Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Extra Classic: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Aug 10 2011

Resurrecting classic rocksteady and dancehall sounds is an enterprise fraught with risk: As the legions of Sublime imitators and wannabe reggae tossoffs illustrate, it's tough enough to duplicate — let alone improve — styles that arguably reached perfection in Kingston in the late '60s and early '70s. So it's pleasing to come across a new band like S.F.'s Extra Classic, whose music bears the hallmarks of that era without relying upon any embarrassing tropes. "Congo Rebel," the group's first single, swirls atop a thick, nibbling bassline, with an uptempo feel, stabbing guitars, and hazily longing vocals from Adrianne Verhoeven. It's even backed by a thoroughly swampy dub version produced by band member Alex De Landa. Cast in the warm glow of analog recording, and sporting a friendly — but not clingy — relationship to past Jamaican music, the single helped Extra Classic sign with the L.A. label Manimal Vinyl, home to sonic bravados Warpaint and Sister Crayon.

About The Author

Ian S. Port

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"