The Stages of Sleep, Negative Press Project, Jeff Campbell
May 23 2013
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
The Stages of Sleep
The Stages of Sleep is best described as experimental/alternative gypsy rock. Heavily influenced by such bands as Radiohead, Beirut, Emily Wells, Grizzly Bear to name a few, the end result of their eclectic sound could be characterized as Indie-Cinematic-Gypsy-Rock. The band members, however, prefer to say that their music encompasses and defines a “cross-genre” style of music. The main cast of The Stages of Sleep originates from the San Francisco Bay Area, with collaborative efforts from additional artists around the country. The core members of The Stages of Sleep have been brought together by Jason Ardiles, Seth Paris and Max Savage. All of whom have previously collaborated in various musical endeavors. Upon Seth’s return from his musical studies in Ghana, where he received a NYU scholarship, he called upon Jason to get together and create. The two were fortunate enough to procure the use of an exquisite home studio in Kentfield, Ca. It is there where the magic began to shine in it’s first Stages…Additional band members such as Steve Horgan and Max Savage, life-long friends and musical counterparts of Jason soon came into the mix. Brian Wilkerson, Eli Carlton-Pearson, Isabelle Sokol-Oxman and Nicholas Hasty were not long to follow and have have since added their personal flavor, expertise and artistry. With the collective efforts of these artists, they have created music that takes the listener on a fantastical journey; one that invokes a plethora of emotions, ranging from the most heart-wrenching to the most blissful. To quote a song from The Stages of Sleep, “consider me your toy, I hope you enjoy!” The Stages of Sleep is a band that must be experienced live to be fully appreciated. The music is smart and witty with elements of flamenco, rock, jazz, classical acoustic and electric guitars, bass, violin, drums, percussion, sax and much more. Don’t miss your opportunity to see them live, and treat yourself to an auditory experience unlike any other.
Negative Press Project
Negative Press Project is an Oakland based, Electro-Acoustic (scalable) Sextet to Septet, featuring adventurous original arrangements of jazz and indie rock inspired compositions. The group ranges from contemplative ballads to insistently driving rock oriented arrangements. Themes build over DnB rhythms, drunken Jazz waltzes, or full on acoustic horn driven riff rock. The presentations are spirited and the musicians range from emerging artists to established players on the Bay Area jazz, rock and experimental music scene. The group is releasing a Live EP in early 2013 (a sneak preview track is available for streaming - "Fleeced").
One of the busiest performers on the West Coast, Jeff Campbell is a singularly expressive Singer/Guitar Player and Songwriter. His solo record "Stop & Go" was released in January of 2012, and continues to garner attention as he criss-crosses the United States in solo and all-star full band performances. Most recently, he released a DVD version of "Stop & Go" as part of the Live at Coast series. Based in San Francisco, Jeff draws sizable and devoted audiences.