This Friday, February 26, The Bay Bridged presents to you a Noise Pop Happy Hour at San Francisco’s Bender’s Bar in midst of the Bay Area’s annual Noise Pop festivities. Before you make your way to this happy hour event, I’ve taken the time to get to know Oakland’s BAUS, one of the acts for Friday’s performance.
If you’re not familiar with the band, BAUS’ music combines a blend of jittery musical fashions suitable to the trio comprised of Mike Morales, Thomas Jackson, and Sierra Wendt. I asked BAUS member Mike more about the artistic process behind the group and what the future holds for the band.
The Bay Bridged: First of all, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. How did you all start playing music together?
Mike: Thomas and I have been playing together on and off for more than half of our lives. We had some ideas in the works before Sierra happened to pop up in the Bay Area at the right time. We didn’t have to twist her arm much to pick up the bass and within a few sessions we knew we had something.
TBB: You’ve put out some music for a while now, including some demos and live recordings I found on your Bandcamp. Listeners may be more familiar with your 2014 release Idol Minds, an album that mixes a collage of sounds within the post-punk to garage rock range. Can you tell me a bit more about the songwriting and collaboration process for that album?
Mike: It’s always been that I bring an idea to the table, sometimes a song in its entirety or just a jingle, and we all collectively polish it out together. We all listen to each others’ ideas, no matter how silly or outlandish they may be, which is why the style of the album is all over the place. Nonetheless, I think Idol Minds sort of resembles that discipline and respect that we have for each other. Also, a whole lot of booze went into the writing process. Like, a lot….
TBB: What are some future plans for the band?
Mike: We’re heading to the Southwest this spring. When we get back we’ll have a whole new album to record. That’s what I’m most excited about and I’m sure Thomas and Sierra would agree.
TBB: BAUS is playing San Francisco’s Benders Bar in celebration of Noise Pop Happy Hour this year. What are some of your favorite places to play in the Bay Area?
Mike: I haven’t been to Benders in years, so who knows, they might be a game changer. As of now, Santos Studios in West Oakland and The Hemlock have always shown us a good time. Up the DYI spots!