MUSIC: Trails and Ways hit the road, Sonny and the Sunsets get personal, Aussie supergroup Total Control arrives in the Bay
It's this kind of careful attention to detail that draws listeners in to Trails and Ways, the delicate layers of sound, the snippets of additional beats and instruments. Each track tells a story, and is intended to take a listener on a journey. As Brower Brown points out, that intension is right there in the band's name. These joint interests in both traveling and exploring other cultures came from the time Brower Brown and bassist Oppen spent living in Brazil and Spain. "When you're traveling in foreign space, wrestling with language and identity to express yourself takes you — by necessity — to the most creative place I know...and a lot of our songs and musical obsessions were sparked in those moments at the raw edge of translation and incomprehension."
The band will release the EP through Non-Market, a brand new East Bay based DIY community label in which Trails and Ways are very involved. "We hope [it] will transcend the market of music promotion and distribution, by just having Bay bands write about other Bay bands," Brower Brown says. "So it's a open, principled, non-commercial music community."
Along with being a stop on the band's "Trans-American Trilingual Tour," the Independent show is also kind of the label kickoff. The band's San Francisco openers are local pals, Social Studies — and Astronauts Etc., which has also been a core part of the Non-Market dream.
The tour will take the travel junkies through much of the US and Canada. They're "looking forward to 8,000 miles of time together in the minivan," along with the hopes of popping off the road for hikes and lake swimming. The band is also itching to meet Drake in Toronto, and will play the same stage as both Kendrick Lamar and Tom Petty at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, plus a show in Chicago with its Portland, Ore. friends Radiation City. Even without the release of a proper full-length LP, the group will be headlining most of its US tour.
If you somehow missed killer 2012 LP Henge Beat, Total Control is an Australian punk supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, UV Race, and more. The band, which recently put out a split with Thee Oh Sees, sounds like a mix of Suicide and Joy Division, with lyrics aimed at sci-fi curiosities and paranoid guitar lines doused in just the right amount of doom and gloom.
Sat/8, 8pm, $12. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St., SF. www.sf-eagle.com. With Thee Oh Sees, Fuzz.
Sun/9, 8pm, $10. Uptown, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. www.uptownnightclub.com. With Grass Widow, Neon Piss, Synthetic ID.
It's been awhile since we've seen the Lumerians out and about in San Francisco, as the five-piece spacey, psychedelic wanderers (also recently described as a "Oakland stoner quintet") reminded fans on social media this week. They also claim to have some secrets in store for the crowd at this show, which opens with fellow locals Wax Idols, at SF's newest music venue, the Chapel. With this group, it's got to be something cosmic.
Sat/8, 9pm, $15. Chapel, 777 Valencia, SF. www.thechapelsf.com.