The Bay Bridged is proud to announce the release of The Bay Bridged, Volume 1, a compilation spotlighting eleven of the best bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, all of whom you’ve heard on previous episodes of The Bay Bridged Podcast. The comp is a mix of brand new and previously unreleased songs as well as some local favorites. Needless to say, we’re extremely excited about the release.
Full album stream:
1. The Dodos – “Men”
2. Love is Chemicals – “Let Me Come Down”
3. Finest Dearest – “Making a Sound 2”
4. Tempo No Tempo – “Static”
5. The Old-Fashioned Way – “Robot on Fire”
6. Social Studies – “Sparrow”
7. The Lonelyhearts – “Complicated Men”
8. Or, the Whale – “Call and Response”
9. The Dont’s – “Believe?”
10. Peloton – “Stopping Time”
11. Tartufi – “Mourning’s Wake”
Album artwork and design by Scott Barry.
About The Bay Bridged, Volume 1:
From the opening sounds of The Dodosâ€™ â€œMenâ€, itâ€™s clear thereâ€™s something exciting going on in the
Bay Area scene. The Bay Bridged, Volume 1 is an attempt to sample some portion of the variety of great bands within the San Francisco scene, gathering eleven groups found during TheBayBridged.comâ€™s ongoing quest to find the best in local independent music. Available July 13th, 2007, the compilation represents a unique effort to draw unity across groups of varying sounds and influences while providing an hour-long mix of excellent music.
The first half of the compilation emphasizes the rock side of the San Francisco indie scene with a mix of
exclusive songs and local favorites, starting with brand new tracks from guitar-driven indie poppers Love is Chemicals and the post-punk sounds of Finest Dearest. On the local favorites front, Berkeleyâ€™s Tempo No Tempo offer the insanely catchy dance-rock number â€œStaticâ€ (â€œLike good baristas, [they] pull their shots hard and fast to deliver a compact and effective dosage.â€â€”Brian Howe, Pitchfork Media) and Social Studies bring us â€œSparrowâ€, a live set closer and crowd-pleaser (â€œMy new favorite bandâ€â€”Bill Picture, San Francisco Chronicle). In a similar vein is The Old-Fashioned Wayâ€™s â€œRobot on Fireâ€, a pop manifesto from a band that has been packing venues around San Francisco before releasing a single record.
The second half of The Bay Bridged, Volume 1 showcases the more diverse indie-influenced pop
sounds of the Bay, with The Lonelyhearts, singer-songwriters mixing synth, folk, and pop sounds and Peloton, who offer a waltz-like mix of dream-pop, shoegazer and indie rock. Other groups add their own unique imprints upon the mix, including Or, The Whale, whose unique blend of folk, alt-country and rock influences attract diverse packed crowds, and The Dontâ€™s, a band blending pop sounds and Can-inspired jams that make listeners dance and scratch their heads at the same time. The compilation closes with the epic yet melodic rock of Tartufi (â€œa complex, textural wall of sound that’s smartly built then elegantly deconstructedâ€â€”Robbie Mackey, XLR8R).