Cathedrals (photo: Jon Bauer)
Every month, our editors hear lots of great new music, at shows around the Bay, exploring the far reaches of the Interwebs, and sifting through the veritable deluge of emails from artists and publicists around the globe hawking the latest songs and videos. While we’d love to write about everything that catches our ear, it’s impossible – there’s just too much good music out there. This is an attempt at rounding up the latest and greatest that we didn’t have the bandwidth to cover throughout the month – the Best of the Rest for March 2015 (yes, we’re a little late this month).
Cathedrals’ dropped a new video for their track “OOO AAA” directed by none other than Frank Door, who seems to be everywhere these days. The track is from the self-titled debut EP out now via Neon Gold, and the video features some beautifully hazy visuals of bandmembers Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin in what looks like a classic SF Victorian hallway, spliced together with shots of a couple, well, getting it on.
San Francisco’s King Woman dropped a new documentary about their “Escape From Tomorrow” tour last summer with Planning For Burial, Mother Room, and Foie Gras. Filmed by King Woman’s frontwoman Kristina Esfandiari and filmmaker M.J. Bernier, the nine-minute short provides an interesting peek into life as a touring independent musician.
Male Gaze released their debut LP on March 31 via Castle Face, and shared the title track to the record earlier in the month. The nearly six-minute track confirms Castle Face-leader John Dwyer’s comment that this band was made for “blow-out enthusiasts” – aggressive, angular, and just plain loud, “Gale Maze” is SF garage rock at its finest.
Changing gears entirely, we were happy to see the release of Vetiver’s sixth record Complete Strangers on March 24 via Easy Sound Recording Co. Andy Cabic, the man behind Vetiver, shared the album track “Loose Ends” early last month, giving us a taste of some new wonderfully jangly folk that has become his trademark.
Another local favorite, Geographer, released an album last month, Ghost Modern, out March 24 on Roll Call, included lead single “I’m Ready”, and Mike Deni trotted out this intimate acoustic performance of the track in the days leading up to the record’s release.
Oakland “kaleidosonic afro-soul” band Bells Atlas debuted their new track “Future Bones” near the end of March. Taken from their forthcoming EP Hyperlust, “Future Bones” is fresh, slow-burning, textured wonder that can stir even the most hardened soul.
San Francisco based blues/indie rock trio Fritz Montana dropped a ripping new song “I’m Not The Same”, recorded this past January at The Panda Studios in Fremont. The straightforward, no frills track is refreshing to hear in this day-and-age where too many “indie” bands shy away from the blues. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can catch Fritz Montana live tomorrow night at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas.
Banquet, a SF-based band that peddles some gloriously heavy, ’70s-influenced rock ‘n’ roll, released their “Run To You” b/w “Mother Road” 7″ on Germany’s Who Can You Trust Records, and the two tracks have a beastly power not often found in San Francisco rock these days. Listen below, and hurry up before this limited edition vinyl is all sold out.
See you next month!