Studio Grand can't wait to get the year started right with Bells Atlas, Cave Clove, and Spirit Award in the house. Come out and join us for a great vibe and great music.
Bells Atlas emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. The epicenter of the group's start was Guerilla Café ("art.coffee.vibes") - a fateful location that fostered friendship and musical connection between the core members, sparking the beginnings of a beautiful artistic collaboration and unique blend of sounds.
Combining heavy rhythm and groove, soulful vocal harmonies and a healthy dose of wildcard energy, this dynamic group has arrived at an interwoven sound that is undoubtedly their own. Primarily made up of 4 members with a musical chemistry that surprises and compliments, the sonic palette that makes up Bells Atlas is deep, cinematic and colorful. They capture the spirit of eclectic influences - soul, West African & Brazilian rhythm, noise pop, psychedelia - and draw a wide audience with diverse tastes.
The band has supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell and more. You can find the band's self-titled album, “Hyperlust EP”, covers and singles on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud. Stay tuned for a new album, videos and national club dates coming soon!
In 2016, Bells Atlas joined WNYC's Snap Judgement as their new touring house band, live-scoring 90 minutes of storytelling with original music. Touring with the program has taken them to countless beautiful, historic theaters across the country, playing for thousands of people..
Cave Clove is a rock band from Oakland. A wash of soul and tight orchestration create the Cave Clove mood - a Laurel Canyon rock sound with smoky vocals, lurid harmonies and atmospheric rhythms. Their first full-length album, Cave Clove, was recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios with co-producers Courtney Fairchild and Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie / Bob Mould / Thao & the Get Down Stay Down). Cave Clove was released independently on November 4, 2016.
Spirit Award’s debut full length, Neverending, out on October 6th, houses momentum and starkness. The Seattle three-piece pushes and pulls the ten songs with staggered bright darkness and a massive sound. Sprawling, stereo guitars puncture out from a driving bass/drum foundation. While Spirit Award is aptly capable of generating catchy psych moments, there seems to be no calculable formula to their writing style. Vocal sections dipped in effects shape them more like an instrument, putting the bass in the role of lead guitar. Moments of Neverending point to influences of early New Order and Can, baiting you with a hook then leaving you droning to a krautrock beat.
Spirit Award credit the death of a family member, anxiety, a robbery, and the ending of a relationship for the record’s pensive, yet hopeful look into the future. Through all this the band continued working on the record over the course of two years, which is why it garnered the name, Neverending.
Neverending was recorded with Jack Endino (Nirvana), and Eric Corson (Perfume Genius, Ceremony), Connor Birch and GG Reynolds (Sleater-Kinney).
Doors 7:00pm, show 7:30pm.
$10-20 sliding scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **