Dreamdate, Garrett Pierce
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
Adios Amigo began in a distant land, some 5923 miles south (as the crow flies) of San Francisco, California, in the South American capital city of Santiago, Chile. It was in this foreign place that Johnny Major, during his college year abroad, began writing love songs on an old, beat-up, Cuban guitar for a Chilean girl whom he would go on to marry. The music was derived from John’s experiences as a drummer in a pop-punk band in Davis, CA (where he attended college) and as bassist in a funk-rock band in Novato, CA (where he attended high school), as well as a profound musical appreciation of 50s doo wop and Motown, The Beatles, indie rock bands such as Broken Social Scene, The Strokes and The Shins, as well as singer-songwriter, Elliott Smith. It would be 8 years and tens of thousands of miles travelled before John would record his music and assemble a band. Adios Amigo is the culmination, and also the beginning of his musical aspirations coming to light.
“Starting off with a rollicking instrumental track, the rest of the self-titled EP continues to slow down as it progresses with a dose of mid-tempo jangle-pop and guitar work that sounds reminiscent of Red House Painters or The Sea and Cake. Each successive track feels mellower than the last: a good EP for the setting sun.” --OnlineRock.com
"Dreamdate get right to their business of brightening our day with their short, snappy tunes. The overall sound of Dreamdate can readily be spoken of in the same breath as early '90s crushworthy indie pop a la Lois, cub and Tiger Trap. As the unaffected and uneffected electric guitars strum away happily and the drums keep things simple with an uncluttered beat, you might find yourself hummin' along with these gals' warm, smooth female vocals. Nice." --Aquarius Records
"Although their tunes are reminiscent of, say, the riot grrl and Seattle/Portland-based garage movements, they still could only exist in present times...Their songs are, for the most part, up-tempo odes to not-so-simple pleasures and guilt and sometimes feel emotionally ambivalent…This is truly the kind of music you'd want on a Walkman when traversing long distances in the suburbs." --California Aggie
"Yea-Ming's jangly guitars bring to mind early rock-and-roll as strongly as they do twee music, and the rhythm section provided by Anna and now-in-Seattle Emily can create a great garage-punk beat as adeptly as they can provide support during a quieter number...The album's ten tracks cover the gamut of tempos and tones, but the basic elements that make a Dreamdate song–great relationship-examining lyrics, tight instrumentals, and sweet vocal harmonies–are on display in all ten." --The Bay Bridged
Garrett Pierce pens songs that peek into that same dark, yet optimistic place that Henry Miller and Leonard Cohen tapped into. His voice seems to soar alongside acoustic ballads or dirgey rock songs with the emotional confidence of someone who has found his path after years of yearning.
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Garrett spent the last decade in San Francisco and Davis, CA where he delivered two full-length albums on Crossbill Records. The first, Like A Moth, was from stripped down sessions in basements, closets and the occasional studio. His stark compositions were helped by guest appearances by friends’ Jolie Holland and Matt Bauer. His second record, All Masks, was Garrett’s epic. Accompanied by strings and over ten musicians, All Masks showed his talents as both a composer and lyricist. With people like Timothy James Wright (Drums/Guitars) Jake Mann (Bass) and Jen Grady (cello) he was able to play shows with that mirrored the fullness of the recording.
"Wow! Bay Area troubadour Mr. Garrett Pierce has continued to nurture and refine his songcraft in a big big way. All Masks blossoms and flourishes onwards from his previous two releases. ... Some of the songs on his latest album verge on the epic yet still maintain his intimate earthy heart." --Aquarius Records
There's a 6 ticket limit for this event per household, customer, credit card number and email address. Patrons who exceed the ticket limit can have their order cancelled automatically and without notice.
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