Froth / Useless Eaters / Cotillon / Emotional

The Chapel's Burger Records Holiday Bash

Froth / Useless Eaters / Cotillon / Emotional

Sat · December 6, 2014

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

$10 adv / $12 door

This event is all ages

Froth
Froth
Formed in 2013 in Los Angeles, Froth first garnered attention with their debut LP, “Patterns.” Originally intended as a small-run cassette release, the album quickly became an underground sensation in the Southern California music scene, catapulting the band to local fame and prompting a vinyl re-release in 2014.

2015 saw the release of the band’s sophomore album, “Bleak.” A more dynamic, adventurous effort, the record matches lush shoegaze soundscapes with driving krautrock beats. Froth toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe in support of the album, opening for acts such as The Drums, Tamaryn, Pond and Craft Spells.

After signing with Wichita Records in 2016, Froth is set to share their third album, “Outside (briefly),” on 2/10/2017. This time around, the band has dialed back the noise, revealing delicately beautiful melodies, intricately arranged instrumentals and some of their most experimental songwriting to date.
Useless Eaters
Useless Eaters
Seth Sutton learned a lot from Jay Reatard in the last two years of his life—a time that included taking Sutton's band (Useless Eaters) on tour and pressing one of their many limited singles—but one lesson stood out above the rest.

"Jay always felt like he was running out of time," explains Sutton, "so he thought it was important to try and be as musically productive as possible."

That's certainly been Sutton's case over the past four years, as the singer/guitarist crammed a couple side projects (the nihilistic hardcore of Vile Nation, the power trio transmissions of the aptly titled Feral Beat) into an already packed schedule of rehearsing/replacing band members and releasing as many records under the Useless Eaters name as humanly possible. That includes such standout releases as the catalog-combing Cheap Talkcompilation and the road trip-ready Daily Commutealbum. The latter's a glaring example of Sutton's meaty melodies, loose-limbed riffs, and undying love of punk-not-punk artists like Television, Wire and, well, just about every other glass-gargling history teacher in Legs McNeil's legendary Please Kill Me book.

"It showed me that punk is more of an idea and an attitude than a fashion statement," says Sutton, a self-taught musician who considers dropping out of high school "the best decision I've ever made," because it "gave me the freedom to focus on my art and music."

While that phrase has been uttered by many self-taught musicians over the years, Sutton's songwriting actually speaks for itself. Take his forcoming LP Hypertension, for instance. AsUseless Eaters' cult following first heard on the "Addicted to the Blade" 7'' and Black Night UltravioletEP, Sutton's cleared yet another layer of dust from his scrappy sound and pushed a revolving door of haymaker hooks and restless rhythms to the fore. That goes for everything from the neon-bathed locked grooves of "Life on a Grid" to the welcome, climatic cacophony of "Vertical Africa." Meanwhile, Sutton continues to channel a lonely childhood of living on army bases—and eventually finding his creative footing in Memphis, Toronto and his current hometown Nashville—into lyrics that reach well beyond tired punk tropes, whether that amounts to metaphorical love stories or brutally honest nervous breakdowns.

"I think everyone struggles with things like that," he says. "The whole idea behind Hypertension is that most people aren't aware—or just don't care about— their situations and will buy into anything.

He pauses and adds, "I guess I just write about people and thoughts."

If only things were that simple...
Cotillon
Cotillon
Cotillon is the moniker of Jordan Corso, a New York City based artist with ties to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Cotillon story began In the fall of 2013, when Corso accepted an invitation from Chet "JR" White to move into his spare bedroom in San Francisco and develop his debut LP. Under White's guidance, Corso wrote and recorded his first album, and signed with the great California indie label Burger Records.

After the release of his critically acclaimed debut, who Spin Magazine (among others) honed one of 2015's best, and extensive touring, Corso sold everything he had but a bag full of clothes and his music gear and boarded a plane for New York. "the time was right for me to make a New York based album ", say's Corso. "I moved into a small apartment, and began getting to know the city that is responsible for most of my taste ". So the story goes, Corso wrote everyday relentlessly taking inspiration from the french new wave, japanese literature, uppers, downers, big city culture, and a romantic relationship.

After Corso recorded a large collection of demos in his apartment, it began time to figure out how to craft LP number two. The first person he showed them to was Shane Butler of New York via Boston's Quilt, who's work Corso strongly admires. "When I got the demos I felt like they were a pretty good metaphor for Jordan as I knew him. One of the things I really like about Jordan is that he is caught in this interstice between high-culture & low-culture; between the cleaner aspects of life and the grittier. I heard both these sides of him in the demos he showed me. Jordan also seemed really into this idea of making a 'New York' record. As someone who grew up partly in New York City, the prospect of making a 'New York' record in 2015/16 is a very complicated thing. That concept wrestles with some of the ideas that I saw in Jordan's personality. It is something of the high & the low; the grime & the glitter; the superficial & the genuine. All of which were attributes I saw in the song-writing at the time and heard from Jordan when he talked about what he wanted from a new record."" said Butler.

Butler called his friend Al Carlson (who produced artists such as St. Vincent, Onheaotrix Point Never, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink, and Butler's own Quilt) and booked time at Greenpoint's classic Gary's Electric Studio which Carlson calls home, and together they began crafting Cotillon's sophomore effort, " The Afternoons " over the span of the summer. "The Afternoons" also features Jon Nellen (Ginla) on drums and synthesizer and guest piano from John Andrews (Quilt, Woods).

Corso's third album " Cruiser " (written/recorded between Tokyo/Brooklyn) is due in the Spring of 2019.

- Mark Deming, AllMusic
Emotional
Emotional
Emotional is the spiritual manifestation of songwriter, singer, director, and Death Records founder Brian Wakefield. Wakefield, a San Jose native, has been a humble mainstay in the San Francisco music community since the early ‘00s, working with various bands, most notably the “dream pop quartet” Melted Toys. Wakefield has also served as a sideman in many local projects. Emotional was initially embarked upon as an experimental side pop project to Melted Toys—it now serves as the signature vessel for Wakefield’s personal songwriting.

Ahh…The Name's Emotional, Baby! arrives as a multi-label effort that will awaken a passionate surrender of humility and guilty pleasure. Following his heroes Kate Bush, Gram Parsons, and The Smashing Pumpkins, Wakefield casts a spell of irresistible tangy guitar reverb, bending synths, and candid melodies. It is a pop record, it is a true story, and it is a testament to the modern state of feelings. Written and recorded over the course of two-years with producer Ole Haarstad (Melted Toys), multi-instrumentalist Emmet Moskowitz, a.k.a., “Muzzy” (Froogy’s Groovies), and mastered by Patrick Haight (Spot-On Sound), the LP features guest appearances by vocalist Ryan Grubbs (Tiaras, Ganglians) and guitarist Adam Finken (Male Gaze, Tiaras, Blasted Canyons). It is the stoney memory of that impossible psychic love that shared an appreciation of Taco Bell. It is the tale of an artist who boldly says, “It’s okay to be emotional.”
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com