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 June 1 2017
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• ALL AGES
alternative grunge indie
The Silhouette Era
Jon EE Allan
-from London, UK
-When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with 2013s debut single "
It’s On You", which was a spirited take on US college rock. Their debut full length,
Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists.
Worldwide tours, an NME Award, and a re-issue on the much-loved labels Bar/None in
US & Moshi Moshi Recordings in UK, with anticipation the band finally reveal the full details of the follow-up.
Their sophomore album Write In will be released on April 7th through Bar/None in US. The record was recorded in
the band's own studio above a now-abandoned bookshop, then finished and mixed with Adam Lasus
at his LA home studio. It features artwork from the band’s own Jon EE Allan. Write In sets its stall out as an
outward looking, inventive, and thoughtful progression from their debut. Drawing on an array of influences
including Roxy Music, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Sonic Youth, Big Star and Pierre Cavalli. -
Hannah Lew and friends
-from the Bay Area, CA
-Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew has kept herself busy since the band declared a hiatus in 2012. In addition to dabbling in cinema and visual art, the Bay Area musician founded Cold Beat, a poppy post-punk project that forms the synth-laden ying to her former group's twangy lo-fi yang. They've got two albums under their belt so far — most recently 2015's ethereal Into the Air — and now they've got another on the way. Arriving April 7 via Lew's Crime on the Moon label, Chaos by Invitation lends a whole new meaning to "cottage industry"; barring some outside tracking from Phil Manley (Trans Am) and Mikey Young (Total Control), the whole thing came together in Lew's California home. Accordingly, the record finds the artist at her most personal, detailing love and loss by way of her usual starry-eyed mysticism.
As the title suggests, Chaos by Invitation's first single, "62 Moons," looks to the stars for amorous wisdom. (According to a press release, Lew is huge on astronomy.) Through an extended cosmic metaphor, Lew draws a connection between the celestial body and the human heart; just as we take our lovers for granted, ol' Saturn thinks nothing of the 62 chunks of rock and ice that have faithfully encircled it for millions of years. With Valentine's Day less than a week away, consider "62 Moons" a beautiful wake-up call, as well as a reminder to cherish the hearts orbiting each of our lives.
The Silhouette Era
Carlos J Gonzalez: Vocals/Guitar/Keys.
James Findlay: Drums.
Clayton Payton: Bass.
Sean Thompson: Guitar.
-from San Francisco, CA
-The Silhouette Era practically define Northern California's own brand of surf pop; not that of hot summer nights, but of freezing dawns and the sobering ennui that can only be found when you look, bleary-eyed out into an infinity of grey sky and ocean.