BLAMMOS is a pop/rock/soul combination performance group that includes two and/or up to seven individuals, centered around the songwriting/singing of Arthur Adams & Joelle Jaffe, but often featuring David Stockhausen, Michael Matias, Tim Marcus and...
BLAMMOS is a pop/rock/soul combination performance group that includes two and/or up to seven individuals, centered around the songwriting/singing of Arthur Adams & Joelle Jaffe, but often featuring David Stockhausen, Michael Matias, Tim Marcus and Yo Noguchi.
They're from San Francisco, CA.
BLAMMOS' sound has graced many first-class stages across the country, including Sin-e and The Living Room in New York, The Hideout in Chicago and The Dirty Dog in Austin, as well as numerous Northern California music halls. In October of 2007 they were chosen to take the stage at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York alongside five other acclaimed Bay Area bands at the Talking House Productions SF@CMJ showcase.
Since early 2006, after releasing their debut LP, “It can*t be true” and in between three national tours, they have been creating their own music videos, and have since produced over 30, including the award-winning “Girl of My Dreams.” Each day during November 2007 BLAMMOS made a new music video and posted them online. They were shot in various locations featuring members of BLAMMOS, friends, relatives, other bands and strangers. A DVD, including all of the November videos plus live concert footage is slated to be released in late 2008, accompanying the release of their sophomore LP. November 2008 will find the band once again in frantic filmmaking mode, making another 30 videos in 30 days. They will be posted on YouTube and BLAMMOS.com.
The lead single from the upcoming LP, “How do you know?” b/w “We’ll be free; We ARE free!” hit the internet in late May 2007. The single has been included in podcasts such as Pacific Noise, The Bay Bridged Monthly Mix, and Warren Ellis' 4 AM Mix. John Swanson of Pacific Noise has this to say about San Francisco's up-and-coming pop band: "Sometimes you just have to get a song stuck in your head...Blammos make that an easy thing to do."
Blammos to Create New Video Every Day in November by The Bay Bridged In the spirit that music and film are not mutually exclusive, two members of Blammos are beginning the ambitious project of creating one video a day for the month of November. Arthur Adams and...
Warren Ellis 4 am mix by Warren Ellis 9: PoptometryOpening with BLAMMOS’ recent single “How Do You Know?” We’re doing pop music this week, sort of, and BLAMMOS are definitely a pop band. Click through to their main website from the...
Blammos to Create New Video Every Day in November by The Bay Bridged In the spirit that music and film are not mutually exclusive, two members of Blammos are beginning the ambitious project of creating one video a day for the month of November. Arthur Adams and Joelle Jaffe have already managed to produce a whopping 37 videos for their YouTube Channel, and this new project will add 30 more.
Warren Ellis 4 am mix by Warren Ellis 9: Poptometry
Opening with BLAMMOS’ recent single “How Do You Know?” We’re doing pop music this week, sort of, and BLAMMOS are definitely a pop band. Click through to their main website from the MySpace link below and you’ll find more free music, videos and other stuff.
“Between Sky And Sea” is from Dive Index’s current album, which in addition to this song features collaborations with the likes of Ian Masters (from Pale Saints). When, on “Between Sky And Sea,” vocalist Natalie Walker reaches the chorus, it’s like warm honey.
Onlooker’s “Cavalier” is the first track off their self-published collection, “Today I’m a Gunmaker,” which is due to hit the online record stores sometime this month. Brandon Whitesell of Onlooker says: “I imagine that this song is about chemical dependence, destroyed eco-systems and biological chaos… and an army of stuffed bears wearing gas-masks and marching through the rainy streets of downtown…” And he’s not wrong. If possibly a bit mad.
“Song In D” has one of those guitar sounds I just love, and Mock Orange are clearly moving towards reaching some Epic Pop Moment one day. Revel in hearing them a couple of years before their inexorable descent towards their Champagne Cheeseburger Cocaine Moment.
I am closing with a Cornish drunk’s idea of pop: Kemper Norton’s back. A statement on “Winterval”: “a slightly-too-late seasonal track about a moment of desperate realisation that those around you are having too much fun and that you will die alone one day.” Which, miserable as it is, is entirely more useful a description than my own “fucking brilliant, mate.”
See you next week, where I shall attempt to return to the disorienting noises and distant clanking sounds you’ve come to expect from The 4am.
Interview with Pacific Noise by Pacific Noise Tonight I got to speak with a band called Blammos. They recently hosted a Music video showcase featuring some of the bands who entered videos in our music video contest at ATA.
