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Your Fearless Leader

Your Fearless Leader

Battlehooch, Tino Drima

Sat, Jul 7, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12 ADV - $15 DOOR

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Your Fearless Leader
Your Fearless Leader
Your Fearless Leader (YFL) began with a young man from San Francisco writing narratives to the strum of his guitar in the winter of 2014. Fearful of the vulnerability of these songs, he dawned a stage name to mask the controversial and emotional contents of them. But after an adventurous and life-changing trip to Cape Town, South Africa, that young man shed the alter-ego to embrace the story that was his. Just as he had evolved and grew, so did the band in sound and style.

The band showed no signs of stumble through the proceeding years as they introduced more orchestral elements into their sound including trumpet and saxophone and finally rounding out their ensemble with a bassist. Sharing semblance to an early-days “Arcade Fire” with derivatives of “The Killers” were they more progressive, YFL continued to cultivate a dedicated following up and down the California coast while calling San Francisco home.

The six-piece band is comprised of Marcus Ghiasi (Guitar, Vocals), Hannah Glass (Violin, Vocals), Jerry Haagsma (Drums), Jamil Hawkins (Bass), Aldo Jimenez (Saxophone, Percussion) and Lucas Kang (Guitar, Trumpet).
Battlehooch
Battlehooch
Battlehooch is the kind of band you thought went extinct along with landline phones and cassette tapes. In one sense they’re a band from another, sturdier era: a band that releases consistently quality material on a consistent basis, a band that doesn’t sacrifice creative drive for commercial interest, a band that grows and evolves with each successive release. From the beautiful madcap mess of debut LP Piecechow to the more refined yet still quite surrealistic jams on Hot Lungs to a cool, polished psych-rock sheen on 2014’s Wink EP, Battlehooch has proven itself as a band built to last. They may possess an old-school mindset, but their music is diverse and daring enough to fit perfectly into this wild new century.

Formed in San Francisco – the birthplace of psychedelia – it’s fitting that the six-piece collective echoes the city’s tie-dyed past in its own compositions. However, the group isn’t content with becoming a mere tribute to a time period they never lived through. Instead, Battlehooch updates the sound of psychedelia for a new generation, one that can now access dozens of genres and millions of songs with a few clicks of an iPhone. Battlehooch reflects this modern trend of manic music consumption: on any of their many releases, the listener will be treated to a sonic smorgasbord, bouncing from hard rock to dance-pop to mind-warping head trips to flirtations with electronica and jazz and Afrobeat and everything in between within the span of a few minutes, sometimes even seconds.

In 2018, Battlehooch partnered with Prizefighter Records to release new singles and do reissues of past albums (including on cassette for the first time!). In addition, they will also be touring the US west coast and in Europe.
Tino Drima
Originally formed as a duo between frontman Gregory DiMartino and drummer Rob Mills in 2014, Tino Drima has since solidified into a six-piece — a patchwork of longtime friends that includes members of local mainstays French Cassettes and Spooky Mansion — to help bring their raucous, punk-inflected take on big band doo-wop to life. “It was all pretty close and in the family,” DiMartino says of the group’s gradual expansion.

On their debut LP Her Kind of Man, Tino Drima has upped the ante since last year’s Smoking EP, finding a more nuanced sound that doesn’t sacrifice any of their grit or fervent energy. Recorded in a cabin in the Sierra Mountains and later mixed by Dave Vandervelde (Tess & Dave, Father John Misty), Her Kind of Man seamlessly intertwines elaborate string arrangements with frontman Gregory DiMartino’s writhing howl. “It’s like I’m the guy who’s out there in a suit, smiling, but who’s actually manic inside, battling demons,” DiMartino explains.

“Brutal Earthquake,” for instance, begins with DiMartino playing the consummate crooner, before the band revs into high gear and he replaces his shit-eating grin with a bitter scowl. Later, “Drives Me Crazy” explores the surprising intersection of Frank Sinatra’s big band charm and Spoon’s slinky swagger. Constantly shifting between the grandeur of the ballroom and the grime of a back alley, doo-wop’s charm and punk’s bitter angst, Tino Drima make it clear that when it comes to heartbreak, things are never quite as they seem.
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