Tomihira

Tomihira

In Letter Form, Chasms

Tue, July 24, 2012

9:00 pm

$8.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Tomihira
Tomihira
"There's been a hefty round of carping in certain circles about the perceived ubiquity of Joy Division as an influence of late, but honestly, people: is this really such a bad thing? What, would you prefer a Men Without Hats revival instead? Besides, many of the faithful followers have brought their own palettes to the 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' tableau. Local heroes Tomihira delve into the familiar blacks and whites associated with the Mancunian lodestars, but on songs such as 'Pillbox' and 'All to Be Undone' -- whooshing and thrumming with My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive textures -- the band also whirls dreamy Maxfield Parrish blues and purples into its blazing melancholia. Best of all, Dean Tomihira's vocals exude an amorous warmth lacking in the current Interpol-Editors axis." --Bay Guardian
In Letter Form
In Letter Form
In the winter of 2011, Eric Miranda (vocals, synth and guitar) was writing a collection of melodic and dark songs best described as reminiscent of Early Cure, Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain, based on personal reflections and life experiences. After working with a rotating cast of musicians, a series of events led Miranda to Josh Manion (drums), James Levis (guitar) and Peter Dosanjh (bass). Together they formed an intricate, detailed, layered sound that amplifies the dark and melancholic lyrics. Within one month's time they had a name, a complete set of original music, and had recorded, mixed and pressed their first collaborative effort in the form of a self titled EP.

In February 2012, In Letter Form almost came to a screeching halt when Miranda was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. Several screws, pins, plates, surgeries and only 3 weeks later, In Letter Form was back playing live in San Francisco.

In Letter Form continues to write, record and play shows in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The band's is working on their first full length, expected to be released fall 2012.
Chasms
Chasms
Photo credit: Sarah Bernat

Culling influences from the avant underbelly of decades past, {When It Comes} is the debut EP from the dark San Francisco duo appropriately dubbed: Chasms. Drenched in the dreaminess of early 4AD, Chasms takes familiar shoegaze affectations to biting temperatures, arriving intently at dysphoric soundscapes and swollen compositions. From whispered vocals to droning bass, and guitar that's as blistering as it is lush – all elements are commanded by a blown-out drum machine that throbs with industrial authority. Wading through a heavy haze of melancholy, the damaged ten-plus-minute-long epic 'Headwound / What's Real' drifts from brutal to blissful at once. Though not all is so bleak; radiating moments like 'Darker Outside' remind us that a cold light still shines.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/