Dangermaker

The International Pop Overthrow Festival!

Dangermaker

The Honey Wilders, Brad Brooks, Agony Aunts, The Clarences, Blake Jones & The Trike Shop

Thu, August 9, 2012

7:30 pm

$10.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Dangermaker
Dangermaker
It’s a common story. Adam Burnett, lead singer and guitarist of Dangermaker, used to write and record music with a collection of cheap instruments and a four-track cassette recorder in the closet of his creaky old San Francisco apartment. It was a way for him to remain connected to his passion for music, something to keep his mind off of life’s drudgery. Music for Adam went from pastime to obsession. He needed to make music to conquer the void, he needed a band.
What he could not have imagined was that an untimely personal loss would become intertwined with the recording of that band’s first full length record. During the first week of tracking “Black Dream” Adam’s father suffered a tragic accident and passed away. The recording process nearly ground to a halt as Adam dealt with the loss of his father, and his band mates coped with those awkward uncertainties that surge during times of despair.
Instead of letting this tragedy tear the band apart they used it as motivation. Dangermaker gained direct insight into a parable that artists have held throughout time – human experience is the substance from which honest and great works of art are formed. The band admits that “Without realizing it the experience influenced many of the new songs and furnished new works found throughout the record. Ultimately, recording and songwriting became a healing process that brought us all together.”
At times the music on Black Dream is a bit dark and mysterious (to be expected), but there is also a pervasive upbeat energy that is catchy and fun. In many ways the work represents a real progression for the band musically, as the new songs straddle indie dance rock & classic alternative, somewhere between 70′s Bowie & The Clash, The Stooges, The Stills, Spoon, and Interpol. Inspired by this pool of influence and their recent struggle, this core of brilliant musicians have crafted a provocative debut LP.
The Honey Wilders
The Honey Wilders
A combo emerging from the basements of Sunnyvale who play old school powerpop with a dash of twang. Think Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, The Rubinoos, and Nick Lowe wrapped into one, and you get the picture!
Brad Brooks
Brad Brooks
Brad Brooks is that rare quadruple threat of writer, player, singer, and performer.

His songs combine the melodic sensibility of Elvis Costello, the best instincts of Wilco and Brian Wilson, along with the orchestral sophistication of Queen.

Brooks is rooted in a kind of Victorian California romanticism; and with the release of his record “Harmony Of Passing Light” Brooks joins his peers with the best work of his career.
His gift for melody and his soaring vocals remain the most immediately impressive traits of his music. Brooks' voice can wail like a blue-eyed soul singer, whisper plaintively, croon with just a touch of twang, or soar through the most demanding melodic acrobatics, and he pulls off all of these different guises on “Harmony” without the record sounding disjointed. Rather, it's an album with multiple textures that still feels unified.

Brooks has found the essence of his own unique voice, and been one of the Bay Area's best-kept secrets for years. This album should change all that.
Agony Aunts
Agony Aunts
What happens when indie-pop magicians KC Bowman, Karla Kane, Khoi Huynh, and Charlie Crabtree of The Corner Laughers form a mysterious psychedelic side project? They incorporate the impeccable songwriting, layered harmonies and inventive arrangements Corner Laughers fans know and love and add alter egos, flights of fancy, distinctly weird touches and a galaxy of friends-as-guest-stars including Gil Ray (Game Theory, The Loud Family), Anton Barbeau (Three Minute Tease) and Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels). In the grand tradition of XTC’s Dukes of Stratosphear, the result is Agony Aunts and they’ve come to blow your mind.

Critics called their 2010 debut “Greater Miranda” “brilliantly, wonderfully twisted stuff ... pure pop perfection” (Musoscribe). With their new record, “Big Cinnamon,” the enigmatic supergroup continues the tradition of kaleidoscopic, mind-bending melodies and genre-defying sounds first encountered in “Greater Miranda” but take a step further toward the goal of making the world a trippier place with their singular blend of bubblegum-meets-rock opera. There’s something for every listener: 60s sunshine chamber pop (“Twenty-four Mergansers”); Satanic show tunes (“Big Cinnamon”); smooth yacht rock (“You’re So Vague”); post-ironic anthems (“Cool Fresh Nights”); evangelistic psych-country (“Trouble Was Born”) and all places in between.

Agony Aunts are part of Northern California’s Mystery Lawn Music, the eclectic-yet-ever-infectious record label/collective that has in recent years released The Orange Peels’ “Sun Moon,” The Corner Laughers’ “Poppy Seeds,” and Alison Faith Levy’s “World of Wonder,” among others.

With no desire to shy away from bombast, Agony Aunts’ “Big Cinnamon” swirls around cosmic themes, revisionist history, universal questions and epic adventures. Push play and enjoy the journey.
The Clarences
The Clarences
The Clarences were hatched by Robert A. Medeiros in Oakland, California. He was traumatized because Mego never made a Green Lantern action figure. Then, he met Leslie Outhier at a Canadian bunny farm. After that, he met Erin Shannon at a reading aboard a b-52. Together, they are The Clarences!
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/