Stains of a Sunflower, Mt. Meru, Abby Frenes, Mima Good

Stains of a Sunflower

Mt. Meru

Abby Frenes

Mima Good

Fri, September 14, 2018

9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Stains of a Sunflower
Stains of a Sunflower
STAINS OF A SUNFLOWER offers a unique and confidently delivered modern rock twist on the classic elements of impassioned, '60s-kissed folk. The 4-piece alt-folk rock band is led by Natalie Renée, San Franciscan songwriter and lead vocalist. The band has been based out of Boston MA, and moved to Los Angeles California in September 2018.
Mt. Meru
Mt. Meru
Having spent the last few years performing in and around the Bay Area, four-piece outfit Mt. Meru, formerly known as YesterYear, posses a wide array of influences grounded in folk, indie, and pop and are sure to keep you captivated whilst staying true to the simplistic nature of a once two-man acoustic act. For fans of Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, Nick Drake, M Ward, etc.
Abby Frenes
Abby Frenes
San Francisco Bay Area's Abby Frenes is a singer songwriter with a wide range of lyrically driven work. Frenes was accepted into Berklee College of Music for vocal performance and songwriting, after studying under some of the most renowned musicians and teachers in the Bay Area. Her style has been compared to artists like Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird and Florence and the Machine with subtle hints of R&B and Blues in her vocals. Though she has been writing, recording and performing in coffee shops, venues and bars, since she was young, her first official release as Kangarouge was in November of 2011. The debut self-titled EP is a collaboration of guest artists under Frenes’ creative direction. The multitude of diverse writing partners produces an eclectic range of styles bound by the common themes of harmonies and melodic narrative.
Mima Good
Mima Good
Mima Good is the pseudonym of NYC-based songwriter Raechel Rosen who released her debut EP, Good Girl, on Spotify and iTunes on Tuesday, April 24th. MimaGood’s sound and aesthetic espouses a contemporary pop sensibility combined with a dark atmosphere of synths, organs & guitars, creating a moody catchiness in the vein of other pioneering female artists like St. Vincent or Lana Del Rey. What sets it apart are Rosen’s masterful vocals, full of soul and dipped in sadness, that soften the sharpness of the synthetic sound and offer it a classic, almost bluesy air that harkens the listener back decades to the likes of Etta James or Billie Holiday. She began the project three years ago, an attempt to reclaim her relationship to creating music from the abusive boys she began it with.

The Good Girl EP articulates the healing process from a tumultuous relationship with a former bandmate, an auditory storytelling of Rosen’s journey from attachment to abuse to self liberation. But more generally, Rosen processes a confusing relationship with her own femininity, in a culture that tells girls to be “good,” even when the men around them behave badly. Beginning with tracks “I Like It When It’s Bad For Me” and “My Demon,” she delves into the complexities of attachment to trauma, and how traumatic experiences can be so formative to our identities that we don’t want to let them go. The turning point is “1 Hit,” an elaborate revenge fantasy about the abuser, the anger being the next step in letting go of the past. From there, “Spell For A Broken Heart” deals with the acceptance of trauma, of how it must be honored and listened to so that it may be released. And finally, the EP culminates with the title track “Good Girl,” in which Rosen addresses her abuser directly and realizes that she must forgive him in order to forgive herself.

All in all, Mima Good’s Good Girl EP is a soundtrack for our present cultural moment, as women begin to loudly speak their truths about the abuses they have survived. It captures the eternal pain of first heartbreak, the deep sting of unrequited love, and the lifelong work of unlearning sexual trauma and replacing self-hate with love.

Mima Good has performed at notable venues such as Elsewhere, B.B. King's, Bowery Electric, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Wow Cafe Theater and has been featured in Fader, Audiofemme, Alt Citizen, Nashville Offbeat, Luna Luna, Yale Daily News and The Establishment.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/