777 Valencia St
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Courtesy the Fresh & Onlys
Monday Dec 31, 2012 (8:30pm)
777 Valencia St
$30 at door / $25 advance
“Psychedelic garage-pop revivalists The Fresh & Onlys have a reputation for being weird. When asked about the inspiration for their music, the band will tell you that songs just pass through the air and that none of their music resonates quite like the San Francisco fog. Bandmates Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin started jamming onto a tape machine six years ago, which led to the rough low-fi salad of vintage influences that was the band's first two albums. They sharpened up with their breakout third album Play It Strange, graduating from their analog home recordings to join producer Tim Green of the F*cking Champs in an actual studio. Tonight, they headline (((folkYEAH!)))'s showcase for the most indie lo-fi New Year's Eve party around. Joining Tim Cohen and company is a formidable local lineup that includes Sonny & the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz, and Extra Classic — a super team of musical acts to ring in a new year in style.”
The Fresh & Onlys' newest is a shimmering pop record full of infectious melodic hooks, led by singer Tim Cohen's hazy romanticism, and the incessantly propulsive rhythms of Shayde Sartin and Kyle Gibson. Play It Strange has an evocative moody swagger that jangles with 80’s guitar pop like the Go-Betweens, Jacobites, or early R.E.M. and a provocative rawness ala Iggy Pop or The Gun Club.