The Ghost Room (304 W 4th St)
Artists: Foxtails Brigade
About: Killer bees, hungry flies and porcelain dolls that come to life are just a few of the colorful characters you'll find in the vast and enigmatic empire of Foxtails Brigade. Bound by ties barbed with themes of the bizarre and intrinsically romantic, Foxtails Brigade are a channel for a sound that is hauntingly sweet as it is surreal. Their music evokes overtones of nostalgia for an innocence lost in a quirky child-like schizophrenia. Ultimately the birth-child of singer/songwriter/guitarist Laura Weinbach, Foxtails Brigade has recruited an evolving line-up of super-talented string players whose contributions remain present in the band's collective state. Such collaborators include violinist Anton Patzner (Bright Eyes, Judgement Day), violinist Sivan Sadeh, cellist Jen Grady (Emily JaneWhite, Adam Stevens), guitarist Joshua Pollock (Citay, White Pee), and Lewis Patzner (Judgement Day, Pete Yorn). A beckoning break from typical indie-rock arrangements, Foxtails Brigade's upcoming debut album The Bread and the Bait (Antenna Farm, spring 2011) is a definitive showcase for Weinbach's stunningly unique lyrical imagery and off-beat artistic sensibilities. Illustrations of stories both make-believe and from real-life, inspired largely by Laura's past experiences in substitute teaching along with childhood tribulations, are brought to light by instrumentation deeply rooted in vintage craftsmanship. Violin, cello, classical guitar, and ethereal vocals make up the stripped-down yet strikingly pure musical palette. Weinbach’s intricate guitar lines accompanied by unique and highly textured violin technique combine elements of complex neo-classicism with accessible pop and folk sensibilities for a sound that is both soulful yet structured. Frequent cello appearances round out the harmonies with rich low-end melody and bass lines that compliment the songs while still maintaining tasteful simplicity. With Anton Patzner presently as Weinbach's main musical accomplice, the San Francisco-based ensemble has quickly emerged as one of the region’s elite string-themed collectives. They have performed with indie favorites like Faun Fables, Agent Ribbons, Chris Garneau, Emily Jane White, Say Thing, Mia Doi Todd, and Bart Davenport.