Guella's Farewell: Sep 29 in San Francisco

September 7, 2012

Friends and neighbors, listen:

All journeys have a beginning and an end.  We've reached the end of ours.

We're moving on.  It's time.  There is no why, there is no coulda-woulda-shoulda, there is nothing but thankfulness.  And there is one more chance for us to share some music with you before we go.  This last one will be small, intimate, and free, at one of our favorite neighborhood spots, and one of the first venues we played.  So please mark your calendars for the evening of September 29, 2012, and join us at the Abbey Tavern in San Francisco. We'll be playing three (three!) sets, which will have new originals and covers, and some special surprises.  Yes, we're running through the finish line, going out with a bang, and that way we'll always remember our time making music together as special.  

One more night with Guella.  We look forward to sharing it with you.  

Details:

Guella's Farewell Show
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Blvd (at 5th Ave)
San Francisco, CA, 94118
Music starts at 9pm
100% Free - No Cover!

Event Invite: 
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As before and as always, thank you for listening. We are humbled and honored to have shared the past couple years with you.

Dan, David, Jeff, and Taylor

Guella's Farewell

Throwing 'bows: Elbo Room August 29

August 12, 2012

TaylorIf there is a time of year for live music in the Bay Area, it is now.  With so many concerts coming through, one stands to get lost in it all.  And we're getting lost in it, and blissfully so.  But we can't help but think: all these enormous concerts and living legends we see on giant stages: where's the connection?  Yes, it's something to check the likes fo Neil Young and Stevie Wonder off your list, but there is nothing like live music played in a smaller setting.  That's when we feel most connected, as musicians and listeners.  

It's with that spirit that we look forward to wrapping up the summer concert season with something a bit more intimate.  On August 29, we'll be headlining Elbo Room in the Mission (a new venue for us!).  We'll once again be sharing the stage with new friends Grand Nationals, and old friends One Way Station, and all three acts are set to deliver some of the best improv rock in the Bay Area.  At our last show we broke out "Oh! Vaudeville," a brand new sprawling composition, and debuted covers of jazz-funk pioneer Jimmy Smith (see video above) and some british band called the Beatles.  What may happen at Elbo Room is anybody's guess.  

 

Details:

Guella (11:00pm),
The Grand Nationals (10:00pm)
One Way Station (9:00pm)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA
$7 at the Door

 

Live Webcast August 21!

August 3, 2012

On the evening of Tuesday, August 21, enjoy live Guella from the comfort of your own home!  We will be broadcasting a live 60 minute set of music over the internet.  This will be a true live set - no overdubs, second takes, or mulligans.  It's been a couple years since we've done a webcast, and we're overdue.  We'll start playing some time between 9p and 10p, Pacific time (start time will be a bit loose.  Sorry, it's how it goes with these things).  Tune in here.

Root Down Video

July 13, 2012

Like Jimmy Smith? We do. Check out our take on Jimmy Smith's classic "Root Down" from our Cafe Du Nord show in June.

Return to Cafe Du Nord in June!

May 22, 2012

TaylorThis venue is tremendous.  Don't you think?  We go to shows here all the time and say to ourselves: Cafe Du Nord: that's a great place for live music.  Well, friends and neighbors, we're once again playing Du Nord and we would be honored to serve as your humble hosts for the evening.  We'll be joining up with the rootsy Americana of the Grand Nationals (who are releasing ther newest album that night!) and the country twinged rock of The Real Nasty.  With all that rootsy country Americana going on, and with the musical bouillabaisse we've been cooking up, we do know that we'll give your ears and hips reason to do their thing.

This is a big show for us - not to mention a celebration of the beginning of summer!  If you've been saying to yourself, "geez, I really should get out and catch Guella some time," this is the one you've been holding out for.  It will also be our last show until September.

Details:

Guella (9:00pm),
with The Grand Nationals (10:15pm) and the Real Nasty (11:30pm)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco CA
$10 - Advance Tix available

Facebook Event Invitation

Storming The Mission

April 8, 2012
Guella: Angels in the Mission

Sometimes things just sneak up on you, you know?

