Wild Wing’s Weekend in the Bay

Wild Wing wrangled up their gear and paid a visit to the Bay Area from LA for the first set of shows presented by The BAIT SHOP.

Friday April 29, 2016 @ 34th & Telegraph House

Since the start of The Bait Shop, we’ve had one mission, and that has been to cover live music and share local musical discoveries across our respective locations. It was only fitting to pair up our SoCal buds Wild Wing with Bay Area bands we had previously covered on the site.

For the first night, we rounded up three of Oakland’s garage bands to play with the Wing. Opening the night was Buddies, made up of recent transplants from Santa Cruz, who played their fuzzy, house party friendly jams to a tightly packed living room. After their show fell through in Davis, Cult Babies, a psych-rock oufit from Canada happened to drop by for the show and were added last minute to the bill. Wild Wing got right down to it, shelling out all the gems from their new record The Glory Forever, giving the East Bay a taste of their country tinged sound. From start to finish, everyone’s favorite, low-key garage rock band Unity had all the rowdy kids falling over each other, especially during tracks like “Table for One.” Babewatch wrapped up the night, dropping some of their classic tunes and some of their newer post-college/post-surf tracks to a crowd that wasn’t ready to let the party end.

Cult Babies
Wild Wing
The crowd. (Photo by James Chan)

Saturday April 30, 2016 @ Thrillhouse Records

We made our way to the Mission in the early afternoon on Saturday to load in Wild Wing’s gear and browse Thrillhouse‘s punk heavy collection of records while we waited for the basement to open up for show time. The store identifies itself as a “volunteer run not-for-profit DIY Record Store,” and although they don’t advertise their space as venue, they welcome bands to take over the basement for the day if you’re down to play a matinee. Tucked away behind the record store is a small patio area, perfect for hanging out before and in between sets; a rad setting for a sunny Saturday and nice change of pace from the usual show hangouts.

For the second show, we had a different medley of sounds compared to what we heard the night before between San Francisco’s psych-surf rock and LA’s offerings of garage rock. Everyone crept down into the basement just in time to hear SF’s Bear Call get the day started with plenty of reverb and bouncing grooves. Shortly after, everyone piled back in as Echobends, a new band based in SF, shredded into their first song. Wild Wing did their thing, jamming just as hard as the night before in Oakland. To balance the city-to-city scales, the LA power-pop rockers of Susan stopped by to top off the afternoon before heading up north on their mini tour.

Max, David, Theo, and Zach of Wild Wing loading up the van.
Tiki signage at Thrillhouse Records.
Bear Call
Wild Wing

More photos coming SOON to our Tumblr!

This Friday, catch Babewatch at Hemlock Tavern with Dinosaurs in SF and don’t miss Susan play with FEELS at the Hi Hat in LA.

All images copyright © Julie Juarez