Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
September 15 2013
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• ALL AGES
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
alternative pop psychedelic tropical
Indie Rock, ambient, Rock
hi, i'm darwin. yes, that is my real name, the one my parents gave me. i play guitar. i love to write songs and i love to dance. i grew up in chapel hill, north carolina.
Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Maher Baba disciples, Darwin studied and performed as a tap dancer from age 8 to 18. His first compositions were guitar pop songs that he wrote aged 11 after his father, an amateur songwriter and a professional psychologist taught him his first chords. By age 13 Darwin was listening to electronic music – Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy and jungle/drum ‘n bass and indie hip hop such as Dr. Octagon, composing mostly epic instrumental jungle throughout his teens.
After attending and promptly dropping out of Wesleyan University, Connecticut Darwin moved to NYC’s East Village. Here he worked as a waiter at a vegan restaurant whilst picking up his guitar in spare moments, this time with less strings and a less traditional approach to composition. Inspired by Animal Collective and The Strokes, he composed noise pop that no one ever heard, then got serious about music and started attending open mic nights. Having discovered the joy of lyric writing and becoming “Darwin Deez”, he created his successful eponymous debut, which featured future hit singles ‘Constellations’, ‘Radar Detector’ and ‘Up In the Clouds’.
Forming a band, member by member until there were four, they signed to UK independent label Lucky Number in late 2009 and spent the next 2 years touring the world. When time came to make album two in the fall of 2012, Darwin relocated from the chaotic hustle and flow of New York City to Asheville, North Carolina so he could work and record free of distractions. The results? 2013’s sophomore LP ‘Songs For Imaginative People’, which comes out Feb 11th 2013 and is preceded by the single ‘Free (The Editorial Me)’. Singularly a brilliant, hilarious, complex, entertaining individual, Darwin Deez writes songs that will make you want to bust out your dancing shoes while also cutting to that raw, emotional nerve.
vincent cacchione - voice
magali francoise - keys
talya rose cacchione - bass
patrick curry - drums
Caged Animals is New Jersey-rooted Brooklyn denizen Vincent Cacchione, maker of homespun indie-pop that leverages electronics and guitars in the pursuit of sweetly endearing pop awkwardness. To date he has an album titled Eat Their Own and EP called This Summer, both for UK label Lucky Number, and he’s back here with a new single in anticipation of a full platter due later this year for the same label. The clattering, theremin-y synth-bounce of “Cindy + Me” is built on a sample from Raymond Scott’s “Cindy Electronium,” and Vin gave us its thematic backstory:
"In the song, I’m a crazed teenager in love, running away from home with the girl and some twisted view of the future. We’ve got her father tied up in the house, a smoldering corpse, we’ve got the cash, “We’re living on top of the world,” and we’re going to get away with it.”
Young Lee - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Andrew Wales - Drums
Alex Stack - Bass
Mark Quitevis - Guitar
CJ. Bergmen - Keys/Guitar/Vocals
music that promotes awkward dancing and subtle hip gyration
“The San Francisco rock band sound much bigger than their four-part roster might suggest. Vocals and instrumentation are rich, and the pacing of builds and lulls work refreshingly. It’s a balance that’s hard to execute.” - Performer Magazine, July 2011
“San Francisco's, The Soonest, delivers intimate indie rock comprised of subtle, angst ridden lyrics, reverb-filled guitar lines and a thunderous rhythm section. The band is quite elusive, and its songs are mysterious and ambient.” - Deli Magazine, March 2011
It's been a busy couple years for the guys in The Soonest. They've tirelessly worked on creating music that grows with every listen. The San Francisco quintet, comprised of members Young Lee (guitars/vocals), Andrew Wales (drums), Alex Stack (bass), and Mark Quitevis (guitar) started as a side project that quickly turned into a full band as they discovered their sound which has been described as rich and haunting and has been compared to bands such as The National, Bloc Party, and Arcade Fire. The members' diverse geographical backgrounds also help bring different perspectives to the music seeing how the members come from cities such as Atlanta, Boston, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and San Jose.
The Soonest is preparing to follow up on their first EP, Quarters, with the Lions At Your Door EP. They have already captured the attention of many listeners as well publications such as CMJ, Performer Magazine, Deli Magazine, and Sonicbids and with "Lions At Your Doors", they're ready to showcase a new set of songs that build upon their already full sound.
The Soonest will be playing a string of San Francisco/Bay Area shows and then a West Coast tour to support the release of the EP.