BELLS ATLAS + MEERNAA

BELLS ATLAS + MEERNAA

For Now, plus ASTRONAUTS, ETC (dj set)

Wednesday 12/6

8:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

BELLS ATLAS
BELLS ATLAS
☀ kaleidosonic•soul•punch ☀

⚡ afro-soul, rhythm pop-sicles ☄ taste the r'nbow //// missy elliot meets bjork meets shadowcats and jolly sludge monsters

"Eminently chill and sexy in equal measure but with out of this world complexity and musical sophistication ... This is the kind of record that kick-starts movements." --Afropunk

"It's pretty easy to get lost in the group ... lush harmonies fill your ears ... their groove is anything but ordinary." --okayplayer
MEERNAA (EP release party!)
MEERNAA (EP release party!)
Meernaa is Carly Bond’s beautiful, freaky dream. When you listen to her songs, you have the feeling of walking alone in the woods, sometimes spooked and sometimes elated. The group is comprised of Carly Bond (guitar and vocals), Rob Shelton (keys), Andrew Maguire (drums) and Doug Stuart (bass). The Oakland-based Meernaa have a gift for balancing intimate songs with immersive psychedelic arrangements. Meernaa’s debut EP Strange Life (out 6/8/18 on Native Cat) is no exception, building on the framework they have previously established on a series of singles with even more depth and complexity.

When not working on their own music, members of Meernaa work as engineers and session musicians at John Vanderslice’s renowned Tiny Telephone Studios, and their vast knowledge of audio production has worked its way into Strange Life as well. Lead single "Good Luck” is built on a foundation inspired by the melodies of Muddy Waters. Through repetitive guitar lines and a plaintive mantra the song is driven into the present in a chorus of glittering synths. "Wildest Eyes," another standout track, was on the verge of being scrapped in the studio before finding life through funky bass lines, poignant percussion and a 70’s soul-inspired production.

Woven through each one of these songs is Bond’s transfixing voice; what starts as an amorous croon can transform into a full eruption. In the title track “Strange Life” there is a theme, she explains,“a longing for truth above all else and the frustration that comes with not having it-- in relationships with others, with oneself, and the conundrum of just being alive;” her emotive, elastic melodies and tone are perfectly suited to tackle those complexities.

Meernaa’s Strange Life EP is expansive and arresting; the group is able to create a thick and moody backdrop that takes the listener through moments of catharsis just as easily as moments of spirited playfulness.
For Now
For Now
Alex and Zeina are For Now. They live in Oakland, CA. They love each other and Kate Bush.
plus ASTRONAUTS, ETC (dj set)
plus ASTRONAUTS, ETC (dj set)
"Anthony Ferraro is a member of Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi touring band, but he also fronts his own project called Astronauts, etc. Today the band shares “I Know,” the first single from a fresh batch of recordings. Although Ferraro was at one point studying to become a classical musician at UC Berkeley — a career path derailed by arthritis — this track is a ’70s-style soft-rock gem that taps into some of the same lite-funk vibes as Toro’s recent work while maintaining its own particular flavor. That makes sense considering Bundick is the one who introduced Ferraro into the popular music scene in the first place. The groove on this one is strong despite the overall pillowy quality of the music. “Just hold me tight,” Ferraro croons in falsetto before a smooth guitar solo enters to usher in the next verse." --Stereogum
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
http://rickshawstop.com