Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

Fool’s Gold was originally formed in Los Angeles by Lewis Pesacov and Luke Top as a large open-ended collective, at times ranging between 12-15 membersAfter many tours following the release of their self-titled debut (2009), the once sizeable collective organically evolved into a tight-knit five-member “Band,” featuring vocalist/bassist Luke Top, guitarist Lewis Pesacov, drummer Garrett Ray, multi-instrumentalist Brad Caulkins, and percussionist Salvador Placencia. Confident, focused and much more personal, this new line-up allowed for the dynamic of the group to blossom, redefining and sculpting their sound for the sophomore LP: Leave No Trace.

Much of Leave No Trace was written between Christmas Day 2010 and New Years Day 2011, during late night and early morning sessions in a rented house in Wonder Valley, CA, an unincorporated rural area at the edge of the Mojave desert. The music is built on soulful vocals, evocative lyrics, driving beats, tightly wound percussion, and warm synthesizers all woven together with the interlocking, nimble and slashing guitar lines.

My Goodness is a Seattle-based blues/garage rock band that consists of Joel Schneider (guitar and vocals) and Andy Lum (drums). The band has existed since 2011, playing predominately in the Pacific Northwest and releasing one self-titled album that same year. My Goodness was on hold for the majority of 2012, but with the recent addition of Andy Lum on drums, it has found a renewed purpose and is ready to move forward with a heavier, more aggressive sound. Somehow straddling the line between raw and refined, MG doesn’t sacrifice technical precision in the name of punk rock: they strive to marry both.

While teaching at the progressive International School in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, choral-music instructor Michael King had a very promising, if somewhat introverted, vocal student named Joel Schneider. "He was quiet and very unassuming," recalls King via phone from his office at Interlake High School, where he now teaches. "He didn't draw much attention to himself, and was almost a bit shy. However, he never had a fear of performing."

As a young teen, Schneider took in the sounds of Nirvana, Beck, Butthole Surfers and other alt-rock staples that local station KNDD kept in heavy rotation. But back in school, he continued to impress King with his work in choir.

"He had perfect intonation,” says King. “He never sang wrong notes and he had great control over his voice." During his senior year, Schneider entered the soloist competition at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, taking first prize amongst tenors, and performing before 5,000 rapt audience members.

As an older teen his interest in punk and the local Seattle hardcore scene began to blossom. He began falling in love with the more caustic, progressive sounds of bands like Rites of Spring and The Blood Brothers. The latter was also a major influence on a fellow Bellevue teen and budding drummer, Andy Lum, who regularly attended all-ages gigs in Bellevue, drawing inspiration from bands big on that circuit, including Waxwing and These Arms Are Snakes.

Schneider first encountered Lum while they were playing in rival bands during a high school battle of the bands. “He was far and away the most talented drummer there,” says Schneider. “I remember the janitor of the school coming up to him after the show and gushing over how amazing his drumming was.”

The next time Schneider saw Lum was in 2011, when he was playing drums with Seattle-based primal art punks Wild Orchid children. “He stole the show for me,” continues Schneider. “I knew if I had a chance to ask a drummer to play with me it would be him. He has the rare ability to be extremely technical but still flow and groove without sounding rigid or mechanical.”

In early 2012, he got that chance when the two connected at SXSW in Austin, TX. Later that year Schneider was in search of a new drummer for My Goodness, and the possibility of collaborating musically with Lum was finally realized. The pair recently recorded at Seattle’s London Bridge studios with esteemed Seattle producer Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Blind Melon). The 7-inch for “Cold Feet Killer” b/w “I’ve Got a Notion” is set for release in February, when My Goodness will also be returning to the studio to record a new full-length album with Parashar.

Mahgeetah

Stripped down at heart, Mahgeetah finds common ground with the attitude and conviction of rock and roll music. Distorted riffs, three part harmonies, and heavy piano lay an alternative foundation for any particular confined rock genre and stretch further than any blues or Americana stereotype.

Their songs on a skeletal level very much please the cherished pop side of music, but the drive seems to almost always fall back on loud heavy climaxes. For them, improvisation is a character that acts as an extension of their melodic sensibilities. They tell themselves to slow down, but clearly are attached to the idea of their music as fast, loud, and heavy.

San Franpsycho DJ Set

San Franpsycho began as surf films featuring a group of San Francisco surfers in all their glory of good waves, partying, and wild lifestyle throughout the city. San Franpsycho quickly evolved into a lifestyle brand featuring the talent and diversity of the city through art, music, clothing, media, and events that are not to be missed.

We take pride in all of our work and handprint all of our clothing at our shop in the heart of the city, 505 Divisadero St. You can be assured that most everything we make is made here in the USA and we'll continue to make as much as we possibly can right here in San Francisco.

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Fool's Gold with My Goodness, Mahgeetah, San Franpsycho DJ Set

Tuesday, June 4 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Brick & Mortar Music Hall