Actions and Detail Panel
EagleWolfSnake Single Release Show
Sat, May 13, 2017, 9:00 PM – 11:59 PM PDT
EagleWolfSnake (SF IndieShake)
EagleWolfSnake is one of the tightest, fullest sounding trios I’ve heard in quite awhile. Just listen to their debut EP for evidence: layered vocals that make choruses arena-ready, chiming guitar lines that effortlessly float through the driving beats, deceptively simple song structures featuring big melodic hooks and an explicit desire to get your feet moving. You can reference everyone from the Speaking In Tongues incarnation of the Talking Heads to any era of Franz Ferdinand (because, let’s face it, those guys never really did change up their sound, did they?), but for brevity’s sake, it’s better just to classify the band as danceable rock/pop ear candy. “Empty Weather” is especially catchy and so concisely constructed you’ll wish it was longer than just two-and-a-half minutes.
- The Bay Bridged
The Redwoods Music (Playing BottleRock 2017)
Indie record label The Redwoods Music doesn’t operate like most. It launched in 2015 when local musicians Alfred Howard, Matt Molarius and Josh Rice realized their existing music projects had enough overlapping performers that it made sense to share resources to make each individual band stronger. So the four bands on The Redwoods label work collaboratively, sharing musicians for both composition and performance. It’s not quite a house band, but close. The natural consequence being that each project has some sounds in common. There’s an enduring affection for vintage tones, for example, and plenty of backbeat. And on a casual listen, the first thing you might notice is all four are fronted by women. Resist the urge to see it as formulaic. Especially when you consider much of the songwriting belongs to Howard, a gifted lyricist credited with writing for eight SD bands and at least two alt-weeklies. Because the real story of this music is what each of these exceptional talents can do to a song. Take a listen, and get to know all four of the women leading The Redwoods Music, because right now their voices are changing the sound of San Diego for the better.
We Arsons is an Alternative Folk and 90's rock band based out of San Francisco, CA.
The music is a mix of 90’s alternative rock and indie folk. With classic folk melodies, richly layered guitars and keys, and a driving beat, the goal is to create a soundscape that is constantly experimenting with itself.
The themes of the continuously-evolving sound are heavy, acoustical rhythms/melodies and alternative rock walls. Ethereal sounds and aesthetics surround surrealistic lyrics properly syncopated to accentuate the different sections of each track, all of which blend in such a way as to make a song that can only be written by this band.
Michael Ballan has been writing songs since he was a teen and more seriously since attending UC Santa Cruz. When he graduated, he moved to San Francisco looking for musicians and friends to help bloom the idea of a sound that mixed traditional folk with cosmic grunge; the band was started shortly after.