The Tropics talk Noise Pop, “Take You Home”, and horns (that’s right—horns)

Indie popsters The Tropics have been one of the most buzzworthy local acts in recent months with the release of their brilliant Wind House EP last October. Riding the wave of momentum created by that release, the San Francisco-based quintet is back with an irresistible new single, "Take You Home", on Breakup Records, as well as a SF-centric video for the track. I recently chatted with guitarist Eric Silverman over email, discussing everything from the band's newly-announced Noise Pop gig opening for Cathedrals at The Independent (the show is already sold out), the new track and video, and their release [...]

By |January 15, 2015|Tags: |

Noise Pop adds Best Coast, Flight Facilities, James Vincent McMorrow, and more!

Noise Pop continues to gear up for the 23rd iteration of the famed festival, coming to you February 20 through March 1, and they're not just printing programs and badges. No, they are back with yet another lineup announcement, this time confirming the addition of none other than LA-based indie duo Best Coast (who apparently will play a very intimate gig), Australian electronic act Flight Facilities, Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, Chaz Bundick's new project Les Sins, and many, many more. With their 2015 festival already stocked with great indie acts like The New Pornographers, Caribou, Dan Deacon, Cathedrals, Geographer, [...]

Best of 2014: Bob Patterson of the SF Critic on The Tropics

Photo by Bob Patterson The local act that most captured my imagination this year would have to be The Tropics. I first heard them when they released their video for "Sleepless" back in spring. Singer Claire George’s dreamy voice is wrapped in layered melodies of guitars and horns to create pop music without the cookie-cutter feel of many upstart acts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyyCSXTkQJU One song doesn’t make a band, so recently they released their debut EP Wind House with solid follow up single “Fireproof.” I got to see them perform at their EP release party in October, which was great because they [...]

Review & Photos: Allo Darlin’, Hot Toddies, The Tropics deliver pop perfection

The Rickshaw Stop delivered a perfect pop trifecta on Friday night. The UK/Aussie outfit Allo Darlin' ruled the Rickshaw. They started the set with a song from the new album, We Come From The Same Place. It had some killer Crazy Horse guitar riffs that even seemed to surprise the band. I am very partial to debut LPs (and they did play several from theirs, including "The Polaroid Song" and "Silver Dollars"), but they closed the set with a really ecstatic version of "Capricornia" from the second record, Europe, proving it deserves a fresh listen. The band was in a [...]

Health crisis! UK invasion with Allo’ Darlin, Fat White Family, & more at Rickshaw Stop

Allo Darlin' - SXSW 2010 - Cute but deadly Ebola is nothing compared to the health issues going on this month at Rickshaw Stop! This Friday, October 24, it's Allo Darlin'. The ukulele-fueled pop is sweet enough to be an independent risk factor for diabetes. Fear not, the obligatory pogo dance is excellent for your blood pressure. Who better to open but our very own cure-for-what-ails-ya, The Hot Toddies! The Toddies play "sunny beach pop" just right for a cold beer (or a hot toddy). The consumption of alcoholic beverages can lead to unintended pregnancy. Drink responsibly. The show also [...]

Premiere: Stream The Tropics’ new EP ‘Wind House’

(Photo by Benjamin Wallen) The Tropics have been on a video rampage of late, dropping shorts for two tracks off their forthcoming EP Wind House – first for "Sons & Daughters" and then last week a new video for "Fireproof" – in the last month alone. While we've now heard those two songs plus "Sleepless" (which the band released a video for back in May), The Tropics have yet to unveil the album en totale ... until now. Yes, we here at The Bay Bridged are ecstatic to be giving you the first full listen to Wind House, which is [...]

By |October 23, 2014|Tags: |

The Tropics release new video for “Sons and Daughters”

From their forthcoming debut release, Wind House, which comes out October 28th on Breakup Records, The Tropics are here with a new video (for a new single) titled "Sons and Daughters." The Tropics, along with the help of Prav Potu and Adam Warmington, put together the video for "Sons and Daughters" as part of the Music Video Race that took place in San Francisco this summer. The clip is beautiful decadent and visually captivating (including the whole paint everywhere part). The entire band is decked out in all white attire in an all white room, and the middle of the video finds [...]

By |September 11, 2014|Tags: |

Watch the Music Video Race award-winning videos

The Music Video Race had its third annual screening and awards show July 20, and they've since shared the fruits of everyone's labor on the interwebs. Just like the last two years, the contest paired local filmmakers with local bands to create rad videos. It's a fun, unique event that I hope will continue for years to come. The winners are below, and you should take the time to watch all the videos on the Music Video Race's site. The Best Overall Video went to The Tropics and production company Bangers and Mash. Get up close and personal with The [...]

The Tropics release new video for “Sleepless”

A misfit crew, The Tropics are breaking into the Bay Area music scene with a running start. The pop band has been playing together since 2012, and is now gearing up to release their debut Wind House EP, recorded at Different Fur Studios in the Mission district. Catch a glimpse of the record in “Sleepless”. The video captures a group of youngsters at a sleepover, in a state not unlike the title of the track itself. While the kids play board games, eat pizza, and tell each others' fortunes with cootie catchers, The Tropics play “Sleepless” on the kids’ bedroom [...]

By |May 20, 2014|Tags: |
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