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Taken from this week's SD City Beat:

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Along with Dum Dum Girls, The Soft Pack and maybe blink-182 (you know, if that’s your thing), Beaters will probably put out one of next year’s most anticipated local records. A garage-rock brainchild of Andrew Montoya and Jeremy Rojas, the band has garnered a lot of national buzz and become the two main members’ primary focus despite playing in other bands, including Ale Mania and Dum Dum Girls.

But what do the two seemingly inseparable buds do for fun? They keep playing music, of course. Billed as their “only show ever,” the two debuted their new punk-rock side project, Whorio Goes to Clown School, last Sunday night to a crowd of a dozen or so at Soda Bar. Accompanied by two Craigs (Powerchords bassist Craig Barclift and Christmas Island guitarist Craig Oliver), Whorio played a 10-minute, six-song set that was entertaining despite Montoya repeatedly having to read the lyrics out of a composition book and Rojas making superfluous use of a bass drum.

“Let me see what song is next,” Montoya said as he flipped through the book. With that, he launched into “Pushing, Pusher, Pushes” with so much piss and vinegar that the band resembled a ragtag version of early Scott Walker or The Misfits, without the self-seriousness. The sparse crowd seemed into it, yelling and teasing the band in between songs and throwing Rojas’ broken drumstick back at him, narrowly missing his head. Punk rock, indeed.

After the show, Montoya confessed that there will, indeed, be more Whorio shows in the future. And while I certainly hope it doesn’t distract the two from Beaters, they could be onto something else with Whorio. Sure, it’s derivative and disposable, but even when these guys are just dicking around, it still sounds cool as hell.

—Seth Combs

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