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Thursday, November 17, 2011

SF's Psychedelic Rockers Electric Shepherd Playing "Help Save KUSF" Benefit - Fri. Dec. 2 At Rock-It Room

SF's Psychedelic Rockers Electric Shepherd Playing
"Help Save KUSF" Benefit - Fri. Dec. 2 At Rock-It Room
"Warrior music...driving and strong...last two tracks, which happen to total over twenty minutes combined, are worth digging into and are where Electric Shepherd shines." SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"The Seventies are back with a vengeance. And jam-rock trio Electric Shepherd is perhaps the most staggeringly talented outfit in the local revivalist scene. Its members are innovators, rather than mere imitators, and their work vacillates from gnarly art-rock to loping, minimalist blues. "Mildred Harris" could hold its own against any Zeppelin tune." EAST BAY EXPRESS

(San Francisco) - "Help Save KUSF!" is the rallying cry; Bay Area psychedelic-rockers Electric Shepherd are there to answer the call. The trio performs at a "Help Save KUSF Benefit" at the Rock-It Room, 406 Clement St., Friday, December 2. Doors 7:30 p.m., Show 8:00 p.m.. $10. Info: (415) 387-6343 or Also on the bill: John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors; Ants & Orchids; and Filter Bubble.
Recently back from their first U.S. tour, Electric Shepherd performed at high-profile psychedelic dance party Frisco Freakout in October 8 and the 34th Annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair this past June. The band also released a limited edition 12" Vinyl EP of the song "Chem Trails" in October of this year.
Read a recent article on the band by Tom Lanham in the San Francisco Examiner here: The young trio whose progressive-aggressive psychedelic rock sound is described as "warrior music" by the San Francisco Chronicle's Tony DuShane consist of Mark Nelsen, guitars-vocals; Tommy Anderson, bass; and Sonny Pearce, drums. San Francisco born and bred, Electric Shepherd seamlessly blend the best elements of psychedelic, blues, and trance, in addition to a hearty dose of indie-rock. The group sports a very cerebral, jam-based musicianship. Found in their songs are intimate journeys of vast color and warmth - resulting in inspirational, operatic bliss with the occasional haunting pit stop. Along with bands such as Sleepy Sun, Wooden Shjips, The Gris Gris, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Ty Segall, Electric Shepherd are at the fore of this re-born, distinctly San Francisco sound.
Some Of The Most Memorable Rock Music came out of the much-loved psychedelic rock era of the '60's, circa San Francisco; bands such as the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hot Tuna, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Jefferson Airplane, and others mesmerized the music world with their melodic, hypnotic brand of what would later become known as 'Trance-Rock." Indeed, their music is still as popular today as it was some four decades ago - if not more so.
Electric Shepherd Smaller Band Pic
Electric Shepherd contain strong musical elements of the Doors, Blue Cheer, Cream, and Pink Floyd in their sound, heard to fine effect on such future classics as "ChemTrails" (which clocks in at 7:40), "Mildred Harris" (6:53), "Down the River" (6:09) and "The Misled Herd" (10:48). The music of Electric Shepherd is like a fine wine - made to be ingested slowly, not rushed, that grows on you more with each listen.
"Very authentic both in sound and style...8 (out of 10!)," muses English rock publication Metalliville. Rockwired Radio writes, "harboring an array of unique aesthetics painted into the jowels of modern confusion, Electric Shepherd masks the gaps between old and new, forgotten and undiscovered, with the hopes of destroying past lives and diverging from new ones; a forcible means to an end." CASHBOX concurs: "The vibes on this CD will make your freak flag fly and then some...I can tell you this... If Jim Morrison were alive, I'm sure he would approve."
Electric Shepherd were selected "Amoeba Homegrown Artist of the Month" in January by the influential San Francisco/Berkeley-based record store. The Deli Magazine in San Francisco also chose Electric Shepherd as a "Top 50 Bay Area Psychedelic Rock Act" in their recent poll.
Watch a recent performance by Electric Shepherd at the Knockout in San Francisco here:

Herd yourself through vibrant landscapes and forgotten passions with Electric Shepherd's self-titled debut album (available on I-Tunes).
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