We have been getting so many great submissions lately, and we thank all of those hardworking musicians for sending their work our way. Most of our submissions come from local bands, but we get quite a few from artists who live just outside the Bay – and we listen to all of those, too! Today we’ll feature a few of our favorite almost-local artists.
It took about five seconds for Stockton’s Satan Wriders to reel me in with the wonderful surf-rock riff that kicks off their Black Eyed Kids LP. What is it with landlocked Stockton and surfing? Whatever it is, it’s working. Satan Wriders will play in Davis on August 17 with G. Green and Mad Nanna.
Feed me Jack from Santa Cruz sounds like a college party band playing math rock. Feed Me Jack’s LP Chumpfrey shows they are very talented and technical musicians, but don’t let their technicality get in the way of having a damn good time. Feed Me Jack is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a West Coast tour that will give you chances to see them in SF, Oakland, San Jose, Marin, and even Hayward.
Earlier this year, Sacramento’s Pablo released a dreamy folk-pop LP, Loma Prieta. Often influenced by ’60s pop, this is one of the rare submissions we receive where a lo-fi, DIY feel enhances the listening experience.
Finite used to be entirely based in San Francisco, but now one of its members, John Soat, has moved to New York, leaving behind his musical partner Conor Grebel and this dark, soulful, and wonderful electronic pop EP. The EP was actually trimmed down from music created specifically for a one-off show, with the music matching up with visuals. I’m hoping this isn’t the last we hear from this extremely talented duo.