PsychoZodiac Presents A Benefit Show with
YOUR FEARLESS LEADER
Great Highway (closing set), MAD NOISE, The Damn Fanatics
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
YOUR FEARLESS LEADER
Your Fearless Leader; A seven piece powerhouse comprised of the diversity of persons that exemplify the very nature of San Francisco. With a performance that engages every sense of the human experience, Your Fearless Leader captures it's audience through narrative song stories, dynamic orchestration and humble beginnings.
Evolving from a genesis as a solo project, Your Fearless Leader has integrated the orchestral instrumentation of a symphony and the heart-pounding soul of rock into a refreshingly distinct sound, in a manor of which retains familiarity yet wonder. YFL's music tell contemplative stories to the world around them. From silent falsetto to wanted robbers, from the regretted pasts to lonely futures, from darkest suicide to hopeful love, this is the dream called life.
Your Fearless Leader has established themselves in a niche of the San Francisco indie scene showing no signs of stumble. Reaching and passing milestones continuously, they are alive.
Tomorrow is not promised so because of that, we give all we can today.
Great Highway (closing set)
Great Highway was formed in 2012 as a flirtatious collaboration between romantic partners Jason Hunter and Emily Nash. Primarily inspired by folk-rock groups like Stars and The New Pornographers, their first studio albums with guitarist Sean McAllister were an experimental, sweeping romantic conversation between lovers. However, in 2013 Hunter and Nash experienced a wrenching breakup. By the end of 2013 Nash had left the group, and it was unclear whether the project would continue.
Luckily, in 2014, Hunter and McAllister chanced upon sultry lead singer Sarah Morgan (Roosevelt Radio), a fiery performer known for her unusually rich, yet childlike voice. Morgan herself had also experienced tough heartbreak at the hands of a partner and long-time musical collaborator, and was on the search for a new project.
In mid-2014 Great Highway began work on their most mature album to date. Industrial Love Scene, released in March 2015 and mastered by Michael Romanowski (DeVotchKa, Matt Nathanson, dredg), takes an aggressive yet tender view on obsessive and toxic romantic relationships. Inspired by the pain and heartbreak associated with their past musical lives, the group set out to create cathartic songs together. Despite soaring vocal harmonies and deceptively peppy beats, these tracks were at their core darker than anything they had previously released, and full of an unexpected biting wit.
To date, Great Highway has developed a signature brand of dark electropop that seamlessly blends pumping electronic sounds with analogue instrumentation. Their earworm songs package venomous and sorrowful lyrics with the lush, moody vibes of The Xx, the powerhouse male-female vocals of The Naked & Famous, and charming yet unsettlingly strange arrangements of The Submarines.
Great Highway currently includes Jason Hunter, Sarah Morgan and Sean McAllister, along with DJ Meredith Whelan and violinist Makiko Harris. They most recently released the single "Once & Gone" in February 2016.
Fans have described MAD NOISE's sound as everything from "Acoustic Neo-Soul Street-Funk" to "Punk-Blues", crediting their diversity and DIY aesthetic. While deeply rooted in the blues, what makes MAD NOISE inimitable is their ability to draw from styles around the world, from folk and jazz to punk and pop. Their live performances are characterized by their raw energy, intricate vocal harmonies, collective improvisation, and ability to connect with their audiences. MAD NOISE began as a busking band in 2010, entertaining the streets of San Francisco. In only five years, this eclectic ensemble received numerous awards from SF Bay Area press (SF Weekly's and The Daily Californian's "Best of" 2011, and named "Best Band" by SF Bay Guardian 2011, 2012, and 2013). They've performed in prestigious venues and festivals along the West Coast, as well as throughout West Africa as part of the US Department of State-sponsored program American Music Abroad in 2015.
The Damn Fanatics
The Damn Fanatics serve up a hearty mix of classic rock sounds, modern electronic influences and southern blues twang that are at once familiar and unique. Sometimes raw, sometimes refined, and always danceable - The Damn Fanatics will get your blood pumping and your boots a'scootin.