State Line Empire
Before the Mourning, The Butlers, Featherwitch, Dinosaur Foot, Joseph Benjamin Band
1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA, 94109
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
State Line Empire
Hailing from California, State Line Empire - Tyson (Vocals); Cat (Guitar); Dave (Bass); Jay (Drums) – has been tearing up and down the West Coast with their new brand of no holds barred straight up rock n roll. Add a bit of metal with catchy melody and you have a powerful combination of – looks n hooks that rock.
Meet the band – formed in 2010 – and after a whirlwind first few months of songwriting, the guys found that an exciting chemistry had emerged and the band was born. Making their journey even more exciting was being chosen as the winners of Guitar Center’s Your Next Record with Slash, the groundbreaking unsigned artist discovery program.
The outfit recorded a 4-song EP “Octane” with iconic producer Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth) with Slash performing on the lead single “Drive Me.” Association with James Michael (Sixx AM) helped develop “More of You” that is included on the original EP as well as being heard on ESPN. Not stopping to rest, the band has gone on to create 2 additional songs that rock hard “Makes You Brave” and “Load Em Up” - available for digital download on iTunes.
Before the Mourning
Before The Mourning signals a new dawn for heavy music. On its debut EP, Remembrance, the Los Angeles quartet—Adam Ryan [Vocals], Johnny Death (JD) [Guitar], Nikki Stringfield [Guitar], and Phil Gonyea [Drums]—siphons infectious, invasive melodies through destructive modern thrash. It's a corrosive concoction that's as catchy as it is deadly, and you'll remember it for a long time to come...
The group's genesis traces back to a longstanding friendship between the members. They've all been around the block in the close-knit Hollywood scene. Ryan and JD were in The Kill Corps, signed to Virgin Records, and Gonyea founded the fan favorite Instinct of Aggression. Naturally, they'd gigged together countless times, and there was a mutual respect in place. However, in December 2011, Gonyea approached JD about jamming for the hell of it. The sessions proved instantly explosive and the decision was made to go all out. After contacting Ryan about singing the trio
created their first track "Dismember" after meeting Stringfield at NAMM a month later, Before The Mourning was born, releasing “Remembrance” for free via Facebook in August 2012.
Merging the singer's honest lyrical approach with intricate technical metal, they carved out a niche of their own quickly. "This is breakup music for tough guys," jests JD. "Seriously, each word Adam says is true. There's nothing fake about it. It's personal and emotional, but it's also heavy." That's loud and clear on the first single "Dead To You". A chugging riff pummels in tandem with a tight groove as Ryan slips from a near whisper into an abrasive scream. About the song, JD explains, "It's about a relationship that can't work no matter how hard you try. Sometimes,
you have to let things be. Even though you want it to come together, it never will."
Aside from the vitriolic breakup anthem, the title track "Before The Mourning" boasts an uplifting plea, looking at loss from the other side of the coin. Tying into the band's name, the song stands emblematic of their dynamics. "We want to convey a positive message too. Remember what life was like before you lost someone? You have to enjoy those experiences and cherish them. That shit can really tear people up. We've all lost somebody, we don't want to focus on the fact they're gone. We want to focus on the good times, that's the double entendre within the band name."
That duality doesn't only permeate the band's sound, but the performances as well. In previous bands, they've shared the stage with everyone from Snot and DevilDriver to Trivium and Taking Dawn. As a result, their live show is a beast of its own. Ultimately, it's about a release for Before The Mourning and anyone who listens. "I could go to any metal show and have some guy scream at me about how pissed he is at the world," concludes JD. "The world is what you make it. We want people to have fun and release some of that tension because we do the same thing."
Long-theorized brainchild of Billy, former Jetboy & American Heartbreak guitarist; a real no bullshit Rock Band out for nothing more nor less than a good time. And some booze. With members of Exodus, Ruffians, and Immigrant on various instruments.
FeatherWitch will blow your mind with the hard and tight renditions of great rock & roll from the 1980s. Song tributes to such artists as Stevie Nicks, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, and many more...
Joseph Benjamin Band
Benjamin Joseph Mateyka Started playing Guitar at the age of 11 while living in Singapore. In the international school he attended he also played various instruments including the Recorder the Saxaphone and the Trombone
In High school Ben continued his pursuit of musical excellence playing the trombone in Jazz band and the Baritone in the marching band and Orchestra. Ben was also in the Chorus a
s the Primary Baritone. All during this time Ben continued working on his main instrument the Guitar and seriously began Songwriting
After winning his High School Battle of the Bands Ben played in a number of Rock bands including EOD, Chains of dissent, Hot Mud, and Caliwaya exploring various styles including Metal, Grunge, classic rock, and alternative.
His Early influences include Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Neil Young, and Johnny Cash.
The Joseph Benjamin Band was started in 2011 as an on going project in Alternative Rock featuring an Avant Guard hard rock guitar style paired with unique Jazz inspired percussion. Currently setup as a duo with Singer Songwriter Joseph Benjamin on Guitar and Max Gaenslen on Drums.
Available as acoustic to full electric for any size venue.
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