"Ponderosa naturally carries the type of swagger that most bands spend years rehearsing. Their catalog of campfire songs, southern rock anthems, and drunken, two-step shuffles has won the admiration of listeners—and the envy of musicians—throughout the Southeast Region. Featuring former members of The Butch Walker Band, Sovus Radio and Variac, Ponderosa's rhythm section has the chops to craft timeless, impeccable songs. Singer Kalen Nash's voice has often been described as "golden," though this gold is equal parts honey and whiskey. The group's three-part harmonies, jaw-dropping performances, and rock-and-roll lifestyle make them truly peerless, which is why Ponderosa is already a favorite among industry professionals.."
Pageants is the new project featuring Rebecca Coleman from Avi Buffalo and Devin O'Brien.
When I saw the band perform at the Bootleg Theatre a few months ago, it was a duo performing with a drum machine. The crowd was small, but the attendees were telling. Mostly writers and other music industry folks. One listen to the band reveals why.
Gorgeous soaring vocals with a familiar garage-y sound lending some credibility to the current surge in female-fronted indie rock. The vocals are key for me because while a lot of the other bands mining the same territory are pretty great, the precious and fragile vocals can wear thin.
Coleman summons a delivery that belies her age. Barely into her 20s, there is a soothing confidence of someone who has had the benefit of experience with a great band, as well as an eagerness to break out and create their own thing. This is it.
The songs are wonderful. Layers of mellow guitars, hooky melodies and Coleman's infectious croon.
I love it when I come upon a band in its early stages, as do most music enthusiasts. Sometimes the evolution is as interesting the music they produce. I'm eagerly watching for Pageants next move.
– Chuck P
San Francisco-based Mark Zannad (vocals/synth) and Brandon Harrison (drums/vocals) began collaborating as Seatraffic in 2010. Since then, the synth-pop duo released an EP and a handful of singles, and played a slew of regional shows including recently sharing the stage with How To Dress Well and The Ruby Suns. This year the duo is releasing four new singles for free, starting with "Superficial Heart." The tracks were conceived while Zannad was studying architecture in Europe last summer. He brought the song skeletons back to Harrison where they were reworked and in October, they headed into San Francisco's Different Fur Studios with Nic Pope (The Morning Benders, Twin Shadow, Cults) to record.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM