Waiting Room is a three-piece chick band, coming from the native hills of San Francisco, consisting of SF natives Lauren Alves, Veronica Bush and Rose Sullivan. An indie folk rock trio that draws from the blues, punk, and jazz; the girls met through local friends, Trainwreck Riders and The Dead Westerns. Lauren Alves has been playing paradiddles on her Dad’s drum set since she was five years old, and has been playing bass for some 15 plus years. She has also worked as a pit musician, and plays bass, guitar, and vocals in the band. Veronica Bush plays rhythmic banjo and vocals, and Rose Sullivan plays lo-fi drums. Both Alves and Bush write songs, making their music very collaborative and heartfelt. Some of their influences include Mazzy Star, Modest Mouse, Neil Young, Neutral Milk Hotel, Abner Jay, and Otis Redding.
All of a Sudden
AllofaSudden is rooted in the American rock tradition. With their 2008 debut, “Appear”, they built a reputation throughout California as a band with driving rhythms, fiery guitar playing, and layered harmonies; from sing-along choruses to dirty grooves to subtly twisting progressions in songs that offer equal amounts of introspection, humor, and insight. AOS’ sophomore album, Drink the Ocean (available 5/24/11), is a complex and cohesive album that incorporates larger sounds, darker themes and more instrumental exploration than their debut. Shusterman’s climbing, melodic solos are now complemented by new keyboardist Nathan Cole’s barrelhouse piano and airy synthesizer. Stringfellow’s stately basslines provide a rock-solid foundation alongside Art McConnell’s drumbeats that swing as much as they pummel.