Even though their roster includes three members from the grunge, alt-rock band WATERS, the Tambo Rays have an entirely different sound. Instead of relying on WATERS frontman Van Pierszalowski’s frenetic vocals, the band is led by saccharine-voiced Sara DaMert, who lends a cherubic, innocent feel to the Tambo Rays’ bubbly, indie-pop jams.
DaMert and her brother Brian, who is also in WATERS, formed the quintet after their father passed away from ALS. Deriving influence from acts like Tegan and Sara and the Cardigans, the Tambo Rays have shared stages with tUnE-yArDs, White Fence, The Go! Team, The Dodos, and Gothic Tropic. In their upcoming July EP, Recharge, the five-piece band explores deep concepts like finding light through darkness and hope amid grief.
The Tambo Rays
At 7 p.m., Friday, May 5, at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. $10; eventbrite.com