Trails and Ways
Incan Abraham, Bells, Cuckoo Chaos
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Trails and Ways
Trails and Ways make bossanova dream pop from a bedroom studio in Oakland, CA. After graduating from UC Berkeley, lead singers Emma Oppen and Keith Brower Brown took off–one to Brazil and the other to Spain. Both learned the new territory and languages through nylon strings and percussion. After months abroad, they came home with a vision; to craft a sound with the pensive warmth of Brazilian jazz, the tight songcraft of Latin pop, and the hypnotic rough edges of basement dream pop.
The two female and two male members of Trails and Ways all sing, braiding their voices down landscapes of tight percussion, reverbed guitar hooks and tidal synthesizers. The lyrics are political graffiti and lovers’ unsaid conversations, crossing at the borders between Spanish, Portuguese and English.
The band makes its home in Oakland’s tight-knit scene of jazz pop experimenters and R&B producers. They play visceral shows powered by the force of their four matching crystals: amethyst, agate, larimar, turquoise. Through 2012, they rode a swell of singles and covers, and are currently working on their debut album.
Incan Abraham is a NY State founded and LA based four piece specializing in a unique brand of world infused psychedelic pop. Like their name, their music evokes themes ancient and far away, while confronting you with the immediacy and paradoxes of life today.
"They've made it past their mirror stage, and learned the right lessons about rhythmic elasticity, textural curiosity and instrumental democracy."
-Ian Cohen, Pitchfork
"With haunting synth guitars and textured percussion, an Incan Abraham song feels like a memory even the first time you listen to it, a soundscape for a road trip you've already taken."
Blending heavy percussion, soulful vocal harmonies, and thoughtful arrangements Bells has arrived at a sound that is uniquely theirs. Although they are a new group, they are quickly drawing an audience with diverse musical tastes. Birthed from the imaginations of singer-percussionist Sandra Lawson-Ndu, and bassist-singer Doug Stuart, the songs are brought to life with the help of Derek Barber on guitar and vocals, and Geneva Harrison on drums, percussion, and vibes. They are in the process of recording their first studio album, but have been raising eyebrows with their three home recorded demos.
This five piece is what some might call a San Diego "Super Group" – comprised of players from other bands including The Vision of a Dying World, The Paddle Boat, Black Mamba, and Cousins. The immense musical talent in this line up is apparent in Cuckoo Chaos' live show. These players are tight, energetic, and show personality that is rare in a climate of "cool kids" stoic expression in indie music theses days. In 2010 they won "Best Alternative Band" at the San Diego Music Awards and are currently finishing their highly anticipated debut full length record.