Jay Siegan Presents
The Alarm at Slim's
New American Farmers, Julia Othmer
333 11th St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The Alarm is an alternative rock band which formed in 1978 in Rhyl, Wales. For most of their career the band consisted of Mike Peters (vocals, guitar), Dave Sharp (guitar), Eddie Macdonald (bass) and Nigel Twist (drums). The band split in 1991, but reunited in 2001.
The band began in 1978 in the North-Wales town of Rhyl, under the name of 'Seventeen'. Its 4 members were Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald and Nigel Twist. They knocked around the music scene for a while with little success and reformed as 'Alarm Alarm' (taken from one of Seventeen's songs) in 1981. Then revered BBC DJ John Peel compared them to Duran Duran and Talk Talk and they quickly changed their name to 'The Alarm'. With the change of their name, came a change of location. The Alarm moved to London and shared a small flat in the city to save money for their first single, 'Unsafe Building' b/w 'Up For Murder'. They came to the attention of U2 in '82 and toured with them as their support band (they frequently reprised that role). In 1983, 'Sixty-Eight Guns' was released. It became their biggest hit, propelling them to #17 in the charts, and they appeared on Top of The Pops for the first and last time. Throughout the decade, the band made more albums, including 'Strength' and 'Eye of the Hurricane'; but by the late 80's The Alarm had begun to drift apart, with Dave Sharp feeling isolated and left out of the song writing process. The relationships within the band were deteriorating. Their last album, 'Raw', was fragmented and the group were breaking apart. On June 30th 1991 at the Brixton Academy, Mike Peters announced on stage that he was leaving 'The Alarm' without telling the rest of the band. And thus The Alarm ended.
The Alarm can lay claim to a series of 15 Top 50 UK singles, including their classic hits, "68 GUNS", "SPIRIT OF 76", "RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME", "STRENGTH" "45 RPM" and of course "THE STAND".
Ten successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide, The Alarm's pioneering use of acoustic guitars brought the band into direct contact with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and U2, all whom have appeared and sung on stage with The Alarm.
Both Mike Peters and Dave Sharp embarked on solo careers with Peters again fronting the second generation of The Alarm with James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, Chelsea), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy, The Mission) and Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers).
New American Farmers
"Perhaps the best way to explain [Julia] would be if Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I'll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you bring your soul." - Out of Print Magazine
Julia Othmer is a "captivating" piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her energetic live performances. Tracks from her critically acclaimed debut album, Oasis Motel, have been featured on such shows as Witches of East End, Switched at Birth, The Lying Game, Army Wives, Party of Five, and DeGrassi: The Next Generation and earned her songwriting awards from the Billboard World Song Contest and the International Songwriting Competition. Julia performed on the Lilith Fair tour (alongside such greats as Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Heart, and Ingrid Michaelson). She has shared the stage with Regina Spektor, Lisa Loeb, Amos Lee, and John Waite among others.
Supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Julia has completed her new album "SOUND" - a collaboration with producer/composer James "JT" Lundie. A limited release of SOUND was available for her Kickstarter backers, fans and friends and will be officially released in the autumn of 2018.
Julia is passionate about books & libraries, the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle, and ancient civilizations. She lives in Los Angeles. Her true hometown is Kansas City.
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“SOUND is a self-made record with a big-label sound. It is rich in space and soaring dynamics and rife with layers and textures and melodies and grooves."
- Tim Finn, Kansas City Star - for the full article, click HERE
"it's brilliant, melodic, fiery, and moving, just like Julia herself. If you're looking for new music to listen to, check it out and get ready to feel the sound of a true artist. And congrats to James Lundie on the beautiful production."
-Abdi Nazemian, Author of "The Authentics" and "The Walk-In Closet," Producer and Screenwriter
"I've been listening to her new CD and it is flat out great...the songs are powerful, the singing is great, and the production is great."
Bob McWilliams, Kansas Public Radio, host of "Trail Mix"
"Perhaps the best way to explain it would be if Nora Jones, Tom Waits, Billy Holiday and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I¹ll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you bring your soul."
- Jena Serbu, Out of Print Magazine
"...at ease and relaxed at the piano, as if it was a good friend...her singing voice was strong and uncompromising, her playing direct."
- Sonya Alexander, NYC Examiner
"She is a singer/songwriter with a cute, funky attitude and haunting pipes that leave listeners in awe. She captivated with the dramatic pounding of the piano keys and passionate singing."
- Jenna Putnam, The Deli
FIRST DAY PROJECT
"It is so powerful... just amazingly moving. I can't say enough about it. Thank you for doing this - especially for the veterans who need help."
- Mike Tucci, Veteran
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- Freddy Cordova, NVF Counselor & Veteran of Four Tours in Iraq
"This is a beautiful song. Really gorgeous. The video is really moving... thank you for sharing it with us."
- Bruce Greenwood, Actor/Artist
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- Donna Navarro, Specialist -91C- Combat Army Medic
"My God - I'm shaking, have goose bumps, and am completely speechless. This video is amazing."
- Lisa Lukens