A little bit ago, I had the privilege of being at the record release show of the newest incarnation of a long running San Pedro act, Can Of Beans. Centered around local Pedro musician, Baby J, who is also known for her solo endeavors as well as contributions to Stoned At Heart, which also features Todd Congelliere, Jimmy Felix, and Chachi Ferrara of Toys That Kill, Can Of Beans is J’s more collaborative punk and roll project. Currently the band is a trio which features Baby J on guitar, Anthony “Antman” Gamez on bass, and Chachi on drums.
Their self titled debut marks the first release for the band in it’s current form (previously the band released a 7” of somewhat improvised home recordings, when COB was just Baby J and her friend Laila) as well as the first record on Baby J’s, Porchcore, label. Those already familiar with Baby J’s other acts might have a good idea of what’s on this record; awesome personal, deep songs about Baby J and her life, delivered with passion and sincerity, and worded in a very unique way that is distinctly J’s. Probably the main difference between this record and other one’s Baby J’s been involved with is that Can Of Beans is just slightly more aggressive that anything else she’s done. All in all, as the tune “On The Five” might exemplify, the Can Of Beans self-titled debut is a solid record for the group and also a great starting release for what I hope will be another prolific San Pedro label.