Vandella, Risley, Paper Brain
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 9pm
San Francisco has long been one of America’s most expensive cities to live in and with professional music becoming an increasingly thankless endeavor, one has to wonder what will happen to the artistic population who earn the city its reputation as a cultural hub. It is this dichotomy that inspires the darkened mood on Vandella’s upcoming EP, and while the Northern Californian five-piece are disillusioned by the current state of affairs at home, they are by no means giving up.
Core songwriting duo, vocalist Tracey Holland and guitarist/vocalist Chris Tye, can take from their city’s history the proof that people do notice if you make a big enough racket, and that’s exactly what they do here on the group's third EP. The first taste of this comes from brooding album opener, Couldn’t Quit It.
As Holland angrily proclaims she “couldn’t quit it / couldn’t let it go,” in a 70’s rock-inspired chorus, we’re left to wonder at whom her anger is directed. The tension is rising in San Francisco, and Couldn’t Quit It is Vandella battening down the hatches and standing firm at their city’s side. Better days are inevitable, and if there’s only one rock band left to represent San Francisco after the bubble bursts, it’ll be Vandella.
Risley is a band. Risley was a cat. Risley is from Portland, Oregon. Risley released a full-length, self-titled debut album in 2016 featuring the principle songwriting of Michael Deresh (Tea for Julie, The Makeout Scene) and Travis Stanek (Tea for Julie, Green Circles). Additionally, it featured contributions from Matthew Hall (Genders, Paper Brain), Stephen Leisy (Genders, Moonshy), Maggie Morris (Genders, Sunbathe), Alex Fitch (Typhoon), Rian Lewis (Crosstide, Priory), Wylie Foster (Matt Brown Band, Powder), John Dwyer (Tea for Julie, The Noted), Jeremy Allen (Strange to Look at, The Nasty Truth) and was recorded at Lamplight Studios.
Catchy and confessional, frontman and song craftsmen Mike Wroblewski spins ballads that encapsulate stories for an eternally young generation. With their unmistakable indie pop 90's influences, Beatles like songwriting and straightforward Spoon like bounce they have a created a sound unique to their own. Portland, Oregon band Paper Brain are all of the best parts of musical nostalgia- without the fluff, and without the more questionable cultural aspects of the 90's. - Marmoset Music