On Baghdad by the Bay, October 13th: Interview with We Be Echo, Brothers Comatose, Blisses B and Lenz

12 10 2011

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We Be Echo
Since 2003, this San Francisco trio has birthed a strange hybrid of punk/HC, jazz, dub, metal and extreme technical music. High energy, odd meters, shred guitar & hyper-dub bass lines form their sonic assault. The SF Examiner likens them to “a seizure with perfect timing… with head-noddable hooks” while The Owl Mag calls them “an instrumentally expressive musical force… hypnotic, astonishing music…”  The recent release of “Return to Nations” marks their third full-length release among several EP’s and compilation appearances, and tours in the US and UK.

The Brothers Comatose
The Brothers Comatose formed in the Morrison Living Room, birthed from the sonic gumbo of the famous Morrison Music Parties. The band consists of Ben and Alex Morrison – hairy brothers, both singing, with Ben on Guitar, and Alex on banjo; and (adopted brothers from other mothers) Gio Benedetti on Bass / Vocals, Ryan Avellone on Mandolin and Philip Brezina on fiddle.

In just two years the mighty quintet has made their way from the street corners and dive bars of their native San Francisco, to performances at such legendary places as the Strawberry Music Festival, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the High Sierra Festival, San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill, Slim’s and the Great American Music Hall, and have supported such acts as The Devil Makes Three, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earl, Trampled by Turtles, John Doe and the Sadies, Or, The Whale, and others.

Blisses B
Blisses B, rooted firmly in the city that embraces music in all forms imaginable, introduces another compilation of genre-crashing rock and psychedelia with their second fulllength album, Thirty Days, Sixty Years. Debuted on Nov. 9, 2010, the album was recorded, produced, and engineered entirely by the San Francisco-based quartet.

Thirty Days, Sixty Years explores the mathematical parameters that define our lives — weekends, vacations, adolescence, adulthood, the reality of how much time we have left on this earth — and the personal equations that result from the many caveats that can extend and shorten most of these time frames. Are we spending our time wisely, with the right people, and in the right place? What are we giving back?

LENZ is the new project featuring Andy Human (The Cuts, The Time Flys, Buzzer) Ray Seraphin (Impediments, Buzzer) and Brett Eastman (Montra,

LENZ reflects and absorbs both light and darkness. Vintage 80’s Keyboards and jangly guitars round out a sound that is both moody and triumphant, reminiscent of all your favorite pop-rock from the postpunk era, with a bit of krautrock thrown in for good measure.

LENZ has released a 7″ on SS records, an EP on Tic Tac Totally slated for release in November and a full-length LP due next year.




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