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Friday August 9 2013
 9:30PM -- doors at 8:30PM ••• 21 AND OVER
 Indie Rock with some punk roots
Worth Taking
Upstairs Downstairs 
Kinda folky shoe-gazey indie rock

Eric Shapiro- Guitar/Vocals
Jerry Andersen- Drums
Shaye Farwell- Bass/Vocals

Daikon: A Cautionary Tale
1998 - San Jose, California. A familiar scene; a flyer looking for fellow musicians with similarly disparate tastes in music is posted. Phone calls are exchanged. Good first impressions are made, amps are plugged in, tired parents are alienated. A handful of shows are played, an initial recording session, then they went about their separate ways for a number of years. So the story goes.

2001 - Half Moon Bay, California. Another familiar scene; a band loses their drummer. Names are passed around; phone calls are exchanged. Good first impressions are made, amps are plugged in, a lonely storage unit would never be the same. Scores of shows are played, an album is made. Most of the greater United States and the island nation of Japan are visited several times. Another album is made; then they went about their separate ways. So the story goes yet again.

2008 – San Francisco, California. A young, married rhythm section from Half Moon Bay hears an old friend from San Jose’s songs he has recorded on his own. Phone calls and emails are exchanged. There are no first impressions to make anymore, everyone gets along fine. Amps are plugged in; an initial recording session is made. They practice for a long time. A year later, they finish recording an album and start playing shows. A terse biography is drawn up to help get more shows. So the story goes once more.

The Group appreciates the work of Doug Martsch, Elvis Costello, Geoff Farina, Joe Jackson, John McEntire, Mac McCaughan, and Ian Mackaye in relatively equal measure, but tries to do their own thing.

Members of the Group have spent time in the following bands: Under A Dying Sun, Bullets In, Dead Air Frequency, Ruhaeda, Inventing Edward, No Dice, Cedar, Touch Committee and Excited States. Despite all this, they remain optimistic and know what they are doing by now.

Worth Taking
Chris: Lead Bass
Jerod: Vocals, Guitar
Theo: Lead Drums
Tim: Lead Guitar

Nerds in a pop-punk band.
Like many passionate songsters before him, Jerod McBrayer listened to Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American and it changed his life. His heart pounded, his veins pumped what felt like strawberry syrup, and his body felt like he was in one of those dreams where you try to run but your legs move like marshmallows. He loved it and wanted to create it.

As a creative outlet to his Atlanta punk bands, Jerod began exploring what has become Worth Taking’s sound. He loved the infectious energy of punk music, but was drawn to the way power pop-punk bands sweetened the raw punk sound to create something addictively tuneful. The pop-oriented sound also allowed him to show off his sugary vocals and explore deeper lyrical themes, such as love, hope and our ongoing struggle with morality.

In 2011, Jerod recorded Worth Taking’s first EP, singing all vocals and playing each instrument. The Anxious EP turned out to be a well-rounded five-song power pop-punk record that showcased Jerod’s command of simple, irresistible melodies, while preserving the electrifying energy of punk music. His lyrics related effortlessly to the challenges of post adolescent life, without the whiny, post-breakup discourse so prevalent in many pop- punk songs. After promoting Anxious at the Cornerstone Festival, he decided that if he was ever going to find quality band members who shared his passion, he needed to head west.

Drawn to the Bay Area for its reputation of spawning countless great bands, Jerod settled on San Francisco. He first met Theo Logian, who had virtually played in every Bay Area band since the late 1990s. Theo introduced Jerod to Tim Reeder and Chris Self, who both had extensive experience in their respective punk bands, including Chris’ stint playing in the Adeline Records band, Fetish. The four quickly meshed and spent 2012 touring, writing and recording.

The new lineup also supercharged Worth Taking’s live show. Jerod’s refined vocals were finally teamed with a vibrant energy, solidifying Worth Taking as an exciting live band without the disjointed missteps of a party band—you won’t get soaked in beer if you nestle up to the front of their stage, but your girlfriend might get a few drops on her Converse.

While Jerod still wrote all the songs, the band’s second EP, Oddly Pacific, finally featured all four band members. At the end of 2012, the band streamed its first single, “I Like the Movie Version Better,” which Pittsburg Music Magazine called, “a post power punk romp that has the feel of Taking Back Sunday mating with My Freshman Year.” The band followed the single with a fully produced video in January 2013, which received almost 1000 views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.

Worth Taking plans to be the next band to crack the pop-punk scene and is geared up for a busy 2013, including a Japan and several U.S. tour to promote Oddly Pacific, in stores February 12.

Upstairs Downstairs
Tory Ford : vocals, guitar
Kyle McGraw: guitars
George Slavik: bass
Isaac Bonnell: keys and more
Dan Caporale: drums

Dreamy, folk-tinged indie rock for the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The band’s sound and direction is influenced by a wide range of musicians: from Juno to the Carter Family, Jawbreaker to Woody Guthrie, Lync to Bright Eyes, The New Year to Hank Williams, Explosions in the Sky to Tiger Trap, Heavenly to Jeff Tweedy.

"Mission-based indie rock band Upstairs Downstairs juxtaposes dark, atmospheric lyrics with lush folk-pop melodies, crafting the perfect soundtrack for foggy, rainy days in the city. " —Local Frequency music blog on
Upstairs Downstairs was born in San Francisco in the spring of 2008. With a striking mix of thoughtful lyrics, folk-tinged melodies and a bit of feedback, the results fall somewhere on the spectrum between indie folk rock and shoegaze with a stop somewhere along the way for pop.

and, same song in an Adidas skateboarding video: