Super Natural, Goldenboy (LA/Eenie Meenie Records), and Camille Rose
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Often referred to as "SF's most adorable" urban folk rock band, Super Natural is a San Francisco-based foursome that serves up a unique and modern take on sixties folk, eighties punk and new wave, nineties indie rock and the timeless themes of love, hate, greed, justice, revolution and struggle. The rich but sometimes edgy guy/girl harmony driven lead vocals, traditional folk themes and melodies and simple punk power chords bring on comparisons ranging from X, Richard & Linda Thompson and Mates of State to Fairport Convention and Pavement.
Goldenboy & the New Familiar
Shon Sullivan : vocal / guitar / keys
Bryan Bos : drums / vocal
Katy Stone : bass / vocal
Nicole Verhamme : guitar / vocal
Since the release of his band's 2002 debut Blue Swan Orchestra, a KCRW favorite that
featured guest vocals by Elliott Smith on "Summertime," Shon Sullivan's Goldenboy has
trekked incessantly on the road, supporting the likes of Bright Eyes, Neil Finn, Stephen
Malkmus and Grandaddy. For most of these shows he was doing double-duty as well,
playing multiple instruments with Finn, the Rentals, Eels and others on tours across the
Goldenboy had come about when the late Elliott Smith took notice of Sullivan's
multi-instrumental skills in the LA-area band Spain and quickly drafted him into his band.
During his time with Smith, Sullivan began developing his own material, which would
eventually become Blue Swan Orchestra.
A hauntingly lyrical batch of indie-pop brilliance that inevitably bears traces of
Smith's influence, Blue Swan Orchestra was recorded with Sullivan's longtime drummer/
vocalist Bryan Bos for the B-Girl label; Blue Swan Orchestra was reissued in October
2012 on the Eenie Meenie label. Its follow-up, Underneath the Radio (2006), found
Sullivan and Bos in a gloriouslyunclichéd outpouring of nostalgic melancholia and
blissfully melodic invention; they're joined by a stellar crew including Neil Finn, Lisa
Germano, Sebastian Steinberg and Weezer's Matt Sharp.
Glowing under a low flame fanned by Sullivan's expansive arranging gifts, the
evocative Sleepwalker (2011) was recorded with current band members Katy Stone on
bass/vocals and Nicole Verhamme on guitar/vocals.
The New Familiar is the latest Goldenboy album, and it's pretty much what it sounds
like: Goldenboy takes the best of rock & pop's past and blasts it into the future.
Says Sullivan, "When people ask me, 'What do you sound like?,' I have to think.
A little bit of Belle & Sebastian, a bit of heavy guitar riffs that really go off, then with
some atmospheric, dreamy '80s kind of stuff? We're not really indie-sounding, but we're
not too pop-sounding, either. We have our own genre: The New Familiar."
Sparely drawn yet cinematic in scope, The New Familiar plays like a fond voyage
through the '60s-'90s classics canon. Yet in (non)traditional Goldenboy style it's loaded
with sonic surprises –– little twists of the unexpected chord here, an odd time signature
there, and everywhere the goosebumping wisp of suggestive instrumental texture.
Tracks like "The Walking Song" lavish with breathy male and female voices astride
keyboard/synth drafts that build in measured intensity, while the meditative "One of
My Moods" and lighthearted "Today Is the Day" and "Steal Your Face" flicker across
Sullivan & Co.'s own ever-shifting emotional terrains. The airy shiver of "The Right
Chemistry"'s tremolo guitars and the punchy piano of "Soho's Empty" refer obliquely to
a past-it pop life, recalling what's come and gone with a wistful yet hopeful air.
Recorded and produced at Sullivan's Silverlake studio, The New Familiar saw the
forever-touring band sharpening up songs they'd developed over the past two years'
cross-country adventures. And in sculpting music that can easily translate in a live
setting, they've created a piquant sound of quiet urgency and jovial buoyancy that owes
both to the group's affectionate –– and ESP-like –– bond with each other.
"We just keep going, and living in the moment," says Sullivan. "When you do
that, you become really happy."
Cartoonist and musician Camille Rose is just as animated as her cartoons. With her new band, she plays an emotional show ranging from classical jazz piano to fast paced, high energy rock and roll.
$6.00 - $8.00
Advanced Tickets are available online until 5pm on the day of the show and a reserve of tickets are generally available at the door that night, unless posted on the Starry Plough website, Facebook and Twitter pages as sold out. http://www.starryploughpub.com