SongoftheDay: CHERRY RED (Groundhogs cover) by EARTHLESS

CHERRY RED (Groundhogs cover) by EARTHLESS

“4 words: great band, fantastic song!” – BART
Earthless is an instrumental psychedelic rock band from San Diego, California consisting of guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The band formed in 2001 and released their first album, Sonic Prayer, through Gravity Records in 2005. Their second album, Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky, was released in 2007 through Tee Pee Records.

Earthless consider themselves most strongly influenced by krautrock and psychedelic bands from Japan. Eginton has identified such Japanese groups as Blues Creation, Flower Travellin’ Band, High Rise and White Heaven as being earthless3-joyinspirational for Earthless, and for krautrock, Rubalcaba has named Guru Guru and Amon Düül II. Classic rock has also influenced the group, as they also share an interest in Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Eginton has also said the earlier work of Miles Davis has impacted the band, along with other modal jazz players, as the band often choose a key or mode and almost never play outside it even regardless of what the guitar solo becomes.

Although typically labeled a stoner rock group, they reject the term, and Rubalcaba has noted that the band do not use marijuana; rather, they drink coffee or iced tea.

The band alternate between writing their songs out and improvising them on the spot, repeatedly playing the improvised parts in their live set to the point that the parts become features of the song. Rubalcaba has noted the distinction between improvisation and jamming; he argues that improvisation differs from jamming in that improvisation is more focused and has a purpose, while jamming does not.

As Earthless are primarily an instrumental band, their music has no vocals by default, although Mitchell has sung vocals for the group on the few songs that need them (such as “Cherry Red” and “Woman with the Devil Eye”). Other than that, the group do not intend to hire a full-time vocalist, despite all the offers they have received over the years.

(Bart Geevers plays bass with the blistering, bowel quaking Dutch masters of motor-riffing, Peter Pan Speedrock. Formed almost 20 years ago, these ferocious smashers will be invading the U.S.A this fall with pals Mondo Generator.  Check to the sky for the scorching fire left in their wake.  We are super stoked to have Bart guest curate this week’s helping of SongoftheDay.  Click HERE for more info about this fantastic band and where you can see them live.)