Southern Swagger … From the East Bay?
OAKLAND'S THE DEVIL IN CALIFORNIA
Story by Kayleena Pierce-Bohen
Oakland’s The Devil in California has been filling the concert halls, taverns, and saloons of the Bay Area for the past five years with no sign of stopping. However, it’s not all sweat and throaty howls for the band; their tunes have a distinctively catchy feel, as lead singer Tony is as much a stickler for melody as great guitar riffs. Members include Tony on lead vocals, Matt Stewart on bass, and Jamie Cronander on lead guitar, Snake on rhythm guitar and Randy on drums. ABV caught up with the East Bay rockers after they just played to a sold out crowd at Toot’s Tavern in Crockett. Still full of energy, they were only too happy to animatedly discuss what brews, breweries and taprooms are their favorites in the Bay area. We opened up with some unique question we knew would get unique answers:
IF YOU COULD HAVE A DRINK WITH ANY MUSICIAN LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE WITH AND WHAT WOULD YOU BE DRINKING?
TONY MALSON (lead singer): Definitely Lemmy. And we’d be drinkin’ whiskey of course.
JAMIE CRONANDER (guitarist): I gotta say King Diamond, and whiskey or beer.
MATT STEWART (bassist): Keith Moon, because any drink with him would turn into a story.
RANDY (drummer): I’m going with Tommy Lee. Any kind of craft beer.
SNAKE (guitarist): Jimmy Copley circa ‘77 for blow, beer, and cigarettes.
TONY MALSON (lead singer): Favorite local craft beverage?
I don’t know that I have a favorite local beer I like. To be honest, and this is going to sound terrible, I like stuff like Miller High Life because it’s low in calories and at this stage in the game you gotta count ‘em. But I do like sours lately.
JAMIE CRONANDER (guitarist): If your favorite beverage was a song, what would it be and why?
We have a song called “Push It Along” that for some reason gets misheard as “Fishing A Lot”, which we decided would make a great signature drink. It’s basically cheap beer and a shot of IPA dropped in like you drop in your line.
Favorite local craft beers: Anything from Russian River Brewing Company, like Pliny the Elder, anything from Damnation Brewing Company, and Vinnie’s West Coast IPA
MATT STEWART (bassist): Your drink of choice?
Your favorite The Devil in California song and drink to go with it?
I like “Black Hand” a lot because I get a killer opening bass line. And I’d probably pair it with some sort of cheap beer. The guys make fun of me because I had this idea to open up a bar with nothing but Natural Ice and Bud Light.
Favorite local watering holes?
You’ll find us drinking at Toronado, Bourbon & Branch, Old Devil Moon, or The Tonga Room.
The Devil in California is currently hard at work at their much anticipated second album! Follow their progress at www.thedevilincalifornia.com