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The Innocent Bystanders

The Innocent Bystanders are an alternative rock back that doesn’t see innocence and wisdom as mutually exclusive. Two of them have tattoos. But that’s only the first thing you’ll notice about this band. The members spent their formative years across half the globe from Europe to Hawaii. Three New Yorkers did what needed to be done to survive Alphabet City back when the City was still the City.
Another did pretty much the same stuff on the South Side of Chicago, and yet another knows that the Heat isn’t just a basketball team in Miami. Then there’s the Beverly Hills guy who threw off the shackles of his privileged existence and lived to tell about it. And finally, there’s the military brat who raised hell wherever he was. Now, some say they all come from sheltered middle class families. But we’re not having any of that.
In addition to the geographic and cultural diversity, these cats were born in three different decades. And each took a separate path to San Diego, CA, America’s finest city, in search of a better life. But the streets weren’t quite paved with gold.
Fate brought them together in ramshackle rehearsal space next to a strip club in the Loma Portal section of San Diego. They began jamming and then gigging in clubs along the coast when they discovered a trove of “songs in the attic” that they’d individually written back in the day, but never recorded. Songs born decades ago. The time had come to set them free.
The process proved transformative as these old songs took on a new life in the Bystanders’ hands. The core rhythm section has Steve Berenson on drums, Donny Samporna on bass, Ben Nieberg on acoustic guitar, and Steve Semeraro on electric guitar. The beat is big, bold, and often intricate with the guitars spread wide in a driving mix.
Jessica LaFave brings a Ska influence with a tenor sax filled with magical harmonies reminiscent of a larger horn section.
Kaimi Wenger plays piano and organ, creating lines that build on the early E Street Band sound.
Finally, the vocals, ah the vocals. Kath Rogers pulls it together with a powerful alto that has a timbre all its own. She harmonizes often with Ben, who also sings some lead. There’s some Balin-and-Slick channeling here to be sure, but in this band the vocal layering plays off the multiple sax lines, keys, and acoustic/electric guitar interplay to create something new.
If you really want to read about it, the sound is founded on mid-60s Stax melded with 90’s Ska churned with early Springsteen. And Phil Spector, well, his ghosts haunt them.
Primarily a live band, these guys have been playing parties and clubs in San Diego from your uncle’s backyard to Petco Park — yes, really. Now what?
Attractive Nuisance EP (9017)
Attractive Nuisance is the first EP by the San Diego, CA, based alternative rock band, The Innocent Bystanders. The band incorporates saxophone into the soul of every song with liberal dashes of piano and organ mixed with the drums and guitars rhythm section.


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# (PST) Name length Rating Notes
1 9:00 Eastward 03:38 4
2 9:03 The Road 04:30 4
3 9:08 Limbo 03:44 4
4 9:12 Shutout 04:14 4

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Jay Schraub   

"What if Cat Stevens, Adam Duritz, and Kurt Cobain had a weird baby..." a comment used to describe Jay Schraub's music. Jay was born and raised in Chicago and picked up the guitar at a very young age inspired by KISS and Guns n' Roses. Jay has been various bands through the years like Shotgun Blues, Sammy Hagarmdrag and The Gopherian Legion. After a chance meeting with former Misfits vocalist Michale Graves, Jay turned his musical attention to solo acoustic performance where he can focus more on lyrical content and vocal delivery.
Jay has been on four north american tours in the last 6 years, and played various festivals like the steel bridge songfest, and anaheim farmers market fest.
In 2009 he had his original song about Chicago icon Bozo the clown played on WGN morning news, and even had Bozo himself Joey D'Auria praise him for the track.
In 2016 he released the album "Chasing Neverland" with the singles "Carousel" "Chasing Neverland" and "Gabby" all met with wonderful reviews.
Jay continues on doing the solo singer/songwriter music, playing 90's inspired music about dreams, and living for tomorrow! "always live for the moment, never stop chasing the dream, its never too late to be what you might have been!" is Jay's motto in life.


