Midnight Sons ~ Brad Brooks ~ Sweet Chariot at Ivy Room
Inspired by the same spirit that spawned the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo and the Flying Burrito Brothers, San Francisco's Midnight Sons bring 60's-70's California Country Rock into the contemporary rock scene, fusing youthful DIY spirit and unquestioned country chops to create a timeless sound rooted in the past but geared for modern audiences. Following a rapid string of successful Bay Area shows, sharing the stage with the likes of Burger Records superstars Natural Child and Flint, MI Outlaw road warriors Whitey Morgan and the 78's, Midnight Sons took to the studio with Cool Ghouls' Ryan Wong and recorded their self-titled cassette EP, released in early 2016.
Brad Brooks is that rare quadruple threat of writer, player, singer, and performer. His songs combine the melodic sensibility of Elvis Costello, the best instincts of Wilco and Brian Wilson, along with the orchestral sophistication of Queen. Brooks is rooted in a kind of Victorian California romanticism; and with the release of his record “Harmony Of Passing Light” Brooks joined his peers with the best work of his career.
Sweet Chariot is a San Francisco and Oakland based band with members who prefer old gear and cold beer. Their timeless rock ‘n’ roll is a blend of pickled pub rock and greasy biker boogie trimmed in the smoky tones of West Coast canyon-twang.
Sweet Chariot comprises singer/guitarist Eric Shea (Hot Lunch, Mover) and Planes Of Satori drummer Chris Labreche – both dudes from the bygone band Parchman Farm. They also landed bass player Doran Shelley, a former member of The Cramps and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind. Ride The Blinds’ frontman Chris Guthridge completes the band with shared singing duties and top-shelf lead guitar playing.