Greater Sirens

Ivy Room Presents

Greater Sirens

Known To Collapse, Melba Cults

Fri · August 3, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Greater Sirens
Greater Sirens
Greater Sirens are a new wave/postpunk-inspired indie rock band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group was formed in 2007 after Greg Andresen recruited his brother Tim to drum on some home recordings he’d been working on. He had been experimenting with using a bass guitar like its more versatile six-string counterpart, and from that simple idea, Greater Sirens was born.

Deciding they could benefit from a conventional electric bass sound to anchor Greg’s more chordal playing style, the Andresen brothers taught old high school friend and trumpeter, Matt Whitbred, to play bass. Another friend, Nastaran Amini, joined the band on keys, though she left in 2013 and was replaced by Bobby Savre. After an ad at a local music store led to the addition of guitarist Steve Taylor in 2009, the group was set.

The band’s debut EP, For the Birds, was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley and released on April 30th, 2012. Jesse Nichols, who engineered the EP, describes Greater Sirens’ sound as, “modern, sharp, indie rock that’s not afraid of the ‘80s.”

Greater Sirens will be releasing their first full-length album on June 1st, 2018, this time with Greg both engineering and producing. Named for the eerie vibe they set out to create, Unnatural Causes is a refreshingly unique approach to an often sterile genre. Incorporating their twin bass guitar sound, unconventional percussion, and more toy keyboards than could fill a toddler’s playroom, there is an experimental edge to the 12-track set that works in tandem with its pop core, making it a great album for both casual and close listening.
Known To Collapse
Known To Collapse
Known to Collapse is the alias for Kevin Thomas and a collective of musicians in the Bay Area. Originally from Alabama, Kevin has taken his music in many different directions and locations over the years. The sweltering rhythms of Birmingham and the industrial bustle of Washington D.C. served as the backdrop for Kevin’s musical upbringing. Accordingly, Known to Collapse songs come to life on long drives with only the scenery to keep you company.

While attending Northeastern University, Kevin joined WRBB 104.9 F.M. and began to DJ a weekly radio show. His musical tastes were shaped by the freezing, late nights poring over records in the basement. Kevin then moved back to his hometown of Birmingham and started hosting a show at WBHM 90.3 F.M. From there, he interviewed local and well-known artists such Sam Frazier Jr., Dave Konopka (Battles) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco). Connecting with some of his most admired artists inspired him to start including their wild styles in the work of Known to Collapse.

In 2012 Kevin released his band’s first EP “Known to Collapse - Collectives”. He toured the U.S., Canada and U.K. in support of the record, eventually landing in the Bay Area. He then recorded with notable producer Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine), which refined and focused the heavy and atmospheric sound of Known to Collapse. Inspired by the difficulty of being an artist in the Bay Area, Kevin decided to crowd-fund the next album. He exceeded his goal of $10K with the help of a growing fan base.

Kevin knew that to take his sound to the next level, he would have to learn audio engineering himself. Using these skills, he now hustles around the Bay Area doing live sound for artists of all genres. This experience has given him the understanding of how to craft an artist’s sound well and use that sense of craftsmanship towards his own music. Known to Collapse uses this sense of sonic definition to craft songs that put you in the driver’s seat. Their new EP "Spirit Speech" is due out this summer.
Melba Cults
Melba Cults
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/