Retro Modern Pop
The San Diego Troubadour describes 321 Stereo. “One of the best new wave/pop/dance bands going in San Diego today, 321 Stereo turn out amazing tracks that while all thoroughly modern, all sound like they have been influenced by the best of the 80's hits, mixing dance and new wave, synths and shufflebeats. To my ears the closest benchmark would be Scandal, but any classic early eighties MTV would fit the bill. Indeed, this group appeals on so many levels, from electronica to powerpop, their music touching on a lot of pop culture sounds."
The group stormed the scene back in 2009 and immediately set ablaze a fresh, fun, and infectious sound that leaves their audiences wanting more. As evident by their nominations at the 2010, 2011, and 2012 San Diego Music Awards, 321 Stereo has established itself as one of the premier pop groups in Southern California.
The San Diego bred band captures the essence of the carefree, no worries, party rock attitude that “America’s Finest City” is well known for. With a group that resembles the United Nations more so than your typical rock band, 321 Stereo features quite the refreshing line up as they all hail from very diverse backgrounds. Their brand new release "Stop, Drop & DANCE!" features popular singles "So Fresh" and "Video Game".
321 Stereo is made up of Josey Williams (Lead Vocals), Patrick Dela Cruz (Drums), Tricia Naval (Bass), Raj Rajasingh (Guitars), and Allan Celio (Keyboards)
Josey Williams - Lead Vocals
Trish Naval - Bass
Patrick Dela Cruz - Drums
Raj Rajasingh - Guitar
Allan Celio - keyboards
"Lights & Late Nights" - 6 Track EP - December 2011
"Stop, Drop & DANCE!" - 11 Track LP - April 2013
321 Stereo Review - Stop, Drop & DANCE!
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As we see the resurgence of the 80’s / 90’s era fashion, we should expect to see a rebirth in that e...As we see the resurgence of the 80’s / 90’s era fashion, we should expect to see a rebirth in that era’s music as well. For me, 321 Stereo’s Album - Stop Drop & Dance is the start of this retro pop side of this trend. I have seen and heard a lot of the retro punk sound enter into the music scene recently, but there really hasn’t been a local band that grabs my attention in the pop aspect of this spectrum...that is until now. Although, 321 Stereo has been in the scene since 2009, they seem to have more momentum now then they have had in recent years.
I’m excited to see that 321 Stereo has a solid place in this revival of the pop dance movement from the 80’s & 90’s. They have described their album Stop Drop & Dance as a retro modern pop sound and I would have to fully agree with that description.
Their New Wave/ Retro-Pop/ Dance feel jumps out and grabs your attention right from the first song on the album “So Fresh”. As soon as this album starts, it brings me back to some of the most fun times in my childhood. Rollerskating parties, sleep overs, singing in the mirror with my hair brush, it just seems to ignite an energetic blast in my brain.
From the start of this album through the 4th song “All I Need” I couldn’t stop myself from dancing in my seat as I’m listening to this album in my car. This song also brings back the nostalgic feelings but so differently than the first song. The bubbly poppy beats and the harmonious vocals create a need to sing along and to dance where ever you are when you are listening.
This album is full of the fun and energetic beats but something should be said about the song’s lyrics as well. Specifically, the 11th song on the album called “Find Your Place”. This song caught my attention because of its uplifting meaning. In this song Josey and Tricia sing about finding your place after feeling like there is no hope and wanting to give up. I think we all have felt hopeless and stale at one point or another in our lives but don’t get me wrong it’s definitely not a sad song. The lyrics are hopeful and made me want to continue on with the dreams that were once forgotten.
Not only does their sound have a positive high energy feel-good vibe to it but the band members themselves have this same type of feeling to them when you meet them. I had the pleasure of meeting the band members at one of San Diego Music.TV’s Open Studio Nights and I was impressed with the friendliness and excitement that each one of the group had. The creative unity between these guys was something that truly stood out in my mind after seeing them perform live. I think that type of unity between band members really creates the foundation to a bright future for this group of amazingly talented artists.
SOUNDS LIKE| Pat Benetar, Blondie, Rihanna, Madonna
OVERALL RATING| ????? (out of 5)
321 Stereo Hope for Sunset Sessions Break
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Before they headlined Thursday's Late Night Lounge, the San Diego band talked about their plans. ...Before they headlined Thursday's Late Night Lounge, the San Diego band talked about their plans.
Source: 321 Stereo Hope for Sunset Sessions Break | NBC San Diego
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“One of the best new wave/pop/dance bands going in San Diego today, 321 Stereo turn out amazing t...
“One of the best new wave/pop/dance bands going in San Diego today, 321 Stereo turn out amazing tracks that while all thoroughly modern, all sound like they have been influenced by the best of the 80's hits, mixing dance and new wave, synths and shufflebeats, particularly effective on lead track "Take Me Up". To my ears the closest benchmark would be Scandal, but any classic early eighties MTV wou...ld fit the bill. Indeed, this group appeals on so many levels, from electronica to powerpop, their music touching on a lot of pop culture sounds. Take a listen to the instrument placement and arrangements as well. This is really well put together with the production working to bring out every nuance of melody in the songs. This demo did something that rarely happens anymore. It made me leave my computer and head out to see them live. Glad I did - I can't wait to hear the full album! ***Postscript: I just received a new EP with remixes of "Take Me Up" and "Tell Me" + new tracks "Promises" and "If You Fall" - all superb!”
