Static and Surrender, Mickelson, Chris James & The Showdowns

Sat May 19 2018

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

$15 ADV / $20 DOS

Ages 18+

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Static and Surrender, Mickelson, Chris James & The Showdowns

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  • Static and Surrender

    Static and Surrender

    Alternative Rock

    Every once in a while, paths cross at just the right time, in the right place,and within the right circumstances. Such is the case for San Francisco alternative rock upstarts Static and Surrender—Jeff Campbell [lead vocals,guitar], Adam Schuman [guitar, vocals], and John Schuman [drums]. By 2016, brothers John and Adam had established themselves in popular BayArea stalwarts such as The Trophy Fire, landing critical acclaim and gigging alongside everyone from Dredg to The Dear Hunter. Within that same scene, Jeff earned recognition by receiving national songwriting awards, shared the stage with titans such as John Mayer, and fronted Pine and Battery, among other acts.

    One night, a chance encounter between Jeff and Adam paved the way for what would become Static and Surrender.

    “I ran into Adam and his wife at a restaurant,” recalls Jeff. “We started talking about the static and stagnation we’d both been feeling about our careers, and how we’d both sort of surrendered to it. A day later, he sent me a bunch of demos. As soon as I heard them, it just felt right. It’s the brother dynamic that attracted me to Adam and John. They’ve been playing music together for two decades. They finish each other’s sentences, in life and on stage. Atthe same time, we grew up in similar households. When we met, it felt like we’d known each other forever. Everything fit. It was like we were meant to play together all along.”

    “We had known each other just by way of playing music,” adds Adam. “There was a mutual admiration from afar.”

    They wasted no time. Within a few months, the boys entered a Berkeley studio with producer Jim Greer [The Rondo Brothers, Foster The People]. Elegantly fusing rock ‘n’ roll energy and alternative emotionality into tight songcraft, the trio forged a style of its own steeped in grunge palatability and modern indie panache.

    “The writing is so collaborative,” explains John. “Everybody’s voice is heard.”

    “We grew up in the nineties,” continues Jeff. “All of our influences really come together in what we do. For me, it’s about the mood and delivery. We want to share a feeling.

    ”That feeling caught the attention of Funzalo Records in early 2017. After one listen, the label signed the group. Now, the debut single “Fall on the Blade” introduces Static and Surrender. On the track, a propulsive groove entwines with a hyper-charged riff as Jeff’s voice immediately captivates via an unforgettable hook. 

    “It’s about a situation a lot of people find themselves in,” he admits. “You’re trying to get someone to own up to what they’ve done. It’s a common struggle in life.”

    Paving the way for their upcoming full-length Static and Surrender, the follow-up single “If Only We Could Sleep” pairs a drowsy buzz with a blues-infused kick. Brought to life in a 360-degree VR music video, the song showcases the band’s depth and dynamics.

    “Lyrically, I wrote that song when I was struggling with insomnia,” recalls the frontman. “It was around the time of the election, and there was a lot of negativity popping up. The climate brought out the worst in people. That negativity drives some of us so crazy we can’t sleep. The video reflects the nightmare.”

    Rounded out by touring bassist Lauren Stockner (Cruel Youth, Meg Myers) Static and Surrender evoke that feeling whether they’re on stage or in the studio. It has the power to really resonate too.

    “If a song stirs emotion in you, speaks to you, causes you to sing in the shower, or makes you want to have sex, we’ve done our job,” Jeff leaves off. “The music we like gets us through our days. We hope we can do the same for other people.”


  • Mickelson


    Alternative Folk

    Scott Mickelson hails from Massachusetts but has lived in the Bay Area since the eighties. His latest record Flickering was on the Grammy Ballot in two categories (Best Folk Album, Best Roots Music Performance).
    National appearances and press include: NPR Radio, Huffington Post, CBS Morning Show, Jimmy Lloyd Show (NBC), Alternative Press Magazine, Glide Magazine, PopMatters and a Folk Alliance Showcase. Other accolades include winning a national band search by MTV/7-Up that included $15,000. His song “Mouth Like A Trucker” was included the feature film “Along The Way”.

    Mickelson’s forthcoming full-length “A Wondrous Life” will be out early 2018.
    He has appeared with artists including: David Bromberg Quintet, Matt Nathanson, Grammy Producer - Larry Campbell, Griffin House, Grammy Artist - Jim Lauderdale, Peter Case, Nick Lowe, Smashmouth, Grammy Artist - Rob Hotchkiss (Train), Dr. John, Box Set, JonathanRichman, Dick Dale.
    “Mickelson sings with aching urgency, cloaked in a dark fog that keeps his melodies balancing on the edge of unresolved, underscoring his take that life is never an all-easy road. His work is smart, moving and never overdone.” -MusicNewsNashville
    “Flickering, a buoyant composition showcasing that Mickelson’s offers undeniable musical charm and instrumental dexterity.” -Glide Magazine
    “It's American folk-Rock with a post punk edge, rustic but scarred.” -Alternative Press

  • Chris James & The Showdowns

    Chris James & The Showdowns

    Alternative Rock

    Chris James and the Showdowns have captured the raw energy of their celebrated live shows and put to ‘tape’ on their latest album what so many audiences have experienced from their performances: Well crafted songs that tug first at the heart and drag you to the dance floor later. The San Francisco Bay Area band brings feel good rock vibe that carries a slight edginess often reminiscent of nostalgic acts such as: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Eagles, and Springsteen, but with a breath of fresh smoky bar room air.

    James’ rich vocals and rootsy, reflective songwriting lights the narrative of the music. He is backed by a brotherhood of long time band mates that add tasty electric guitar work, lush keyboards, and a solid organic groove to the tracks. Together they ignite the group’s ‘Americana’ Rock n’ Roll spirit and arrive resoundingly at their latest musical destination: “Somewhere Out In California.” The new full length studio effort is a natural follow up to their 2012 album: “Lucky Breaks,” which made its way onto several roots rock radio stations worldwide.

    Chris James and the band challenge themselves in their songwriting, searching for the kind of songs that grab you immediately, grow on you as they become familiar, and catch you unconsciously grooving. They’re constantly looking for a feeling that's not new, but runs deep, the kind of vibe you get when well-played guitars, drums and vocal harmonies come together. With so much of today’s music being computer generated, or older hits replicated live by cover and tribute bands, it has been important for the group to stay true to themselves by offering original songs with a meaningful, organic sound.

    --"James' style of writing is hard to deny as it rings of times and life situations we can all relate to. It's nice to see an artist and band like the Showdowns hold true to Americana roots while still giving you a rock and roll kick in the ass!" -Starita (President of the San Francisco Recording Academy Chapter)

Static and Surrender, Mickelson, Chris James & The Showdowns

Sat May 19 2018 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall San Francisco CA
Static and Surrender, Mickelson, Chris James & The Showdowns
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$15 ADV / $20 DOS Ages 18+

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.