Local band, The Trims kicked off the Sounds of San Francisco, a series of free concerts at the America’s Cup Pavilion presented by Dockers. Unfortunately, being the first concert in the series, and clashing with the first day of Outside Lands meant the event was under subscribed.
Still the quartet did well to play a full 45min set, and come back after a break to finish another half hour of their self-penned songs. Some of the band’s most loyal fans also turned up and it became an intimate show where fans could exchange conversation and giggles with band members, while merrily singing songs and dancing along.
The Trims hail from San Jose and have been playing together since 2009. Their first 5-song EP was released the following year, and their debut album, “We Cried For Fun” in 2011. Soonafter came their third EP, “Bright Lights City”.
A collaborative group led by singer and guitarist, Gabriel Maciel; with Billy Brady on drums; Bryan Aguirre on lead guitar; and bassist, Tadashi Mori, they launched their fourth release “Delete You After” in April this year. Off that latest release, the single “Around The Sun” has been receiving some airplay and good reviews. They have also been anointed by Live 105 DJ, Aaron Axelsen, who recently included them in his 2013 Top New Bands To Watch list.
As they kick off their set, we hear their sound is marked by much of what is out there now - the '80s electro-vibe that on some tracks call to mind the dark of Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen; on others, such as "Out of Control", the surprising lightness of Elastica; and throughout a generous helping of NYC-indie band, Interpol. Though Maciel’s hushed vocals echo The Cure more than the frenzied, emotive and sometimes menacing baritone of Interpol lead, Paul Banks.
The Trims early sound played more like a four-piece post-punk band with New Wave leanings but with an absence of the synthesizers. Though their later studio records introduce synths, on stage here, they play as they always have - a tight four-piece rock band whose synth sounds come from their guitars and effects pedals.
Midway through their set, Maciel gives a shout out back to Axelsen for playing their single “Around The Sun” though he added, “that was just one of many demos that we had sent to him.” Proving it’s no mean feat for a local band to land on that new band watch list alongside international acts that have sometimes already come into their own back in their home countries.
The crowd - a mix of fans, office-workers, families and the accidental tourist, albeit small seemed to have had a great time. They make the most of a sunny San Francisco afternoon sans fog, supporting Bay Area music. And if they did feel a chill, the good folks at Dockers had given out free blankets to the concert-goers prior to entry.
This free summer concert series showcase six bands from the Bay Area. Breakaway Patriot played Aug 15 and The Trophy Fire, Aug 21. You can still catch three other bands, Mister Loveless (post-punk) on Mon, Sept 2; Nexus Rock (funk-reggae) on Sun, Sept 8; and The Frail (electro-pop) on Thurs, Sept 12.
The concerts are held at America’s Cup Pavilion, Pier 27 on the Embacadero. From 3.30 to 5.30pm. The first 250 concert-goers will receive a free limited edition, Dockers blanket.