April 4, 2013
Blasted Canyons is no longer. I'm sad. The end of an era.
— SIR FORTUNE (@HETHERFORTUNE) April 2, 2013
This arrived with five minutes left on April 1, so I initially hoped it was a late-breaking entry in the April Fools arena. Sadly, the band’s Facebook post that same day (“BLASTED CANYONS: 2010-2013 R.I.P. (sorry)”), which has since become a place for fans to express their disappointment, confirmed that the group is indeed calling it quits.
Which is a real bummer. 2nd Place was one of last year’s highlights, with “Holy Geometry” the rare anthem with truly endless replay value. The EP felt somehow gloomier and poppier than the band’s blown-out debut, #1, and it was exciting to hear that the group was working on new material earlier this year. Live, the band delivered a unique brand of electric mayhem, maintaining momentum even as the members switched instruments between songs.
All of that, however, now appears to have come to an end.
March 28, 2013
Nashville-based punk outfit Useless Eaters have wasted no time taking it easy over the last few years. On top of releasing a studio album every year for the last three years, including the 2013 LP Hypertension, the band has made appearances at South By Southwest and Idaho’s Treefort Festival in the last two weeks alone. Driven by the songwriting prowess of guitarist and vocalist Seth Sutton, a self-taught artist who considers dropping out of high school the best decision he’s made, Useless Eaters is a band that views punk as an attitude instead of a fashion statement. Inspired by the freedom to create music rather than the number of safety pins and patches attached to his clothing, Sutton layers sinister vocals on top of his no-frills songwriting style for a sound that echoes classic punk rock and a new wave pop sensibility.
The band recently released the video for “Hypertension” and is set to play San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern tonight, March 28th along with Alabama’s power pop punk band Nightmare Boyzzz and the headliners of the night, the Bay Area’s own Blasted Canyons. So kick off your weekend early and head to Polk Street tonight for an evening of spirited punk tunes.
Blasted Canyons, Useless Eaters, Nightmare Boyzzz
March 28, 2013
Review & Photos: OBN IIIs, Fuzz, Blasted Canyons, & G. Green @ The Knockout, 2/28/13 (Noise Pop 2013)
March 4, 2013
Fuzz (Photo: Jason Shane)
In what should be remembered as one of highlights of this year’s installment of Noise Pop, OBN IIIs and Fuzz – the latest brainchild of SF-wunderkind Ty Segall and old pal Charles Moothart – co-headlined a spectacular and unpredictable night at The Knockout last Thursday, filling the tiny venue (capacity: 132) with their respective modern-day hardcore furor and paint-peeling throwback psychedelic blues metal.
Opening the evening was Sacramento/Davis/Oakland quartet G. Green, playing punk-influenced indie rock with dueling guitars, a booming bassline, and the ripping drum work of Liz Liles. After tearing through a set full of tracks off their 2012 LP Crap Culture, frontman Andrew Henderson told the crowd, “Stay tuned for…the other acts,” providing the perfect introduction for an evening featuring Segall’s “anonymous” new band, out-of-towners OBN IIIs, and an explosive performance from locals Blasted Canyons.
Blasted Canyons kicked off their set with a vicious take on “Death and a Half”, a track from their 2011 debut #1, and the band followed with its usual musical chairs routine throughout, as members Hether Fortune, Matt Jones, and Adam Finken rotated between guitar, keys, and drums. Unfortunately, the trio’s set was plagued by technical problems, and after her guitar cut out during “Blood on the Wall” (another song from #1), Fortune tossed it on the ground and walked off stage, clearly frustrated with a set that wasn’t living up to her expectations – despite the apparent enjoyment of their audience, including yours truly.
Jones and Finken tried to keep the noise going while they coaxed their bandmate back onstage, and she eventually returned, expressing her exasperation by displaying the uncooperative equipment over her head for all to see, straddling it, and randomly and violently playing it in a performance she later characterized on social media as an act of auto-destructive art à la Pete Townshend’s famed guitar smashing (at press time, it appears her post has been deleted). Shortly thereafter, the band went through another rotation with Fortune heading back to the drum kit, and Blasted Canyons finished out their set without further issue.
[JS: Following Blasted Canyons' set, I tweeted that their night was cut short by technical problems, but Fortune was quick to note that they did, in fact, finish their set, despite not finishing "Blood on the Wall".]
Following the volatile set by Blasted Canyons, the members of Fuzz rolled their giant (relatively speaking, considering the size of The Knockout) amps onstage and quickly got to work. With Segall at center stage and Moothart and bassist Roland Cosio (Epsilons) facing inward toward him, the nacent trio ripped through an unreal set of face-melting blues metal that included both tracks off their debut 7-inch, “This Time I Got a Reason” and an extended take on b-side “Fuzz’s Fourth Dream”.