It's been a minute since we've played in the Mission.  It's always a joy to put music into this particular part of town, what with all the energy and vibrance (and good taquerias).  So here we go again: for the first time in over a year, Guella storms the Mission.  We're especially stoked to be teaming up with some bands we really dig, Guy Fox and Growwler (coming in all the way from Eugene, OR).  It will also be our first time at El Rio, a Mission staple.  A band game of shuffleboard is all but guaranteed.  Won't you join us? Guella opens things up and goes on at 8pm Sharp. (This really means 8pm!)

Details:

Guella (8p), Growwler (9p), and Guy Fox (10p)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
El Rio - 3158 Mission Street, SF
$5 at the door

Facebook Event Invitation

Guella goes BOOM!

February 24, 2012

2012!  This is the year it's all supposed to go down, say the ancients.  We're ready.  We're prepared.  We're rolling into the year with a boom.

Jesus, oh my!  If there were a home to funk, soul, groove, and late night shenanigans in San Francisco, the Boom Boom Room would be it.  There's a curtain that goes up and down, booths reserved for John Lee Hooker, and countless ri-dic-u-lous shows we've all taken in here.  This venue comes equipped with its own Hammond B-3 for godsakes!  (That gets Taylor excited.)  So, friends and neighbors, go ahead an place a big indelible X on the calendar for Wednesday, March 7.  It's our first show of 2012, our first show at the Boom Boom Room, and between ourselves and fellow no-pants funkateers One Way Station, it's going to be a hot night.

Details:

Guella Goes BOOM!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Boom Boom Room - 1601 Fillmore St, SF
Guella @ 9pm, One Way Station @ 11pm
$5 at the door

Facebook Event Invitation

Getting Out Of Town

February 16, 2012

Sometimes you gotta get up and go, you know?  We've been flying under the radar for the past couple of months, and it's not because we've forgotten about you, oh goodness no.  Rather, it's because we've been hard at work.  Head-down-blinders-on-nose-to-the-grindstone sort of work.  And it's been great - the sounds coming out of rehearsals are better than they ever have been. We can guarantee some fresh, new songs that will be debuted at the Boom Boom Room, as well as some reworks on old favorites. To wrap these couple months up, the band is renting a house in Marin for a long weekend of intensive playing and recording.  It's a sweet setup: ocean views, hot tub, and Devendra Banhart recorded an album here!  Rad.

Thanksgiving Decompression

October 28, 2011

Friends and Neighbors,

It's all of a sudden that time of year again. Here we are, coming down from this weekend's tryptophan buzz , and just like that the holiday season is upon us. It snuck up on us too, friends. There's a lot of stress and obligation during this time of year, some reflection too, but there's also a lot of joy. And nothing says joy like free live music. So, friends and neighbors, won't you join us for some free live music this Saturday evening?

Thanksgiving Decompression Jeff
with Guella (8:30p) and One Way Station (7:00p)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
50 Mason Social House
50 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Show @ 7pm SHARP
Free!!

That 7pm start time is deceptively early, but absolutely correct: we're going to be doing an early show (7p-10p), so if you're headed to bed early or if you have plans later you can still make the gig. 50 Mason is in the heart of the city, only 1 block away from Powell Street BART/Muni. And it's free!

This will be our last show of the year, and we're very stoked to share the night with our good friends One Way Station. If you caught us at Kimo's over Halloween with our pants off, you know that you're in for a good time.

Thanks so much for grooving with us this year: 2011 was a year to remember. We'll see you on Saturday night, and then much more in 2012!
All the best,
Guella

11/11/11: The Funkiest New Year

November 8, 2011

Legend has it that when the number of the day and the number of the month are the same number, things get funky. So on all April 4th, May 5th, June 6th, and so on, you can count on some celebration.  So, dear friends, you could only imagine what might go down when the day, the month, and the year all align.  And moreover, it's all 1's.  Let's get technical for a minute: this sort of alignment only happens once every hundred years.  And let's get practical now: it's party time.