Bart Mendoza - December 2010
321 Stereo Brings The Energy
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One of the big things I pay attention to when it comes to listening to new bands is the kind of mood...One of the big things I pay attention to when it comes to listening to new bands is the kind of mood the music puts me in. & As soon as I started listening to 321 Stereo, I was convinced it is impossible to be in anything besides an amazing and upbeat mood when you listen to them. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to get up and move and it’s the kind of songs that get stuck in your head for days. 321 Stereo is a new wave/pop/dance band from San Diego who’s been around since 2009 and consists of Aubrey King on vocals, Jennie Ortega on bass, Patrick Dela Cruz on drums, Allan Celio on keyboards, and Raj Rajasingh on guitar. You can catch them playing at the Playground Festival in Irvine this Saturday, alongside acts such as Lil Jon, New Boyz, Shiny Toy Guns, The Game and Panic! At The Disco. If you’re looking for fun, upbeat music and a band that is full of energy, I would definitely recommend this band…But be prepared that their song Tell Me is pretty likely to be stuck in your head for days, like it was for me.
2011 San Diego Music Thing Invades North Park
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When asked about 321 Stereo's participation in this year's San Diego Music Thing, lead singer Aubrey...When asked about 321 Stereo's participation in this year's San Diego Music Thing, lead singer Aubrey King, said, “This is a HUGE honor! The San Diego Music Thing is the ultimate showcase of local talent and we couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of it. We really hope to capture the carefree, let loose and wholesome charm that San Diego is known for by providing a nostalgic yet new wave sound that will get heads turning, along with a pulsating dance beat which then gets them moving! We want to remind everyone that good pop music at it's core is sweet and simple. We are definitely looking forward to every panel that has to deal with trying to make it as an indie artist. Being a still relatively new band, we have so much to learn. From marketing strategies, to licensing opportunities, and even social networking. That fact that this conference touches on so many of the subjects that are so crucial to bands like us doing it all on our own is of so much value. We are also looking forward to seeing some great bands play including Nico Vega, Little Hurricane, The Silent Comedy, Kevin Martin, and Hyena.”
321 Stereo Turn It Up
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I love the '80s! That was the name of a TV show, we think. But do you know who else loves the '80...I love the '80s!
That was the name of a TV show, we think. But do you know who else loves the '80s? The locals in 321 Stereo, whose infectious brand of technicolor pop has been inspiring San Diegans to dust off their leg warmers and hit the dance floor. The band's friendly, communal vibe is reminiscent of the B-52s, and 321 Stereo's music is just as energetic.
There aren't many local bands keeping the New Wave flame burning, but 321 Stereo are clearly doing something right. They were just nominated for the second year in a row for a San Diego Music Award (the ceremony is Aug. 8). In anticipation of their taking home the Best Pop Band award, we asked lead singer Aubrey King to list her influences for us:
I'm a sucker for anything acoustic: Artists like Damien Rice and Ray Lamontagne have had a major impact on me, and their music never seems to lose its power when I listen to it. "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice is my favorite song of all time. Its simplicity is hauntingly beautiful.
Alanis Morrisette, Kelly Clarkson and Fiona Apple are some of the women whose lyrics are so relatable to many, and their voices are unmistakable. I really admire them. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette was the first CD I ever bought, and it's the basis of how and why I write to this day.
Music that automatically makes you get up and dance! Katy Perry and Lady Gaga seem to have that mastered right now. I love them both. They also have a really fun and a quirky style of writing.
My 7 pound chihuahua/terrier mix, Rocky! He reminds me every day that I'm loved unconditionally, and he loves to listen to me sing. He always makes a bad day go away.
Source: 321 Stereo Turn It Up | NBC San Diego
Live music: Tasty trumpet work, hot punk and 1980s dance revival
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There are a few bands in town that have been influenced by 1980s dance music, but none do it better ...There are a few bands in town that have been influenced by 1980s dance music, but none do it better than 321 Stereo, which performs at the 710 Beach Club on Oct. 7. With an arsenal of tunes every bit as good as the classics of the era — like the incredibly catchy “Take Me Up” — this is a band to keep an eye on. 321 Stereo also strays into electro pop and alt rock, but it’s the dance rhythms and sense of melody that truly sets it apart. While they primarily play originals, they occasionally perform covers like a recast version of Bryan Adams’ “We’re In Heaven,” which frankly blows the original out of the water.
Poetic Memory: 321 Stereo (List)
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...In anticipation of their taking home the Best Pop Band award, we asked the band to list its influ......In anticipation of their taking home the Best Pop Band award, we asked the band to list its influences for us. You can check out the dance-happy list below.
321 Stereo (as a group)
80’s music and style: Pat Benetar, The Jets, Michael Jackson.
Current Dance Pop: Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas.
We love bright neon lights, dancing the night away, old skool boom boxes, and Reading Rainbow...
All I Need
Find your place
Better Than You
Locked Out of Heaven
|May 29, 2013 Wednesday||9:00 PM||Lake Alice Trading Co||Riverside, CA, US|
|Jul 27, 2013 Saturday||9:00 PM||Ruby Room||San Diego, CA, US|