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Band Profile: Buddha Bomb carries ska torch 
6th-Mar-2008 08:55 am
Band Profile: Buddha Bomb carries ska torch

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Press-Enterprise

Who: Kim Haslam, vocals; Chad Jones, trumpet; Jesse Gomez, guitar; Colt Rhodes, guitar; James Baylor, saxophone; and Jason Gardner, bass.

From: Riverside

Formed: 2006

Sounds like: Fun ska with plenty of punk and hardcore injections. "Comfortably" will remind you why ska was such a blast in the first place.

Releases: A four-song demo

See it live: March 17 at Romano's in Riverside, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, 9 p.m., $10, 21 and older; or March 22 at Red Planet in Riverside, 6192 Magnolia Ave., 8 p.m., $5, all ages.

Sample the music: www.myspace.com/bombbuddha

With the individual members' love of music, it makes sense that ska/punk band Buddha Bomb is following in the footsteps of influential Riverside acts Voodoo Glow Skulls and the Skeletones.

"We are so highly influenced by those guys," said singer Kim Haslam. "We were the kids sneaking into the bars to see them."

So the members, who met each other going to local shows, decided to start their own band.

And thus, the Riverside baton of ska was passed, or at least, the microphone was.

When Haslam told Skeletones singer Jonas Cabrera that she was starting a band, he gave her a microphone.

"The mic of destiny," guitarist Jesse Gomez added, laughing.

Buddha Bomb now consists of Haslam, Chad Jones on trumpet, Gomez and Colt Rhodes on guitar, James Baylor on saxophone and Jason Gardner on bass and is in between drummers.

"I never ever thought we'd get out of the garage," Haslam said.

But in the year that the band has been together, it has played with the likes of Bad Manners, the Toasters and other ska pioneers in addition to picking up an Inland Empire Music Award for best punk band in January.

"We're playing with bands that I've idolized for 15 years," Jones said.

"That's the coolest part," Haslam added.

Reach Vanessa Franko at 951-368-9575, vfranko@PE.com, www.myspace.com/Audio_File or www.PE.com/blogs/music
6th-Mar-2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
dude. so cool. wish I could go rock out at one of their shows with you. too bad I live across the damn country.
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