Live music w/ The Campbell Apartment ~ Acacia Collective ~ The American Professionals (Indie)
When: Fri, December 3
The Campbell Apartment
The Campbell Apartment is the brainchild of Russian-born artist and Renaissance lad Ari Vais, who modeled the band after lo-fi anti-heroes like Guided By Voices and The Replacements. With a schmeer of songs chock full of clever turns of phrase, buttery Brian Wilson harmonies, and high fructose melodies, Vais aims to create tunes with hooks that are designed for addiction, to keep your toes tapping, and to rattle around in your head for days. After a few years in New York City, Vais moved west in 2009 to San Francisco where he was joined by drummer Gary Gutfeld (Corduroy, Redemption 87, The Hi-Fives), bassist Mikey K, and, most recently, New York guitar rock legend Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne). Together, we’re The Campbell Apartment. [myspace]
Acacia Collective was born in a cave in Orange County, California during the winter of 2003. Soon after, Craig MacArthur and Ryan McCaffrey began ferociously writing and playing music, focusing on ethereal vocal harmonies and soulful guitar interplay. Inspired by the artistic energy of the Bay Area, the duo relocated to San Francisco in 2004. Over the next several years the Collective grew, incorporating many talented Bay Area musicians. Most notably, they collaborated with bassist, songwriter, producer and Bay Area legend, Bobby Vega. With Vega and guitarist Chris Rosbach producing and with Prairie Prince on drums, the Collective finished their debut album, “House of Cards” in the fall of 2008. With the release of “House of Cards,” Acacia Collective is now on a mission to bring its passion for musical expression to as many ears as possible. MacArthur and McCaffrey work at crafting euphoric, spacious and uplifting songs, while remaining firmly rooted in sunsplashed rock n’ roll. Acacia Collective perform with an intense joy for musical creation, “getting high while worlds collide…” [myspace]
The American Professionals
San Francisco-based The American Professionals dole out comfortably familiar powerpop in this four-track EP. You know the deal – loud, crunchy guitars and catchy melodies. So if you’re a diehard powerpop fan, you do get the heavy guitarwork (classic 70s styled) and the Beatlesque tunes, which suggests that the likes of Cheap Trick and the Raspberries might be strong influences. It’s straightforward really. Personally, I like the subtle contrasts in the title track which does suggest that the band has more in its locker than loud and heavy. Always a good sign. That said, the adrenaline-pumping, bittersweet confections of Jump This Train, Down Low and Yet Another One More Time will keep the powerpop fans smiling. In addition, check out bonus track Love is Only Sleeping, which is a gorgeous evocation of mid-60s psychedelic-garage rock.