ASTEROID #4, Jesus Sons

Thu, December 8, 2016

8:00 pm

Rickshaw Stop


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

ADV TIX $10 / DOORS $12. There's a 6 ticket limit for this event per household, customer, credit card number and email address. Patrons who exceed the ticket limit can have their order cancelled automatically and without notice.

"Magical pop...that could inspire one to take meds without a perscription." - Autopia Music

"LSD and the Search for God are the rightful inheritors of the more coherent side of My Bloody Valentine and the more experimental, noisy side of Luna." -Real Detroit Weekly

"Psychedelic shoegazers..." - SF Weekly

"LSD and the Search for God live up to their name with psychedelic rock reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine and Spaceman 3." - Flavorpill

"Apparently, the '90s was one awesome guitar-driven, hazy dream, and the influx of bands reminiscing hard on shoegaze is more prominent than ever. San Francisco's LSD And The Search For God is no exception, the band pinning itself as a group of trippers by name alone. Living up to the moniker, the dual vocals of Andy Liszt and Sophia Campbell ride perfectly over sheets of reverb and feedback like a poppier version of Sonic Youth, and the five-piece carries some substantial weight through their drummer's unabashed arena-rock style." - The Onion AV Club
Ups and downs, twists and turns; this is an appropriate way to describe the path long traveled by The Asteroid No.4 since the latter half of the 1990's. Originally forming as a quartet in Philadelphia, they’ve since become a permanent five piece and now call Northern California their home.

Over the last decade and a half they've built a trove of eight full length albums, well over a dozen compilation appearances, digital-only rarity releases and multiple singles; a feat that many modern bands would certainly find daunting. They've impressively managed to grow this lengthy body of work while tenuously fostering a family of A4 alumni. What's even more impressive is that they've kept moving while remaining solidly underground, never garnering the more above-ground momentum from which a select few of their "psych" contemporaries have been fortunate enough to benefit.

For The Asteroid No.4, success has never been measured by on-line social media "likes" or "going viral", but rather the music in which they write. That, and of course, how history will retrospectively view their completed body of work, similar to the vast unearthing of obscure artists the band themselves cite as their greatest influences.
Clearly, the A4 sound is a hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psychedelic, "Krautrock", "Shoegaze", folk and even 70s "Cosmic" country rock and despite never shying away from wearing their influences squarely on their sleeves, it’s their longevity that has matured them to the point of originality rather than simply homage. It is that same longevity that has enabled them to do whatever they want, when they want, allowing them the freedom to experiment, which certainly makes up the foundation for anything truly "psychedelic."
Jesus Sons
Jesus Sons
"Have you ever thought about joining a 1960s motorcycle gang? We have. But like, we're wicked scared of road rash and we don't wanna get helmet hair and also leather gets us all rashy. So we're not really cut out for it. Also, time travel hasn't been invented. But in case you've got both a time machine and the desire for life on a hog, we suggest letting this new song from Jesus Sons be your soundtrack.

The [LA] band uses all kinds of vintage equipment to get that badass old school sound. They have a new album coming out on January 28 via Mock Records. You should get it and listen to it with your old lady (that's what you call your girlfriend, btw) while she's blowing you in a truckstop bathroom or whatever."


"With bands everywhere ripping pages out the '60s, Jesus Sons sound as if they could write a whole chapter. The L.A.-based quintet of Brandon Wurtz (ex-Spyrals), Shannon Dean, Bert Hoover, Chance Welton and Erik Lake makes psych-rock with a a garagey flavor and an Americana aftertaste."


The songs that Jesus Sons write serve as explicit documentation of living in modern day America. The lyrics are filled with shady characters from the back streets of San Francisco and beyond. The ones lurking in the shady corners of your local watering hole, taking long drags off their cigarettes. Their breath stained of cheap whiskey. The music is the product of each members' geographical origins colliding together. Two hometown buds from Idaho lay down vocals, guitar, harmonica and drums, two boys from Los Angeles bring in the bass and slide guitar and a lone ranger rings in the tasteful lead guitar and harmonica from Iowa. The five boys of Jesus Sons dust each song with their experiences of growing up in a troubled time. There is an uneasiness underneath their youthful, determined soundtrack for the modern day motorcycle riding, fast driving, whiskey and beer drinking, freedom seeking kids of today and tomorrow.

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Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102