RP Presents: Garage punk pioneers The Chocolate Watchband with special guests The Young Fresh Fellows and The Knights of Trash.
The Chocolate Watchband will play their first ever Seattle show on December 2nd at the Tractor Tavern. The date is part of a West Coast tour to promote the release of their upcoming album on Dirty Water Records.
Formed in San Jose, CA in 1965, The Chocolate Watchband had a brief, turbulent career before being recognized for their highly influential proto-punk sound. Known for their exciting live shows, the group earned a following across California and was signed to Tower Records by producer Ed Cobb in 1966.
In 1966-67 the band released three singles and a debut album, and was featured in cult films Riot on Sunset Strip and The Love-Ins. The latter inspired “Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)” which, along with their first single “Sweet Young Thing”, appeared decades later on the Nuggets CD box set (1998) and inspired a new generation of fans. “Let’s Talk About Girls” (1968) was on the original Nuggets compilation (1972) that influenced punk bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s and contributed to renewed interest in psychedelic and garage rock.
The revival of sixties garage punk and psychedelic rock prompted a Chocolate Watchband reunion in the late nineties. Since playing the 66/99 festival in San Diego, CA (1999) the group has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, playing alongside The Electric Prunes, Love, and The Strawberry Alarm Clock, as well as contemporary garage punk bands such as King Khan and the Shrines.