LoFi Satellites rehearsing at their practice space. L-R: Matthew Nance, Federico Pardo Sagueir, Jim Nunes and Marc Belluomini.
Meet Marc Belluomini, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Bay Area rock and roll band LoFi Satellites.
If his name sounds familiar, it might be because Belluomini has spent the last couple decades playing rock and roll around San Francisco with his brother Brian. But LoFi Satellites is not another Belluomini duo endeavor. The last band to feature the Belluomini brothers, the Merkins, made it work for about a year before breaking up in 2010.
“That was the band I first started writing in, and I got hooked,” says Marc.
“In late 2015, early 2016, I wanted to start another band,” Marc says. “But I didn’t want to play drums anymore.” In all of the previous bands he’d been in, Belluomini was a singing drummer. But when he started learning to play the guitar, he called up his old friend, Jim Nunan. Jim hadn’t played in a band in at least 10 years, and the early days of LoFi Satellites were rife with learning curves.
Jim had played in several San Francisco bands in the late ’90s, “when San Francisco was a real hotbed for live venues,” he says. “We got to play in some great places on 11th Street which are no longer there — Paradise Lounge, Transmission Theatre — and now full-circle. It’s really cool because now I’m playing some of these venues that I used to play that are still there and still open. Like the Hotel Utah, 20 years later, or Neck of the Woods, which used to be called Last Day Saloon. To play that venue again, 18 years later, it’s a trip.”
It didn’t take long for the band to find solid footing and a sound that worked. Check out this video performance of their lead single “Feet To The Fire,” recorded live during a rehearsal:
According to Nunan, Brian’s departure to New Zealand was the catalyst for LoFi Satellites today. “I think Marc really wanted to get back to writing and strike out on his own,” he says, “but