China

One of my personal favorite country/Americana/folk/whatever bands (both locally and beyond) is China. Their songwriting is brutally honest, and they're likely one of the most talented bands you'll ever see while sitting criss-cross applesuace in a recording studio. After a pair of digital EP's and the addition of Jacob Aranda and his pedal steel wizardry, China just announced their debut full-length: Pool of Tears, which is available on cassette July 22 from Royal Oakie Records. (Preorder here).

To gear up for the release, China went up to Bernal Heights to record a video for "Everyone Thinks I'm a Loser." Royal Oakie founder David Glassebrook produced and directed the visuals, with his partner Yasamine June chipping in as co-director, art director, and cinematographer. Shot entirely on Super 8, it's a dark, lovely, grainy ride, with a touch of humor to make sure you aren't totally wallowing in self-pity. It all feels just right:

China's release show is this Sunday at the Make-Out Room, and the lineup's a doozy: Yea-Ming and the Rumors, Joseph Childress, and The Unending Thread will share the stage.

China, Yea-Ming and the Rumors, Joseph Childress, The Unending Thread
Make-Out Room
July 17, 2016
8pm, $8

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