As daily (literal) exorcisms howl through the floorboards from the church beneath Gnarnia, folk/punk band Polyan and the Johnson Sisters answer in kind with a rock and roll congregation of their own. The standoff ensues, featuring the styles and personalities of a variety of other local bands and delinquent fans. A Visit to Gnarnia chronicles the simultaneously creative and destructive cultural rennaissance of a young generation struggling to assert their authenticity in a city overrun by social chameleons.
The two remaining core members of Polyan and the Johnson Sisters, singer Jon De Carlo and drummer David Ruiz, were forced to exercise extreme tunnel-vision in order to complete their band’s first full-length album. Giving new meaning to resourceful they repurposed components from discarded household electronics to fabricate their own effects processors and utilized rudimentary recording techniques with a second-hand stereo reel-to-reel tape recorder.
In order to concentrate on recording full-time, they moved into their concert venue (dubbed Gnarnia) above a Pentecostal church in South Central Los Angeles. While they successfully managed to produce the June LP, they completely lost sight of the upkeep and management of their once thriving live performance venue.
Now with a toilet that rarely works, a shower that has become a urinal, thousands of square feet of hardwood holding up a small indoor landfill, and tension mounting in their ongoing standoff with the church downstairs; Jon and David must address the identity crisis of a perpetually fluctuating band lineup as their fresh recordings and outrageous live performances begin to attract attention.
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