At The Bay Bridged, we listen to every submission sent to us via our submission page. We really do. However, as a Bay Area indie scene focused organization, we don’t spend too much time on your Dutch EDM producers, London bedroom acoustic artists, etc. However, Caen, France based Inaniel Swims added this note to their submission, and it made us pay closer attention than we would normally give our European friends: “Inaniel Swims is a french indie pop band influenced by Jonathan Richman and Surf music. We are touring in California in September. Our plane tickets are already booked! We are touring and recording an EP in California and we can’t wait of meeting you guys!!!” Kind of a bold move. Then I pushed play on their track “Hello Nowhere”:
Whoa! I reached out to Hugo, frontman for Inaniel Swims, to get a feel for his plan in California. Turns out he didn’t have much of a plan, so we recommended a few venues and recording studios. He managed to land a pair of local gigs, and will be recording an EP in Oakland with one of our favorites, Greg Ashley after stops in Southern California and Oregon. I’m really glad he’s made the trip, and I hope you give his Jonathan Richman meets lazy French surf sounds a warm welcome September 16 at The Octopus in Oakland (with the aforementioned Greg Ashley), or September 17 as part of a nice bill at the Knockout with Grooms and Kokomo Hum. Details below.
Greg Ashley, Inaniel Swims
The Octopus Literary Salon
September 16, 2015