Moved to Cafe Van Kleef
Space Ape, Crystal Shipsss, Amores Vigilantes
1621 Telegraph Ave.
Doors 9:00PM / Show 10:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Spaceape is a noisy, melodic rock outfit hailing from Oakland, CA. The band was born in 2008 after a near-death experience in an attempt to satisfy a longing for intradimensional escape-travel. Please enjoy irresponsibly.
Like all great voyages, Crystal Shipsss began with a vision.
One morning in Montreal, a bleary-eyed Dane named Jacob Faurholt awoke to see that all of the friends he was visiting were making music, not for a living – but as their living. Soon afterward, Faurholt saw himself returning to Europe where he quit his teaching job in Denmark and began building the tender framework for his one-man musical vessel called Crystal Shipsss.
Before setting sail through a sonic seascape of innovative, industrial and introspective songs that share the same wavelengths as early Jesus & Mary Chain, the Pale Saints and the Boo Radleys, Faurholt set up a port of call in Berlin.
"I have been fascinated with the artistic energy of Berlin since I first visited in 1999," says Faurholt, who (prior to Crystal Shipsss) recorded five albums. These works include a collaboration with legendary producer and engineer, Kramer, best known for his work with Galaxie 500, Low, and Daniel Johnston. Faurholt embarked on writing and recording the songs that became the album "Yay" in the summer of 2010, in between acting jobs as an extra for German soap operas. "I only recorded when I felt inspired, and with the idea of just making music without over-thinking it," explains Faurholt, whose Berlin apartment has guitars, ukuleles, tambourines, a piano and melodica in place of furniture.
While the Crystal Shipsss' debut album does boast conventional songwriting, Jacob's living room production expands upon the experimental aspect of albums such as David Bowie's "Heroes" and the simple wisdom of Galaxie 500's "On Fire". Nearly every song on "Yay" takes the listener on a less-than two-minute trip through a "light and airy to heavy fuzzed out journey into Faurholt's extraordinary range as a songwriter," (Floorshime Zipper Boots). "Yay" has gleaned other positive reviews through its limited cassette release via Portuguese label, Cakes and Tapes. Over the years Faurholt has played a long list of shows, sharing the stage with bands such as The Black Heart Procession, CocoRosie, Efterklang, and Grizzly Bear.
Amores Vigilantes sounds the way San Francisco feels: dreamy, yet gritty; timeless but uninhibitedly different, just like their city.
With influences that range from '70s soul to '60s Latin jazz to any decade of Garage Rock, the band crosses bridges into musical neighborhoods that most others pass right by.
When Three Ring Records released Amores Vigilantes' debut album, "West Coast Kingdom," all ten tracks on the record received consistent college and internet radio play - from Berkeley to Berlin, Stanford University to the University of Athens, Greece, and beyond.