For the past three years, Santa Maria transplants Science Fiction have been gracing their adopted home of San Diego with a funky, sauntering brand of jazz.
Comprised of brothers Aaron and Allen de la Rosa on guitars, Antonio Bravo on drums, and Jacob Miranda on bass, the talented troupe excels at both improv and composition, layering catchy fretwork over danceable bass lines and percussion. The band applies those sonic layers only to tear them down, then rebuild them in unexpected and refreshing ways. Because of this, Science Fiction’s live shows are captivating events that always leave you wanting more.
When the band joins Paris-based experimentalists The Kandinsky Effect at the Office tonight (September 28), you’ll have a chance to see for yourself. In the meantime, Science Fiction were kind enough to send us their Poetic Memory. With influences ranging from George Benson to 8-bit Nintendo, it’s a revealing look at what makes this quartet tick. Check it out below…
The music of Medeski Martin and Wood isn’t exactly known for its scariness. Sure, the jazz trio play their instruments so well it can be frightening, but they’re not exactly the band you would hire to score your horror movie.
After watching the video for “Amber Gris”, the first single off MMW’s newly released album Radiolarians II, you may have to reassess your perception of the band. Filmed, directed, and edited by drummer Billy Martin, the video’s low-key lighting, Super 16mm photography, and backwoods Blair Witch imagery would at first glance seem better suited to an old Sam Raimi film than a jazz club.
But Medeski Martin and Wood are nothing if not versatile. With its ominously discordant build-up, intense crescendos, and hushed interludes, “Amber Gris” is yet another fine example of the band’s ability to evoke mood without sacrificing groovy momentum. We’ve got the video for you after the jump and, for those of you with a deep-set fear of creepy old men in recliners, a streaming mp3 of the song as well. Continue reading →