"We had pretty much done all we could in the fuzzy guitar area anyway," says Balch. "[California Crossing] is pretty much everything we wanted to do." And what they want to do is bring all the sun, sand, and surf of their Southern California stomping grounds into your living space.
"We all live right on the beach," says Balch. That's pretty obvious. As he talks, he peppers everything with "Right on." But if Balch's diction is simple, so are the pleasures that his band revolves around. King of the Road is an extended homage to GTOs, custom vans, big-block engines, and burning rubber. Of course, it's possible the band has developed a newfound ambition. California Crossing does have a song about UFOs.