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.
Thursday February 23 2017
7:30PM doors -- music at 8:30PM ••• ALL AGES
SF Station presents...
noise pop/indie pop
Hot Flash Heat Wave
garage rock surf new wave
Brandon Welchez & Charles Rowell
-from San Diego, CA
-Tarnishing sunny melodies with a scuzzy recording style and lots and lots of feedback, Crocodiles' Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez met during their formative teenage years in San Diego. Playing together in various incarnations since then, including in the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, which featured Welchez on vocals and Rowell on guitar, the duo re-formed in a lo-fi capacity under the name Crocodiles in April of 2008. After self-releasing a distortion-driven 7", their single Neon Jesus was championed by No Age on a Stereogum best-of-2008 poll. As Crocodiles' debut full-length was recorded over that winter, blog readers started taking notice, and Summer of Hate was released by Fat Possum in late April of 2009. That winter, Crocodiles put out a Christmas-themed split 7" with Dum Dum Girls and prepped their follow-up, Sleep Forever, for the summer of 2010. After adjusting their lineup to include bassist Marco Gonzalez, keyboardist Robin Eisenberg, and drummer Anna Schulte, Rowell, Welchez, and the group traveled from their hometown of San Diego to record their third full-length in Berlin. That album, Endless Flowers, was released in the spring of 2012 on Souterrain Transmissions in the U.K. and French Kiss in the U.S.
Crimes of Passion
Crocodiles' fourth album, 2013's very focused and poppy Crimes of Passion, was produced by the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner and featured just the duo of Rowell and Welchez, plus the occasional guest on backing vocals and horns. Taking a break from the band, Welchez recorded an album with his wife, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, under the name Haunted Hearts. The group reconvened and set up shop in Mexico City to record its next album. Working with producer Martin Thulin, the duo continued refining the poppier aspects of its sound, while incorporating some Latin influences. Boys was released in May of 2015 on Welchez's own Zoo Music label. Their next album was recorded in the same location, with Thulin contributing instrumentation as well as steady production. Arriving in 2016, Dreamless de-emphasized guitars and used keyboards and other instruments to fill in the arrangements.
AJ Davila, Johnny Otis Davila, Daniel Enrique, Lola Pistola, Nelvin ""Diez Mas Tres"" Lara, Ahmed Albizu.
-from San Juan, Puerto Rico
-AJ Davila has an insanely strong new solo album called Terror Amor. Fans should be pleased to find that the album stays close to Davila's garage-rock/doo-wop/punk roots, but dares to play with fun new elements. The use of chopped-and-screwed, syrupy vocals in anthemic songs like "Chica Tinieblas" is like a wink at the listener: This is fun, don't get too serious, enjoy the ride. "Es Verano Ya" ("It's Summer Already") feels like a day at the beach: just a lighthearted, sunny summer love song.
But don't dismiss AJ Davila as merely a fun summer fling; he's too charming for that. The closing song "Animal," which has been stuck in my head for weeks, is a taunting ditty with menacingly deep vocals, clearly aimed at an unnamed nemesis who "talks and talks but never does anything." He sneers "I'm an animal!" in the chorus — in the process capturing what I love about Davila, and what I wish more "crossover" Latin music was allowed to have. He has an edge. He's a nice, fun dude you'd want to hang out with, sure, but that playfulness isn't nearly as enticing as his sharp teeth.
Hot Flash Heat Wave
-from San Francisco, CA
-The San Francisco based foursome, Hot Flash Heat Wave, like to describe their style as ‘gutter pop moon rock’ – not a genre we can honestly say I’ve encountered before. We’d describe it as power pop blended in with summer-beach-time surf rock and a bit of feel good neo-psych. All round it’s a pretty smiley affair, good for a spot of late-afternoon fading sun relaxation before the dance tracks kick in.
The groups self-titled six-track EP features the twangy surfer-paradise track “Turning Blue”, the pysch-influenced swirls and distant harmonies of “Slam Dance” and “Rum Runner” and a cheerful drum intro into the loud and fun-lovingly raucous “Dirty Dreamer (XXX)”. Overall it’s a cherry, youthful record that leaves the door open for Hot Flash Heat Wave to grow their sound and hone their talent.
Aaron Hazen, Wendy Brents, Andrew Gomez, Bevin Fernandez, Ryan McGee-
Fronted by the husband-wife team of songwriters Andrew Gomez & Bevin Fernandez, NRVS LVRS ("Nervous Lovers") is a modern darkwave act with an energetic live show & intense background visuals. Barely two years old, the 5-piece has toured the US West Coast, opened up for acts like Jagwar Ma, Telekinesis, and Tropics, and garnered praise from the likes of Noisey, The Line Of Best Fit, and Uncut Magazine for their debut album The Golden West. In the summer of 2016, they went to Jackpot! Studios in Portland, Oregon to work with producer Larry Crane and are looking forward to releasing their second album Electric Dread in 2017.