BFF.fm & Father/Daughter Records present
Pllush, Rose Droll, Pardoner, SOAR
628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA, 94117
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Since first arriving on the Bay Area music scene four years ago, Pllush have amassed a dedicated following with the release of a pair of EPs (2015’s Pine and 2016’s Please) and a split with Father/Daughter label mates Remember Sports. 2018 saw the quartet release their debut full-length album, Stranger to the Pain, comprised of twelve songs recorded and mixed by Grace Coleman at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, CA and mixed by Carl Saff in Chicago, IL. Whereas on earlier releases, singer/guitarist Karli Helm merely teased her vocal abilities, here she fully embraces her natural pop-tinged mastery, sounding far more like a contemporary of Kate Bush and Alicia Keys, pushing the boundaries of the Rock and Roll genre while layering dizzying harmonies over an instrumental track that Built to Spill would kick themselves for not thinking of first. Meanwhile, Eva Treadway provides a perfect foil with an effortlessly cool approach to laying her sometimes light-hearted and frequently heartbreaking lyrics over her more driving style of guitar playing, as indebted to Slanted and Enchanted era Pavement as it is to the best work of The Donnas. Stranger to the Pain is the kind of record that reintroduces a band whose previous catalog stands assuredly on its own as a new and fresh face- and like a conversation with an old friend, once it’s over, you will want to restart.
Rose Droll’s debut album, Your Dog, is a record that defies all labels and mystifies people trying to compare it to anything else. It’s a captivating listen from the San Francisco-based artist, one that rewards multiple listens and a close reading of the lyric sheet. The self-recorded/produced album was made in a duplex in LA’s Highland Park and in a quiet cabin in Big Bear, mastered by Warren Hildebrand (Foxes In Fiction, Ricky Eat Acid (Sandy) Alex G). Rose played every instrument on the record, including guitar, piano, drums, bass, cello, and glockenspiel. The songs tell a meticulous and complex story, detailing the joy and despair following the inception and drawn-out end of various romantic connections and her division from Christianity. Though written over a lengthy period of time about many different subjects, the songs all have one major thing in common: the commitment to honesty, often telling these stories exactly as they happened.
Pardoner is a San Francisco-based rock band and Uncontrollable Salvation is their debut album. The 45-minute LP pulls no punches, doubling down on the driving intensity of their earlier work and paying homage to heroes and contemporary experimenters alike (one could make a Sonic Youth and a Dinosaur Jr. comparison and both would be apt). However, there’s a simultaneous disaffection and technical prowess that makes the music distinctly ‘Pardoner’, placing them at the curious intersection of slacker-rock and punk, a space where songs are as fun as they are angst-ridden. The albums uncompromising 7-½ minute closing track somehow manages to juxtapose violent guitar riffs with an expansive, rock opera outro before abruptly concluding. Uncontrollable Salvation brims with energy, ideas, and the lurking anxiety of change, but the tension is no match for the right combination of distortion and cathartic drums.
SOAR formed in the summer of 2015 after its members, who had all previously fronted their own bands, came together to start a project that was more collaborative in nature. Like a set of analytical relations, SOAR combines the best parts each persons’ perspective and style to create a sound all their own. With rotating lyricists, four-part harmonies, and shared songwriting, SOAR’s catalogue evokes a wide scope of sounds and sentiments that can’t be pinned down to any one genre. Mirrored by the name of their debut full length, dark / gold, SOAR strikes a balance between something heavy and opaque, something melodic and bright, something ultimately unyielding.
$13 ADV - $15 DOOR
Tickets Available at the Door
$1 from every ticket will be donated to Sunset YOUTH Services. First 200 through the door will receive a limited edition Father/Daughter holiday ornament.