The Black Marshmallows, Oceanography

The Black Marshmallows

Oceanography

Cronkite (Closing Set)

Tue, November 22, 2011

8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

The Black Marshmallows
The Black Marshmallows
The Black Marshmallows is an experimental, alt. country, southern rock band made up of vets from the San Francisco and New York music scenes. While living in New York David Knowles (singer, guitar) played trumpet with such groups as Luna, Clem Snide, Champale, and Nina Pearson's A-Camp. A composer for film, Roland Kniese (lead guitar) is also the driving force behind the San Francisco group Black Swans. Roderick Wyllie (drums) also plays clarinet with Black Swans, and has played with Knowles in the punk and alternative groups MJB and Raining House. Elliot Warren (bass) most recently gigged with the group Evening Post. Friends and musical collaborators for years, The Black Marshmallows formed in 2009 in order to scratch the itch that is southern rock.
Oceanography
Oceanography
This is what happens when a metal chick from Oakland and a sad bastard songwriter from Brooklyn get together. Catchy songs inspired by (the boredom and excitement of) everyday American life. Cerebral lyrics pinned to familiar melodies over drumbeats made for arena rock.

Oceanography consists of Brian Kelly (vocals, guitar) and Kathleen Kim The indie-rock duo from Oakland, Calif., just released its debut self-titled five-song EP.

The band plays a sound they’ve dubbed “amplified Americana,” with prose-like lyrics and electric guitar finger-picked through a labyrinth of effects. Without a bassist, Kelly fills space using a variety of custom-designed delay and loop pedals, sending the sound through a unique two-amp setup. Kim pulls from a broad cache of beats to create intricately patterned rhythms and unexpected tempo changes. Coming from a land flooded with slop-rock garage bands, Oceanography stands out as a tightly structured, literate rock band.

Influences include but are not limited to Queens of the Stone Age, Band of Horses, Pixies, Damien Jurado, Television, High on Fire, David Bowie, The Cure, Wilco, Cass McCombs, Pavement, and Neil Young.
Cronkite (Closing Set)
Cronkite (Closing Set)
Cronkite forges a post-punk meets roots-rock sound that follows in the fine tradition of early American underground bands like The Replacements, REM, Pixies and GBV.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/