Privatized Air is an original three-piece alt-rock/garage punk band from San Diego, California.
Formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist jonnyQ, whose unique vocal style has been compared to Richard Hell and Jello Biafra, Privatized Air is a powerhouse of raucous, grooving, proto-punk-styled rock. The quirky, darkly smirking vocals provoke, with lyrics that demand one's attention and thought. Q's guitar is crisp, sharp, and piercing. Drummer Nicky Vasquez holds the band in formation with an inhuman strength best demonstrated by his relentless kick drum and fondness for turning drumsticks into splintered chunks of wood. Bassist Laura Smashley completes the band's sound, bringing a biting, melodic, frenetically-percussive low end.
Privatized Air has been compared to artists such as Iggy and the Stooges, the Cramps, Jack White, the Pixies, Tom Petty, the Replacements, the Voidoids, and the Dead Kennedys.
Privatized Air has a strong DIY ethic. They book and organize their own small tours, and have played venues across the country.
They have recorded four full-length albums to date; all were released on Hold My Beer & Watch This Records. The latest entitled "Refill" was recorded at Raunchola Productions and released in Dec 2014 to much acclaim. This record was produced by Rich Mansor and mastered by Jack Endino.
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