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Friday August 23 2013
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:30PM ••• ALL AGES
Curious Quail‎
indie rock / electropop / orchestral band
Father President
indie pop rock lo-fi

Stephen Loase (Low-c): Lead vox, Keys
Jordan Meyer: Guitarist, Background vox
Mark Colwell: Drummer
Andy Francis: Guitarist, Keys, Background vox
Forest Bohrer: Bassist, Background vox

The mixture of indie rock songwriting, dreamy lyrics, and heavy elements of rock and pop rhythms has long been a staple in the alt-rock world, and Sunrunners delivers on all counts. A California-based quintet led by singer and primary songwriter Stephen Loase (Low-C), Sunrunners have largely managed to avoid the usual rock clichés, injecting a uniquely rock-influenced sound and laid back San Francisco style.
"Sunrunners' is one of the best new bands that have played Bottom of the Hill this year. They opened for Deep Sea Diver + Wild Belle and everyone who saw their set seemed to agree that they are a force to be reckoned with."
-Ramona Downey

Curious Quail
a seven-piece indie rock / electropop / orchestral band from San Jose, California.
This now sextet (or septet) band first started off as a guitar/electro project by Mike Shirley-Donnelly but quickly grew to feature members with their own eclectic tastes and background in music. Curious Quail released its first EP The Glow in 2009, before all current members were officially in the band. Curious Quail’s latest album .:Instant Gratification:. (released summer 2012) features guest vocalist Erin Whitworth of San Francisco band Please Do Not Fight and other guest appearances made by CQ’s extended family: Nicole Garber, Jessica Shirley-Donnelly and Magdalena Trenkner.

“Thank you, Mike Shirley-Donnelly, for taking back clever titles from the emo and math bands. The San Jose singer/songwriter started Curious Quail as a channel for solo acoustic songs, but what it’s become is infinitely more bizarre—and fascinating. Now songs like “Secret Lives of Retail Monkeys” and “Yesterday I Watched the World End” are wrapped in electro beats that may spin off into unexpected, soaring directions at any time. His one-man project has become a six(or seven)-man band, adding to the epic drama of a sound that juxtaposes starkly with the immediate intimacy of the lyrics.” 

In May, Curious Quail won the last remaining spot on Live 105’s Soundcheck local band stage at BFD 2013. Sharing the stage with nine other bay area bands, three of which are also from the South Bay—Picture Atlantic, Anya and the Getdown, and the Trims. Not only did Curious Quail win, but they did so by a sizable margin, earning a whopping 39% of the vote, with twenty bands total in the running.

Father President
Benjamin Griggs, Niko Bradway, Eric Faggin
san francisco, ca

Father President hails from San Francisco, a seaport city which, because its sailing men bring in the latest hit singles from China, is the hippest pop music spot in America. They wear "butterscotch pudding blast" haircuts that date back to ancient San Francisco, and suits with live yellow jackets nested in the lining which they've made the newest buzz. The trio write, play and sing a powerhouse music filled with orange zest and uninhibited good humor that make listening a sensation-filled joy. It isn't rhythm and blues. It's not exactly rock 'n' roll. If you squint it's not exactly Slayer either. It's their own special sound, or as group manager and respected local pornographer Cluben Val puts it, "our music is just--well, our music.