But there are no hard feelings.
Though Yandall will likely play his last show with Amalgamated next month to focus more of his attention on OttlyMercer, he said Ottly may not exist today without the help of The Amalgamated.
The Amalgamated's guitarist Reggie Costa is helping to mix and produce OttlyMercer’s first album due out this summer, while lead singer Rip Peña acted as the group’s promoter, helping them book their first shows.
Playing the drums for Amalgamated for the last year afforded Yandall the opportunity to play shows with “bands out of LA that I listen to everyday,” he said.
OttlyMercer started informally in June 2009, when the group of friends got together to play a show in Yandall’s grandma’s backyard for his niece’s graduation party.
Things changed quickly and a month later the group was playing Brick by Brick and shows at other venues around San Diego.
“Weve come along way since then,” Yandall said laughing.
A year later playing in grandma's backyard, the group released their first music video directed by Nick Tubbs for the song “Ska Tune” which will be included on their yet to be named upcoming album.
While The Amalgamated has more of a traditional ska sound, Yandall describes OttlyMercer as a ska band with some “upbeat reggae and a little touch of soul.”
"It's not mainstream. It's not on the radio," he said.
The Amalgamated will play a show at Kensington Club on Adams Avenue tonight at 9 p.m.
OttlyMercer is made up of seven different players.
Heavy D on lead vocals, Tyler French of Imperial Beach on lead guitar and backup vocals, Mike Miriam also on lead guitar and backup vocals, Tasi Yandall is the band’s bass player, Rudy Guzman plays the Hammond organ and James Garcia is the band’s saxaphonist.