A unique mix of classic and post-rock, with an emphasis on good hooks and melodies. Each song is its own animal...


Having a unique musical vision in the vast ocean of rock is certainly no easy task for a band. An accomplishment and testimony to the fact that a biologist, a photographer, and former DJ have forged their own distinct sound through their honest approach.

Starting out as neighborhood friends in San Diego in 2006, The Sea of Cortez quickly caught attention when Billabong selected “Mystified” as the opening song for a surf DVD distributed world wide in Surfer Magazine. This was quickly followed up by a self-titled, six song EP in the fall of 2007, praised for its “soaring guitars” and “lonely lyrics evoking the sound of John Lennon’s solo work” by Yesterday Magazine. The EP release was followed up by shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, and a 2008 spring tour of the Southwest. The end of the summer culminated in a high profile show opening for the Burning Brides and Nico Vega at the Blender/Mini Cooper Music Festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

At the end of 2008, the band re-located to Los Angeles, where they built their own studio and continued to play shows and record. They have finished recording a full-length album, entitled “Make It Sound”, which was self produced and mixed by Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, Erase Errata) at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. The group plans to release the album in early 2010 on Obscure Magpie Records, and they look forward to getting back on the road.

The multi-layered sounds of The Sea of Cortez are an homage to classic and modern rock that pushes boundaries. Widely varied influences can be heard, including acts like Modest Mouse, My Bloody Valentine, Guided by Voices, and even a little Tortoise and Kings of Convenience here and there. And they are just getting started…


The Sea of Cortez, EP (2007)
Make It Sound, LP (2010)

Set List

Sets are usually 30-45 minutes, depending on time available.
Set list:
The Shores
High and Low
Ready to Begin
Let It Strike You
The Goat
Hole in the Cage
Taking Me Over
Paperbags/Wrecking Balls
encore: The Return