After the 2016 election, the nation seemed sharply divided. With inauguration day rapidly approaching, we wanted to give musicians from our community a space to voice how they felt about the election results.

Some were upset that the candidate with fewer popular votes won the presidency, some were upset at others for not voting, and some did not accept the results. Vast groups of citizens took to the streets to protest, with a number of marches and rallies taking place in the Bay Area.

As a nonprofit devoted to fostering music in the Bay, we celebrate the self-expression that is often the catalyst for art. We write profiles and features about our local musicians and community, but more than that, we give musicians a platform to share a bit about themselves and give us the hows and whys of their music.

We gathered local musicians from different musical genres and had them choose one word to represent how they felt about the results of the 2016 election. Each band posed with their word and shared a bit about why they chose it. Below are portraits of eight local bands who met with us to work on this project.

T Sisters

T Sisters, by Estefany Gonzalez
“We feel so lucky to have a strong community of musicians, artists, and activists around us, especially during the painful and divisive time of the election. Moving forward, as the government moves to curtail rights and privileges that have been fought for over the years, we believe that relying on community for support of all kinds will be crucial.” – T Sisters

The Easy Leaves

The Easy Leaves, by Estefany Gonzalez
“Domestic and global politics are very delicate things. To have someone who does not seem to use any kind of delicacy in any of his dealings with people and whose ego is as delicate in those things is kind of terrifying.” – The Easy Leaves

Royal Jelly Jive

Royal Jelly Jive, by Estefany Gonzalez
“We were shocked and left in utter disbelief. Angry and a bit terrified. Feeling like our whole country just got Punk’d and Ashton Kutcher was nowhere to be found!” – Royal Jelly Jive

Abbot Kinney

Abbot Kinney, by Estefany Gonzalez
“It feels like the floodgates of hell have just been opened. We don’t know what’s going to happen to our oceans and our earth and that’s all very frightening. There is no word to combat that other than love. It’s the simplest form of action and requires some of the hardest detail and nuance to actually engage in love.” – Abbot Kinney

Red Wood

Redwood, by Estefany Gonzalez
“Resistance to oppression on all fronts. To the existing systematic oppression and to the ideological prejudices that sustain it. It is time to fight back against fascist sentiments that are being expressed overtly after the election.” – Red Wood

Oddjob Ensemble

“‘Create’ comes to mind. I feel like it’s important to create more intentful and more meaningful art this year.” – Oddjob Ensemble

The band formerly known as Secret Cat

The band formerly known as Secret Cat, by Estefany Gonzalez
“The coming administration is sending some loud and hateful messages through its decisions, and we’d like to respond with some real gritty feedback.”- The band formerly known as Secret Cat

The Down House

The Down House, by Estefany Gonzalez
“This has got to be the bottom.” – The Down House