Paranoids CD Release! Cash for Gold! Oceanography!
Cash for Gold, Oceanography
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Brian Kelly, the songwriter behind Oceanography, is living the modern American dream: move in with mom; make art. Kelly's path — and much of what inspires his brooding American rock sound — mirrors that of every lost suburban twenty-something who moved to Brooklyn in the Aughts to play in a few bands and work artsy jobs till the money ran out.
When Kelly returned to his native California in 2009, he began Oceanography as a recording project in his childhood bedroom, releasing a self-titled EP in 2011. From there, Kelly put together a live band to play several Bay Area festivals, including Mission Creek and Oakland's Art and Soul Festival, and began writing what would become his latest EP, Parachutes of Plenty.
Where Kelly may have been driven by nostalgia for Brooklyn indie rock on his debut EP, Parachutes of Plenty shows a new found confidence in his songwriting. The songs are still catchy, but there's more complexity: guitars are heavier and more distorted; drums play an integral role, adding drama when paired alone with Kelly's voice like in "Reggie Jackson"; and Kelly's vocal intensity is gripping and world-weary, in the tradition of legendary rock vocalists like Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnyman and David Bowie. The press has taken notice too. The Bay Bridged named "Reggie Jackson" number two on its Best of 2012 list and MXDWN praised Oceanography's "epic live performance." Kelly is playing limited West Coast engagements with his Oakland-based band before he starts work on a full-length album
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