By Nadia Ahmad |Staff Writer|
Back to The Grind, a venue known for its open mics and local gigs, featured two charming bands: Seaside Audio and The Fathomless Feel.
Seaside Audio is a band that will cause you to get lost in the moment, and The Fathomless Feel will have you dancing around your room or rocking out in your car.
The intimate crowd consisted of loyal Seaside Audio and The Fathomless Feel fans who heard about the show through the grapevine.
The rest of the crowd seemed to be a few coffee lovers who were there to catch up on some homework on a Saturday night.
As soon as Seaside Audio took the stage everyone immediately looked up from their screens and never looked back down.
Seaside Audio is a group of four guys from San Bernardino whose floating rhythm and effortless harmonizing is reminiscent of Young the Giant.
Lead singer, Rolando Garcia, and fellow guitarist, Roland Garcia, harmonized with each other perfectly.
When seeing a band like Seaside Audio live, it’s easy to get lost in the music and forget everything else.
Their insanely talented keyboardist, David Ajoku, definitely set them apart from the norm.
It can be a challenge to put a keyboard into the mix when you’re not a techno or pop group, but Ajoku was an ideal fit and gave the band an upbeat kick.
The energy of the band was continuously thriving and engaged well with the audience.
Most importantly, they looked like they were genuinely having a great time, which kept the audience pumped.
The band had about an hour set, and then introduced their good friends, The Fathomless Feel.The Fathomless Feel, formerly known as Naive Children, define themselves as an indie-pop group, and will instantly remind you of many European indie bands such as Two Door Cinema Club or Phoenix.
Their guitar driven hooks will initially draw you in, and they will lure you in deeper with their passionate lyrics.
The lead singer, aside from having Bastille-like hair, had an enchanting voice that had a romantic air and had all the couples snuggling up to each other by the end of the first song.
Other members of the audience were tapping their feet and bobbing their heads, clearly feeling the music.
My only disappointment was that neither band performed any covers; it would have been pretty cool to hear a rendition of a contemporary song that we could share with our friends or our Instagram followers.
Both these bands seem to be hard-hitters on the local scene, and have gained quite the following. It will be interesting to see how far they go.