We thought garage rock faded in the '90s along with televised music videos and flannel shirts.
But as it turns out, our noisy neighbors never went anywhere—except maybe their own suburban garages or, more likely, the dark basements of run-down Victorians in Oakland. We are in the midst of a garage-rock revival, flannel is abundant and the music sounds like sweet cocktails and psychedelia.
Meatbodies are a shining example of this aesthetic. The group is coming up from Los Angeles this week to play at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa before going on tour with garage fuzz rocker Ty Segall. More fast than loud, their reverb-y surf guitar is the kind of music that makes one feel like letting the mind slowly melt into a honey oil haze.
Opening is CCR Headcleaner, whose psychedelic guitar solos have been known to guide audiences into a trance before blasting them awake with raw, blistering rock and roll. They're joined by Santa Rosa's Basement Stares, which features former members of Semi-Evolved Simians and Violation.
Meatbodies play with CCR Headcleaner on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $6–$12 sliding scale. 707.528.3009.—Jacquelynne Ocaña