A benefit show for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that killed over 6,000 people leaving many displaced and homeless who are in desperate need of aid. The wake of destruction caused by the Typhoon has left behind catastrophic damage and is the worst recorded disaster in the history of the Philippines.
Those wishing to help donate to the relief efforts can do so at the Philippine Red Cross site.
Below is a review of the show that evening.
Untamed Creatures is a two-person super duo comprised of singer, programmer Gregory Duvel and singer Sophia Nyctophilia from Crocket, California. The band is currently recording a new album that is expected to drop in 2014. The style of music of the band can best be described as a mix of Darkwave with elements of 80s and Goth music.
The haunting, pulsating melodies of the band resound through out the club, reverberating with a dark beauty. Duvel’s dark vocals are complimented by Nyctophilia’s angelic soprano. It is amazing that what sounds like a full band comes out of one sequencing box yet sounds so rock and roll. The music is beautiful and multi-layered with constant sizzling fresh grooves that seem to soar and elate your eardrums at every moment.
Untamed Creatures plays next on February 7, 2014 at Club Ouija with RetConStruct and Moira Scar. For more information on the band refer to https://www.facebook.com/UntamedCreatures.
JURIMIKO is a four-person alternative indie hard rock group consisting of vocalist Julie Santos, guitarist Miguel De Leon, bassist Rich Militante and drummer Jeff Diaz. The name JURIMIKO means Justified Rights of Misgoverned Kooks, it is nice to see a band with a sense of humor. The band is currently in the studio recording a new album at Hyper Raje Studios that should be released in 2014.
Santos is a powerhouse singer, belting out one beautiful note after another, matching the intensity of the hard hitting band pound for pound and round for round. Guitarist De Leon plays with a bluesy metal ferocity that is soft one moment then like a sledgehammer the next. Drummer Jeff Diaz slices out super tight triplet fills into small phrases on his toms which sound like an attacking cobra in lock box. Bassist Rich Militante is like an octopus, his notes seem to everywhere at once yet still somehow grabbing you and pulling you in at just the right time.
For more information on the band refer to the band website at http://www.jurimiko.com.
Midnight Radio is a bilingual alternative rock group from San Francisco, California made up of singer, guitar player Rolando Samperio, drummer, back up vocalist Edwin Kass and bassist, back up vocalist player Luis Murillo.
The band crackles with energy from the moment it steps on the stage. Singer Samperio sings with soulful grit, playing clean powerful guitar riffs with deceptive ease. The bassist Luis is a maniac with his strong, muscular bass riffs, running around on the stage like a man possessed. The drummer Edwin has deep powerful groove, thrashing around on the drum kit playing almost everything at once while some how managing to sing as well. The stage show is relentless, the band is constantly bringing it and there are no down moments.
For more information on the band refer to http://www.reverbnation.com/midnightradio7.
Paradox Labyrinth is a metal pop rock outfit from South San Francisco whose line up consists of singer Anita Nehme, guitarist Kajeme Cheneque, drummer Jake Deen and bassist Monserrat Cheneque.
Singer Nehme has a timeless rock voice suited perfectly for the epic metal riffs the band plays with bravado. Guitarist Cheneque plays a lot of shredder riffs that require great skill while still keeping the music dark and edgy. Bassist Cheneque and drummer Deen play propulsive rhythms pushing everything constantly with double bass explosions and bass hammering that sound like a hundred elephants charging into battle rumbling across a Roman battlefield.
For more information on the band refer to www.reverbnation.com/paradoxlabyrinth.
Septdi is a dark hard rock band from Vallejo that sound like if Type O Negative, Van Hagar and the Cure had a bastard child. The band is made up of bassist, vocalist Zachary Evergreen, guitarist Jeff Russell and drummer Elmer Delago
Evergreen’s vocals are gravelly and cool with an indie flavor over a Goth buzz saw of sonic force. The music is spell binding and takes you away on a trip that you lose yourself in. Drummer Delago’s time is impeccable with punctuating hard hits and beautiful drum flourishes. Guitarist Russell is the mad scientist of the band, brining up a deliciously new unique sound for each and every song. Evergreen plays bass simultaneously while singing, both parts could not be more different, it is as though somehow he has split himself into two people with the amount of playing and singing he has going on.
For more information on the band refer to http://www.septdi.com.
NECK OF THE WOODS
Neck of the Woods was the Perfect venue for this evening, being the warmest hosts , they have gone out of their way to support the Typhoon Haiyan Victims given their solid reputation, I can't really name a venue in SF who's actually done that, Always a favorite spot of ours we enjoyed the night not only with the bands playing but with delicious and such generous drinks from the friendly bar tender and staff, these guys never fail to impress , Seriously If your Looking for a great night to enjoy music and what not , Neck of the Woods is the place you need to totally check out hands down.
Here's their website, : http://neckofthewoodssf.com
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