Tremor Low CD Release Show (plus Jeremy Jay / Sea Lions / DJ Pickpocket)
Friday, Feb 03, 2012 9:30 PM PST (8:30 PM Doors)
Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
21 years and over
This week's featured Bay Area Band is Tremor Low.
Tremor Low is an Oakland, California based four-piece who play strident Post-Punk Goth inflected music. The group’s second EP Kingmaker (released today, January 17, 2012), showcases their diverse musical backgrounds, propensity for dynamic song craft and insistent emotional conveyance. Kingmaker will be supported by a release show at San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord on Feb 3rd. The band will also be featured as Rasputin Records’ band of the week at the time of their release.
Tremor Low’s Dave Weckl trained drummer Fabian Paredes broke onto the scene with Los Mocosos (Six Degrees Records) and toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia opening for artists like Carlos Santana, Michael Franti, Ozomatli and Meshell Ndegeocello among other notables. Bassist Brian Grupé has twelve years of classical training playing Carnegie Hall and touring Europe before the age of twenty. Keyboardist Jennifer Bellenger studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was a member of the ensemble choir for San Francisco Symphony’s Grammy Award-winning “The Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Persephone” by Stravinsky, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas. Singer-guitarist Donald Bellenger is a self-taught polymath whose early exposure to The Cure’s “Love Song” cassette single sparked a love affair with the sound that would eventually build and define Tremor Low.
“The goal was never to become a Goth band or to reinvigorate a genre. The purpose of Tremor Low will always be to write moody songs that defy any easy categorization,” says singer Don Bellenger.
The group’s underlying philosophy has been to strip a song to its bare essential structure and to tell a story in the most efficient way possible--a technique learned from the late Jay Reatard and countless other punk icons. Each Tremor Low song is meant to be an immutable work which can only function in its presented form. Even without vocals and lyrics, the mood of the song must be communicated through its individual parts.
The loud parts of Kingmaker were done at Bright Street Recorders in Hollywood, California, but to capture and evoke the mood Tremor Low was looking for on the record, producer-engineer Jamie Hill (Jens Lekman, Chris Bathgate) locked the band in his house for three days to do vocals in his wife’s shoe closet-vocal booth. To get the darkest vocal performance possible, lead singer Don Bellenger turned out the lights and sat in the pitch black booth for hours, eliminating distractions and absorbing the intensity of the songs. After each take, Hill and bass player Brian Grupé would scream into the talkback mic, “DARKER! DO IT DARKER!” The end result was the impassioned tracks that became Kingmaker EP.
Kingmaker EP is Available Now at all Rasputin Music locations
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