San Francisco Communion November 2012
Wednesday, 7th November 2012 at Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Striking an exhilarating blend of English rock and American roots music, The Dunwells’ songs arrive both ready for the fight and the fallout. Emerging from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, their hometown in 2009, The Dunwells are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo) along with cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and longtime best mate Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). “We are genuinely best mates,” explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. “We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink.” Their stellar musicianship, classic roots songwriting and soaring harmony vocals have already made instant but lasting impressions on scores of fans.
Magic Magic Roses
Magic Magic Roses make dreamy, meditative folk music in San Francisco. Kate Sweeney (vocals, guitar) and Sarah Simon (vocals, guitar) deliver raw, stripped down, and warm folk songs that are as intimate as they are intoxicating. Their sound brings to mind a lot of our favorite tender records that were coming out of the Pacific Northwest in the late ’90s by folks like Rose Melberg, Kaia, Sarah Dougher, and Lois, as well as displaying hints of a darker disposition, sort of like a more twee Cat Power or Edith Frost.
Chelsea TK and the Tzigane Society
San Francisco based Chelsea TK and the Tzigane Society is a boisterous and swirling amalgamation of style and soul infused with layers of instrumental loops, driving drum work, clever electronic bits, and Chelsea’s expansive, entrancing vocals. The band is: Chelsea TK (vocals, keys, Neil Wadawan (drums, tablas), Kerry Wing (guitar, vocals), Pat Schlickling (bass), and Adam Dainowski (doumbek, djembe). Their debut ablum Terra Terra Attero has touches of neo-soul and indie rock peppered with electronica and world music, with dashes of jazz and 60’s psychedelic beat poetry, and a twist of 80’s goth sexuality. Efforts to label Chelsea’s work often draw comparisons to Florence and the Machine, Beth Orton, and late Radiohead, but not finding an exact fit, asserting the notion that something very original is unveiling itself on .
The Redlight District
The Redlight District is a psych-rock outfit from Santa Cruz, California. The band is comprised of Stephan Sams (vocals), Nano (lead guitar), Dan Leitner (keyboards), and Tyler Walicek (drums). Their frenetic live performances blend elements of delta blues, jazz rock, and soul, weaving meticulously embellished, percussive guitar lines with dynamically intricate rock-organ. These provide a backdrop for Sams’ baritone croon, which moves from tranquil melody into manic wails. Their first single, “In the Street” is slated for release in November 2012.
As a kid riding horses and chasing coyotes, singer/songwriter Lauren Barth became captivated with the idealized American West. Those images and sounds bleed through her music, yet her sound is uniquely her own. A guitarist and poet since an early age, her craft is delicately reminiscent of the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s. Lauren’s music nods to her muses – Neal Cassady, Gram Parsons, Big Sur, the California desert, and the many roads that lead from here to there and back again. She is as much inspired by the sounds of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell as by the many stories from lifes often twisting and lovelorn road.
Born in Los Angeles, and growing up on the beaches of Southern California, the 25 year old singer has a style that lies somewhere between Nashville and Lauren Canyon, western swing and psychedelia. Her lyrics are disarmingly refreshing with an unforgettable clarity. Her guitar picking and vocal subtleties are wise beyond her years.
Doors: 7.30pm // Show: 8.00pm
Tickets: $10 dos // $8 adv. available here