The Fresh & Onlys, The Growlers

The Fresh & Onlys

The Growlers

The Pleasure Kills, Wrong Words

Sun, February 27, 2011

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

Bottom of the Hill

San Francisco, CA

This event is all ages

The Fresh & Onlys
The Fresh & Onlys
San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys are back, following up 2012’s stunning Long Slow Dance with Soothsayer, a special digital and 12” vinyl installment release. Featuring six brand new tracks that are heavy on the pop-side, the Onlys reconfirm their effortless songwriting panache and renowned stylistic flexibility – shifting from driving, anthemic choruses to down-home folk with absolute comfort and ease.

From the opening title-track, with its jaunty bridge and studied ‘60s pop sensibility, it’s clear that the band are still masters of the (deceptively) simple melody. “God of Suez” is a swaying, beach-ready boogie, with a charming Mamas & Papas guitar lick, whilst “Forest Down Annie”’s slow, reverent pace and psychedelic guitar flourishes harken back to the group’s gloomier earlier releases. Closer “Deluge of War” boasts a soaring, harmonic chorus – finishing up Soothsayer on a high.

“Strong”, “solid” or “dependable” might not be the most buzz-worthy words in the current musical zeitgeist, but in an age where so many bands are masking songs with muddied production and studio trickery, it’s refreshing to hear some truly great songwriting and musicianship shine through.

Soothsayer will be released in three installments to subscribers – with a pair of tracks released fortnightly from August 13, culminating in the physical release on 12” wax which will be out September 24 in time for the band’s US tour.
The Growlers
The Growlers
Southern California’s The Growlers are a band of upstart dudes who play rock music with groovy vibes semi-sweet lyrics, plenty of guitar echo and enough rock and roll to go around. This band, made up of six guys who obviously like to chill and make music to listen to at the beach, in vans, under palm trees, etc, brings a lot of energy to their live shows. Some have described seeing The Growlers as a similar experience to taking a bunch of psychedelics at a high school dance–there’s only one way to find out.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
The Pleasure Kills
The Pleasure Kills
The Pleasure Kills is a babe-fronted rock and roll five-piece from San Francisco, though depending on who you ask, this band can also be called power-pop, punk or indie rock. This band takes the best parts of all those genres to make some very fast, catchy tunes, featuring plenty of “woah ohs” and organ. These songs are perfect for grabbing your favorite rock ‘n’ roller and dancing ‘til you drop–preferably in the front row of a loud Pleasure Kills show.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
Wrong Words
Wrong Words
The Wrong Words is another awesome group in the great wave of Bay Area rock bands. Combining surf and garage, fast guitar harmonies and an amazing female drummer, the Wrong Words will make anyone stop, listen and dance. This three-piece really knows its stuff, creating tight powerpop gems and really delivering the jams live. So far, this band has only released a handful of songs, but 2011 is the year of the Wrong Words LP, and we are anxiously waiting.

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