The Tambo Rays, Ryan Wong (of Cool Ghouls)

Sunday 11/19

8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

ADV TIX $10 / DOORS $12. 

Nothing just happens overnight. QTY might seem like they arrived perfectly formed last October with the release of 'Rodeo' - a bright, joyous indie rock lightning bolt that feels as much of a force of friendship as that detailed in its narrative - but Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz had been working towards that moment for most of their lives.

As two 17-year-olds in New York City, the pair began conversing online and eventually met up in person. They instantly cemented a firm bond that would see them through a myriad of ups, downs and false starts with the band they formed together. It also eventually inspired their aforementioned debut single as QTY, which gained them immediate support and acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, Paste, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Australia's Triple J.

As debut albums go, 'QTY' is one of the strongest first steps a new band has released in ages. Each of its 10 tracks feel like a vital shot, from the second the record jumpstarts with 'Rodeo', through gently buzzing soother 'Notify Me' to 'Salvation', which steadily builds to a softly searing end that feels like some kind of heavenly interjection. It continuously references life and living in varying shades of dark and light, and Dan's evocative, storytelling lyrics deal out microscopic close-ups of the minutiae of his and Alex's day-to-day.
The Tambo Rays
The Tambo Rays
The Tambo Rays are a spirited collaboration between siblings Brian and Sara DaMert. Featuring Sara on vocals and Brian on guitar, they’ve set art rock ablaze with their bittersweet pop flavor. Backed by Greg Sellin on bass and Bob Jakubs on drums, The Tambo Rays playful showmanship has propelled them on stage with tUnE-yArDs, The Go Team, SOKO the Cat, White Fence, Dead Meadow, PAPA, and Gothic Tropic.

The DaMerts and Sellin are no strangers to playing major venues with national headliners. Opportunity arose for Brian, Sara and Greg to tour in WATERS, formed by Van Pierszalowski (former frontman of Port O’Brien). In 2014 and 2015 they performed across the country supporting major acts: Weezer, Tegan and Sara, Misterwives, Matt and Kim, Magic Man, and Cold War Kids, and appearing on national TV shows Conan O’Brien and Carson Daly.
Ryan Wong (of Cool Ghouls)
Though Ryan Wong’s boyish charm might be obvious to anyone who’s seen him perform solo or with his group the Cool Ghouls, what might not be obvious about the artist behind More Milk is that he is, in fact, lactose intolerant. What’s up with that? What kind of milk are we talking about anyway?

Well, sometimes a songwriter in a rock group has a jolt of creativity that results in some great numbers for the band (that’s the milk), and then even more ideas that might have to find their way into another icebox (more milk). While there’s a delicate acoustic sketch or two on this home-recorded cassette, don’t let Wong’s easygoing attitude or vocal style belie his ability to turn a great idea or two into a fully ambulant creature of a tune. Ryan—handling guitar, bass, and keys with a rotating cast of bandmates and roommates filling in on percussion and woodwinds—makes it happen. Just try to listen to the two-note, triple time trill that drives “Good Lovin” without imagining approaching an overcast San Francisco day with a Mr. Natural stride.

If you should stroll into a club in the Mission on a chilly evening or find this tape in your dealer’s deck, why not slow down and take it in for a moment? There’s a little something in these six songs for the deadheads, for John Cale obsessives, and for tough rockers in derby jackets and boots who like to eat mushrooms, sit in the grass and listen to the Emerson Brothers. I’m willing to bet there may even be something for you—Ryan’s probably holding and has plenty to go around.
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102