SoundDiego LIVE’s August installment is upon us, which means it’s time for our digital battle of the bands! This months local picks Tribal Theory and Oceanside Sound System will duke it out for an opening slot at this month’s SoundDiego LIVE at Boar Cross’n in Carlsbad on Aug. 30.
Who Will Go From Garage to Glory?
August’s Garage to Glory winner will not only share the stage with headliners the Howls and Trouble in the Wind, but will show their good side on television as part of SoundDiego’s TV show and multiple NBC 7 newscasts. Additionally, the band will be immortalized as part of the world wide web via online video and photo coverage on both SoundDiego and NBC 7, as well as ample shout-outs on all of our social media platforms, making for a great opportunity for a retweet.
Tribal Theory blend reggae, hip-hop, rap and alternative rock for a sound that is purely Southern California. The Southeast San Diego locals cite their strong Pacific Island roots and artists like Bob Marley, Sublime, Steel Pulse and Katchafire as the main influences on their sound.
The group formed in 2005 while three original members, J. Blount, Dominic Blas and Richard Duenas, were members of a Polynesian dance troupe called Kaleo O'Nalani. With the addition of singer Seuko “Ku” Hawkins, drummer Nico Tuilesu, and keyboardist Paul Bowen, Tribal Theory was born. In 2011, Tribal Theory won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and performed a set at the Vans Warped Tour.
The self-proclaimed “Kings of Ska” known as Oceanside Sound System bring a heavy dose of tattooed, punk-rock rooted ska. The band formed in 2009 after vocalist Skillet, of seminal North County punk band Wanted Dead, bonded with Ben Blessing, the bassist for Oceanside party band Irieside. Despite their different genres, the men bonded over their mutual vision for the music they wanted to make.
Comprised of veteran musicians who have played as part of notable North County bands the Hillstreet Stranglers and Stone Senses, Oceanside Sound System use their array of experience in different genres of music to establish a sound that is their own. They're proud of where they came from and represent their beloved “O-Side” every chance they get.