Midnight Snackers

Neck of the Woods Presents:

Midnight Snackers

Last Giant, Mutt

Friday, April 14, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Midnight Snackers
Started out of the ashes of a couple burned-out bay area rock bands, The Midnight Snackers started as an experiment in Dylan Haas' garage, and a couple of dusty casio keyboard beats. Far from garage rock purists, they sought to just make whatever weird and nasty gnarled beats and guitar tones they liked, and break out of the more formal and hampering constraints of previous projects. They also dreamed of creating a frenetic and fun live show that you could push and shove or shake your ass to.
Last Giant
Blood, sweat and tears used to mean something, more than just clichéd words. They represented the core attributes of what makes rock special.

RFK Heise, a rock veteran, has been crafting music by that standard since long before reality television became a dominant star-making machine. As front man for Portland, Ore. stalwarts System and Station, he's built a devoted audience through strong songwriting and an honest attention to craft. Early in 2014 though, Heise decided to make a daring move: to take on the recording process alone. What resulted was a hard rocking opus titled Heavy Habitat under the moniker Last Giant. The album is slated for a late 2014 release with live support from Adam Shultz (bass) and Matt Wiles (drums).

Heise worked on Heavy Habitat while touring in support of the latest System and Station record, and spent more than seven months honing and demoing the new material. "It's easy for me to wear two hats," he says. Although the process of going it alone was scary at times, the upshot was a measure of creative control he felt he needed for his artistic expression. "This record was more personal," Heise says. "I could just hear every song in full."

Heise's decision to record solo came from a desire for artistic clarity. Collaborating with System and Station allowed the members to develop material together, to the overall improvement of the original concept. "Not these songs though," he is quick to say. While some of the Last Giant songs came from dreams and others were spawned from real life experiences, each is, as Heise describes, "my own soundtrack. A statement of my life at the moment."

Heise characterizes the recording of Heavy Habitat, in which he played every instrument, as an emotional and energizing process. Even though there was pressure to realize his ambitious vision, he relished his opportunity to bring this record to life. While in the studio, Adam Pike of Toadhouse Recordings (who also worked on Red Fang's Whales & Leeches) served as an engineer, tasked with helping craft its hard rocking sound.

The impetus of Heavy Habitat was to craft something hard, straightforward and ultimately satisfying, the germ of which came under the influence of a great deal of 70's heavy metal. As Heise puts it, "it's a serious party record. A hard hitting party record." The constant in Heise's projects is the need to create real, honest albums, filled with songs that you like and are willing to stand behind. "The record," he says. "That sets the standard."
Mutt blends riot grrrl, grunge, post-punk, avant-garde, and garage rock to create a dynamic, in-your-face sound with unexpected twists and turns. Formed in 2015, the Oakland based trio consists of singer/guitarist May Black, drummer Chris Maneri, and bassist Juli Sherry. Mutt came together with a common goal of creating a sound that completely deconstructs minimalistic songwriting while pushing and straining the limits and confines of each member's individual creative abilities. The result is a sound that is urgent, demanding, and menacing, with an underlying beauty that often abruptly pushes its graces through canvas of chaos the band has carefully curated. Mutt's writing process is rapid and collaborative and the sound is a direct reflection of its moniker; a noise breed from a vast variety of influences.
Venue Information:
Neck Of The Woods - SF
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118