Following a difficult few months when the band members had to experience the harsh reality of loss, Joe & The Anchor decided to process the events through music. During a hectic and focused period of time, the band wrote and recorded what would later develop into a full-length album – Coming Of Age – exploring the feelings of growing up, the fragility of life, love, and taking things for granted. California encapsulates all of these feelings and is a powerful and emotional leap into the new era of JATA. The band about the song:
“We wrote California during a very turbulent time in Joe’s life, when it seemed like the whole world was turning upside down for our singer. The song comes from a realization that nothing lasts forever and how hard it can be to lose something or someone. The theme of California
itself, and the lyric “California daydreaming” that kicks off the song, represents our dreams as a band – longing for a faraway place where the sun shines and we can forget our troubles. When we recorded California, it felt just like when we were writing music as teenagers in the bedroom, and that filterless, analog feel is something we think really shines through in the 90s-inspired sound.
California showcases a more genuine and experimental side of us, and we’re very proud to release it to you all!”