If you like Hole,
Then you’ll like Motel Pools
Courtney Love of Hole and Chiara Angelicola of Motel Pools have a lot in common. Both frontwomen were born in the Bay Area — Love grew up in S.F., and Angelicola was raised in Marin — and they each helm bands rooted in grunge and alternative rock. Even their band names hint at a shared penchant for despondent, subterranean themes.
It’s clear that Love and Angelicola are no strangers to ennui, either, and their dissatisfaction and frustration with the places they’ve called home is palpable in songs like Hole’s “Celebrity Skin” and Motel Pools’ “Suburbia.”
Though Love’s voice is more of a scratchy howl and Angelicola’s is a breathy, bored drawl, they both favor drums, electric guitars, and a whole lotta distortion. Angsty and pissed-off these two women may be, but they’re both pros when it comes to funneling their feelings into catchy, rollicking tunes. Listen to either or both of them, and we dare you not to nod your head to the music. Jessie Schiewe
S.F. Spotlight: Future Kill by Cultural Warfare
In Cultural Warfare’s debut EP, Future Kill, the San Francisco band mixes classic metal with thrash, giving the project a very late-’80s/early-’90s sound. The retro vibe can also be credited to the album’s production team, which included producers who worked with legendary rock acts of yore, like Testament, Faith No More, Queensrÿche, and Sepultura.
Clean and sharp as a new knife, Future Kill includes viciously effusive guitar solos, guttural vocals from singer Jacques Serrano, and a flurry of instrumental medleys that explode like scalding hot geysers throughout the five tracks. Because of this, Future Kill would fit right in line with albums by many metal greats, like Anthrax’s Among The Living, Judas Priest’s Painkiller, and Exodus’ Fabulous Disaster.
But while Future Kill sounds classic, it is not particularly inventive and it lacks its own personality. The drums are still reminiscent of Slayer, the vocals of Iron Maiden, and the guitars of Pantera. Still, the album’s nostalgia quota deserves accolades, and I can only hope the band’s sound will mature into something it can call its own. Daniel Kozuh
SF Weekly Song of the Week: “Something Here” by Day Wave
Day Wave’s Jackson Phillips proves yet again that lo-fi vocals and gamboling guitar chords are the perfect combination.