Howlin Rain

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Howlin Rain

GospelbeacH, Pacific Range, Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Fri · September 6, 2019

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

$18 adv / $20 door

This event is all ages

Howlin Rain
Howlin Rain
Oakland, California’s Howlin Rain are touring in support of ‘The Alligator Bride,’ their fifth LP of swampy, ragged, unapologetic rock ’n roll. Led by Ethan Miller (co-founder of psych rockers Comets On Fire and Heron Oblivion), the band recorded the album at the Mansion in San Francisco, direct to tape, in one or two takes. MOJO Magazine called the collection “an album of sublime crescendos and melodies like warm embrac- es, so joyful, so tender, so warmly anthemic, its vintage moves are timeless, and irre- sistible.”

‘The Alligator Bride’ is Howlin Rain’s first release on Silver Current Records, the artist- run label owned by Miller, and gleefully indebted to classic rock formations like the Grateful Dead’s ‘Europe ’72' and Free’s 1969 masterpiece of atmospheric, minimalist blues, ‘Fire and Water.’ “The guiding principle for ‘The Alligator Bride’ was to create ‘Neal Cassady Rock,’” says Miller. “Which is to say, high energy, good-times adventure music, driving the hippie bus, shirtless and stoned, up for four days straight, and ex- tremely fuzzy around the edges.” It’s a fitting vision for the band: torn between eras, fuzzed out but full of soul, an epic perspective on what’s come before and what lies ahead, woven into a cosmic tapestry of riffs, rhymes, and resonant frequencies.

Look for Howlin Rain to also release the first in a series of live albums dubbed ‘Under The Wheel’ in the coming months to document their ecstatic, freewheeling live perfor- mances.
GospelbeacH
GospelbeacH
GospelbeacH is Tom Sanford (drums), Brent Rademaker (vocals, guitar), Jason Soda (vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (vocals, guitar), and Kip Boardman (vocals, bass), with guest appearance by Nelson Bragg (vocal harmonies).

There here are two kinds of people that become musicians. The first is a determined striving would-be pro whose eyes never leave the prize. That prize being stardom by any means necessary. The second is the besotted, intoxicated music fan and acolyte to whom music is the oxygen they need to breathe. Who live by rhythm and sound and absorb everything and are so deeply immersed in the art that they have devoted themselves to making the world hear what they hear in their heads–commercial success is an afterthought.

Brent Rademaker– he of Further, Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde –is the embodiment of the latter. And as a grown man with something still to say, he’s made his most detailed and mature work yet with his most recent outfit, GospelbeacH. Another Summer Of Love is an adult’s version of the dreamy American roots music that we’ve come to expect from the Floridian turned Angeleno.

Like his fellow Sunshine State emigre Gram Parsons, Rademaker has drawn nourishment from the openness of Southern California and the sunny, hopeful feeling that epitomises his work is in full effect here. From the kick-off 'In The Desert', which slyly references the British mod-punks The Jam to the jaunty swing of 'You’re Already Home' which pays a subtle tribute to Rademaker’s hero Chris Hillman’s 'Girl With No Name', this is what Americana is supposed to be and sometimes is not. Smart, informed, soulful, well-executed and avoiding the slick assembly-line of 2017 Nashville, this is the kind of record that true fans of well-crafted tuneful rock live for. Just as Rademaker lived for his rock heroes like Cheap Trick and The Cars, but with that glorious wooziness, the musical marine layer hanging above the desert’s basin floor. Partnered with guitar whiz and albums producer, Jason Soda and keyboardist Johnny Niemanns (who added parts to the disc from the same mellotron America used on its ’70s recordings, this may be Rademaker’s strongest band yet.

GospelbeacH hits the road in support of the disc crossing the sea to play Green Man Festival in Wales August 17-20 as part of a UK tour and starting the summer in the Golden State at festivals in Big Sur May 19-21 (HIPNIC), Sonoma, June 19-20 (HUICHICA) and closer to home in Bakersfield, May 6th (DEMOCRAT HOT SPRINGS FESTIVAL).

“Why make the same record over and over?” Rademaker asked me recently. He’s kept his ideals intact on Another Summer Of Love and then some. Expect surprises from the man–and more!
Pacific Range
Pacific Range
Pacific Range is an Americana/Jam-Band based out of LA with influences from The Allman Brothers, Gram Parsons, and The Grateful Dead. Their melody and lyric-based music incorporates the feel-good vibes of the 60's and 70's, with deep jams and plenty of improvisation. Their debut self-titled EP encapsulates their wide array of influences and live sound. Songs like "Santa Monica" capture the essence of sunny-California beach culture from a working class perspective, with a groove that will leave you bobbing in your seat. Santa Rosa Records praised it as "A throwback gem of vintage vibrations."

Most of their songs are originals written by their prolific songwriter Seamus Turner. One of his songs "12 O'Clock Normal St. Blues" received radio airplay, and was selected to be performed in full orchestration at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. Seamus also was the winner of the Ventura One's to Watch songwriting competition.

Aside from the songwriting, Pacific Range really thrives in a live setting. The band has played all over Southern California, including at Topanga Days Music Festival, The Echo, The Resident and Pappy & Harriet's. They have performed alongside such notable acts as Dick Dale, Beachwood Sparks, Gospel Beach, Mapache and Grateful Shred. Go catch the boys in action on a weekend. Chances are they'll be playing.
Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show
Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show
Analog liquid lightshow in the San Francisco tradition pioneered by Bill Hamm, and Brotherhood of Light, a mainstay of the '60s ballroom scene.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com