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Love Your Local Band: Bananarchy

Watsonville-based local band Bananarchy’s genre of choice, “hangar rock,” has an interesting story.

Bananarchy plays Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Blue Lagoon

There isn’t a great story behind the name Bananarchy—turns out it was simply the only name everyone in the band could agree on. However, Bananarchy’s genre of choice, “hangar rock,” has an interesting story.

What makes it hangar rock? Well, technically the band plays garage rock, but they practice in an airplane hangar in Watsonville, so why not?

“It’s oddly specific,” guitarist/lead singer Matt Ruiz says, laughing.

You see, Ruiz partially owns this hangar. He was getting airplane lessons, but has kind of stopped.

“Paying for recording studios was getting expensive, and finding houses to practice at in Santa Cruz is difficult without pissing off neighbors or police.”

Ruiz believes Bananarchy turned out to be a fitting name for the group, which plays aggressive rock songs with sad lyrics, and adds a whole bunch of silliness when they play live.

“It’s kind of funny, but also slightly angsty. So, it was a match,” Ruiz adds.

Just how sad are the lyrics? Well, don’t sit down and read a book of Ruiz’s words without the heavy guitar-bass-drums blast of the band behind him unless you want to get bummed out.

“If you sat down and read the lyrics, it would just look like sad poetry,” Ruiz says. “People have fun at the shows. We’ll be cracking jokes between every song to make sure everyone knows that we’re not trying to take ourselves too seriously. Our presence and our performance is usually pretty silly.”


INFO: 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Blue Lagoon, 923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $5. 423-7117.

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Aaron is a hard-working freelance writer with a focus on music, art, food, culture and travel. In addition to Good Times, he's a regular contributor to Sacramento News & Review, VIA Magazine and Playboy. When he's not working, he's either backpacking, arguing about music or working on his book about ska. One thing's for sure—he knows more about ska than you.

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