When Manny returned we needed a third member. We jammed with several people and finally found Frank Morado, who had been in bands with Manny before. He joined the band as our third member and learned the bass lines on the keyboard. This brings us to today, when we are trying to build back up the momentum, release the second album, play gigs, and begin to think about recording our third release.
Towards the end of recording "Evolution" we began jamming with Manny Madrigal, and wanted to include him in the band. Eventually, Brenden lost interest and Manny became our official drummer. Wanting to fully commit to the band, Manny wanted to obtain his US citizenship and went back to Mexico to begin the immigration process which took 2 years. During that time, Jeff left the band and began his solo project Soulular, and moved to Arizona.
After doing a few gigs with Jeff, he introduced us to his friend Charlie D'Agostino, who was a general contractor, band manager, and record producer who had an amazing studio called "The Reef" in Torrance Ca. The Reef had a large recording studio as well as a big jam room and would be a place for musicians to network and lots of parties. After playing a few shows at the Reef, Charlie approached us about doing another album. We began rehearsing there regularly and came up w
We found Jeff Laos by putting flyers around Hollywood. He was going to school at the Musicians Institute and was a perfect fit. Jeff laid down the final tracks for "A Bear Has Landed" on "Mozart," "Babylon," "Cia," "Xanadu," "Venice Rock," "Smokin Joint," and "Beach Song." And with the new lineup we wrote "Today," "Equalize the Air," and "Jungle Hell." We finally finished the record and released it in 2010.
Rob "Money" Delgadillo was a very hardworking and ambitious producer that approached us about recording an album. Coming from a hip-hop background, he wanted a chance to do a full album for a live band. After a lot of rehearsal we were ready to start tracking what became "A Bear Has Landed." The recording and mixing process was very slow, and Vlad quit the band early into recording. All of his scratch tracks were re-recorded by myself or Jeff Laos. Somewhere in this time
Answering an ad to play a show for a promoter who had a "million dollar investor" we met DiMarko Chandler. He was a former club manager who had met an investor and was trying to start a live streaming online video platform called "PlayAStream." He was renting a studio in North Hollywood and gave us full access for free. We now had our own place to practice and didn't have to pay for rehearsal time anymore. It was in the parking lot that we met Rob Delgadillo.
Brenden and I tried out a few bassists and when we jammed with Vlad Kudradsev we knew that it was a combination that would work and Brian Whipp, Brenden Freeh, and Vlad Kudradsev became the original lineup for A Bear With A Car On Top and conceived of the song "Sorry Charlie." Our first gig was at the Airliner in los angeles and we began playing lots of shows around LA and at LMU.
A Bear With A Car On Top officially started in 2006 after Brenden returned to California. We began jamming and wrote the songs "Wylee Stylee," "Babylon By Bus," "Budasarus Rex," "4 black and milds," and "Jellyfish," as well as some others. At the time we were obsessed with a Japanese video game called "Katamari Damacy" where you roll up a ball of trash that gets bigger and bigger until you roll up the entire planet and roll into the sun. A particular level takes place at a
A Bear With A Car On Top came from a strong desire to play California reggae music at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Ca with Brian Whipp, Alex Luhrman, and Brenden Freeh in 2004. Jamming in practice rooms and apartments on campus, we developed our sound and began to play small gigs around campus. We would jam for hours on the baseline that eventually became the song "Far Love." At first it was barely a band, we would play shows with just guitar and bass, or ju