For all my yay-arean readers out there (a not-insignificant number of you), O Presidente—the Noo-Wop brainchild of Bay Weskid Andrew Zingg ’13 in collaboration with Tobias Butler ’13, Nathaniel Draper ’12 and their friend Thomas Yopes (UC Berkeley ’13)—will be having a release party/concert this coming Wednesday, January 9, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. The concert is being produced by Ground Series, an Oakland-based interdisciplinary arts program founded by Wes Alums Sarah Ashkin ’11 and Brittany Delany ’09, and it will also feature appearances by Pancho-San and The Aerosols.
Zingg spits the following about the upcoming release:
O Presidente’s debut full length, entitled “Clube de Futebol,” was recorded in the summer of 2012, after I took a year off and wrote a bunch of songs. When my Bay Area-based Wesleyan buddies Tobias Butler ’13 and Nathaniel Draper ’12 and a high school friend Thomas Yopes (UC Berkeley ’13) finished their Spring semesters, we decided to have a go at performing these songs at clubs/bars/dorms/wherever and ended up playing several shows at great venues in and around San Francisco. After three months playing together, tweaking the old material and coming up with new stuff, we recorded “Clube de Futebol” at a studio in a defunct youth arts center and then, later, at Nathaniel’s house. Now, they are being mixed at Fuzz City studios in Oakland by Rob Good and Matthew Melton, the mastermind behind Oakland garage rock pioneers Bare Wires and now frontman of Warm Soda, who played at Wes in October. We can’t wait for people to give it a listen!
One last time:
Date: January 9, 2013
Time: Doors at 8:30/show at 9
Location: Bottom of the Hill, SF, CA
BONUS: First 25 to arrive get the O Presidente record for free!