Introducing a track called “The Preacher” (or was it “The Creature”?) for the first time, Segall noted that, “This song is new…well they’re all new,” prompting a swell of noise from the small but packed house, which was greeted by yet another round of Moothart’s awe-inspiring guitar work and Segall’s prowess on the kit. The track had a bit of a “Supernaut” feel to it, with the frontman’s eerie voice hovering over the a wall of distortion and explosive blues-inspired riffs.
After tearing through two more tracks (including one tentatively titled “Fuck the Words”, with the band seemingly content to speak through their instruments), Segall and company left the stage as quickly as they took it just 45 minutes earlier, albeit with three wide smiles and their drummer soaked after a ferocious evening’s work of work with his latest and greatest ensemble.
Austin’s OBN IIIs closed out the night with a raucous set of hardcore punk that one of our cohorts from SF Weekly opined would be the closest he’d ever come to seeing Black Flag. The band’s frontman – Orville Bateman Neeley, III – didn’t let a shredded set of vocal chords (or the small exodus of fans post-Fuzz) ruin his first Noise Pop appearance. He spent much of the night wading into the crowd and interacting with the adoring throngs at The Knockout, while his audience took to returning that kindness by spraying beer and dancing like it was the last show of their lives. The frenetic set was highlighted by OBN IIIs’ take on their single “That’s No Way to Rock and Roll”.
Check out pictures from last Thursday night at The Knockout below. [More...]
February 8, 2013
Long-time San Francisco resident Ursula Rodriguez (whom you may know from such hits as a being a bartender at Rite Spot, an Amoeba employee, a Bottom of the Hill employee or a KUSF DJ) had a pretty shitty 2012. Not long after her house of 15 years burned down, her car, containing all the stuff she could salvage from her home, was broken into and her possessions stolen.
Good thing she’s got such strong ties to the local music community. On February 20th, Brick and Mortar will host a fundraiser to help cover the cost of finding a new home, featuring a cavalcade of stars: Shannon and the Clams, The Mallard, Blasted Canyons, Swiftumz and DJ Dulcinea. Tickets can be purchased here.
If you can’t make it, you can make a donation to Ursula’s PayPal account: krasabitza2[at]yahoo.com.
December 7, 2012
Don’t you wish all benefits were this awesome? Castle Face Records, an LA label that’s home to some of the Bay’s best bands in recent memory, will host A Very Castle Face Christmas at The Chapel, a benefit show that boasts and expertly-curated lineup and a more than worthy cause.
A Very Castle Face Christmas will feature performances by a cast of stellar Bay Area bands: The Mallard, Blasted Canyons, Warm Soda and a featured appearance by Thee Oh Sees. Britt Govea will be at the helm of the DJ booth. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition on Homelessness, one of San Francisco’s most established homeless outreach organizations. Tickets are $15 sliding scale at the door, but if you want to reserve your spot in advance you can snag them here. Dig the fuzzy sounds of The Mallard below.
November 29, 2012
As if their songs aren’t restless enough, the members of SF trio Blasted Canyons — Matt Jones, Heather Fedewa, and Adam Finken — switch between guitars, keyboards and drums between songs. An anarchic setup, sure, but the band’s music frequently revels in fuzzy mayhem, mixing raw, garage jams with noisy drones.
It’s a unique sound that’s been captured on two great records for Castle Face. This year’s 2nd Place EP amped up the pop in the trio’s synth-garage-pop with a collection of extremely catchy gems like “Holy Geometry.” Most recently, the band served up a rad cover of “Venus in Furs” for Castle Face’s Velvet Underground tribute album.
We previously described one of the Blasted Canyons’ live shows as “incendiary,” which sets expectations appropriately high for their performance at The Bay Brewed 2012 on Saturday. Get your tickets now!
November 6, 2012
On Saturday, December 1st, we’re proud to be throwing San Francisco’s only rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2012, where we’ll be taking over Public Works for a full afternoon of tasty craft brews and great indie music. It’s a can’t-miss festival featuring music performances by Bear in Heaven, Sonny & the Sunsets, Born Gold, Blasted Canyons, James & Evander, and Trails and Ways, and unlimited beer tasting from twelve great SF Brewers Guild breweries. To get you psyched for the festival, enjoy this mixtape, which collects fourteen songs from all of our Bay Brewed performers.
Buy advance tickets to The Bay Brewed right now because you don’t want to miss this!
Download seven Velvet Underground covers from The Fresh & Onlys, Blasted Canyons, Burnt Ones, and more
October 24, 2012
As we previously reported, Castle Face Records is releasing a tribute album to The Velvet Underground & Nico in conjunction with the 45th anniversary reissue of that classic VU record. The bad news is that the label’s already sold out of copies — just another reason to see any of these bands at shows, I think — but tracks from the covers record have been steadily leaking around the web in recent weeks. Here’s the bulk of the record, most of which can be downloaded for your future listening pleasure.