Label: Breakup Records
Genre: garage wave
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Sounds Like: Pixies, Bass Drum of Death, Wavves
The Silhouette Era practically define Northern California's own brand of garage-surf; not that of summer heartache, but of the sheer adrenaline of first loves.
Influenced by the raw minimalism of bands like Pixies and The Stooges, the band creates blasts of scuzzy hooks similar to acts like Wavves and FIDLAR. The group writes from their own experiences originating in the sunny surf town of Monterey, but now find themselves relocated to the gritty and hectic city life of San Francisco. With two members of the group studying music composition at San Francisco State University, the band brings a healthy dose of musicianship to their ethos of making fun music geared towards creating rowdy, communal live shows.
In late 2015 the group released their record 'Beacons' and have been included in numerous Bay Area playlists and compilations including: KQED's best songs of the summer and BFF.fm's Anniversary collection. With the last two years seeing the release of two new singles and a slew of high profile shows, which include playing main support for Hockey Dad, Trails & Ways, Happyness, and High Highs, the band further demonstrate a new energy and optimism about what to expect next.
Their new self-titled EP was recorded by Grace Coleman at the venerable Different Fur Recording Studio in San Francisco, CA. The EP permeates a lust for life with each track. “Waste Me,” is the jolt of adrenaline you feel when you first meet someone you’re hopelessly into. Good or bad, you put all your energy into it until it completely exhausts you. It’s a song about the exploits of youth and all its recklessness. The second track, “Bad Reputation” is about how past mistakes can follow you into new beginnings. “Palms” is a neurosis filled love song, filled with exuberance and uncertainty. The desperation of “Riptide” is a plea for stability and hope that a bond is real. The closing track “Jaded Summer,” is a bitter-sweet summer anthem celebrating new love and all it’s flaws. It's the thrill of starting something new you know will end. the sneaking feeling of doubt many of us have felt, but carefree intoxication has ultimately won out.
July 6 - Neck of the Woods - San Francisco, CA
July 31 - The Hi Hat - Los Angeles, CA
August 2 - The Garage - Ventura, CA
August 3 - SLODOCO - San Luis Obispo, CA
August 24 - Amnesia - San Francisco, CA
August 25 - Ivy Room - Oakland, CA
August 31 - Fernwood - Big Sur, CA