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.
Sunday April 12 2020
2:00PM doors -- music at 3:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Subliminal SF presents..
"The Subliminal Sunday BBQ"
Afternoon BBQ Show: Free BBQ food!
Reunion / Tim's 50th Birthday
Pop Punk Rock
Hard rock, Blues rock, Heavy metal
Mike "Sir Francis" Drake, Tim "Tommi Kazi" Mitchell, Lars "Lars Savage" Savage,
Donny "Don Falconer" Newenhouse, Ronny McDonaldson - Road Dog, ESQ.
-from San Francisco, CA
-Hot Fog is a San Francisco Hard Rock and Heavy Metal band born from the ashes of a slew of SF bands spanning the 90’s through the 00’s including Oranger, Film School, Hammerdown Turpentine, Pinq, Carlos!, and Preston School of Industry. This rag-tag group band of indie veterans decided to get back to their roots — all they way back to their days of prepubescent bedroom rocking to bring forth a thundering sound akin to the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, with forays into proto-thrash a la early Metallica. Nodding to the past while rocking into the future with monster riffs, ripping leads, and soaring vocals, they bring it, un-ironically, and with quality and reverence – as metal is supposed be. Their live shows are sweat-soaked full-on, frontal assaults, complete with fog machines, lasers, classic metal guitars, and fans thrusting devil horns in the air as participants rather than “audience”. They do, however, have a “no costume” rule, and the band eschews the current trend of beards, tattoos, and Kyuss-tinged sludge-metal, and instead, they walk that razors edge of sincerity and fun like not many bands can. Aquarius Records, definitely experts on the subject of all things metal, put it best:
What it comes down to it though, all you need to know about Hot Fog is, do they rock? And more to the point, do they slay? We’d say yea, and verily. Like a fist in the air, the vocals scream and soar. The galloping guitars storm to attack. It’s 1983 all over again, and in your face! The riffs are all instant headbangers, dished out with practically punk energy….
… As with any true metal band in this day and age, it may be that their tongues aren’t entirely removed from their cheeks. Without being utterly ironic, you can still have a sense of humor about this brand of D&D metal (you maybe have to). Doesn’t stop it from ruling though. And they’re definitely SERIOUS about loving medieval metal and kicking ass. Having fun, drinking beer, all that, but not taking the piss
– Aquarius Records
Donny “Ronny MacDonaldson” Newenhouse (drums, including cymbals and hardware)
Mike (sweet gold flying v),
Tim “Tommi Kazi” Mitchell (coke-white explorer/dope-ass rising sun Charvel/vocals)
Lars "Larry" Savage - (bass, with cord and sometimes strap)
We tried play D&D sometimes, but don’t really follow the rules that well and usually drink a lot of brews and just try and kill everything
We perform with fog and lasers, and we are continually striving to improve our stage show… if it wasn’t for those Great White idiots, we would probably have pyro by now.
Our name was graciously donated to us by our friend and fan, Rishi.
The awesome name of our EP, “Wyvern and Children First” was graciously donated by our friend and former Hot Fog guitarist, Bob Reed.
Check out this Owlbear… It’s half owl, half bear. Sadly, it’s intelligence is low, so it will never know how awesome it truly is.
-from San Francisco,CA
-A shoo-in to succeed the Bay Area rock throne long left vacant by Steve-Perry-era Journey, Oranger is a band whose career to date has been punctuated by critical success and a highly enviable tour history. As Oranger releases its 4th full-length, New Comes and Goes, the band discovers it‚€™s at its strongest when it does what it knows best‚€”playing rock music irreverent of time and place. The following is a little history to put these rock stars into human perspective.
In 1997, both guitarist/vocalist Mike Drake and bassist/vocalist Matt Harris shared a bit of band-less malaise after a stint with pop/punk outfit Overwhelming Colorfast. Drake and Harris soon found the perfect complement to their duo, and a near replica of Sesame Street‚€™s Animal, in drummer Jim Lindsay. Oranger was born.
A year later, Oranger released the self-produced Doorway To Norway on Pray For Mojo (later to be re-released on Amazing Grease). Over the next year and a half the band amassed a devout hometown following with strong songwriting and the added help of Lindsay‚€™s notorious onstage antics and guerrilla attacks on the drums. In 1999, Oranger introduced itself to all of California as the support band for Pavement. By the end of 2000, the band had completed a West Coast jaunt with 16 Deluxe and a European support slot for Elliot Smith, virtually cementing Oranger‚€™s standing at the very least as ‚€œa band‚€™s band.‚€� One thing was clear: even if you didn‚€™t like Oranger‚€™s music, you sure did enjoy the band‚€™s company.
Oranger was joined by keyboardist Patrick Main (the Snowmen) in 2001. That same year the second full-length, The Quiet Vibrationland, was released on Scott Kannberg‚€™s (Spiral Stairs from Pavement) Amazing Grease label. A rant and rave of psychedelia through millennial colored lenses, the record was speckled with such campfire gems as, ‚€œView Of The City From An Airplane,‚€� ‚€œTexas Snow,‚€� and ‚€œCollapsed In The Superdome.‚€� Kids and critics alike sang praises in perfect pitch. By the year‚€™s end, the band had released and toured the record in the UK for the Poptones label, and had cut rugs across the Midwest with Ohioan heroes, Guided By Voices.
The success of Vibrationland drove the band members fast into the seclusion of their home studio for more recording and experimentation. More than a year of fiddling around led to the massive double disc release, Shutdown the Sun (Jackpine Social Club). A 34 track companion disc, From the Ashes of Electric Elves, was also included with the first 5000 copies of Shutdown. The album garnered unanimous critical praise as a well-realized experimental pop romp across the sunny California landscape. Pitchfork raved that the band elicited, ‚€œthick ocean breezes, cloudless skies, and California languor into every note they play, creating an album that‚€™s as appealing as it is light.‚€� Fans the world over sought after the companion disc for its playful overview of more than four years of experimental outtakes.
Leap years seem always to breed change, and for Oranger, 2004 was no exception. First, the band put a couple of exclamatory notches in its tour belt, supporting Apples in Stereo early in the year, and playing summer dates in Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, England with a band called REM. The band was also asked by the Los Angeles Film Festival to compose and perform an original score for Dziga Vertov‚€™s 1929 film The Man With the Movie Camera.
But, around the same time, original drummer Jim Lindsay left the band to pursue his more than one hundred other projects. The band added two new musicians to the lineup: drummer John Hofer (Mother Hips, Persephone‚€™s Bees, Kelley Stoltz) and Overwhelming Colorfast leader and longtime friend Bob Reed on guitar. The new Oranger quintet was now poised to enter the studio in early 2005.
The recording of New Comes and Goes took place over a two-week span in January 2005, a far cry from the marathon process of Shutdown. Drake recalls, ‚€œWe wanted this record to be opposite the last record. We decided to give ourselves 10 days to record and mix the whole record. We wanted to try getting the tunes down before we sucked the life out of them.‚€� The band hit the studio after only a few rehearsals. The lyrics were still being drafted during the vocal sessions. The strategy was to make an immediate and direct record that would translate well on stage. The result was right on target. In a landscape of ever changing trends and sounds, Oranger is content to carve out its very own piece of scenery. Drake sums it up, ‚€œWe‚€™re either five years behind or 15 years ahead, depending on how you look at it.‚€� Such speculation is irrelevant‚€”new comes and goes.
-from San Francisco, CA