Yes, friends, 11/11/11 is not just another Funky New Year, it's the funkiest new year of them all.  (Well, at least in our lifetimes, as none of us will be around for November 11, 11111.)  And lo and behold, here come your humble servants, providing the soundtrack to an evening of funkiness.  And it gets better: the funkiest new year just  happens to fall on a Friday night!  We'll be making the trip over the Bay Bridge and doing our thing in the People's Republic of Berkeley for the first time, and all for free!  We'll be joined by Sam Johnson and Drop Apollo, both of whom will be funky enough for you and your crew.  Drop Apollo is putting the night together, and the Funkiest New Year is being billed as the first ever Drop Party.  Call it what you want.  Count on it being real funky.

Details:

The Funkiest New Year: 11/11/11
Featuring Guella (8:45pm), Sam Johnson (8pm) & Drop Apollo (10pm)
Friday, November, 2011
Shattuck Down Low, 2284 Shattuck Street, Berkeley CA
Doors at 7pm
Free!

Facebook Event Invitation

Shattuck Down Low is very, very BART accessible, so if you're coming in from SF, rest assured that BART will get you there, and the show will wrap with plenty of time to get back home. Free show? On the funkiest of New Years?? What's your excuse for not making it funky on 11/11/11?

No Pants Space Dance this Halloween

October 21, 2011

While the rest of the world tries to outdo each other in the silly-clothes department, we here at Guella HQ invite you to do exactly the opposite and join us at our NO PANTS SPACE DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA next Saturday, October 29th with our good friends and fellow spacemen, ONE WAY STATION and NVO. It all goes down starting at 8 PM at Kimos Bar on the corner of Polk and Pine. Tickets are $10, but $5 for the costumed or pantless.

Now, dig it: this is a party for everybody, so don’t think you have to get all x-rated (although we certainly aren’t discouraging that). All we’re saying is no pants, but you’re fully encouraged to get creative with it. Break out that sarong that’s been hanging in your closet for years. How about that bathrobe that nobody but your dog has seen, ever? You can wear a shower curtain wrapped around your waist if that’s your thing. Shorts: cool.  tights: fine.  overalls: passable.  Just, not pants.

So here's the bargain we'll strike: You take care of the NO PANTS and we’ll take care of the SPACE DANCE. Come check out all the bare-booty moving tunes we got. Some new ones, some old ones. Some you know by heart.  Some you've never heard. A little of everything for everybody. This is going to be a special show: we’ve been in the practice room for weeks putting together a set that we guarantee you would rock your pants right off...

...if you were wearing any, that is.

Details:

Halloween No Pants Space Dance
w/ Guella (9pm), One Way Station (10pm), and NVO (11pm)
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Kimo's - 1351 Polk Street (at Pine), SF CA (map)

$10 at the door, $5 with costume or no pants

It's going to be quite the night for music: all sorts of wonderful sounds pouring forth from most venues in the city.  There are some tough choices to be made, that's for sure, but  let's be real: the awesome-to-dollars ratio at Kimo's is pretty much unbeatable.  So get your (pants free) costumes together and get ready for a great night out in the heart of the city.

Cafe Du Nord, October 5!

October 1, 2011

This room needs no introduction, and to say that we're energized about playing Cafe Du Nord could very well be the understatement of the month. Of all the venues in the Bay Area, Du Nord just sounds good, and when things are hitting, the place pulses and reverberates.

If we could be perfectly transparent for a minute: this has the potential to be our biggest show to date -- not just in terms of size and reputation, but in terms of musical oomph. Oh, friends and neighbors, if you could only hear what's been going down at Guella HQ recently! Our run at the Rockit Room and 50 Mason in August set the foundation, and since then we've been blasting off, stretching boundaries, digging deep, experimenting, and coming up with some downright inspired sounds.

Point is that this is big. If you've been saying to yourself, "geez, I really should get out and catch Guella live some time," well friends and neighbors, that time draws near. October 5. Du Nord. This is the one you've been holding out for.

