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Escondido, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Escondido, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Americana Rock




"Roger!-Dark Matter"

Roger! – Dark Matter – (self released)
Wonderfully arranged, dark, and breezy pop. A couple of points to start. Roger! Is a band not a person. Led by San Diego transplant, Texas native Ernesto Garcia Jr. and his acoustic guitar, the combo also includes Josh Cherichetti (guitar), Joel Shedroff (bass), Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion), Candice Earnhart (vocals/guitar/accordion) and Aaron Luke (drums/vocals). This is not revivalist music, but the ’60s – ’80s, Beatles to 10,000 Maniacs, AM Pop to New Wave, echo hard on the ten songs here. What Roger! is about is well-crafted tuneful material with both male and female vocals, from Garcia and Earnhart, at times raw, at times orchestral, with lush arrangements custom fit to each song. Earnhart in particular has a great voice, raw and soulful, full of emotion in every note – the string laden ballad, “Slicktender” is a great showcase for her. The CD opens strong with the melancholy jangle pop rock of “Unpredictable” and doesn’t let up with either hooks or melodies. There are several natural singles, probably topped by the charming, folky “Beautiful,” the intertwined harmony vocals from Garcia and Earnhart adding the right touch to the song to maximize melody. But, it’s hard to pick a favorite. “Creeps Like Me” sounds like it was written by Paul Westerberg while listening to the Beatles’ “Ballad of John and Yoko” – great! This is followed by jaunty ballad “Wasted Days” with twin guitars and layered vocals, meanwhile “Shaky Paper Hands” is a garage/powerpop stomper – the variety on Dark Matter is refreshing. According to their website, Roger! Is working on their sophomore release. I’m already looking forward to it.

Recoded at Mike’s Pad, Ernie’s Garage 1/12-8/12. Engineered by Mike Devine/Ernie Garcia. Mixed by Darryl Blood. Mastered by Aaron Luke. - San Diego Troubadour

"Roger! Dark Matter"

T. Loper March 06, 2013
Dark Matter
Many good things have been found on craigslist, and Ernesto Garcia Jr. knows this well. Garcia used the classifieds site to assemble his band, and, for the most part, it paid off. Only one complaint: Candice Campbel-Earnhart is underused. The album's best track, "Dull," features her gloriously smoky voice, but it's buried in the middle.
—T. Loper
- San Diego Citybeat

"Dark Matter"

Taylor Romine January 27, 2013

"Roger!, Dark Matter: This mellow rock group contrasts their lighter sounds with darker lyrical material to create an alluring mixture of music in their album Dark Matter. A great combination of different talents in making this piece."
Taylor Romine - Listen Local SD - Listen Local SD


Still working on that hot first release.



Ernesto Garcia Jr. has been a performing musician for over 20 years. Hailing from west Texas, his original band performed throughout the southwest and generated enough buzz to warrant a move to SoCal in early 2000. After spending years in the trenches of LA, playing, touring and recording with many amazing and talented artists, he is now in San Diego, writing and performing his own material. Through the magic of Craigslist, he has since stumbled upon some amazing musicians and good friends...Josh Cherichetti (gtr), Joel Shedroff (bass), Ryan Shultzaberger (percussion), Candice Earnhart (vocals/gtr/accordion) and Aaron Luke (drums/vocals). Influenced by bands like Wilco, Guided by Voices and The Flaming Lips, "Dark Matter" is their debut. They are currently writing/recording their next effort. Watch for a show near you soon...

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