MINI AND THE BEAR, Joan and the Rivers, The Brankas, Mercy High

Fri Nov 18
Neck of the Woods
$7 - $10
Rock, Music
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mini and the Bear

With heavily distorted punk rock anthems and fuzzy aphorisms pulsing equally through a humorously philosophical netherworld, a collection of vaguely historical misfits search for any and all release—from machine-like normalcy, from the grating contradictions of existence, or even just from autonomous facial hair. In PWR VOL, a multi-dimensional post-modern tale written by Nick Scandy, illustrated by Aaron Zonka, and set to music via the accompanying score by mini and the Bear, the frenetic rhythms, absurdist delusions, and cacophonous irrealities of modern life find themselves pumped through full stacks of amplifiers, powerfully blasted at the maximum volume they deserve. mini and the Bear is, and will always be, North America's only power volume duo. Their latest release, PWR VOL, was released in November, 2016.

Joan and the Rivers

On stage, Joan and The Rivers is an unstoppable, stumbling force. Smith and Hickel are hypnotizing frontmen. They give themselves wholly to the songs and the audience, and their performance is much like their songwriting: devoid of pretension or gimmicks.“It’s all about having a good time and partying,” drummer Caleb Dunkel said. “If we weren’t having fun we wouldn’t be doing this at all.” Both live and in the studio, the band’s songs seem to be on the very edge of their own control. It’s the kind of pure, unwound rock and roll that seems to fall apart and pull itself back together by the end of each song.

The Brankas

The Brankas are Taylor McElroy and Theo Slavin, two polite young men who live in San Francisco. They’ve been playing music together since 2011, initially as a semi-improvised, semi-serious noise experiment, and have slowly but surely been refining that process into what is heard on Exchanges, their debut EP. The seven tracks on Exchanges are a short and sweet offering, influenced as much by their long-time love of Hella, No Age and Lightning Bolt as it is by their current fascination with Vaporwave tapes, Devo and Return to Forever. The music was recorded in two days with their friend Spencer Goble, who usually makes Hip-Hop albums. The whole thing was then mixed, mastered, poked, prodded, thrown out and remastered throughout 2015, in between never-ending day jobs and shows at every living room, art space, repurposed steel factory and dive bar that would have them. It's something they finally feel decent about making and that's ultimately the point. Rock bands are weird devices, concerned too much with trend/anti-trend, performer/audience dynamic and hair-dos. Slavin and McElroy would rather eschew that mess and focus on making the most joyful noise they can, while hopefully learning something along the way. Without intellectualizing it, we're all gonna die someday, so you might as well yell about it in the meantime.

Mercy High

Formed in 2015, Mercy High is made up of 4 South Bay music veterans who were brought together through their love of Shoegaze, 90s Rock, and Classic Metal. Influences include but are not limited to: Black Sabbath, My Bloody Valentine, Starflyer 59, Hum, Failure, QOTSA, etc. Mercy High bring groove and soul to heavy music with their timeless hooks, memorable melodies, and massive riffs. Make way for the Afrogaze!

Venue Information:
Neck of the Woods
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118


  1. Neck of the Woods
    406 Clement St., San Francisco, CA