Aaron Giesel Greater California and their supergroup choir at the First Congregational Church
Long Beach's Greater California has been a band for so long that their website still links to a Myspace page (where you can read about the history of the band circa 2002) and the only full interview with them available online is from one of L.A. Record's first issues (where they talk about recording their second album between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.).
But that's all part of the territory for a band with such a deep history with nostalgia--which also includes more than a decade of comparisons to Odessey & Oracle-era Zombies and choruses that fleck of youthful psychedelia. And it definitely doesn't mean that the dreamy pop five-piece is a relic from the city's post-Sublime past or that they're still not making some of the most beautiful songs this side of summer (the band is also now on Facebook and Instagram).
In fact, frontman Terry Prine, his Wurtilizing wife Kari, drummer Greg Brown, guitarist Chris Berens and bassist Shea M Gauer are as much motivated by Long Beach as they are an indelible part of it--and they've just released a new single that proves it.More »