The West Coast Movers are not your typical rock band. For starters, you may notice the disparity in their ages and appearance. Rather than shy away from this fact, they have embraced it and used it to their advantage.
With many influences spanning the decades including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths and REM, they have managed to create their own unique sound. Their mix of bluesy guitars, sweet melody hooks and sensitive lyrics, take the listener back to the now seemingly distant days of good old-fashioned radio friendly rock.
Their ethos is simple; its all about the music, everything else is secondary. They are well aware that they would not fit into many peoples idea of what a pop star is and they are ok with that.
The founding members met one fateful evening in London in early 2017 when Dom Colletti and Jim West attended one of many generic open mic nights. There were many performers there that night but only one stood out. He was an unassuming character at first glance but they saw something special in Simon Theobald’s vocals and songwriting style. Later that evening, all 3 got talking and quickly found they shared much common ground.
Over the next few months, they began meeting round Jim’s house and writing numerous songs. Many ideas were floated around this time, including performing under the name of The Simon Theobald Band. This was borne out from the paranoia that audiences would never dig a band where the bass player is old enough to be the lead singer’s dad.
In the end however, they decided to embrace who they were rather than try and hide it. In the summer of 2017, Fabio De Fronzo joined the band on drums. With Dominic Colletti on lead guitar, Jim West on Bass and Simon Theobald on vocals and rhythm guitar, their line up was complete. Soon after, they went into the studio and recorded their first tracks. A small number of low-key gigs followed, culminating in the shooting of their first video for “Devil Inside”.
Unfortunately, at the start of 2018, just as everything was starting to fall into place, the West Coast Movers received bad news. Fabio announced that he would be leaving the band, as he had to return home to Italy. The split was amicable in nature, but it did mean that things temporarily ground to a halt.
Many online ads and failed auditions later, the West Coast Movers finally found a new drummer, Calvin Hansen. Shortly after, in a bid to expand their sound, they also recruited their first keyboardist, Alan Johnson. The line up was now complete.
Each member boasts many credentials; Dominic Colletti had a spell on tour supporting Siouxsie and the Banshees during the eighties. He also continues to do regular session work for Stevie Hong, who has a massive following in Japan.
Jim West spent time in the eighties backing Tony McPhee of the Groundhogs with his blues band Hard Road. During the nineties, he had a stint with Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts.
Alan Johnson has been in numerous bands over the years, ranging from classical, folk, pop, reggae, blues, ska and of course good old rock’n’roll. 2 bands, the Reggulators and the Incomparable Apocryphalites, have also been popular guests at the Fiddlers Elbow in the past.
Calvin Hansen, born in LA, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where he first learnt his craft. In December 2017, he moved over to England and started frequenting many jam nights in the London area. Classically trained on the drums, he has done stints on cruise ships and played in many different bands in the US and the UK.
Simon Theobald entered the music world later than the other members. Although music had always been a passion, it wasn’t until his late twenties that he finally recorded his first batch of songs. After much encouragement from friends and family, he began playing at open mic nights. It was during this period that he began to find his voice and direction and eventually met the other founding members of the band.