Get On It Presents
Sea Knight, Not Sure. Not Yet, Inferno of Joy
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 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 soon.
Like the meaning behind the name, sea knight's music can be at once fierce and as soft as flight. Delivering dynamic, moody indie rock, the San Francisco trio constantly switches between minimalism and layered rumblings; dark melodies are balanced with stirring rock energy, and genuine emotion is at the heart of lyrics and sound. With Linda on vox/guitar, Cory on drums, and Patrick on guitar, one song might simply pair slide guitar with haunting vocals while the next song might blast heavy drums with powerful wailing. Each song carries an arresting gravity of its own.
Not Sure. Not Yet
We are a Bay Area band in need of getting the music in their head out to the world.
Inferno of Joy
San Francisco's Inferno of Joy was formed in early 2006 by vocalist Sean Heskett and guitarist Hugh Yerburgh. Having both served in the ranks of Scratchie/Mercury Records act, Phoenix Thunderstone, and following several years of self-imposed retirement, Sean sought Hugh over seas , discussed the possibility of starting another band, and mutually concluded the time was right to embark on a new musical project- Inferno of Joy.
Upon settling on a line up, the band played frequently through out most of northern California, and in 2007 released a 5 song Ep on Divine Kali Records. Inferno of Joy quickly garnered a reputation for wild kinetic shows, often Dionysian in their excesses; an orgy of colour, sound, blood, and sweat...
In Spring 2009, following a line up change, rangy Texan drummer Ricky Wayne Garrett signed on. The Dallas native and veteran of a number of bands, spanning punk to blues to jazz, has been nothing less than inspirational! His seemingly effortless ability to fuse genres, and his extensive musical background and knowledge have added immeasurably to Inferno of Joy's eclectic sound.
In October 2011, Inferno of Joy added bass guitar player, Tom Mitchell, a long time musician of San Francisco's underground. Delivering a powerful rhythmic drive with a broad harmonic sensibility, Tom's addition has helped the rhythm section to become an immeasurable force. With it's strongest line up yet, the band are currently finishing their upcoming full length release due to be released in early 2012. At the same time, Inferno of Joy can be seen performing often throughout Northern California and beyond- North, South, East and West...
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