Speaking of talking about local music, let's fast forward a bit. In about, I'd say, 2007, a band called Twain Harte was created by three guys in the area. What was made in the process was surprisingly phenomenal math rock, a genre that I admit I know very little about other than a handful of big names and a few obscurities. Two members switched off on bass and guitar in between songs during their sets. The drummer remained stationary. All members possessed musicianship not seen often in these parts. Probably some of the best live sets I've seen, too; everyone was always dancing and having a good time. I don't want to put down a predictable list of similar bands for two reasons: one, because most of those bands are very overrated, and two, because Twain Harte did well enough not to sound like a cut-and-paste version of them. While, yes, the similarities are apparent, A Sunny Place For Shady People is focused more on upbeat, happy (despite the subject material) and fun feelings with a punk edge. They obviously had as much fun creating their music as they did performing it.
It was a shame to see them break up considering how honestly talented they were, apart from a few botched performances that should be expected from, let's be frank, a group of teenagers. I don't know what the front members are up to, but I know Logan, the drummer, is playing in a couple bands here and there. This band was playing shows in Livermore at the about the time that the "music scene" was on life support. As they disappeared, so did (most of) the other bands, and the last remnants of our venues and shows.
Twain Harte - A Sunny Place For Shady People + Self-Titled Tour EP Mediafire
Twain Harte - MySpace