Episode 106: Here Here
March 18, 2008
Written by The Bay Bridged
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This week’s podcast features San Francisco’s Here Here, a chamber pop seven-piece who have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting young bands in the Bay, with a single EP, The Boy With An Orange, and an energetic live show attracting college and mainstream radio alongside a growing local fan base. It’s been a fast ascent, but an understandable one as the group’s driving sound, with its emphasis on dynamic shifts and layers of instruments, has drawn them comparisons to The Arcade Fire and other indie titans. Such comparisons can be a double-edged sword for a young band whose sound is still in a formative stage, but the former group’s many fans should find much to like about this band.
It’s worth emphasizing the evolving state of things in Here Here. The group started out as a solo project for Christian, an experienced musician who had never before assumed the role of bandleader and chief songwriter; the singer, guitarist and songwriter largely recorded the band’s debut EP on his own, layering guitar, piano, banjo and brass textures with swooning string arrangements from violinist Chloe to create epic, emotional rock songs. In order to bring the songs to life on stage, Here Here has become a seven-member band, with plans for additional recordings in the near future.
A month ago, we spoke with all seven members at their practice and recording space. We’ve included four songs from The Boy With An Orange in the episode, along with portions of our conversation.
You can catch Here Here next Thursday, when they’ll be headlining a night at the Rickshaw Stop:
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