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Victoria George, Or, the Whale

Victoria George

Or, the Whale

Thu, Oct 20, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

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This event is 21 and over

Victoria George
Victoria George

"Victoria George has the enviable skill of sounding effortless at everything she does, be it country, rock or breezy pop music...this North Bay native simply knows her way around a good tune." Irish Greg- KFOG

Combining the country-flavored vocals of the Dixie Chicks with the tone of Alison Krauss and the roots of Bonnie Raitt, at the end of the day Victoria George has her own sound. One where commercial appeal meets personal commitment. Building her fan base the old-fashioned way, Victoria has spent years growing a grass-roots following here in the Bay Area and beyond. In 2005 she released her first EP, Far As I’m Concerned, which was followed in 2007 by her self-titled full-length effort, Victoria George. These records, and a string of high-profile shows opening for the likes of Junior Brown, Willie Nelson and the Doobie Brothers, landed her a management deal out of Nashville. Reluctant to leave the Bay Area but excited to try her luck in Music City, Victoria moved everything in 2008, where for two-and-a-half years she polished her craft as a songwriter and performer.

With a “been there, done that, what’s next” attitude, Victoria is back living in the Bay Area and promoting her new release, Lately I, recorded at Mission Bells Studio in San Francisco. This long awaited release showcases a maturity in her songwriting and a definite honing of her sound. It is simply- California meets Tennessee. "Forever", the first track off the EP was recently chosen by KFOG for their Local Scene 8 compilation.



Says George, “I learned a tremendous amount about songwriting in Nashville. I got pretty good at cherry-picking what I wanted to take in terms of song structure and feedback and leaving behind the rest. Most importantly, I learned how to keep the originality of my sound and combine it with the best Nashville had to offer.”
Or, the Whale
Or, the Whale

Or, the Whale is a band out of San Francisco whose staggering vocal harmonies and Neil Young-inspired guitar riffs take you back to a time when music felt real. There’s a craftsmanship to their songs that is tough to explain, but easy to recognize.

When they came on the scene six years ago, Or, the Whale had a more traditional Americana sound. In fact, the band’s 2007 album Light Poles and Pines featured the debut single “Call and Response,” which helped earn the band a 2008 Hollywood Music Award for Best Americana/Roots Artist, as well as a coveted spot on Radio & Records Top 100 Americana Artists of 2008.

After Light Poles and Pines, many of Or, the Whale’s songs took on a darker, more electric sound. This is evidenced in tracks from the band’s self-titled sophomore album released by Seany Records in 2009. Such songs include “Black Rabbit,” which features a gale-force chorus above electric feedback and pounding drums and the creeping “Keep Me Up,” which shows how Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” might sound if re-imagined through the mournful wail of pedal steel. Still, Americana is never far from their hearts, which is positively proven with “Never Coming Out”—a paranoid and agoraphobic rail ride that explodes into a final a capella starburst.

Or, the Whale continues testing the boundaries of its own sound, always managing to keep one foot in the shadows and the other in the light. Perhaps this is due to the changing lives, tastes, and skills of its veteran members: Alex Robins (vocals, guitar), Lindsay Garfield (vocals, percussion), Jesse Hunt (drums), and Tim Marcus (pedal steel). Or, maybe it’s the result of an addition of two major talents: Lia Rose (vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Sean Barnett (vocals, bass). Either way, using history as a guide, you can be sure the songs of Or, the Whale will be tangible and real.
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