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Strange Ideas

Monterey, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Monterey, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Garage Rock




"KWVA Music Director reviews Strange Ideas"

"To me, Strange Ideas conveys a pristine sound through a haze of slippery melodies. Your lyrics really resonate with me. I feel like this collection of songs reflect a larger story, one that culminates upon listening to each track. The ebb and flow of light/dark tones provides a lot of allure as well." - Taylor Jones, KWVA Music Director, May 2015 - Taylor Jones

"Monterey County Weekly describes our single "Life is a Drag""

"... exudes blue collar vibes. Overall it feels like a soundtrack for street art... and its reverberated lo-fi blues with a Captain Beefheart twist." - Adam Joseph, Monterey County Weekly, Dec. 2014 - Adam Joseph

"Oaktown Indie Mayhem describes Strange Ideas' sound"

"… lo-fi, California-style, indie pop rock deliciousness… Strange Ideas will commiserate with your pain… while still offering up enough instrumental energy to spark a sense of accomplishment in your bones… poignant lyricism and garage rock distortion." - Sarah Sexton, Oaktown Indie Mayhem, July 2014 - Sarah Sexton


Debut EP on 10" vinyl and digital download due later this year. 



It kicked off in the summer of 2013 like a rabid wildebeest: Primitive folk singer-songwriter Matthew Hable (center) launched his latest musical vision, Strange Ideas, and hasn’t looked back. Later that year, Hable enlisted Eliot Curtis (left) on bass guitar and Fred Jennings on drums, quickly establishing themselves as core members of Strange Ideas. 

The Monterey native cites his influences in legit, record store-geek fashion: “psych folk (Kurt Vile, Syd Barrett), garage rock (The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Thee Oh Sees), oldies soul (Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Fats Domino) and some traditional country influences (The Carter Family, Hank Williams).”

For its first live performance on Jan. 25, 2014, at Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey, Strange Ideas opened for Jake Bellows (Saddle Creek Records). The show sold out. The buzz was on. Since then, the trio has performed regularly throughout the Bay Area and Central Coast, including The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, supporting Sparrows Gate (Rat Palace Records), and The Starry Plough in Berkeley with The Tomb Weavers (Burger Records). Additionally, Strange Ideas has toured the Pacific Northwest and performed on two radio programs: KWVA in Tacoma, WA and KRML in Carmel, CA. 

In the summer of 2015, Strange Ideas began recording their first album at El Studio in San Francisco, which is owned and operated by Phil Manley (of Trans Am, formerly of The Fucking Champs; produced The Fresh & Onlys, Sleepy Sun, Howlin' Rain, etc.). Expect their debut EP to be released on 10" vinyl later this year, followed by their first SXSW tour in 2016.

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