By Waleed Rashidi

Posted March 24, 2011 in Music


Nick Jones (drums); Zach Harmony (bass); Daniel Larsen (keyboard); Grant G. (vocals, percussion); Andy Howe (guitar).


Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Pasadena.


Birds and coyotes, metal, shoegaze, grunge, fuzz, folk and hip-hop, heavy psych, Interpol, Joy Division, stoner rock, Cass McCombs, The Growlers, experimental music, grindcore, post rock, psychedelic. (Hey, you get the picture.)


Ruining ear drums. Tearing people’s ears and faces off.

Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you, as those are just some of the myriad descriptions the predominantly Rancho Cucamonga-based quintet Telle Eyed Specs have supplied regarding their stage show. Founders Nick Jones and Grant G. are certainly not afraid of volume knobs. And if these aforementioned activities mean anything, you can expect these gigs to be a decibel-daring experience.

The Specs’ experience kicked off with Jones and Grant in 2008, later adding guitarist Andy Howe, bassist Zach Harmony and keys man Daniel Larsen. The band’s since worked through its various musical phases (garage noise, merged to grunge surf psychedelic) and has been gearing up for its latest iteration featuring experimental music.

The band name has also been a quasi-experiment. “It was random,” says Larsen. “Someone suggested it and we all agreed on it. I didn’t really care about the name though. I’m glad we picked Telle Eyed Specs, it seems to make people think when they hear it.”

And think people will, once they sample a sonic sliver of the fivesome, who will be up at the dA this Saturday, as part of the art center’s monthly concert series, sharing the bill with FIM and IE natives The Natives. The Specs have never played the dA before, but they “plan on killing it,” according to Howe.

“We like to play loud,” says Grant of their live set. “We enjoy noise, expect loud, constructive noise.”

“You’ll hear that we rarely have the same exact set twice,” adds Larsen. “We tend to change up our songs and add things as time progresses. We usually play at high volumes so no one can escape our music. We play super loud and we love noise.”

And perhaps it’s Harmony who offers the best advice for those whose interests (and fortified eardrums) in the TES are piqued.

“The best way to know is to come out and have yourself a listen,” he says.

But pack those earplugs, just in case, as this volume knob just might find itself well past 11.

Telle Eyed Specs with The Natives and FIM at the dA Center For The Arts, 252-D S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 397-9716; Sat, 7PM. $5.


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