Inspired by the finer things in life: rock and roll, pizza and video games, The R_Garcia band creates music for people who refuse to grow up. The band’s sound combines soaring melodies, bombastic drumming, throwback electronic sounds and fuzz-drenched guitars into a full-body-moving experience. Think Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon jamming with a Nintendo Entertainment System.
The R_Garcia Band’s shows are loud, high-energy and completely outlandish. More than just your typical Friday night dance party, band members Randy Garcia and Kayla Webb indulge spectators with comedic shenanigans and audience participation. (They recently had a guy twerk on a speaker stack during a show.) “We push ourselves hard and play as ridiculously as we can,” Garcia said.
What began as Garcia’s solo project expanded to include Webb on bass, percussion, ukulele and vocals. Garcia’s previous music was primarily instrumental electronic tracks, but on his album “Resurgens,” a female voice was required, Webb was stirred into the mix, and The R_Garcia Band took its first breath. The two now sing, write, produce and tour as the R_Garcia Band, sometimes adding a drummer when they need to “rock extra hard.”
Garcia whole-heartedly despises the notion of “genre” in music. “It’s just another set of walls to build around yourself,” he said. “I grew up with sampling and hip hop music all around me, so I guess I learned that it's OK to mix Steely Dan and Megadeth if you're aiming for something unique.”
Garcia was “making weird computer music” on his Amiga 500 when he first heard IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) coming over from Europe. He loved it, emulated it and served as a steward for IDM in America by founding Nophi Recordings in 1999 with a CD burner and a $30 trip to Kinko’s. Today, he makes music with the same “do-it-yourself” mentality, but with considerably better equipment.
Garcia said he rejects the “hyper-violent” and “hyper-sexual” attitudes of popular culture, and he uses his music as an antidote to today’s “hive mentality” music industry.
The R_Garcia Band’s sound embodies the hypnotic power of joyful build-up and release -- the musical equivalent of the morning-after smile. These are songs to soundtrack the movie montage version of the best day of your life.
-- Ella Wilson