The 50/50s formed in May 2010 out of a shared desire to start a band that was a little bit garage rock, a little bit pop, and a whole lot of primal beat fun. By the following winter, they’d recorded an E.P featuring three tunes, including the charmingly off-kilter, jangly anti-love song “Tore Up.” After weathering a series of line-up changes, the band has come back bigger, better, louder and faster, while still managing to maintain a sweet and sour pop gloss.
Now, The 50/50s are Lila Cugini (guitar, vocals,) Will McCollum (guitar), Sean Kehoe (drums), Chelsea Jennings (keys), and Leilani Clark (bass, vocals). Kehoe’s distinctive, punk-rock inflected drumming provides the solid beats around which the rest of the band jaunts happily, frolicking through a musical universe of danceable, new wave-inflected rock and roll sounds. Over the past two years, they’ve gotten crowds dancing, clapping and fist-pumping at venues across Sonoma County, including the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma and the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, knocking out deliciously catchy songs that leave the audience singing along, wanting more, dreaming of the next time The 50/50s head their way.
Lila Cugini – Vocals, Guitar
Will McCollum – Guitar
Leilani Clark – Vocals, Bass
Sean Kehoe – Drums
Chelsea Jennings – Keyboards, Vocals