Localized Appreesh: Religious Girls

So sparkly: Oh those Religious Girls.

Localized Appreesh is our weekly thank-you column to the musicians that make the Bay. Each week a band/music-maker with a show, album release, or general good news is highlighted and spotlit. To be considered, contact emilysavage@sfbg.com.

Let's get this out of the way: the boys behind Religious Girls are neither pious, nor female. They are however, worthy of your time, ear drums, and ultimately, devotion. I mean, the band once described itself as "spider-jazz clusterfuck" ---- which is why I'm naming Religious Girls our first Localized Appreesh (you'll see a different local music act in this slot every week). The Oakland-based arty noise trio bestows upon listeners a synth-y wave of gurgling keyboard, waterfalling beeps, and crashing drums. The vocals are repetitive, tribal, soothing; for the most part lacking actual words. Like a more ambient Battles.

If you want to see Religious Girls with Born Gold and Part Time for free* this week, then scroll down below the quick and dirty bio:

Need to know: Religious Girls
Year and location of origin:
Summer 2008 in Oakland, Calif.
Band name origin: It was originally a song name, then we decided it was better than the old band name... Destroy Tokyo
Band motto: Shred til we Ded / Cry me Out / Q-ZAR
Description of sound in 10 words or less: We just say yes to everything we like about music. [ed. - nice, way to use precisely 10 words]
Instrumentation: Nick: drums / vocals / live loops; Chris: highend / keys / vocals / samples; Guy: lowend / keys / auxdrums / samples.
Most recent release: Midnight Realms 12" EP released by Everybodies Stomached (LA) and Echolalic Records(Seattle) in July 2011
Best part about life as a Bay Area band: Playing too many shows
Worst part about life as a Bay Area band: Playing too many shows
First record/cassette tape/or CD ever purchased: Nick: Space Jam soundtrack
Most recent record/cassette tape/CD/or Mp3 purchased/stolen from the Web: The Weekend - House of Balloons
Favorite local eatery and dish: Bake Sale Betty's fried chicken sandwich

Live at the Bay Bridged's Phono Del Sol:

*Win two guest list spots for the Religious Girls/Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble)/Part Time show (presented by Epicsauce.com) this Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Knockout. Just go to our Facebook page and comment on the link to this post with your favorite Religious Girls song today before 6 p.m. We'll choose a winner at random. [contest is now closed].

Religious Girls
With Born Gold and Part Time
Sept. 8, 9 p.m., $6
The Knockout
3223 Mission, SF


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