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Wednesday November 8 2023
 8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
•••  21 AND OVER
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
 doomgaze drone metal post-metal score soundtrack
Friendship Commanders
 Melodic heavy rock
The Freak Accident
 punk, pop, latin surf, blues

-from San Francisco, CA
-Founded in 2003 as a casual ensemble project, Sleepbomb immediately gained recognition in San Francisco for performing improvised industrial/experimental scores to German Expressionist lms like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis. In 2004, the founding duo of Charles Hernandez and Mark Jones were joined by Chris Bishop (bass), Rob Johnson (drums), Tim Gotch (keyboards) and James Presley on the saw. After a short hiatus in 2013 and some lineup changes, Sleepbomb fully got back together in 2015.

Originally stylistically close to a chaotic version of Throbbing Gristle vs Black Sabbath, Sleepbomb has been exploring experimental sounds and forms, guided by the band’s love of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Coil, Neurosis, Sunn 0))), Ulver and Swans, among others. Settling on a drone inuenced style of doom metal as the overarching theme while exploring other genres as appropriate for each lm’s particular style, Sleepbomb has performed full scores for the German expressionist classics Metropolis and Nosferatu as well as their signature score for Conan the Barbarian at the independent theaters, lm festivals and art galleries of the SF Bay Area to national festivals like Litha Cascadia.

Post-pandemic, Sleepbomb returned as a four piece and developed entirely new material for the scores of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and the classic 1968 zombie lm Night of the Living Dead. An artistic endeavor rather than a band, Sleepbomb has spent the last 20 years providing a whole dierent perspective to the listeners, recontextualizing genre-dening lms with entirely new scores. A deep dive beyond your imagination.

With five full film scores in hand, Sleepbomb approaches 2023 and beyond with a renewed dedication to progressing and disseminating this unique form of cinematic art and music. After many years of only self-releasing live or excerpted recordings, Sleepbomb joins the roster of Koolarrow Records for their first full formal score recording - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

“Compared to most other projects that I've worked on, Sleepbomb is an entirely different beast.” – says Billy Gould, the founder of Koolarrow Records: “I have always liked music when there is a visual component to it, but these guys express theirs with a rhythm that is very deep and hypnotic, but full of character in a very human sense.”

The LP is scheduled to be released in October 2023 in digital, physical and synchronized Blu-ray formats.

Friendship Commanders
-from Nashville, TN
-Friendship Commanders are a heavy duo. The band is vocalist/guitarist Buick Audra and drummer/bassist Jerry Roe. Their forthcoming album, MASS, is a concept record about memory, language, and the state of Massachusetts. The ten-track body of work was co-produced, engineered, and mixed by Kurt Ballou at his Salem, MA studio, GodCity. The album will be accompanied by a memoir in essays by Buick Audra. Both will be released on September 29, 2023; pre-orders are open.

Their 2022 EP, RELEASE THE REST, is a limited vinyl compilation of the singles they released throughout the pandemic following their 2020 EP, HOLD ON TO YOURSELF, a collection about being an adult survivor of childhood abuse. Both were mixed by Kurt Ballou.

The band has released two previous albums. BILL (2018) was recorded at Electrical Audio by Steve Albini, and DAVE (2016) was engineered and produced by the band.

The Freak Accident
-from San Francisco, CA
-The Freak Accident is a Punk/Math/Garage/Pop/Surf/Rock collision led by Victims Family/Jello Biafra and the GSM guitarist-vocalist Ralph Spight. Their 3 LP’s and 2 EP’s are genre-hopping smart-ass punk and rock, equal parts comedy and tragedy. The new line-up of bassist Henry Austin Lannan and Stark Raving Brad on drums has begun work on a fourth LP tentatively entitled “Outer Space Is Boring and is booking shows all over the Western US now.