Since 2004, Jason Torbert has been nominated for three San Diego Music Awards, licensed music for television and film (including "Douchebag" which was in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and "Like Crazy" which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), released two full-length albums on London’s, 99X/10 Records (run by former The Cure keysman Roger O’Donnell) and been featured in San Diego CityBEAT, Music Matters Magazine and The San Diego Union-Tribune. But Torbert isn’t new to the musical arena.
Torbert’s suburban childhood was spent playing trombone in high school and college jazz ensembles. It was at University of Oregon that Torbert began his seven-year stint as the bassist for a popular punk outfit called Cigar. The band signed to a label run by Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge; toured internationally, sharing the stage with artists like AFI, Bad Religion, NOFX, Rancid, and Blink 182; had music placed on many surf/skate videos and action sports broadcasts on ESPN before calling it quits. Jason tried his luck at a few other projects, including Sing The Body Electric (featuring members of MCA Records', Fenix TX) that signed to Jim Ward’s (At The Drive-In/Sparta) label, Restart Records, but Torbert figured out that the band life wasn’t for him.
It was the sounds Torbert made on his own - from bass, guitar, rhodes, sitar, mbira, vocals, percussion and synthesizers - that turned into Goddamn Electric Bill. And it is those sounds that Slug Magazine called “jaw-dropping cinematic tracks” and Rip It Up Magazine called “uplifting in both mood and subtlety.” And it is those sounds that continue to cause a stir.