Two more reasons why October 5 is extra special:

1. The entire gig is a benefit for the Tutorpedia Foundation! This is a cause near and dear to our hearts, as David and Taylor are both educators by day. All proceeds from the evening will go towards providing one-on-one tutoring for deserving Bay Area students who couldn't otherwise afford it. Think of it this way: your coming to Du Nord on October 5 is not just a fun night out, it is an act of complete selflessness and charity: you will be supporting the important work of educational equity. To that end, the night will also include a live auction, spoken word performances, and a whole lot of amazing, inspiring people congregating and celebrating. Who would have though that educating kids could sound so good?

2. We're sharing the bill with our good friends Antioquia! They just got back from a national tour, and their Colombian-West African-American grooves are sure to move posteriors. For the first time, two Bay Area bands whose names are vaguely foreign sounding and end in A, on the same bill! Righteous.

Details:

A Benefit for the Tutorpedia Foundation
Featuring Guella (9:30pm) & Antioquia (10:30pm)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco CA
7:30pm-12:00am
$10 Advance, $12 Door

Facebook Event Invitation

In all sincerity, we would appreciate and honor your support for this one, perhaps more than ever before. For us, for an amazing event, and for the kids who will benefit from your contribution.

Birthday Party

August 27, 2011

Taylor1A couple weeks ago, Taylor emailed the rest of the band, wondering if everyone would want to get together and jam on his birthday. For his birthday. It wasn't about playing a show; it was just about getting together and doing what we do. So of course the rest of the band said yes, and we penciled in Friday, August 26 for a birthday jam session. We would have loved to invite everyone, but our studio can't really fit more than the four of us (and Morrison, Dan's Australian Shepherd).

Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out. Pieces moved and jiggled, fell into place, and we found ourselves in the heart of the city, playing a three set show at 50 Mason Social House. It was loose and casual, felt much more like a weekly jam session than a gig, and really, we could not think of a better way to celebrate Taylor's birthday. Between 50 Mason and our blowout show at the Rockit Room, the fall has started out in high gear. We've got a full schedule booked in San Francisco straight through the end of 2011, and are looking to take Guella on the road this fall and winter. We're coming off the summer with a bunch of new tunes as well, and are locking in better than ever in our rehearsals. There is a lot to celebrate, and we're looking forward to doing come celebrating with you this fall.

Next up: our biggest show to date. We'll be playing with our friends Antioquia at the venerable Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco on October 5, and better yet, it's a benefit! All proceeds from the show will go towards 1-on-1 tutoring for low-income students in the Bay Area through the Tutorpedia Foundation. Both David and Taylor are educators by day, so this is a cause near and dear to our hearts. There will also be spoken word and slam poetry, a live auction, raffles, and of course some of the Bay's best live music. Please mark your calendars and join us for our biggest show to date!

Dog Days

July 24, 2011

How is it that we're already in the thick of summer? Time flies, and before any of us knows it, summer will be over. But the Bay Area is not going to let the summer pass by without an amazing amount of music and fun - and neither are we. So once you're done with the frenzy of Outside Lands, and before you take off for Labor Day, join us for an end-of-summer show. We'll ourselves be coming off a long period of songwriting and will have some new stuff to share with you. Plus if you haven't heard Guella with our new drummer Dan, you haven't heard Guella.

Guella, with The Coffis Brothers and Shane Bediz
Friday, August 19, 2011
The Rock-it Room (406 Clement St & 5th Ave, SF)
$5 Cover

Live Music Archive

May 20, 2011

What a night! Our first show in six months was a great time, and an even better first outing with our new drummer Dan. We're looking forward to playing more and more in the coming weeks and months.

People have been asking for copies of the performance, and we're more than happy to oblige. In fact, now's as good a time as any to announce that Guella now has recordings of live shows up on the Live Music Archive! The Archive.org Live Music Archive is an incredible repository of trade-friendly recordings. We're very proud to be included in the LMA!

You can visit Guella's page on the LMA and stream or download complete lossless recordings of our live shows, including our show from last week. Please feel free to download and give away to all your friends! And while you're there, we'd love it if you took 30 seconds to write a review of the show.

Archive.or Live Music Archive

A Peek Behind The Curtain

April 11, 2011

What's it like to be in a band? Reality shows and Behind the Music aside, being in a band is being in a relationship. There's some give and take, collaboration, compromise, and creativity. As MMW Bassist Chris Wood quipped, you have to care about the people you're making music with.

