Cab 20
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Cab 20

El Segundo, California, United States | SELF

El Segundo, California, United States | SELF
Band Rock Alternative




"Free Rock!"

Cab 20 of El Segundo has a sound that recalls 70s garage rock with monster riffs and jagged vocals that belie their youth ( - Jim Cody, The Easy Reader

"Rock’n Beach Cities - Cab 20"

...(Cab 20) take nods from old-school blues masters such as Muddy Waters and Son House, then throw in some modern riffage a la Jack White to produce the Cab 20 sound - heavy, fuzz-driven guitar tones sit under a bed of Van Morrison with his early group Them. - Shaun Hague, The Beach Reporter

"New Cab 20 EP Added to DHR"

Alongside Temporal Love, also of the west side of LA, this young trio is easily one of the hottest bands worth keeping an eye and ear on right now. Although still in their infancy, they certainly hold the promise of making it the way the Black Keys have. - Dirty Jeff, Dirty Hippie Radio

"Cab 20 – Cactus EP"

If I had a son stuck deep in Depressing Folk, Electronic experimentation, Post-Rock etc., I would force him to listen to this so he could grow a pair... - Carpeaux, inb4track

"This Band Will F*cking Kill You! Cab 20!"

These dudes play straight up rock ‘n roll. If you're rolling your eyes at that statement, Shut the fuck up and listen to these guys! They kick out the jams with their amps set on “FUCK YOUR EARDRUMS” mode, and with their bluesy/early Motorhead style its a welcoming sound when so much out there is a lot of bullshit... These dudes bring it as if they were forced to at gun point; hard-hitting riffs, pounding beats, and some really banging bass lines. - Danni Rossi, The Love Stain

"Rock’n Beach Cities - Cab 20"

Rock’n Beach Cities - Cab 20
by Shaun Hague
(Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 5:39 PM PDT)

The members of Cab 20 aren’t even old enough to get into an R-rated movie yet, but their sound, inspired in part by classic blues, does not reflect their youth.

Bert Hoover (vox/guitar), Chris Khalife (bass) and Eric Contreras (drums) take nods from old-school blues masters such as Muddy Waters and Son House, then throw in some modern riffage a la Jack White to produce the Cab 20 sound - heavy, fuzz-driven guitar tones sit under a bed of Van Morrison with his early group Them.

Khalife and Hoover are both enrolled in El Segundo High School, with Contreras in Fullerton.

“We used to have a different drummer, but we replaced him with Eric when Eric’s old band broke up,” Khalife said. “We just recorded a bunch of stuff with Bert’s dad engineering the songs.”
Cab 20 - El Segundo teens on the rise

The core of the material is written by Hoover, but everyone puts in their own ideas.

“The old blues stuff is really fun to play… Muse and Avenged Sevenfold also are big influences for me personally. I try to listen to a lot of music,” Khalife said.

Currently, Cab 20 has its debut CD going up on iTunes in about four weeks and it plans on doing shows throughout the summer. Until it hits the Web, its CD can be purchased at any live show.

It will be performing Saturday, June 12, at the El Segundo Teen Center (18 and younger) and at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach (all ages).

For more information, visit - The Beach Reporter - Los Angeles Newspaper Group


Cactus E.P.
CD available in stores, digital download from iTunes and Bandcamp. Current singles "Gravedigger" and "Cactus" getting radio rotation on KSPC 88.7, KXLU 88.9, and streaming online at many stations including Plutoradio, All Day Jukebox, Radio Indy 500, etc.

Dirty Smiles LP
Vinyl available in stores, digital download from iTunes. Single "Oh Darling" on rotation at KXLU 88.9.



Cab 20 is one of the youngest up and coming bands in the Southern California independent music scene. Hailing from the small beach town community of El Segundo, Bert Hoover, Eric Contreras, and Jason Almanza create a whirlwind of modern sound that manages to evoke memories of music much before their time.

As young veteran musicians, everything about the band’s existence has been grassroots. Even their debut album Dirty Smiles was put together without the normal music business thought process of record sales or lead singles. Released in local mom and pop music stores and on iTunes in mid-2010, Dirty Smiles features catchy songs such as the popular “Gravedigger,” as well as several other tracks that showcase the bands modern, yet retro sound. With a shared love for rock bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age and The Black Keys, as well as old blues artists like Howlin' Wolf and Son House, Cab 20's music is lyrically powerful and sonically pleasing, while maintaining an edge that rivals that of musicians twice their age. The band's love for vintage sounds stretches far beyond that of simply enjoying old music, with the band using vintage musical equipment and even releasing their debut album on vinyl.

Fresh out of high school, Cab 20 has stayed active, self producing and releasing recorded music, as well as playing shows all around the greater Los Angeles area from record stores to Hollywood clubs. Embraced by music critics and fans alike, Cab 20 represents a new breed of rock bands doing music for the love. “Don’t get me wrong we would love to make money but that’s not the ultimate goal,” Says Bert. “We’re in it for the music, and to make people feel something.”