The Silent Comedy
The Silent Comedy is a San Diego-based group of musicians mixing Americana, Folk and Rock n' Roll into a sound that is best understood by experiencing their live show. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman started the band to capture the feeling of the bar culture they worked in and the revival meetings they grew up attending. The outcome is an experience that has been described as "a whiskey tent revival."
The Silent Comedy took to the road immediately after their first show and have continued to build on that tradition. The brothers' father was a preacher who sold everything the family owned to travel the world, an experience that shapes the lyrics and DIY ethic of the group. The band is made up of Joshua (bass/vocals) and Jeremiah Zimmerman (keys, vocals, guitar) together with their cousin Chad Lee (drums) and long time friend Justin Buchanan (mandolin/banjo). The band has roots in the craft beer and cocktail scene in California that have added to the rowdy reputation of their live shows. What started as a loyal base of bartenders and beer brewers has grown to a community of dedicated fans all over the world.
Their last album, Common Faults, was self released and sold over 14,000 copies. The band recently worked with Dave Matthews Band's Boyd Tinsley on an improvisational film/music project entitled "Faces in the Mirror." This led to The Silent Comedy opening for DMB at The Gorge in Washington state in 2011 and 2012.
Through placement in projects such asHatfields & McCoys, starring Kevin Costner, and the History Channel's original series The Men Who Built America (to name a few), The Silent Comedy has been able to reach an even larger audience that is growing with each shot of whiskey.
Leopold and His Fiction
Naked, stripped down and aching with adrenaline is the rawness of Leopold and his Fiction. A revolving group of friends led by Daniel James (lead vocal/guitar), their essential make up sprouted from collaborations made on the road in the whirlwind cycle of touring. From San Francisco to LA to Austin various musical adventures had come and gone, until James found a common vision in the musicians he'd met along the way. Originally formed as an outlet for Daniel to exercise his virtues gained from years living in Detroit, Leopold and his Fiction absorbed pieces of the Motown catalog along with the protopunk resonance of Iggy's Stooges and molded them into a personal version of the rock 'n' roll dream. It's as if they, themselves, are connected directly into an electrical outlet. "The band elicits a power when it's time to perform that is unable to be harnessed in any other medium short of a fist fight," says James. "Whether that's on stage or in a recording studio it's almost hard to contain it. It's more life than I've ever felt before." It was that sonic fever that landed the group recent support slots for The Cult and ZZ Top. For the past year Leopold and his Fiction have been working with Grammy-nominated producer Chris "Frenchie" Smith (The Datsuns, Slayer, Jet, The Dandy Warhols, etc.) in recording and capturing a captivating musical journey that is as relentless as it is inspiring.
The Tropics are an intoxicating elixir broadcasting a unique kind of rock and roll from San Francisco. Born in late 2012 from past musical partners and new friends, Claire George, Nate Skelton, and Eric Silverman met and began writing songs. Joined by Ro Elston and Kern Sigala in early 2013, their varying influences and styles contribute to engaging songs and attract a diverse fanbase. The Tropics are known for their electrifying shows and exhilarating performances. Their first single, Sons & Daughters is currently on iTunes and vinyl single, with a full album planned to start recording in fall 2013.