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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You remember using spirographs as a child -- drawing endless, satisfying colorful curves with your extensive color pencil collection? You could probably bust that out again and give the Spyral's Sunflower Microphone seven-inch single (released today, a precursor to the upcoming 2012 album) a spin. The wave-like reverb of garage guitar meets a lower 13th Floor Elevators-y howl here, a surfy psychedelic dream. Check out Side A on the Spyrals' Bandcamp page.
Also, give a listen to the San Francisco psych-pop trio's output from earlier this year Clouds, equally mind rolling, equally appropriate for an afternoon spent lazily spinning creative circles. And then, even further back, there's the entrancing song “Soul,” from 2009, and its captivating video, laced with surf and war imagery (see the vid below).
To celebrate the release of Sunflower Microphone this week, the Spyrals play Hemlock Tavern on Thursday.
Year and location of origin: 2009, San Francisco
Band name origin: Time being a never ending spiral. We're trying to capture a time, good or bad, and share it with the people.
Band motto: It's gotta groove.
Description of sound in 10 words or less: Best shit you heard in a long while.
Instrumentation: Guitar, vox, bass, drums
Most recent release: Single comes out November 15. Album out early 2012.
Best part about life as a Bay Area band: There's no shortage of people doing interesting stuff.
Worst part about life as a Bay Area band: There's no shortage of people doing crap.
First record/cassette tape/or CD ever purchased: Digital Underground Sex Packets.
Most recent record/cassette tape/CD/or Mp3 purchased/borrowed from the Web: Downloaded the Gories I Know You Be Houserockin the other day.
Favorite local eatery and dish: That's a tough one. Probably Los Compadres. It's a family owned Taqueria in South City, near where we rehearse. Damn good carnitas.
With Michael Beach, Hypatia Lake
Thurs/17, 9 p.m.,$6
1131 Polk, SF
Vintage Spyrals video:
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