Hidden Laurels, rock band

Unlikely gathering of musicians find common ground

Roseville, Calif.- An unlikely gathering of musicians with an often eclectic scope of musical influences, found each other oddly enough, amid America’s COVID weary lockdowns. The result is Hidden Laurels, a California band that has coalesced into a working unit thanks in large part to modern technology.

Melding influences that span everything from the early 20th century Delta Blues master Robert Johnson, electro-industrial bands, post punk to bubble gum pop might seem a stretch on paper, yet Hidden Laurels has appeared to find their common musical ground.

First Listen

Debuting their first mini-lp, Hidden Laurels is now available via Spotify and Apple Music. The release comes as the band begins plans and rehearsals for live shows.

Introducing Hidden Laurels…

Gary Hutson, lead guitar and vocals

From Fairfield, Ca. Previous bands: lead Guitar/vocals in rock band “Malakite” 2004-2016 (based out of Fairfield, Ca) Lead guitar/ background vocals in folk/rock band “Secret Argyle” 2011-2016 (based out of San Francisco, Ca) Influences range from Blues players such as Robert Johnson & Lightnin’ Hopkins to John Mayall & Roy Buchanan. Rock of the 60’s and 70’s from Black Sabbath, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream….And various early Motown Artists

Phil Neutral, guitarist

Phil Neutral has been a member of the electro-industrial bands Scar Tissue since the late 90’s. Currently, Phil plays guitar in the Alex Walker Band and Hidden Laurels while continuing to record music for Scar Tissue as well as under the titles Fill Neutral, Bionic Sirens, Internal Weather, Guitaristotle, and Written on Missiles. Current Hidden Laurels tracks were produced in Fill Neutral Studio.

Johnny Walker, songwriter, instrumentalist

Johnny Walker is from Los Angeles via Seattle and has played in numerous bands. He is a songwriter and multi instrumentalist. After moving to Sac, tried to start numerous bands during the COVID era until finding the right people.

Brandon Contreras, Bass

BC is a Southern California transplant by way of San Francisco. He’s ELATED to be manning bass for HL. He’s been involved in a number of projects (brief and elongated) in the Sacramento area. He’s a featured bass player at Rocklin California’s famed (infamous) Baker Island. Influences include almost anything post-punk (Interpol), Shoegaze (DIIV), Alt-Rock (Pixies), chewed bubble-gum pop (Peach Pit), Progressive Rock (Tool).

Steve Watkins, percussionist

After recording and performing with the early-90’s shoegaze band Orange, Steve spent most of his drumming life recording & touring the U.S. with electro-industrial bands Scar Tissue & 16 Volt. He later joined New Wave “parody” band Space Vacuum (From Outer Space), recording 2 albums and enjoying a “mini-tour” of Japan in 2005. Currently, in addition to drumming for Hidden Laurels, Steve plays with psychedelic-surf band The Voltones and continues recording music for Scar Tissue, his own post-rock project Brane, and the dark-ambient project The Shallow Sea.

Info & Booking

For info and booking inquiries, contact [email protected]

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