Foxtails Brigade, vverevvolf
628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA, 94117
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
This show is supported by Anchor Brewing, San Francisco’s original brewery since 1896. Join us and celebrate Anchor’s 4th annual Drink Steam Week 8/12-8/19, honoring their pioneering role in the American craft beer movement and commitment to brewing in San Francisco. To celebrate, The Independent will be serving Anchor’s new 19.2 oz. cans of Anchor Steam Beer at the bar all night! Raise Your Anchor to local tunes and local brews!
The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian, Foxtails front-girl Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T, and Larry from Perfect Strangers. Laura’s upbringing is present everywhere in Foxtails Brigade, from the lyrical imagery to the hand-drawn artwork and sophomoric Instagram cartoons.
The band’s live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura’s trademark voice and classical guitar intricacies with an A-List ensemble featuring performing members of Bright Eyes, Van Dyke Parks, and John Kale. The songs tackle subjects of substitute teaching in the Oakland and LA public school scenes, steak appreciation, and general unfairness awareness with a warped pop sensibility akin to influences like St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, The Smiths, and Spoon.
Following their 2011 debut album The Bread and the Bait (Antenna Farm Records), the band released their second LP. Time Is Passed (DIY) during Christmas of 2012. Since then, Foxtails Brigade have just release their new self-titled album in April 2016 on OIM Records.
Produced in the Bay Area by celebrated Jeff Saltzman (Blondie, The Killers), this record marks the Oakland-based band’s third full-length LP, but serves as a cohesive statement of who they are and the direction they’re headed.
While the group’s previous material, fueled by hazy chamber-folk melodies and spectral strings, reached inwards, Foxtails Brigade detonates their sound in all directions. The collective of Bay Area artists' “fully realized” lineup employs a vast kaleidoscope of peculiar percussion and newfound synthesizers alongside Patzner’s cinematic arrangements and Weinbach’s distinct guitar figures. Working with producer Saltzman, Foxtails Brigade celebrates a newfound sense of directness and clarity without sacrificing an ounce of intricacy. Like everything the band accomplishes on their self-titled record, it’s defiant yet wounded, sweet yet fierce; the sound of underdogs who won’t go away quietly. If we’re sinking, Foxtails Brigade tells us, then let’s explode into fireworks.
Foxtails Brigade is also out now in Japan on Rallye, and is currently streaming in full on Baeble.
In the wake of their 2016 STLP release, the band completed a PCNW, So-Cal and South/Mid-West U.S. run as well as a spring tour in France opening for Emily Jane White. Following that they embarked on a 3-month East Coast and Europe tour opening for and playing in Emily Jane White's band again. They're currently working on their next record and planning a Pacific North West jaunt this summer 2018.
vverevvolf is a pop duo from Berkeley, CA formed by the friendship of producer/song writer/vocalist Dylan Gallagher and songwriter/vocalist Kelsey LaRae. Dylan began writing music as a teenager and after dropping out of UC Davis, he enrolled in Diablo Valley Community College where he mistakenly sat in on a blues rock performance class in which he heard Kelsey singing. Blown away by her performance, Dylan asked her if she would be interested in joining him on an original project. Over a shared love of pop music, their friendship grew to near sibling level; they formed vverevvolf and set out to make pop songs that would capture the messiness and melodrama of feeling alive. Over the course of the next few years, these songs turned into Electric Blue.
Dylan started crafting the songs of Electric Blue in Garageband, which the two of them practiced tirelessly in their cars and bedrooms until they were ready to seek out a studio to record their vocals. Working with Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, both Dylan and Kelsey funded the studio time themselves by driving for Lyft and working relentlessly at Starbucks. Once the duo was introduced to Aki Ehara, bassist and producer of The Seshen, the "pop aesthetic" of the record began falling into place. Their friendship and collaboration kicked off after Aki provided a remix of the band's first song "Cruel Games," which impressed the duo so much they invited him to co-produce the entire EP. It was love at first listen.; his arrangements were snappy and forward-thinking, and he left plenty of room for the duo to add stylistic flourishes like sampling their own screams.
With their core team assembled, vverevvolf began to play shows in the Bay Area and quickly found compatriots in local synthpop bands Introflirt and Ghost of Lighting. Tragically, both bands were lost in the Oakland Ghostship Fire in December of 2016. In honor of their friendship, Dylan and Kelsey dedicated Electric Blue to them with an inscription on the inside of their cd sleeves. The loss strengthened the duo's resolve to work at their art and bring as much energy to their live performances as possible. The duo attempt to make every show an experience. Beyond lighting that reacts to their music, they have invited audience members to be part of the vvolfpack by handing out wolf masks, light wands and blue roses on different occasions.
With the release of Electric Blue on the horizon, vverevvolf are already working on a follow-up EP.