On the Rise: Thrifted sweater-loving San Francisco duo embraces 'the polarity of life'
Seventeen Evergreen (www.seventeenevergreen.com) occasionally sounds like evil video game music to me. The San Francisco band consists of Caleb Pate and Nephi Evans, both writers-producers who sing and play drums, synths, and Asiatic stringed instruments among other contraptions. Though it has roots in garage, the duo mostly sticks to experimental psych-pop, and sometimes incorporates aggressive dance beats that lend to gaming — you can almost picture shattered gold rings falling through the sky in a winning ding-ding-ding during moments in the forthcoming Steady On, Scientist! LP (March 27, Lucky Number). The next show is Feb. 25 with Atlas Sound at Bimbo's as part of Noise Pop (8 p.m., $20. 1025 Columbus, SF. www.bimbos365club.com).
The album standout is "Polarity Song," with its catchy, repetitive hook and provocative lyrics. The song also was featured on the Psyentist EP, released last December and subsequently, there was a music video. While the EP and video by Terri Timely, which played up a rainbow of yarn spun thrift store monsters, were released last year to local acclaim, the full-length will be out in 2012, making it the perfect year for the band to reach its deserved position beside fellow danceable indie giants. After watching Seventeen Evergreen live last year, the phrase "embrace the polarity of life" was bumping about my brain for weeks. Undoubtedly, this will happen to you too.
Description of sound: Somewhere between zenith snowflake pop and psychedelic cave techno.
What do you like most about the Bay Area music scene: The Asian influence on the avant garde, the room for innovation, and the many different scenes which may or may not always celebrate the out-and-out sonic weirdness that this city has produced over the years.
What piece of music means the most to you and why: No one piece could ever answer this one so far, but last year Cass McCombs' "County Line" was a favorite. "Golden Lady" by Stevie Wonder and nearly anything by Moondog come to mind as perennials.
Favorite local eatery and dish: So many options here but let's nominate the Chilaquiles at the farmer's market in the Ferry Building or a number of places in the Mission for the same.
Who would you most like to tour with: ELO.