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2 Apr

Today’s Indie: Sons and Daughters / The Tropics

‘and oh, oh how we played / oh, oh we should have stayed’

I am delighted to share the newest song from The Tropics, my friend Eric’s band who I introduced last summer with their tracks Running Man and Sleepless. I have heard Sons and Daughters on several occasions live and have been dying to get my hands on a version to play at home on any whim, and here it is: a restless, steady burning track that rustles up bundles of nostalgia for the simpler times in life growing up.

The Tropics’ front lady is Claire George, a 23 year old with an amazing and distinct voice that reminds me of the fierce yet birdlike singing of The Head and the Heart’s Charity Rose Thielien, with the edge of Of Monsters and Men’s Nanna Bryndis Himarsdottir. Her sound met with Eric’s guitar rocking, poncho wearing, mane tossing presence on stage makes for a wonderful performance, and the band has been headlining SF staples of the likes of Bottom of the Hill and Boom Boom Room this winter and spring. You can see one of their shows here and you can download their tracks on Bandcamp here.

This my be my least unbiased post of all time, but trust me on this one anyway. You wont regret it. #indie/tory



8 Aug

Today’s Indie: Sleepless / Tropics

‘when the sun gives off its morning light / you’ve still got sleep in your eyes’

Running Man / Tropics

Ah this is the fun part of blogging. My friend Eric is in a band! And they are good!  Providing lush indie folk rock with a San Franciscan twist I think (unbiasedly, of course) the group is on to something here. With Claire George’s crisp, birdlike crooning and a moveable melody, I can picture waking up to Sleepless on a Sunday morning and rubbing my own sleep out, while the band takes a more fierce while still easy on the ears approach with their track Running Man.

“Fueled by a never ending supply of red wine and peanut M&Ms, Tropics are currently playing shows in San Francisco, and planning to record their debut album this coming fall,” says the quintet. Excited to check out their frist show next Tuesday, August 15th at the Boom Boom Room. $5 at the door… join us. #indie/tory