Warm Soda to play album release at the Hemlock Tavern, announce tour cassingle

Warm Soda’s Matthew Melton croons about wanting to lose control and tired hearts in their latest single, “Young Reckless Hearts”. Featuring jangly guitars and happy power chords, the track is a true pop gem that serves as the perfect catalyst for their forthcoming album due March 11 on Castle Face Records. With their sophomore album, the band has opted for a far more mellowed out sound; Take their track "When Your Eyes Meet Mine", which slows it down quite a bit and features major T. Rex influences. To commemorate these power pop ditties, Warm Soda is having an album release show at [...]

By |February 27, 2014|Tags: |

Come see Big Tits take on Warm Soda

Days after announcing the March 11 release of Warm Soda's sophomore LP, Young Reckless Hearts, Matthew Melton prescribed us with a dose of sugary pop in the form of "When Your Eyes Meet Mine," via Spin. Like the album's title track, which can be heard below, the song takes infectious guitar riffs and Matt's whispered vocals and packages them into a familiar, concise power pop ballad. While we've recently gotten used to his crooning ways, Matt also fronts a punk outfit called Big Tits, and his two bands are going head to head this Thursday for January's installment of Mods vs. Rockers. Featuring [...]

By |January 21, 2014|Tags: , |

Best of 2013: Andy De Santis on Warm Soda

When The Bay Bridged asked me if I’d like to write about a local band, I immediately thought of Warm Soda. I first saw them play at Bottom of the Hill a few years ago (maybe 2011 or 2012?) and it was funny because as I was watching them, I realized that I knew the guitarist, Rob Good. We grew up in neighboring towns and our bands used to play shows together all the time. I had no idea he was in the band until I was standing there watching them…and of course, they were awesome! Fast forward a few [...]

By |December 23, 2013|Tags: |

Art & Technology, Part I: The state of the Bay Area from the musician’s perspective

San Francisco (Photo: Samuel Wantman/Wikimedia Commons) The ongoing technology takeover and subsequent affordability crisis in San Francisco has saturated recent conversation here in the Bay Area. As the social, economical, and cultural landscapes continue to shift with no signs of slowing down, the dialogue has become muddled with brash accusations and blind finger pointing, and the fighting has gotten ugly on both sides. I spoke with 16 Bay Area artists - Pat McDonald, Pat Thomas, and Alex Fleshman of Cool Ghouls; Mark Tester of Burnt Ones; Matthew Melton of Warm Soda, Jeff Lewis and Elliott Kiger of The Spyrals; [...]

Mixtape: 12 Original Holiday Songs from Local Artists (Podcast #323)

Mixtape and accompanying text by Russell Jelinek http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2013_SF_Holiday_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 12 Original Holiday Songs from Local Artists (Podcast #323) Last week, Slate lamented the lack of modern Christmas classics available, claiming Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." While mainstream music may lack holiday classics, our local indie scene is always cranking out a wide variety of Christmas hits every year. In this mixtape, we have twelve ALL ORIGINAL holiday hits from local acts, ranging from the tender perfection of Ash Reiter's "Christmas in California" to Jingle Boyz (aka Adam Healton) laying down some, uh, irreverent rhymes on [...]

A special night with Warm Soda, The Herms & Pow!

Months after John Dwyer and friends at Castle Face Records reintroduced The Herms to a new decade of listeners with the LP Drop Out Vol. 1, a collection of the band's forgotten demos and tracks, the bedroom project is emerging once again to play a show at Bottom of the Hill on December 17. Originally born in Berkeley and now based in Los Angeles, the band is powered by the vocals and songwriting prowess of Matthew Lutz, who founded the project in the mid-2000s with a distinctive pop sound that's equally scuzzy and fuzzy. Joining The Herms will be San Francisco-based [...]

By |December 13, 2013|Tags: , , |

Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322)

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2013_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Thirteen Bay Area Highlights from 2013 (Podcast #322) As usual, our year-end wrap-up podcast comes leaden with hemming, hawing and caveats aplenty. How can another wide-ranging year full of impressive Bay Area releases be distilled down to a coherent list of "best" works? The obvious answer is that it can't. Ultimately, this podcast collects thirteen bands that had impressive 2013s, including a number of groups that won't be a surprise to attendees of Bay Bridged events or close followers of the blog. 2013 was once again banner year for local garage rock, with another stellar album from [...]

Mixtape: Bay Area Jams to Accompany Beer Drinking (Podcast #320)

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Beer_Mix_2013.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Bay Area Jams to Accompany Beer Drinking (Podcast #320) As we've long said, we're love great beer almost as much as we love great music. Combine the two, and you've got a recipe for a good time. This mixtape is something of a successor to our 2011 rock and beer pairing, collecting a whole mess of local rock and roll bands that sound great when paired with a tasty pint. The mix features music from 20 Bay Area bands, including garage nuggets from Shannon and the Clams and Warm Soda, hard rock jams courtesy of FUZZ and [...]

Radio Silence Sundays: Make-Out with Warm Soda

The non-profit literature and rock & roll publication Radio Silence is back with a brand new event series at the Make-Out Room called Radio Silence Sundays. The series is kicking off with a rare show from the power pop maestros of Warm Soda, who will be unplugging their electric guitars and adding a cello into the mix for an acoustic set. The band has only played this kind of set once before, so if you missed out on their Converse in-store performance featuring cellist Robin Milliken, head over to Make-Out Room on Sunday, October 27. While tickets are a steal at $8 a [...]

By |October 23, 2013|Tags: |

Bay Area garage compilation to be released on Polyvinyl

Polyvinyl Record Co. has announced the release of I Need You Bad, a compilation that focuses on the Bay Area garage scene. A blend of both emerging and established Bay Area bands (and a few friends from the further reaches of the West coast), the compilation is curated by Sonny Smith. I Need You Bad will contain tracks by Warm Soda, Burnt Ones, Jessica Pratt and Cool Ghouls, with artwork by Shannon and the Clams and Hunx and his Punx’s Shannon Shaw. The album will be released on November 26th and is available for pre-order in the Polyvinyl shop. Listen [...]

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