The Phenomenauts

The Phenomenauts

Van Goat, The Y Axes

Sat · July 20, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12 in advance / $14 at the door

This event is all ages

The Phenomenauts
The Phenomenauts
The Phenomenauts have arrived to challenge the power of gravity: the mysterious, but not unknowable force that keeps the planets in their orbits, the galaxy spinning slowly through space and starry eyed dancers whirling around the floor with their brains bursting with notions of science and honor. On Escape Velocity, the band’s latest opus, they break the chains that keep bodies and imaginations earthbound and take off on a boundless journey fueled by their unstoppable rhythms, inventive melodies and nimble lyrics. “Escape velocity” is the speed needed to break free from the gravitational attraction of a massive body, such as the Earth. The band felt it was a fitting title for an album that encourages people to break free of their own limitations.

After a year and a half of exploring the frontiers where the music of the past, present and future merge, The Phenomenauts returned to their headquarters in Oakland CA with 12 new transmissions, songs guaranteed to get everything moving in all directions at the same time. The band worked closely with engineer/producer Denny Muller at The Static Room to make the album. “We had no time limit,” says co-producer Lt. AR7, one of the band’s guitarists and vocalists. “We slowly and carefully recorded each song to make an album that’s finely focused and musically and lyrically adventurous. In the process, The band jettisoned the stand-up bass in favor of the Stand-down™, a Phenomenaut designed, highly stylized electric sci-fi bass that adds its interplanetary textures to the new songs.”
Van Goat
Van Goat
“Back in the ’30s and ’40s, swing was a really high-energy dance music that people would dance to ’til they passed out. These days, if a band starts up with the clarinets and the ride cymbals, you’ll probably start picturing your great grandpa doing the jitterbug. Oakland’s Van Goat wants to breath a healthy dose of punk rock into swing by making it stripped down, raw and so energetic that you’ll want to upstage your granddaddy on the dance floor.” - Good Times Santa Cruz

Harnessing the diverse DIY aesthetic of their native Oakland, Van Goat (featuring Aidan Ward, Ben Einstein, Derek Burle, Lindsay Alexis, and Taylor Moxon) is in the business of writing not only songs that you can dance to, but entire albums that you can enjoy front to back without pausing or skipping: a musical experience wherein each successive song’s mottled riffs and bewildering charisma is pleasantly startling.

Follow Me Under, the five-piece’s debut full-length LP, pits thick bass lines against rhythmic trombone; pointed lyrics against verdant harmonies: bursts of liveliness in the first half against bursts of contemplation in the second. Side A, so to speak, is the dancing side, and Side B is the meditative side, but the entire LP creates a shindig all its own, plucking together influences both local and global and mashing them together in a cohesive and sophisticated exertion.

Punk. Swing. Ragtime. Southern jazz. Surf. Van Goat is a band to which you could apply many labels, but none would quite prepare you for what you’re about to hear.
The Y Axes
The Y Axes
The Y Axes are a San Francisco-based indie outfit who play a unique blend of dreamy, synth-glossed pop and rhythmically robust rock. Having initially formed as a recording project by vocalist Alexi Rose Belchere and guitarist Devin Nelson, the duo decided to take on the project full time after premiering a set of songs at their space and prom-themed joint birthday party in July 2011. Bassist Jack Sundquist and drummer Paul Conroy joined in 2015 and early 2018 respectively to contribute their groovy and heavy rhythms to the quartet’s energetic recorded and live performance. Their sound has been described by Consequence of Sound as “strange mix of joy and existential dread” and their performance has been earned them the label of being "one of San Francisco’s most energetic bands" by The Bay Bridged. Their latest album, "No Waves" was mixed and produced by Aaron Hellam in Oakland, California and released June 6.
Venue Information:
Cornerstone
2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/