"Where've you been Cadet?"
So it's been over a month since I last wrote. For those who were anxiously awaiting pt.2 of the Battlehooch residency review, I'm sorry to keep you waiting so long/let you down, but it's past the statute of limitations to post that review. I know, I dropped the ball...
I don't want to bore you all with the details, but my life in SF has been nuts the last month. As much as I don't want to blame the "housing situation" in SF as the culprit for my disappearance, the sad reality is after being Ellis Acted from the only place I've lived since I moved to SF 4 years ago, I had to try to find a place to live. Let me tell you something you already know, HOUSING PRICES ARE FUCKING RIDICULOUS IN THIS CITY! Did you know that rental companies are charging upwards of $20/sq ft of space in SF apartments...and thats supposedly a bargain...
Also, my band went to a studio and recorded 8-ish songs that will hopefully be out by the fall in comic book/entertaining music video form.
I digress on my personal situation, I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about "A Performance Review". I'm still going to shows and since my situation has become a BIT more stable now (I found some temporary housing, still need to find a place to practice), I want to start getting back into writing reviews.
During the midst of the turbulence, I still made it out to some shows, and here are a few links to bands that you should defiantly know of in the greater bay area...
-I'm not usually a singer/songwriter type of guy, but holy hell Travis Hayes is much more then that. He's a storyteller and you can tell in his voice that this guy has things to say! Check out his CD release show Fri. July 11th@ B.o.t.H
-I think these guys like falling in the "shoe gaze" category, but the problem with that, Balms is not boring making you just want to stare down. They have the shoe gaze tone down but with poppy songs
- I saw James play at a Young Scandinavian's Club weekend retreat at Clearlake. He switched back and forth between acoustic guitar and piano. James has crafted easily listenable songs with complex ideas/song structures to make it a treat to listen to. See him at a Capp St. house show this Saturday the 21st in SF
The Classical-I'm going to let you in on a secret, The Classical is going to be huge. They have EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING you need, with a mixture of The Knife/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Jazz this duo does more than many 5 piece bands. You can't see them play for a few month, but keep your ear to ground for these two, because holy moly they will blow you away
Tartufi-When I was going to see the Battlehooch Orchestra (which was GREAT by the way) I saw Tartufi open for them. Sweet finger tapping Frank it was great. Musically Tartufi take you on a ride. I'll put them in a math rock category due to the changing of time signatures/fingertapping/live sampling of drums and guitars. It was a fun puzzle to watch be assembled in front of your eyes.
Just a reminder, if you have a show coming up and think, "Hey my band puts on a good performance" let me know via email...Cadet@IheartSFbands.com I'm always looking for bands I'm not familiar with to knock my socks off. Be warned though, I'll write an honest opinion about the performance with no exceptions.
Thanks for reading