Did I hear correctly… You dropped out of college to focus on your band?
If I did… I think that’s both awesome and horrible!!! (I’m not advocating it… but if they get famous… then they can simply say “I TOLD YOU SO!”) Solwave is an SF band that practices at Plug and Play… Side bar… Have you heard of this place? (I think I want to write about it!) I think they said it best on the site “Leave your amps and drum kit at home. Just bring your axe, cables, and sticks! Pick a date and time, reserve one of four sizes of fully equipped rehearsal studios, and come on down!” Anyway… I think you’ll “heart” Solwave…. for you potential fans I’ve done my due diligence and dug up some dirt that you might find interesting.
First question… to their promoter Mac, “What’s the craziest show story so far?” In their first appearance at Bottom Of The Hill, the venue closed its doors to the public at 10 pm and dozens of people were left outside on 17th street in Portero. Many loyal Solwave fans resorted to jumping into the venue from the rooftops and sneaking in for the show- the cops later escorted these gentlemen out.
I like letting readers decide what they think of music… and focus on giving them more about the bands than about the songs. So I asked Danny (Solwave’s Bass Player and Backup Vocalist) some questions I thought you might like to know.
What is your favorite venue in SF? Why?
As far as playing goes, Cafe Du Nord offers the package deal. Great venue and the best sound system of venues that size. Also a really cool backstage area. They also allow all ages which is always fun. My favorite venue to go see a show is The Fillmore.
Are there any venues you haven’t played that you want to play?
We have not played Rickshaw Stop but we are excited to say that we will be playing there in 2013. We also have not played The Fillmore, Slim’s, or GAMH, and hope to be playing those venues soon.
Are you touring? What’s the hardest thing about touring?
Yes. The hardest thing about touring is the stop and go reality. You spend 9 hours crammed in the van all day and then you get to the city you are going to and you have to go on stage and rock n’ roll as hard as you do for any other show.
Are any of the musicians in other bands?
I am the only one in another band. I play guitar and sing in a punk rock band called Darksliders.
What SF band are they most impressed by?
I love Trophy Fire. The hardest working musicians we have come across in our own paths are definitely the Tumbleweed Wanderers. Those guys are freaking animals.
Joe Collins-Lead Singer-Songwriter/Keyboards
Danny Ferdon-Bass Guitar /Backing Vocals
Tommy Ferdon- Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
San Francisco, CA
booking@strikewalkerET.com – Mac Walker
The Killers, Led Zeppelin, My Morning Jacket, The Strokes, Daft Punk, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Otis Redding
Music is alive but the industry is dying. Current trends in the music industry are making it impossible for bands to survive and a less desirable market for designers to enter. This recession is creating an opportunity to be at the forefront of a major change in the music scene. My goal is to shift the music industry to favor independent musicians and put more control and money back in their hands. I hope to shine some light on the positive changes happening in the industry and develop solutions for some of the existing problems.