PICTURE THIS: The Helio Sequence + Wild Ones + Quarto Negro @ The Independent, San Francisco 7/14/15

July 15. 2015 | By Leslie Hampton

The Helio Sequence @ The Independent, San Francisco 7/14/15The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence gave an impressive performance at The Independent in San Francisco. They honed their techniques early, perfecting themselves as electronic duo. It is apparent from their smooth changeover between sets that Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel are craftsmen with their gear.  They provide a perfect blend of electronics and acoustic sounds that exceed far beyond its two players. Their set comprised of a wide variety tracks throughout their catalog with a mix of new favorites.

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Maybe it was Weikel’s wedding the day before, but he is quite possibly one of the happiest drummers we’ve ever seen. Most drummers are only all smiles when they are surprised they haven’t missed a difficult part, but he is far too skilled for such a reason.

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Wild Ones @ The Independent, San Francisco 7/14/15Wild Ones

One of Topshelf Records‘ finest, Wild Ones returned once again to play an incredible set. With each reappearance from the pacific northwest, they continue craft their sound. Jaded music enthusiasts commonly ask what good bands have formed in the last few years and Wild Ones are amongst our arsenal of responses. They played previous and future hits off their upcoming EP, Heatwave. Wild Ones go back on tour in support of Heatwave out August 14th on Topshelf Records.

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Quarto Negro @ The Independent, San Francisco 7/14/15Quarto Negro

São Paulo’s Quarto Negro were a surprise treat of an opener. As announced by Brandon Summers, this was Quarto Negro’s first US tour. Their sound is a mix of rock with post-rock and new wave inspired guitars. If they are an indicator of more great Brazilian rock in our future, give us more!

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The Helio Sequence continue their tour in honor of their new self-titled record out on SubPop.

Check out the full set of photos here.

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