Santa Cruz Rehearsal space a lot easier to come by now
The popularity of “rock and roll” in the 1950s and 60s saw an explosion of young rock and roll bands being formed all over the country. And with these bands rose the need for more and more rehearsal space. With the need for cheap rehearsal space, bands were forced to use their family’s garages, rotating between the band members houses so as not to out stay their welcome in one place. Hence the term “garage band” was born and the term stuck. Later “garage band” would be used to refer to emerging bands with an unpolished sound. Influenced by surf rock the “British Invasion” of 1964-66 greatly influenced garage bands, providing them with a national audience. As the suburbs grew, neighbors were no longer tolerant of loud drum kits and late night rehearsals. Bands were pushed into industrial areas that offered cheap rent and few neighbors. The 1970s and ’80s saw another explosion of young bands coming onto the music scene and by then Santa Cruz was a major stop for bands eager to play venues like the Catalyst. But by then stricter noise ordinances made it harder and harder to find rehearsal space. Many frustrated musicians retreated to the Santa Cruz mountains where the distance between neighbors was considerably greater and land was more affordable. But the challenge for musicians to find viable rehearsal space persisted for decades.