Battlehooch, Nobunny

Battlehooch

Nobunny

Exray's, The Downer Party

Fri, February 25, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Bottom of the Hill

San Francisco, CA

$12

This event is all ages

Battlehooch
Battlehooch
Battlehooch comes out of San Francisco like a group of psychedelic gypsies, looking for some unsuspecting listeners to throw their tunes at. And these tunes range from frantic jams to slow burning psych songs peppered with screams and horns and lyrics like “if you want something be willing
to die.”

With around ten people in this band, there is no lack of interesting sounds produced on record, or oddball things that can go on during a live set. Sometimes it’s hard to even identify all the instruments, screams, and sounds coming out of the speakers; but, it is a master feat of arranging this huge group of people into a tight, well-trained troop that has its weirdo-rock weapon aimed directly at the heart of listeners.
Going from Beach Boys’ harmonies, to a super stoned high school jazz band, to Alice Cooper shock rock in one song is what I call an accomplishment.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
Nobunny
Nobunny
Nobunny is carrying the flag for today’s garage punk and rock. Yes, you heard me right all you rock ‘n’ rollers: anonymous dudes wearing fishnets, masks, make up, bunny ears, and heels are carrying your flag. But don’t be too upset, because behind all the mystery and hoopla is something very important, really great music. With songs usually timing in around two to three minutes, you get exactly what you’d expect from this rowdy bunch of animals: short, fast, loud, and seriously endearing. Nobunny’s growing gang of fans don’t just listen to the music, they often don bunny ears and dance to excess at every show within a day’s drive.

The band’s second full album, First Blood, owes as much to Hank Williams as it does to Joey Ramone and Chuck Berry, with tunes focusing on smoking and burger breaks as well as bigger themes like relationships, regrets and love. This latest album offers a rattling array of genres such as punk, garage, pop and blues complete with Green Day references, soft background breathing, kazoos, and slightly creepy circus music. The beautiful creatures behind Nobunny stop at nothing to put on a great show. I wouldn’t be too surprised if glitter, some sort of fireworks, blood, spit and sweat end up on the adoring fans in the front row–just a warning for the faint of heart.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
Exray's
Exray's
Exray’s blend catchy pop with twisted arrangements, grimy beats and stream of consciousness vocals to make something truly fascinating and hard to put into words. Their mysteriously raspy mixes reveal new layers with each spin. Maybe their sound comes from a love of broken technology, tangled hooks, experimental sounds and crazed visions? I have no idea, but I can't wait to see how this sounds gets created live.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
The Downer Party
The Downer Party
The Downer Party is a female led four-piece straight outta San Francisco. Sierra and her boys (August, Chris, and Josh) make sometimes moody rock music, but what else would you suspect from a band with a name like the Downer Party–they also have party in their name, and the music can certainly have a party atmosphere too. Sierra sings, screams, shouts and “whoa-ohs” against a background of loud riffs and powerful drums.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
Venue Information:
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://bottomofthehill.com/