The bands are The Blank Tapes and Bad Weather California.
If you ran into Matt Adams on the street, you’d pick up his vibe right away. By looks alone, The Blank Tapes mastermind and Orange County native is part Jeff Bridges’ “The Dude” and part David Wooderson, Matthew McConaughey’s iconic character from “Dazed and Confused.” Long sandy blond locks and a stately mustache frame Adams’ tanned face. He is a cool-looking guy who could probably lead you to a chill spot to hang.
But the similarities between Adams and these two slacker characters end at appearance. This guy knows how to work, and he is serious about making music.
Adams plays everything: guitar, bass, drums, keys. With nearly 400 original songs, lyrics included, floating around in his head, he has the talent and wherewithal to record and distribute his music.
Adams also is a talented self promoter. He designs his own posters and album artwork and books his own tours.
The Blank Tapes’ latest album, “Sun’s Too Bright,” is a throwback to 1960s garage rock. Recorded to cassette tape by Adams, the album has a simple aim: Roll with a good groove and don’t screw it up.
Cue up “Friday Afternoon,” a laid back instrumental jam that could loop forever. Close your eyes, and feel the sun shining on your face, the worries of the work day washing out with the tide. Those deadlines can wait until Monday, the weekend is here. Let’s hang.
If Adams is hosting this party, who better to invite than street level music hustlers, Bad Weather California?
Although Chris Adolf can’t exactly remember how he came up with the name Bad Weather California, the band’s sound, especially on last year’s excellent album titled “Sunkissed,” is drenched in vintage Cali, psychedelic freakout vibes. My favorite track from the album, “Stand in My Sunshine,” has enough solar power to clear up the cloudiest of days.
Much like Adams, Bad Weather is dropping new material at Friday night’s show. Expect new songs from the forthcoming “Fictional Life” to dominate the band’s set. Based on the demos I’ve heard, it sounds like Bad Weather is moving its sound in a slightly new direction. I can’t wait to hear what the band comes up with live.
This show caps off a great week of live music. The Blank Tapes and Bad Weather California are the fifth and sixth bands to make tour stops in the area before appearing at the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho, later this March. (Radiation City, Brainstorm and Social Studies were the first three, playing at the Cavalcade in Fruita. Wooden Indian Burial Ground was the fourth and played at Casa Coyote.)
The positive energy surrounding our music scene is radiant, and I’m picking up good vibrations about Friday night. It’s a good day to get caught in the Californication of western Colorado. Come get weird and wild at the Mesa Theater to The Blank Tapes and Bad Weather California and opening bands Dreamboat and Bronco Country.
Come bask in the sunshine.