TOMORROW APRIL 3rd: Brainstorm, Twin Steps and Buff Clout
This will be Brainstorm‘s second time playing at Bows. When they were here in January they were awesome! Very upbeat and catchy, with interesting tuba solos. Bandmember Adam Baz said that Brainstorm is “an amalgamation of a lot of disparate influences, from experimental pop, to sub-Saharan Africa music, to noise rock…the result is high-energy rock songs, with challenging time signatures, while maintaining a pop sensibility.” The Portland Mercury described their sound as “the entirety of Portland’s music scene whirled up in a blender, in a very good way.”
Brainstorm has always been Portland-based but they have carved a niche for themselves in the Sacramento music scene through relationships with artists like Appetite, Carson McWhirter, Afternoon Brother, Pregnant, and Ellie Fortune.
Oakland based band Twin Steps has been together for about a year and a half, and are good friends of both Brainstorm and Buff Clout. “Our style is noisy/hip hop influenced/soul,” said bandmember Drew. “It’s changed a lot since we started and the sampling/guitar playing/lyrical content has become more cut up/groovey/matured.” The band is known for using a lot of samples in their music, weaving together a combination of styles they describe as both “romantic” and “difficult”. The East Bay Express described their songs as “almost criminally polished. Each guitar line glistens; each trill or tremulo sounds crisp and exacting; some tracks interweave organ, saxophone, and a thick quilting of backup vocals with Reddick’s cleanly arpeggiated guitar.”
Twin Steps’ new album should be out by the end of the year, and they’re releasing a 7″ B side this summer.
Buff Clout was started by Blake Armstrong and Devin Grant three years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. When then went on tour, their van broke down in Sacramento and they’ve been here ever since. “When we first started we were a two-piece, so most of the songwriting was focused on making the music full enough to sound like more than two people,” said Blake. “Back then the songs were instrumental, longer and more progressive as opposed to now as the songs have vocals, are shorter, and are more aggressive. We also asked our friend Taylor Kohl to play bass and he has been a major factor in the change of the style of music we compose.”
The band is currently working on an album, which is unnamed as of yet, but will hopefully be available in the next couple months. All of the music they’ll be playing will be on the album.
Show starts at 8
$5 Door Charge