Busting In On Sweet Bump It

Categories: Bands We Like

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One thing a lot of Orange County bands probably don't count on when they get the Weekly's attention is our desire to follow them even after they make the inevitable move to LA. Note to all the good OC bands out there: You leave us, and we will stalk you! So it's that commitment to local music that found us on the front porch at Sweet Bump It's Echo Park pad late last night, shuffling though a laptop bag to find a recorder in the dark next to overflowing ashtrays and a flotsam of porch chairs.

Those who don't recognize the band name might remember its founding members Nicole "Paco" de Leon and Jenna Eyrich--formerly of the Fullerton female power pop trio The Studiofix. These days they've expanded their sound quite a bit, branching out to a seven-member sprawl that fuses punk, funk, doo-wop and whatever else they feel like jamming on.

With plenty of howls, thwacking drums and spangling guitar twangs hemorrhaging from behind the door of their house, we knew we'd come to the right place. So we busted in on them just in time to talk about what they've been up to before their gig tonight at Bootleg Bar--for the record, they promise they'll be coming back to OC very soon. We told them we'd hold them to that. Considering our willingness to drive an hour down the freeway to find them, hopefully they realize we're serious.

OC Weekly (Nate Jackson): Who is the is the mastermind behind this massive band?

Paco de Leon: Jenna is the puppet master behind it all.
Jenna Eyrich: Paco and I started talking again about a year ago and we were thinking about starting a business together so we could make money to play music.
de Leon: We would literally talk about business models all day. And after a couple of months, we decided to quit that idea and just focus on the music aspect. So once we started, Jenna recruited Bill Bittner, our guitarist, somehow through mutual friends. In January of this year we did like two or three songs together. Then Jenna met [drummer] Jay Doo [aka Jason Doolittle] at a party. Francesca just came to one of our first practices to hang out...so what's been happening is that people who are around Sweet Bump It kinda just get sucked in.

How did you guys start incorporating the back-up singing?
de Leon: After rehearsal one night, we were hanging out with [Francesca "Cecca" Salac, Marlaine Reiner and Lisa Deines] and they were singing R&B tunes and a few weeks later, we as a band were like "why don't we have background singers?"

Marlaine Reiner: Naturally Francesca's voice is Barry White low and I'm like Mariah Carey high and Lisa is like Justin Timberlake mid, so that kinda worked out.
Bill Bittner: We were going for an indie rock vibe but also adding some soul to it at the same time. So we asked them and they jumped in.

Francesca Salac: Lisa started out as our stylist and I've known [Paco and Jenna] since we went to high school together in Fullerton.


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2 comments
queTico
queTico

Why dont you cover Orange County bands instead of following expats who clearly move to LA to be more hip/cool and become famous? I mean their name is terrible and no one I know that is involved in orange county music scenes gives a damn about people who choose to isolate themselves from the scene and move away to become more famous...

johnd15
johnd15

Sounds like the typical inferiority bitterness that I hear coming out of all the second tier cities in California. Nothing about the music. Staying in OC ,starve and wither away would be the smart thing to do. "Right".

I heard nothing but petty jealousy whenever in Seattle , San Fracisco and San diego. OC doesn't even register on the scale.

I never hear LA residence bagging on any of these cities. To the contrary they compliment any quality music regardless of where they come from.

Sweet bump is a band that has fun first and with the music industry in the state it is money is hardly the goal.

But hey, everyone's entitle to their opinion. Stay small and bitter my friend.

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