As regular readers may know, I consider the San Gabriel Valley (aka the 626) my home away from home. Just east of Los Angeles, nestled between the San Fernando Valley (the 818) and the Inland Empire (the 909), the SGV stretches from the quaint-but-hip shops of Old Town Pasadena to the oceans of Chinese assholes in Alhambra, all the way to the unassuming city of Pomona. It’s not just a paradise of hot pochas and a great place to raise a family, it’s something of a secret ‘mecca of mosh’!
I ur weiner lieks this bish as much as mine does, it will explode with delight the moment you set foot in the 626 because there are literally hundreds of thousands just like her. Sup, Diamond Bar High class of 2008?
At first glance the SGV is basically just a giant sea of strip malls and big box stores, but the thin veneer of crass commercialism hides what is easily the world’s largest concentrations of breakdowns per capita! That’s right, the SGV has been bringing the mosh for decades: back in the day UNASHAMED brought epic mosh4christ from Glendora, Redlands’ XDEATHSTARX moshed the fuck for Jesus, OF MICE & MEN hails from Chino Hills, poppy moshers SUCH A MESS are from Walnut or something, and last but certainly not least there is XIBALBA, who are from Pomona and go harder than any SGV band before or since.
That awkward moment when 30 seconds after pressing play on this joke song, you think to yourself ‘akshually this song is pretty sweet; wood definitely mosh to this if GOLIATH re-recorded it’ (although they are an 818 band they have the SGV sound down perfectly)
This is all a longwinded way of saying that there is definitely a ‘SGV sound,’ and it is the sound of moshing. Which explains the joke behind this song called “How To Get Big In The Pomona Scene (ft 30 Bass Drops).” Check out his Soundcloud page for more hits like “Wut” and “Dat Pattern”!