Santa Barbara ‘Reptile Lover’

Scuzz, attitude, and energy for days. Santa Barbara's new single and video "Reptile Lover" is a necessary shot of pop/punk.

Los Angeles ensemble, Santa Barbara — Cassie Gaffaney, Geoff Maddock, and Nick Gaffaney — momentarily swap sounds from their moody and alternative roots to a fast paced pop/punk assortment known as “Reptile Lover.” The fresh and energetic bolts of power chords, addicting bass lines, and robust drums create a sonic boom of pure delight. What started as a collaboration between the trio, and an abandoned poem by local artist Jeffrey Holgate, turned into an 80s’ skuzz of modernized punk sounds.


Photo: Naomi Pajon

Teaming up yet again with director Chris Miyasaki and cinematographer Anthony Ignacio — who were responsible for the band’s “Girl In Black” video —  take “Reptile Lover” to an unapologetic realm of apathy and sheer hierarchy stamina. Featuring the band in a live-performance aroma, “Reptile Lover” highlights frontwoman’s C. Gaffaney’s fierce qualities while going through various psychedelic trips. Echoing attitude from start to finish, Miyasaki leads the trio towards a simple, yet dark world.

From finishing up  Moonroom’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Showcase this past May, to now celebrating their single release party July 15th at The Hi Hat, the trio continues their drive within the Los Angeles scene. While we’re not sure what a reptile lover entails, Santa Barbara wears the unknown well.

“Reptile Lover” is now out via Princess Mother Records.


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