This week on Baghdad by the Bay on Pirate Cat Radio, tune in to 87.9 in SF or LA or listen online starting at 2pm:
The Blank Slates
Andrea Iacopini moved to San Francisco by way of Bologna, Italy. The Blank Slates started as a solo project by Andrea. In January 2008, Andrea met drummer Cochrane McMillan at PyraMIND Institute in San Francisco where they both attend classes. Later in January, Andrea met bassist Martin Fowler. After a short time together, The Blank Slates played their first live show the same month at The Knockout in San Francisco. The band is currently working on recording the full length album that spawned the demo and have a show on June 25th at Blakes on Telegraph in Berkeley.
The Blank Slates will be playing Blake’s on Telegraph in Berkeley on June 25th.
Grayceon is Jackie Perez Gratz (Amber Asylum) on electric cello and voice, Max Doyle (Walken) on guitar and voice, and Zack Farwell (Walken) on drums. Grayceon pulls together an extremely diverse range of musical influences and writing styles to create a fresh sound that defies the boundaries of the metal/rock/progressive genres. Compared to Opeth, King Crimson, and Ved Buens Ende, not in sound but in ‘feel’, Grayceon embraces the hard-to-describe-them definition and expects no hard comparisons to be made any time soon. Alternate low tuning on both cello and guitar, finger picked metal riffs, dreamy double vocals, and unpredictably impeccable drumming all meet to give Grayceon their unique sensibility.
Grayceon will be playing Hemlock Tavern on June 21st.