lualta

lualta

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Lualta means nothing to you. And that's on purpose. Named after a street in their childhood stomping grounds, Lualta is one of San Diego's biggest buzz bands...their music--a bratty blend of T.Rex/Stevie Wonder bunp'n'grind rock 'n'roll by way of The Sex Pistols irreverence...

Biography

"Lualta means nothing to you. And that's on purpose. Named after a street in their childhood stomping grounds, Lualta is one of San Diego's biggest buzz bands,... but they'll leave the meaning of that up to you. It's in their music--a bratty blend of T.Rex/Stevie Wonder bump'n'grind rock'n'roll by-way-of The Sex Pistols irreverence--where you're most likely to figure them out. Fronted by a charismatic and smarmy lead singer (Mike Hernandez), Lualta has turned their twin-guitar attack (Delio Bacalski and Michael Ortiz) into catchy pop-rock epics, pulling the ears of both indie rock geeks and industry lackeys alike. Fueled by trial-by-fire baptisms at several music festivals around Southern and Northern California, talk of the band's engaging live sound has garnered awards and gigs at 91X-Fest (at San Diego's Coors Amphitheatre, with The Vines, Doves, Cake, and others), on television shows ("Fox Rox", on Fox Television), and in award nominations ("Best New Artists", San Diego Music Awards). But the proof isn't in the hype, it's in the product. And this is where Lualta shines. Song's like "Sentimental Valium", rarely fail to engage and then surprise the listener--be he/she a classic rock fan or underground cultist. Crunchy, elliptical riffs morph into psychadelic wonder. Bassist Quinn Leeper's funky-ass rudder builds the melodic spine of "Surrey", the band's emotional centerpiece, in which drummer Gabe Gamboa weaves polyrythmic tapestries around the chorus' brutal crescendos. But it's most likely to be Hernandez' plaintive, punky vocals that steal the spotlight. His Johnny Lydon-esque phrasing and highly personal, yet universally crafted lyrics frame the band's tight musicianship so well, it's crystallized communication as pop art."

Discography

Catapult EP (Red Camera Recordings 2003)

This is a Vengeance/Slug Head Boys Vol.1 single (2008)

Nobody Loves You When You're Down LP (2009)