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is a three piece band from San Diego. They have a sound
similar to bands like The Violent Femmes & The Replacements.
Vocally, Destrung conjures up images of Lou Reed & Stephen
(the guitarist of Buck-O-Nine) plays guitar and sings lead
vocals. Rob (bassist for the San Diego bands Crown Down
and the Soultans) keeps the rhythm locked in on his Fender
P-Bass. Eric (from San Diego bands Surf Report and the Mountain
Men) serves up a mean beat on his drumkit.
began jamming in May 2003, but the roots are much earlier.
During Buck-O-Nine's years of constant touring, Jonas often
escaped to a quiet place with an acoustic guitar & a notebook
to work on the songs and melodies constantly streaming from
his mind. Before long there were many new songs born from
writing on the road. Some of them were used for Buck-O-Nine
recordings, but many others were left without a home.
the spring of 2000, Jonas began playing several of these
tunes live in a band he formed with three other members
of Buck-O-Nine called the Winos. The Winos were going for
a much different sound than of Buck-O-Nine. Their sound
was dominated by a bluesy open tuned slide guitar and upbeat
rhythms combined with more melodic sounds ala Elvis Costello.
Several future Destrung songs were first played in the Winos
set. The Winos disbanded after about a year.
this point, Jonas decided to start recording these songs
he had been working on over the years at Earthling Studios,
putting the music to a 2 inch reel to reel machine previously
owned by Butch Vig. After recording intermittently for over
a year, the new album was finally done and the project would
be called Destrung.
May 2003, Jonas began jamming the Destrung songs live with
Rob and Jeff from Buck-O-Nine on drums. Jeff eventually
left Destrung and lucky for Jonas and Rob, Eric joined in
May 2004, Jonas was finally able to release the CD People
Watching to the public and the response has been very positive.
has been happily jamming, working on new material and playing
shows in the San Diego area. Check out the Destrung
CD 'People Watching' to hear more.