Solwave, The Sam Chase
Down and Outlaws
628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA, 94117
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
A simple internet search for the energetic San Francisco quartet Solwave will tell you the number one thing you need to know about the band, and it will tell you over and over…YOU MUST SEE THEM LIVE. Not because their recordings are not equally as impressive, as a glance through those reviews will tell you the same. When Solwave is on stage, it’s impossible not to get swept away by the combination of chemistry, sheer talent and songs filled with soul, blues, new wave, and undeniable rock n' roll dance beats. All of this mixed with the flow of energy from the audience is not only what sets the band apart but is what makes their fans continue to come back for more.
Starting out as a trio of childhood friends, the band was initially formed back in grade school with front man Joe Collins and brothers Danny and Tommy Ferdon. With Joe initially behind the drums, Danny on bass and Tommy on guitar, the three spent countless hours jamming together as they honed their individual crafts. As life went on, Joe would be the first to leave for college at UC Berkeley. It was during his freshman year that he realized music was his number one passion and headed back to the city where he stepped out from behind the drum kit and started to focus on vocals and the piano. Just as naturally as both came to him, he started writing songs and rapidly began to fill a catalog of songs that would later become Solwave staples. Joe attempted to play with other local musicians when Danny headed off to Indiana State and Tommy finished his senior year of high school. Similar to Joe’s college experience, Danny eventually transferred from Indiana to the University of San Francisco, where his younger brother accepted admission as well and the band was reunited. With Joe’s new role as front man, SOLWAVE posted a Craigslist ad for a new drummer, which was quickly answered by Moise Seri whose skills and obvious strong work ethic fit right in line with the squad.
A basement rehearsal space in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District became the stomping ground for the reunited and reinvigorated SOLWAVE and the next few years would bring hard work, dedication, struggles, victories, live performances and a rehearsal diet of four times per week. Once the band had fully trained Seri on their catalogue of songs, they began applying the same tenacity and creativity behind rehearsing to their business. It was the unique decision to giveaway self recorded cds at shows in the early days that has furthered fans connections with the songs and made the energy between the audience and the band that much more intense at a SOLWAVE show.
Upon hitting the local circuit, the group quickly checked off their wish list of venues as their hometown crowd grew larger with every gig played. At the start of 2012 SOLWAVE began expanding the circumference of their live shows from their hometown of San Francisco to land them on the regular west coast touring circuit from San Diego to Seattle, starting in local bars and working their way into music halls, including The Independent, Doug Fir Lounge, SLO Brew, Moe's Alley, SOHO Music Club, Hotel Cafe, The Mint, and more. By forging strong relationships with promoters, bookers, and bands, the group continues to raise the bar and are now requested to return to the cities and venues for repeat performances. Averaging more than 100 shows in the last year, a pinnacle moment came in May 2013 when they sold out legendary SF venue, The Independent. With a 500 person capacity, the room was no longer filled with just friends and family, proving the bands hard work was beginning to pay off.
Keeping up with their steady incline SOLWAVE have teamed up with Producer, Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and Mixer, Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2) for their latest EP, The End of the Beginning. The team is already a winning one with the single release and video for the upbeat and soulful, “I Won’t Wait” to nothing but rave reviews. “Leo” and “Follow” showcase the bands rare ability to create danceable rock songs; while “Lost and Found” pays homage to the group’s classic rock and blues influences. In true SOLWAVE form, they somehow seamlessly switch gears to the psychobilly rock tune, “Devil In My Head” proving they leave no genre untouched without skipping a beat in between. All five songs effortlessly cross genres while managing to form the cohesive collection that makes up The End of the Beginning, delivering the signature yet always evolving, SOLWAVE sound.
The Sam Chase
The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you'll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool. He began to write music at the age of 14. He still has every scrap of paper he scribbled his terrible lyrics on and on occasion can even recall the infantile melodies and riffs that accompanied them.
In 2012, the world was gifted the release of his long awaited first studio album, THE SAM CHASE WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY. Its aim is to blow your mind. Its goal is world peace, where everyone wins, where victory is a basic human right. If all goes according to plan, The Sam Chase will lead you there.
THE SAM CHASE has had the honor to share the stage with some incredible acts such as: K.D. Lang and the Sis Boom Bang, Justin Townes Earle, Lucinda Williams, Poor Man's Whiskey, Herman Dune, The Brothers Comatose, and many more. He sees every stage, any raised surface, or any plot of land as a challenge to conquer it, and win the audience over. THE SAM CHASE is coming for the glory.
Down and Outlaws
Rock and roll isn't a sound. It's not an attitude. It's a need, it's a fight, it's the saving grace in the wake of a broken heart or something lost.
If you ask what Down and Outlaws sound like, someone might mention The Stooges or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But at some level, such comparisons miss the point. Call these San Franciscans bluesy, rootsy, dirty; it doesn't really matter. Down and Outlaws are a rock and roll band, pure and simple.
These days, when the definition of rock and roll is increasingly uncertain, the tight-knit quartet's energy, authenticity, and blistering live performances are impossible to ignore or forget.
With strong collective songwriting, Kyle Luck's guitar work, Jon Carr and Chris Danzig's gut-busting rhythm section, and Peter Danzig's howling vocals, Down and Outlaws play because they’ve got no choice. Music has saved the D&O, and they hope to return the favor.