The band toured the west coast and continued to play shows in and around the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, opening up for such notable acts as Calexico, Papa M, Rock Four, The Kingsbury Manx, Jesse Sykes, Fruit Bats and The Minders. During this time, the band had the good fortune of acquiring a wurlitzer electric piano. Immediately feeling the influence that its sound had upon the music, Greater California began the concept of writing an entire album around its beautifully hypnotizing tones, and appropriately naming it “Somber Wurlitzer.” Recorded over the last year in the sleepy town of El Cajon, with the band purposely tracking in dimly lit rooms between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., an obvious late-night feel encompasses the album and is present throughout. The majority of the album was recorded this way, and so most of the days started late, bleary-eyed, sipping on coffee and teas, thinking about what kind of musical parts would be put to tape once the late evening arrived. The result proved to be beautiful and strange, and in the end, the music of Greater California turned out exactly how everyone had hoped it to, warm and full of melancholy.
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