Q: What do you sound like?
A: Well I always say it's a variety of song styles performed in the popular tradition. There's a hint vaudeville in there too.
Q: How did your band start?
A: The band started with me playing under the name Blammos. I performed by myself, and I gradually got other people to join the band. Since then we've gone through a number of lineups. But Blammos has always been the name I perform under. Sometimes it's been just me, other times it's been me and a friend, once I toured and I had different friends play with me in different cities, and now some of those friends have moved to San Francisco so the current band is like the All Star Blammos lineup.
Q: Do you have funny tour story?
A: There are some tour stories that I tell that are funny. But they are really long and kinda slanderous too , soooo.... um...I got pink eye in Pittsburgh and wrote a country song about it. That was pretty funny.
Q: Do you have an album out?
A: We have a few things out on CDbaby and iTunes and Snowcap, but we don't actually have any CDs left, we sold out. So we're waiting to re-press it , but you can buy it online, If you come to see a show, we won't have any copies. We are also releasing a new single tonight on our myspace page. We will be selling copies of the single at our shows. We're going into the studio this summer and we'll release something new in the fall.
Q: What is your impression of the local music scene?
A: I don't know. Ive been playing here since 2004, but I've only really recently felt like there was a music scene. I felt like there was a big pool where everyone was doing their own thing, but now, just through bands i know, or friends bands, it seems like there is a small scene building. We've actually played more shows outside of SF than we have in the city.
Q: Have any of your band members been hurt on your bike?
A: Yes, all three guys in the bands have. Tim, David and me have all gotten in bike accidents. I won a "Door Prize" one time , and i got hit by a taxi one other time.
Noise Pop video winner by SFist Hey, remember a few weeks ago when we mentioned that Noise Pop was sponsoring a one-day make a music video contest a la Iron Chef? Well, here's the winning video!
The video's by the local band Blammos, for the song "Girl Of My Dreams," where the singer walks around the Mission, singing to as many different girls his team could find that were willing to be on film. It's kind of cute! And, as required, it features the three required elements: lipstick, a flame, and "a constriction." We're not entirely sure what a constriction is, but we're sure it's in the video.
Blammos plays the Hotel Utah birthday party on St. Patrick's Day, and you can see the other SF Noise Pop video entries at Cinemasports.com.
Also mentioned on:
The Bay Bridged - http://www.thebaybridged.com/?p=112
and other San Francisco music blogs!
Review: Blammos, It Can't Be True by The Contrarian Media Group Former Burlingtonian Arthur Adams left the frozen confines of the Northeast for San Francisco several years ago. California's eternal summer is a perfect fit for the songwriter, whose tunes glow with pure pop warmth. Adams' latest project, Blammos, borrows from several pop-rock traditions. The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, They Might Be Giants and Camper Van Beethoven are all touchstones. To his credit, however, Adams transcends his influences to create a sound all his own.
Blammos' full-length debut, It Can't Be True, serves up 13 tantalizing pop numbers. Stylistically, the album is all over the place, ranging from delicate bossa nova to spiky garage rock. Trumpet, piano, ukulele, Wurlitzer organ and lap steel guitar join more conventional rock instruments in a tart musical cocktail. Although Adams had help with the album's construction, the tunes are undeniably his.
Over the years, Adams has emerged as a superbly confident stylist whose rich baritone is matched by a yearning, Brian Wilson-inspired falsetto. It's a treat to hear him again.
Opener "I'm Going to Hell" toys with the concept of self-identity over chiming ukulele. "Nobody calls me Art anymore / That's not all, and that's not my problem," he intones. The charmingly archaic keyboard lines on "Living With Ronald Reagan" sound a bit like vintage Cars. If they were scruffy West Coast dudes, that is. Double-time snare blasts drive the song's chorus along like steam pistons, while elegant piano colors its outro.
Big Surprise 4" has a buoyant quality reminiscent of Ben Folds' more upbeat work. The song tells the tale of infidelity and heartache over one of the jauntiest chord progressions I've ever heard. Here, Adams flits between several musical personalities: At one moment he's an introspective balladeer; the next, a scofflaw with an axe to grind.
The album wraps up with the sprightly swing number "Farewell Q.C." Might that be the Queen City he's referring to? "Every time I fall in love it ends too soon / I'm sorry, but I really can't stay / I left you in a lurch perched in the branches of an apple tree . . . You certainly can't blame me," Adams sings, as muted trumpet conjures image of coattails and cufflinks.
CASEY RAE-HUNTER, The Contrarian