(((folkYEAH!))) presents


Curls, The Willowz

Fri · November 3, 2017

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

$23 adv / $25 door

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This event is all ages

Special offer! A digital download of Cult’s forthcoming album, Offering (available October 6, 2017), is included with every ticket you order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer following your ticket purchase.

Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’ s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas–Cults are working in Technicolor now.

The core duo remains the same. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other’ s thoughts and still share a love of catchy music and black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). But the pair have put some blood on the tracks since their breakout debut: they’ ve toured the world, built a devoted audience, survived a breakup, grown up in green rooms, parted ways with their old label and made a home of their new one. After the whirlwind of Static died down, Follin and Oblivion made a conscious decision to shift gears:

“I feel like we stepped into a tour van when we were 21, and basically didn’ t get out of it for the next few years,” Oblivion says. “We wanted to give ourselves some space to have normal lives, and wait until there was something new to say.”

“It was exciting, because writing stopped feeling like a homework assignment. I was able to sit down and do it only when I wanted to,” says Follin. “These songs are less art projects, less thinking ‘ this is a heartbreak song, what would Lesley Gore do?’ and more reflective of things that have happened in our own lives.

”Cults took their time, going through a few dozen discarded demos before arriving on a pair of songs that felt special– the rollicking, sweet-but-dark “Right Words” and the buzzy earworm “Recovery.” Once they had a direction, Follin and Oblivion enlisted longtime engineer Shane Stoneback to help guide the sessions, working bit by bit, never rushing, letting the material develop naturally.

Offering will thrill ride-or-die Cults fans. Songs like “Natural State” and “Good Religion” balance on the same after-hours wall of sound that brought the band its early audience. The title track, a rolling goth-ed out anthem for the kids in the back of class is surely, somewhere in an alternate universe, soundtracking an 80s prom movie directed by Jim Jarmusch.

But Offering goes places Cults haven’t gone before. Pink Floyd was a big inspiration, freeing up the band to try new song structures and play with vintage synths, notably on the gorgeous, aching “With My Eyes Closed.” “I had the classic high school discovery of Pink Floyd, only I was 24,” laughs Oblivion. “I was in the back of the tour van, listening to Dark Side of The Moon on headphones for the first time, and I turned to the band and said ‘ guys. GUYS.”New Wave was also a touchstone, you can hear The Motels and Gary Numan’ s influence on chugging pop gems “Clear From Far Away” and “I Took Your Picture.” None of these gestures are accidental, the band has developed a confidence in the studio and a strong, full sound. Gone are the days of chancing upon Garageband alchemy; Offering is the work of two artists
who know what they want and how to make it happen.

Offering also marks the beginning of a more collaborative phase for Cults. The pair have always traded ideas, but for the first time they sat down to jam out ideas together in a room. Follin, who has always written her own parts, came into her own as instrumentalist during the Offering sessions, playing drums and keyboards throughout. Her equal partnership with Oblivion flies in the face of a far-too-common industry assumption that women are passive participants in their own art.

After three years of work in New York, LA, San Francisco, in studios and sweaty living rooms, the band finished the bulk of recording. But it was a classic “last day in the studio” demob-happy session that gave the album its opener and title track, a hope-in-darkness song that Oblivion calls “one of the most outward-looking things we’ ve done, it’ s a lifeline.” Follin adds: “we both decided independently of each other that it had to be the title.”

“These songs have both instability and solutions for how to deal with instability,” Oblivion says. “I think my favorite lyric is from “Took Your Picture”: Tinge of blue/To the end/left our hearts/With regrets/I’m learning. That’ s as close as you get to a thesis statement for the album.”

“We’re in a happier place,” Follin adds.

“I mean, the last track on our last album was called ‘ No Hope,’” Oblivion says, and they both laugh. “The first track on this record is called ‘ Offering.’ That pretty much says it.”
Curls is a band formed from various recording sessions in the Bay Area. What started out as the next step in Christopher Owens' storied solo career quickly became something more when he was joined by powerhouse musicians Cody Rhodes and Luke Baće while recording his next release. It immediately became apparent that a chemistry was felt and that each musician brought something unique to the musical canvas. By the end of the recording process the musicians had agreed to move forward as a unit and San Francisco's Curls had officially began.
The Willowz
The Willowz
After an eight-year hiatus, The Willowz are back. Following stints with Guards, Cults, The Last Shadow Puppets, Birds and CRX, the California-to-New York trio have returned with a new LP. Fifth, out September 15th via Thrill Me Records, sees the band build upon their punk rock roots to deliver a heavy mix of hard rock riffs and raucous hooks. Produced by lead-singer/guitarist, Richie James Follin, and mixed by drummer Loren Humphrey, the record blends slicing anthems with the band’s signature cool. Since their days as a garage rock outfit in Anaheim, California, beginning when Follin met bass player, Jessica Reynoza, in 2002, The Willowz have quietly built their own cult following. Releasing their self-titled debut album in 2003, the band attracted iconic French filmmaker, Michel Gondry, who used their track, “Something” in his Oscar-winning film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. From there, The Willowz recorded their sophomore album, Talk In Circles(Sympathy for the Record Industry), a 20-track punk rock opus, filled with biting anthems from “Cons & Tricks” to “Ulcer Soul.” Named one of 2005’s best records by Rolling Stone, the band also contributed “Equation #6” to Gondry’s Science of Sleep. In 2007, the band teamed up again with longtime collaborator Paul Kostabi onChautauqua (Dim Mak). Moving away from the punk influence of their early records, the album showcased The Willowz’ technical ability as they transitioned to an alt-country ‘60s psychedelic sound. They continued that evolution on 2009’s Everyone(Dim Mak), where the band married their hard rock roots with a pop sensibility, releasing a record as catchy as it was cutting. Taking a break from The Willowz to work on their other projects, Follin, Humphrey and Reynoza have finally redirected their energy back to the band. With Fifth, the trio harnesses their hard rock spirit, releasing a thrashing series of hypnotic singles on love and lust. Through distorted harmonies and racing guitars, The Willowz prove they haven’t left. Just the opposite -- with renewed focus and a solidified sound, they’re just getting started.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110