By Tom Semioli
America’s answer to the Rolling Stones!
Revered by rockers long after their demise (and consequent reunions), The Chocolate Watchband take their musical (and fashion) cues from the British Invasion, emulating the Rolling Stones, Kinks, and Pretty Things in their Los Altos, California garage circa 1965.
Known for their Ray Davies penned anthemic hit “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” the Watchband were anchored by Bill Flores, who vacillated from four-to-the bar roots thumpery to trippy psychedelic contrapuntal underpinnings.
The lads waxed a few terrific slabs that must have found their way onto the turntables of The Strokes,
The Mooney Suzuki, and The Hives, among other simpatico devotees.
Chocolate Watchband are back in business, gigging at festivals (Cave Stomp) and releasing new music in 2019.
Bill Flores Sound & Vision with Chocolate Watchband
“I’m Not Like Everybody Else” https://youtu.be/_2GZTnAfoUg
“Don’t Need Your Loving” From the film Riot on Sunset Strip https://youtu.be/4yYijbsnH64
“In The Past” https://youtu.be/izWlG3ipNLM
The Chocolate Watchband in the 21st Century – “Secret Rendezvous” https://youtu.be/8bfmKB8zprQ