One year after Ghost Ship, Chasms return to SF

Photo by Jess Garten Much has changed since the last time I spoke with Chasms. Last October, I met the duo of Jess Labrador and Shannon Sky Madden in a San Francisco taqueria next door to the venue hosting their album release show for On the Legs of Love Purified. Now, I dial their LA number from the shelter of my Columbus bedroom. In the year since their debut album dropped and we chatted amidst warm clouds of tortillas, the band has, along with moving to Los Angeles, experienced deep periods of grief and loss. These days, Labrador tells me, [...]

By |December 1, 2017|Tags: , , |

Photos: Chasms and Pure Bathing Culture at the Chapel

Chasms (photo: Kristin Cofer) Recently located to southern California, Chasms performed at The Chapel last Friday evening, March 10, 2017. It was a touching performance as one of the members of the band, Sky Madden, had lost her brother in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire late last year. They were joined by Pure Bathing Culture and our photographer Kristin Cofer has this gallery to share from the night.

Chasms: Engineering the edge of synth pop

When I caught up with Madden and Labrador from Chasms before their album release show at The Knockout last week, I asked them both what pronouns they used. They chuckled. “We’re definitely home again,” Madden said. The San Francisco-based duo of Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden released their third EP, On The Legs Of Love Purified, on October 11 at The Knockout in San Francisco. Their live performance of the new album was bigger and bolder than the recording itself: a fog machine’s yellow smoke poured through the crowd, while Chasms’ drum machine boomed. Offset by soaring vocals, distorted guitar [...]

By |October 19, 2016|Tags: |

Live This Month: October 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: October 2016 (Podcast #394) Support for this podcast is provided by Goldstar. Visit their web site at In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. This episode kicks off with a song from Tycho, one of many great acts performing at the 2016 Treasure Island Music Festival. From Saturday opener Kamaiyah through Sunday closer Sigur Rós, both days are stacked at the tenth installment of one of our favorite annual events. The fact that this year's fest [...]

Photos: Chasms at Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Chasms (photo: Kristin Cofer) Local noise rock outfit Chasms gave an exhilarating performance at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on Saturday night, March 12, 2016.  Photographer Kristin Cofer has these photos from the night to share of the band's hometown performance.

By |March 15, 2016|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2015: Check out all of our festival coverage!

Jessica Pratt at The Chapel (Photo Credit: Jon Ching)   Got any plans for the weekend? If you're like us, you're still recovering from the week that was Noise Pop 2015, and you're not quite ready to wrap your brain another show-filled weekend. Well, if you'd rather stay in this weekend, wear your pajamas around the clock (don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts Saturday night), drink some herbal tea, and go on a Netflix binge, we don't blame you. But, at the very least, you can relive some of the best moments from Noise Pop with this wrap-up of all [...]

Botanist, Chasms, Foie Gras providing local talent at Elbo Room with Wallower

Local "green metal" pioneer the Botanist is bringing his unique vision to the Elbo Room stage this month, where he will be perfomring with Chasms, Wallower, and Foie Gras at Elbo Room on February 23. Botanist released VI: Flora last year on The Flenser, marking the latest chapter of his continuing saga which poetically details the demise of all mankind as flora and fauna, (namely plants), triumph over the Earth. Flora is the decidedly less misanthropic follow-up to 2013’s seething IV: Mandragora LP. As the colorful album art suggests, Flora provides a more accessible portal to "The Verdant Realm" where [...]

By |February 17, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Ringo Deathstarr performing with Sleep Genius artists at label showcase

San Francisco record label Sleep Genius is hosting the first showcase since its 2012 launch this Saturday, May 10, at Thee Parkside. The label will present a special guest performance by notorious Austin shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr, plus local Sleep Genius artists Bad News, Chasms, Never Knows, and Cry. Sleep Genius is a small independent label that has introduced some of today's most promising new artists in the shoegaze, darkwave, industrial, drone circuit, as reflected in Saturday's lineup. Bad News are already regarded as one the Bay Area's essential noise-pop acts--while Chasms, another duo, have provided a steady stream of [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2014 Download: Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2014 We cover a whole lot of San Francisco Bay Area bands at The Bay Bridged, a sign of the wealth of musical talent here. The size of this talent pool, however, presents its own challenge: with so many interesting local bands out there, and with acts emerging seemingly every day, who are the new artists to keep a close eye on in the months to come? This mixtape takes a stab at answering that question, showcasing fourteen excellent local bands that are new to our podcast, young groups with [...]

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