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# (PT) Artist Name length Rating Notes
5 9:18 Jay Schraub Gabby 03:33 4
6 9:21 Joshua Rich Come On Over 03:11 4 New song
7 9:25 Ricci Valice So The Story Goes 04:33 4 New song
8 9:29 AfterAlice Chump 04:18 4
9 9:34 AirCrash Detectives Wicklow 05:35 4
10 9:39 Alan Garmonsway & Anne Cunningham Heaven Made 03:17 4
11 9:43 Danielle Haskell Always With You 03:51 3 New song
12 9:47 Gary Stockdale On The Edge 04:53 4 New song
13 9:51 Katiebeth All That Matters 03:22 4
14 9:55 Kim Smith Thunder Run 03:11 4
15 9:58 Lost Generation She's Bad News 03:14 4
16 10:02 Sonny Hunter You Want Attention 05:27 4
17 10:07 The Sorentinos New San Francisco Bay Blues 02:07 4
18 10:09 TolbertToz The Wall 07:02 4
19 10:16 TolbertToz Always 04:37 4 New song
20 10:21 W. Dire Wolff The Crossing Guards 03:08 4
21 10:24 Tiffany Gow Take Me Away 04:36 4
22 10:29 Alessandro Bagagli Out in the Nowhere 04:00 4
23 10:33 Sweet Roger Loon Lake 05:22 4
24 10:39 Jimmy Lee Morris I'll Be Gone 03:39 4
25 10:42 Tandem Unicycle Too Far 04:12 4
26 10:47 Swilly Wasted  03:54 4
27 10:51 Swirl Fourth Of July 03:10 4
28 10:54 AirCrash Detectives Creating Little Monsters 03:21 4
29 10:57 Helena Mace If I'd Known You Back Then 03:44 4
30 11:01 St.Cyr-White Before We Say Goodbye 03:58 4
31 11:05 Steve Grozier Where the Roses Grow 04:04 4
32 11:09 Tony Randall Realm 03:39 4
33 11:13 Victor Samalot Struttin 02:46 4
34 11:16 Violent Attitude If Noticed Redemption 03:51 4
35 11:20 Voice of Addiction Corporate Pariah 02:39 4
36 11:22 Whom Gods Destroy She May Be Evil 06:46 4
37 11:29 3 Bricks Shy I Love to Boogie 02:37 4
38 11:32 Ashes Fall Hangover Memories 02:55 4
39 11:35 Bleak The Last Witch Of Salem 02:51 4
40 11:38 Clint Slate Blackmail 03:32 4
41 11:42 Crawling Solo Die For Your Feelings 04:52 4
42 11:47 Dark Stone What You're Worth 04:14 4
43 11:51 DVR Low 03:30 4
44 11:54 Enabling Cain empty shell 03:23 4
45 11:58 Frank Palangi Set Me Free 02:59 4
46 12:01 Hegarty  time on our hands 03:55 4
47 12:05 hooyoosay There's love in town 03:11 4
48 12:08 Limberlost Babylon 04:26 5
49 12:13 Paul Maged PC Police 02:55 4
50 12:16 Robert Machado Lost 03:32 4
51 12:19 Roger Gomez I Will Call Heaven Home 05:20 4
52 12:25 Shiraz Hempstock Ft Sam Robinson Rain 04:26 4
53 12:29 Sirens Harbor Reach Out 03:11 4
54 12:33 Sterling Fox Heart of Gold 03:29 4
55 12:36 Steve Rodgers I Will Grow 03:24 4
56 12:40 They Called Him Zone Death Drive 04:59 4
57 12:45 Victor Samalot Cafe Puerto Rico 04:19 4
58 12:49 Violent Attitude If Noticed White. Yellow. Red. 10:33 4
59 1:00 Voice of Addiction Lockwood 03:03 4
60 1:03 w3detour Why Not 04:18 4
61 1:07 Whom Gods Destroy Left Behind 06:35 4
62 1:14 Petrella Bring The Children Home 03:26 4
63 1:17 Maureen Griffin Packin For A Bike Trip 05:06 3 New song
64 1:23 Ivar Sigurbergsson Spectrum 05:21 3 New song
65 1:28 Garry Moore Beautiful 05:03 3 New song
66 1:33 Gail Everett Latin Fun 03:02 3
67 1:36 WholeSpirit Common Man 02:56 3 New song
68 1:39 Venus Theory Heart Still Beating 04:23 3
69 1:44 Blood of Angels Miscreant Deeds of Loki 03:21 3
70 1:47 Colch A Love As Hard As Stone 04:50 3
71 1:52 Henderson & Hemmerling Walking Through The Woods 03:34 3
72 1:56 Maureen Griffin We Will Rise Again 03:46 2 New song