Au Pairs - “We’re So Cool”

This would also be a super cool song to cover. Au Pairs were so underrated and had such fucking great, rhythmic songs of sexual politics and snide wit. This could be a lot of fun to play live for sure.

P.S. This is a totally bananas “fan video” with all sorts of inexplicable stuff in it.  

"Window" (acoustic bedroom edit)

Ye olde buzzy acoustic guitar is back for some more homemade video goodness! “Window” is a song that is mostly about the movies Chriso watched as a gay teen that gave him some glimmer of a life he could have, of love he wanted but felt so out of reach in his small, New England town. So he took images, moments and ideas from them and turned them into a love song of sorts, throwing in a little bit of personal experiences into the mix. The full-band result is bigger, more dramatic and has fantastic drums, bass and leads to buoy the song to much higher heights. It also has 4 bars in the middle bit, but without all of the aforementioned delicious instrumentation, Chriso decided to edit the acoustic version down a bit. Can you figure out which films he’s referencing?

P.S. If you can’t stop staring at the little bits of fog created in the corners of Chriso’s glasses because he’s sweating while he plays/sings, you are not the only one.

Shawn also got a great video of us playing “Abe” on Saturday night. Please make note of James standing up during the a capella bit in the third verse. He’s taking a vogue break, as one does when they have a moment onstage where they don’t have to play their kit. You’ve got to keep those drummer arms limber, gurl! Click the link to see the video on our Facebook page!

Photos from our show at Hemlock Tavern this past Saturday with Lucky Jesus and Charmless! It was mass amounts of rock n roll fun and a big love-fest with our incestuous little family of bands all on the same bill. Rob saved the day not once but twice; first when he lent Chriso his spare guitar after a string-breaking moment on “Homoagoraphobia” and when he lent his kickass Vox amp to Jeremy from Charmless when his took a bad turn. Aisha was the secret superstar of the night, entrancing the audience with her flawless bass playing and super rockin’ moves. She pulled a brilliant, surprise backing vocal moment on “Forty”, sharing the microphone with Chriso like a total rock badass. Now that she’s acclimated to the songs a mic will be placed in front of her at practice from now on so no one is stuck listening to just Chriso singing!

Thanks to Shawn Bennet, Rob’s sweetheart of a beau, for all of these photos save for the first 3, which Chriso took. (And yes, Chriso and Rob had soundcheck outfits and show outfits. Sweat is real!) And thanks to Hemlock Tavern for holding down a piece of the San Francisco that’s still about local bands and live music.

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chrisolovesmusic:

My awesome bandmate Aisha made me this pedal board and hooked up everything so all I have to is plug in my amp and guitar. It also makes me feel way more pro than I am. #halfblast #halfxblast #halfblastband #geetars #fulltone #ocdpedal #tubescreamer #bosspedal (at Secret Studios 2.0)

See? We told you Aisha is multitalented. Come see this pedal board in action at our show this Saturday 8/23 at Hemlock Tavern with Charmless and Lucky Jesus! 

chrisolovesmusic:

My awesome bandmate Aisha made me this pedal board and hooked up everything so all I have to is plug in my amp and guitar. It also makes me feel way more pro than I am. #halfblast #halfxblast #halfblastband #geetars #fulltone #ocdpedal #tubescreamer #bosspedal (at Secret Studios 2.0)

See? We told you Aisha is multitalented. Come see this pedal board in action at our show this Saturday 8/23 at Hemlock Tavern with Charmless and Lucky Jesus! 

Song inspiration can come from the most random places. Chriso and his housemate live close to an San Francisco neighborhood known as the Presidio and one day they received a brochure in the mail all about "Coyotes In The Presidio"; what to do if you see one, how to be safe and not harm yourself or them, etc. (Hint: Make loud sounds! Another hint: Throw small objects at them but not in order to harm them!) Immediately, Chriso felt like it would make a great song title, but what would it be about? He mentioned this in an offhanded fashion to his friend and fellow musician Tom who brilliantly replied, “Maybe it could be about all the gentrification and changes happening in San Francisco right now.” Kaboom! Idea had! From there the song just seemed to write itself. This is another practice space demo, but we hope you enjoy our anti-gentrification dance-rock jam. Come hear it live and spazz out even more to Rob’s excellent lead guitar riffs at our show at the Hemlock Tavern on Saturday 8/23 with Charmless and Lucky Jesus. Click below for lyrics so you can sing along. 

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aishaloe:

I finally finished my second Loe ep :)

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In addition to being an extremely talented, rockin’ bassist, Aisha is also a producer, vocalist, instrument repair wizard and all around general badass. Check out her work as Loe, a collage of eclectic, electronic and otherworldly sounds that will surely hypnotize and delight.