Words by Tyler Walicek
San Francisco garage punks The Band Ice Cream, touring in support of their new LP, Classically Trained, are planning a stop at Bottom of the Hill on April 8. The four-piece hammers out a lighthearted blend of surf-punk songcraft, big hooks, and plaintive vocals. The Band Ice Cream takes sandpaper to feel-good Beach Boys-style tunes, delivering a wry and very Californian feel.
Classically Trained was produced by the legendary Bruce Botnick, who has producing or engineering credits on seminal albums like The Doors’ L.A. Woman, The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Botnick keeps the eleven tracks of Classically Trained raw, letting the exuberant guitar lines and sun-drenched backing harmonies shine through.
Billie Joe Armstrong scion Jakob Danger Armstrong, playing as MT. EDDY and also a Burger Records signee, will bring his own brand of hook-driven garage pop to the show. His attention-grabbing self-titled debut is a driving, up-tempo EP that lands somewhere between staples like DIIV and Joyce Manor. Also playing are Bear Call, a homegrown San Francisco band that’s lo-fi but decidedly not low-key, and Burd, a two-piece — eponymous guitarist Burd and her drummer — that lays down “heavy grungy groovy rock.”
The Band Ice Cream, MT. EDDY, Bear Call, Burd
Bottom of the Hill
April 8, 2017