Local action video: 4 clips show bay life through the eyes of its groups
We are spoiled for wealth here in the Bay Area. Not only do we regularly produce some of the most edgy, quirky, independent, alternative and funky artists spanning all types of genres, but we also receive their music videos from time to time. These clips often reflect our vision of life here, our daily life associated with a kind of soundtrack. The Local Action Video column happens when we have alluring visuals from interesting artists in the Bay Area. Enjoy!
MARINERO – “NUESTRA VICTORIA” (Barely art)
What is one of the most defining characteristics of a Bay Area resident? Having to move.
That’s right. One of the rites of passage of living in San Francisco over the past 20 years is not being able to pay rent.
Marinero chose to make his first album Hella love– this month on the Hardly Art imprint – a wet kiss dedication to the city he loves but can’t afford anymore.
Jess Sylvester was drawn to her artist name Marinero (it means “sailor” in Spanish) as a way to honor her parents’ stories. Her father had a maritime career and her mother was an American of Mexican descent who grew up in San Francisco.
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Of Nuestra VictoriaSylvester shares, “It’s my way of talking about gentrification in SF, or more specifically Mission where my mom and family grew up. The song is about a bakery, or panadería, called La Victoria, and it was a place where my mother and tias went to grow up, a place where I also went and which is no longer there. It was one of the oldest Mexican-American companies in SF and I wanted to pay tribute to it.
Sylvester, who moved to Los Angeles after completing album recording duties, plays confidence with his kismet clash of Toro Y Me type vibes meets breezy Latin jazz, pop-songwriter fusion. It’s a striking modern yet comfortable synthesis of the 1970s. You can hear Ennio Morricone, Esquivel, Carole King and Serge Gainsbourg just as much as Chicano Batman, Connan Mockasin and Chris Cohen. In the gorgeous video for ‘Nuestra Victoria’, Marinero is roller-skating back and forth across Sycamore Alley and several other side streets that Mission residents love to use, especially on Friday nights when we dodged the bridge and tunnel. Buy the album here.
FAUX FRUIT – “MILKMAN” (Rocks In Your Head)
The Fake Fruit Bay band, consisting of Hannah D’Amato, guitarist Alex Post and drummer Miles MacDiamond, released their self-titled debut album earlier this year on Rocks in Your Head Records. Fake Fruit, a favorite band here at 48hills, is led by Hannah D’Amato and can be felt in the throes of a long art-rock, TV or quick-cut thread, Pylon or Friction Mist Minutemen. But that takes the second violin to the range of attitude expressed by D ‘Amato. Telling the truth most often comes in the crudest form. So his whispers, his questions, his screams, his breath with that sublime post-punk timing, infusing screams and highs, is a fresh and innovative representative on the evolving post-punk front.
The new single “Milkman” opens with methodical basses and searing guitar blips. Post and MacDiamond’s vocals, “Hot Sidewalk / No Shadow / Milk Curds / With Age,” give way to D’Amato’s punchy voice. The accompanying video made by Spooky Orbison features D’Amato as a milkman playing guitar and Post and MacDiarmid as singing milk bottles. D’Amato says: “‘Milkman’ is noticing that a relationship is way past its expiration date and realizing that you are going to have to take care of it.” Buy here.
FORGIVE – “DONNA SAID” (Bar / None Records)
This is the typical story of the origins of the group. Living nearby in college dorms across the state of San Francisco and sharing a mutual love for Yo La Tengo and Polvo led Max Freeland, Trey Flanigan, and River van den Berghe to form the core trio of the Pardoner outfit. According to the guys, Pardoner combines a rock slacker attitude and a hardcore pummel for a visceral sound. They’re just a little bit wise too, doing pop-adjacent moves with guitar returns and mocking clapbacks on the “Donna Said”. Indie-jangle meets tsunami wave paradise in under two minutes and changes, filled with clever jokes: “I have feelings and a guitar, I want to trade it for money.”
It is appropriate. The group’s third album Came down different will be released on the label responsible for a first album of Yo La Tengo (1990 Fake book), and half of the songs were written in a wobbly chord that Freeland stumbled upon while trying to learn Polvo’s songs.
Now about that money. Buy here.
LOVE JERKS – “OUT OF THE BODY”
Bay Area group Love Jerks, consisting of Rebecca Garza-Bortman and Bryan Garza, began writing “Out of Body,” their self-proclaimed “future wave funk anthem,” just after learning they were going to have their own. baby. They were inspired by relaxation techniques learned in hypnosis classes.
“What better way to deal with the anxieties of birth than to write a song?” says Rebecca Garza-Bortman.
The track was composed as she was growing a baby bump, the lyrics inspired by a midnight pregnant craving for Hot Cookie, followed by a stargazing hike to the top of the rock in Corona Heights.
But the clip, released this last Mother’s Day, takes things to the next level. It depicts a light journey of a sperm and an egg, juxtaposed with a booming pregnant dance party. And oh, what a dance party. He set a world record with 127 pregnant dancers in a single music video. Buy the single here.