Here Come the Saviours
Long time friends Jake, Marc and Steve always seemed to be in separate bands (Smiler, The Stratford 4, The Otherside) but never in the same band together until 2010. Add an intense and driving drummer… Susan… And that’s it… Here Come the Saviours.
Marc and Susan bounce between keyboard bass and analogue drums, electric bass and electronic drums seamlessly, and layers and layers of swirly bent guitar tones emanate from Jake’s long time shoegazing roots. Steve’s lazy vocal snarl floats melodies over a wall of fuzzy sounds while adding his own angular post punk guitar work. Nothing small about it… it moves you like early MBV, gets dark like Joy Division, and is expressively loud in the best of ways.
With a sound steeped in the sunlit tones of Laurel Canyon, the mid 60’s pop and R&B of the Brill Building, and the lo-fi synths of early prog rock, Oakland resident Steve Taylor is equal parts folk troubadour and blue-eyed soul balladeer. A multi-instrumentalist with a surprisingly diverse background, including stints in black gospel churches, improvisational math rock duos, and Oakland band Rogue Wave, he’s recently collaborated with members of Yeasayer, Vetiver, and Fruit Bats.
Now back from tour, he is recording a followup to his latest release, “Has The Size of The Road Got The Better of You?”, which was recorded by Aaron Prellwitz (Neil Young and Crazy Horse) and Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof) at the venerable Tiny Telephone Studio in SF. Layering acoustic guitars with vintage organs, pianos, analog synthesizers, and dead drums, he creates a sound that’s both modern and thoroughly informed by 70’s AM rock.
The Resurrection Men
For the past three years, The Resurrection Men have performed across Northern California, putting on consistently fun, dynamic, and unusually sweaty shows. Recent shows include Bottom of the Hill, Rickshaw Stop, and Hotel Utah in San Francisco and Harlow’s in Sacramento. Their sound can best be described as rock infused pop, with strong punk sensibilities. While they are often compared to bands such as The Killers, Kings of Leon, and The Who, they would be happiest to considered this generation’s Muppets.
When they’re not playing music, they can be usually be found eating pupusas in the Mission, pizza in SoMa, sandwiches in Dolores Park, or dumplings in the Richmond.
Their recently released self-titled EP can be picked up at shows or found on iTunes.