August 30th, 2011

MUSIC: Inkblots

Published in RAW Features

Inkblots are a four-piece band stemming from Santa Ana, CA. Mixing a variety of styles from folk, blues, to good old fashioned rock and roll, Inkblots provide a sound that is both original, and yet strangely familiar. Since their formation in 2005, Inkblots have released a variety of recordings including, in late 2008, their first self-titled full length album under their own publishing company and label (Vacant Bunny Publishing and Vacant Bunny Records). In June of 2011, Inkblots released their newest recording: a four track EP entitled Trap Doors, led by their new pop single "Our Group Won't Be the Same."

Inkblots have performed headlining shows in such famous venues as the Troubadour, The Roxy, and Whiskey A-Go Go. They have performed in multiple festivals such as the Sound Downtown Festival in 2008 under the same bill as The International Noise Conspiracy and Nortec Collective, the Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival in Oakland California in 2009, and the Skinnie Magazine Top 100 Festival held at the Queen Mary in 2010. Other noteworthy shows include stints at the Detroit Bar, Tiki Bar, and Avalon in Costa Mesa and the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana.

Inkblots have received radio play in both the Bay area on Pirate Cat Radio and southern California (,, and and have had live TV appearances on the Fresno morning show Great Day in the summer of 2008 and 2009 and LA TV in 2010.

Gabriel San Roman of the OC weekly wrote of the band "Another alternative rock band that deserves its due attention, the Inkblots strike with an updated grittier energy that Gustavo Arellano relayed to me once as reminiscent of the Animals. The band has been moving forward, cleaning up its demo into a full length album released on Vacant Bunny Records, filming a music video in support of it and perfecting their charismatic stage shows. Inkblots dig into some Spanish on the track "Mexico" which rides a bass line that's funky in any language."

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