Trans Van Santos
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Dead Meadow formed in 1998 with Jason Simon on vocals and guitar, Steve Kille on bass, and Mark Laughlin on drums. They began to combine 70s hard rock and 60s psychedelic rock with far out and sometimes mystically minded lyrical themes occasionally even hinting at the obscure genius H. P. Lovecraft and other far out writers of the bizarre and weird. The first album, Dead Meadow, was released in 2000 on Tolotta Records, a label run by Fugazi bassist Joe Lally. The LP version was released by Planaria Records. This was quickly followed by 2001's Howls from the Hills, also released on Tolotta Records. At the completion of "Howls from the Hills" John Peel asked Dead Meadow to record a Peel Session which was recorded in Fugazi's home studio, the first time a Peel Session was recorded outside the BBC studios.
n Spring 2002, Laughlin parted ways with the band in order to pursue a career as a lawyer. He was replaced by long-time friend Stephen McCarty ). A live album, Got Live If You Want It, was released in mid-2002, which documented one of the last shows with drummer Mark and was produced by Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre. In early 2003 the band signed with Matador Records and released Shivering King and Others. Along with the heavy song and blues-influenced songs as on the previous two records, the band continued in their psychedelic style, with acoustic elements and ballads. With the addition of second guitarist Cory Shane, Feathers was released in 2005. Simon’s guitar virtuosity is influenced by the droning modal character of Eastern music as by classic rock riffs.
Jason Simon is the nephew of The Wire creator David Simon. Dead Meadow's music was used briefly in the episode React Quotes in season five of The Wire.
In 2007 the band has reverted back to a three piece, made an appearance at the 5th annual Green Man Festival in Crickhowell, Wales and relocated from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, California.
In the beginning of 2008, Dead Meadow released Old Growth on Matador Records. A collection of songs that brought the band back initially to the same farm that their second release Howls from the Hills was created and eventually finished up at the legendary Sunset Sound studio in Los Angeles. As with the last three albums Old Growth was produced by bassist Steve Kille.
Later in that same year a brief session with Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother led to the reinterpretation of the Dead Meadow song "Everything's Goin' On" as a new song "Pilgrim" landing on the second release for Wolfmother, "Cosmic Egg".
In March 2010 the band released a feature length live film and soundtrack, "Three Kings", that spotlights their stage show along with psychedelic dream scenarios. The live footage and audio was captured at the bombastic final show of the five month "Old Growth" tour. The film premiered at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California and was released on the NYC label Xemu Records, co-run by Kille.
Jason Simon also announced his September release of his first solo "self-titled" acoustic album on TeePee Records.
The song "Sleepy Silver Door" and "Greensky Greenlake" were featured in the skate video "Emerica, Stay Gold."
Trans Van Santos
Trans Van Santos (Mark Matos of Os Beaches and Family Folk Explosion) has a knack for bringing people together. In recent years he has performed and collaborated with members of Dead Meadow, Patti Smith band, Iggy & The Stooges, American Music Club, Dr. Dog, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Grandaddy, Calexico, Phil & Friends, Howe Gelb and Victoria Williams.
He has scored a film for Hollywood eccentric James Franco, been featured in an ESPN Brazil documentary on San Francisco counter-culture and held his own in recent speaking engagements with New York Times best selling author David Shields. For almost two decades, with ten official albums under a variety of monikers and a reputation for highly compelling and, often, transcendent live shows, the SF Bay Area native has quietly established himself on the West Coast's psychedelic music scene amongst fans and critics, with the LA Weekly crediting him with “re-invent(ing) Western Exotica” and All Music Guide claiming that Santos “suggests an alternative future for Beck...”
With a new record due in April of 2018 on Dead Meadow’s Tekeli-Li Records and involvement in multiple music and film projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Trans Van Santos has certainly given no indication of slowing down anytime soon and as PopDose Magazine’s Michael Fortes says, Trans Van Santos’ “songs succeed more than anyone else’s today at preserving and advancing the decades old Bay Area hippie tradition...”
$20 adv / $25 door