Guy Fox, Ghost & the City

Sat · January 17, 2015

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


This event is all ages

Battlehooch is the kind of band you thought went extinct with landline phones & 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 zany 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 weird & diverse enough to fit 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 & millions of songs with a few clicks on their iPhones. 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 cartoony head trips to flirtations with electronica & jazz & Afrobeat & everything else in between within the span of a few minutes, sometimes even seconds.
Guy Fox
Guy Fox
Guy Fox is an Oakland based band that effuses dancy high life vibes with carefree indie vocals and hints of old soul. Combine the energy of alternative rock with big band arrangements and funk beat breaks, and you have the rare and impassioned music of Guy Fox.

The band is made up of Northeastern transplants drawn to the Bay Area by the romance of San Francisco. They played together throughout college, jamming at house parties and cultivating the free flow groove that makes their complex arrangements feel effortless.

A year after friend and band-mate, Pete Granquist (drums, vocals), relocated to the West Coast, Nate "Noodle" Witherbee (guitar, vocals, synthesizers) and Greg Waters (guitar, saxophone, vocals) packed up their car and moved to the Bay Area on a whim; an epic cross-country road trip ensued. The three friends were introduced to Charlie Moore (bass, vocals) at a house party, and Guy Fox was born.

After a year of playing warehouse parties and tapping into local creative spaces, Guy Fox's debut EP was released in early 2012, followed by sold out shows at top SF venues like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe du Nord and the Rickshaw Stop. The band also picked up accolades such as The Deli SF's "Artist of the Month" and Rasputin Music's "Buzz Band of the Week".

Their second EP "The Wild" is further evidence of Guy Fox's wide range of influences and inspired musical talent. The trajectory of the EP rolls out with tracks ranging from the candied vintage rock of "San Francisco" to the spirited electric funk of "Too Late." Though they cover a lot of ground, their trademark big band arrangements replete with brass, rich soaring harmonies, and garage-rock-meets-electronic-indie hit the surface on every track.

Pair this with their commitment to putting on a show that invites audiences to dance as if any venue were a living room, and what materializes is an earnest and unrestrained love of music that defies any cultural tropes of irony and aloofness.
Ghost & the City
Ghost & the City
With spectral grooves, caressing textures and luminescent melodic hooks, Ghost & the City’s new EPTIMEcaptures cool blue light in a bottle with a sensuous trip-hop jazz sound. Emerging from Oakland’s thrumming underground music scene, the ensemble melds the alluring vocals of soulstress Kia Fay, the elastic beats of drummer Will Jenkins, and the lyricallycharged keyboard and synth work of Ash Maynor, who also writes most of the material. Featured trumpeterRoss Eustis offers a burnished brass foil to Kia Fay’s buttery voice, all enfolded in luscious sound design by Aki Ehara, a sought-after studio wizard who’s produced tracks for innovative Bay Area acts such as Bell Atlas, Trails and Ways, and Make Under (while also playing bass for Oakland’s esteemed neo-soul outfit The Seshen).

The DNA for Ghost & the City’s new sound is evident on the group’s 2015 EPPatchwork Soul, which led to gigs opening for heavyweights likeHiatus Kaiyote, The Internet, and Shabazz Palaces. But the songs onTIMErepresent an evolutionary sonic leap, with intricately crafted soundscapes that evoke the excitement and dismay of a region undergoing cultural tectonic shifts. While the group’s sound emanates from tomorrow, timeless musical values are embodied in the EP’s sole cover, a riveting rendition of Bobby Womack’s late-career masterpiece “Please Forgive My Heart.”

Rapidly gaining notice as a signature West Coast musical force, Ghost & the City continues to hone a sound that embraces a multiplicity of styles while melting away from superficial labels.TIMEis slated for release in spring 2018.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110