It's lo-fi. Just the way they wanted it. They went into the studio and laid it down raw and mean. Their driving grooves threw off chunks of cement in every direction like a concrete jackhammer on scorching East LA pavement. Their engineer asked, "you wanna over-dub that?"...they fired him! What can you learn from Third Grade Teacher? That rock belongs in a hard place!
Truth is stranger than fiction...
By day Sabrina Stevenson teaches third grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District - and evidently she is very well respected. By night she writhes like an evil succubus and howls like a category five tornado. She's frightening and fascinating at the same time. When you put her in front of her bandmates, the thought of Sabrina teaching a classroom of children may be a bit terrifying and confusing. By all accounts, she has a warm mild mannered classroom demeanor that her young students love. After she finishes grading papers and affixing the smiley faces and star stickers, she changes into her alter ego and heads off to her other life; a world of dank nightclubs and strange humanoid personages. She transforms herself from a third grade teacher into the lead singer of Third Grade Teacher. Her twisted stage antics could shatter all warm memories of elementary school and replace them with a perverse recollection of your scholastic youth.
The band ended up together like flies stuck on a piece of gas station flypaper. David Guerrero fluttered into the proverbial bug strip when he answered an ad in the classifieds for a guitarist. Their musical styles conflicted, but Sabrina managed to coax David into playing with her as a duo at coffeehouses in Southern California. Laura Smith and Rob Ahlers were next to have their antennae stuck in the inescapable sonic vortex. At the suggestion of David's mother they named the band after Sabrina's day job and band began to play local clubs in Silverlake and Hollywood. They experimented with their musical direction and stage presentation, which led to Sabrina's maniacal approach to performing each song. Clad in plaid parochial school uniforms, the band's dramatic live show is a tidal wave fueled by each performers dynamic style.
Third Grade Teacher is one of a growing wave of ballzy female fronted bands that couldn't give a shit about the pop charts. You probably won't see them onstage at a Lilith Fair concert. They exist in a world where cutesy pre-fab pop stars and pop divas are disdained. The sound is lo-fi like Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, yet thin and razor sharp like Iggy and the Stooges. Sabrina has the swagger of Patty Smith, the growl of Courtney Love and the psychosis of Linda Blair in the Exorcist. Who knew that behind those scholarly glasses and thick cashmere sweater lurked the forbidden punk priestess!
She's a strange bird, no doubt. It's a seemingly improbable story. But as you were told, truth IS stranger than fiction. After seeing her psychotic live performance many parents might be apprehensive in having their children in Sabrina's classroom. But you needn't worry one bit! Sabrina's students will grow up to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, and maybe even a few musicians. She's in an indie band with no cash...she's not going to quit her day job! And don't be surprised if you find yourself developing a crush on Third Grade Teacher!
Check out the artist's website:
1. Conductor Semiconductor
2. So Long
3. What's Going On
5. On The Way
7. Roll It Up
8. Feel Like Me
9. Falling Off The Face Of The Earth
10. Soul Machine/the Launch
11. Dusty O'Merryweather