We often don't see the dynamics at work within our own band because we're too close to it to have much perspective. But last week, we were fortunate enough to have Amy of AP Reviews visit us in the studio. She's posted a review of her experience behind the curtain for all to read. "As I walk back down the nondescript hallway, the beautiful lyrics repeat in my head, 'Look at all the pretty things we built.' And I see, Guella has built a pretty music-making machine, with passion, friendship, and soul as their fuel." Aw, AP. We're blushing.

Guella in the Studio

But we can't stay in the studio forever. It's well past time to share some of the pretty things we've built with you, so we hope you'll join us for our first show in six months...and our first show with our new drummer, Dan. Of course we're returning to form with a headlining slot at Hotel Utah, our home away from home.

Guella's Return! (Facebook Invite)
with Richard Perot and the Procrastinistas
Hotel Utah (Map)
Friday, May 13, 2011
Doors at 8pm, Guella at 11pm
$8 - Buy Advance Tickets

Something's Brewing in the Studio

April 6, 2011 Jeff's Amp

We're always being asked: what's new with Guella? Even though we haven't been playing live for the past six months, there's a lot going on at Guella HQ. We're gelling with our new drummer Dan, and the music has never sounded better. And besides our new drummer, everyone's got new gear! Taylor has a new stage piano, and our improvisations are featuring acoutic keys much more prominently. David had a pedalboard custom made for him by Mason at Vertex Effects Systems, which he just can't get enough of. And maybe most impressively, Jeff took it upon himself to ditch his 1968 speaker cab and built his own. It's a pretty piece, and sounds even better.

And just how does it sound? You be the judge. Check out this extended take on "Ghouls and Goblins," straight from the studio archives.

Ghouls and Goblins (4/6/2011) by Guella

Transitions

February 3, 2011

The new year brings new things. We're very excited to have our album up on both iTunes and Amazon for purchase. We also want to mark 2011 as a turning point for the band: over the holiday season, we parted ways with Adam on drums. We had amazing moments with Adam and grew as musicians playing with him for the better part of two years, but sometimes, paths diverge. We're, however, very excited to be playing with Bay Area native Dan McGivern. Our rehearsals have been downright inspirational and once Dan is up to speed with our repertoire we think you'll really enjoy the new direction and energy he brings to the band.

And lucky for us, Dan's brought along a 5th member of the band! Meet Morrison, Dan's truly excellent Australian Shepherd. This dog's got soul.

Dan     Morrison

We'll be spending the next few weeks rehearsing, but are really looking forward to getting back on stage with our new lineup in late spring. In the meantime, check out our album on iTunes or Amazon!

We're now on iTunes!

December 24, 2010

It's true. This past month saw us and The Beatles finally settle up with Apple and join the mainstream, and we suppose it's only fair that they are the ones up on billboards and whatnot.  Abbey Road was a pretty good album.  But so is our self-titled debut album!  This may be the point that music historians say the band sold out to Corporate America, but we're just happy to get our music out there and on to all your iPods and computers.  So download a track or two, download the whole album...however you want to do it.  It's your iWorld. 


Guella on iTunes

Jesus Oh My...Just in time for Christmas

December 22, 2010

In the spirit of the non-denominational fat man in Red, and because we're so giddy about the web release of our album, we'd like to give you all a little holiday gift.  Please enjoy: a live video of Jesus Oh My, just in time for Christmas. 


Jesus Oh My - Live 11/12/2010

Unplugged

December 4, 2010

Guella at the Abbey Tavern, 2010

Our final show of the year was Guella's first ALL-ACOUSTIC show! As much as we love pedals, effects, drum kits, and big amps (and oh, we do), we stripped our songs down to their most basic forms and performed with only acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, and bass. It's something that we've wanted to do for a long time, and going unplugged went far better than any of us expected! Highlights included a debut of a new song ("Annabelle") and Jeff singing lead on our cover of Guns N' Roses' "Patience." We've posted the full setlist and some recordings from the night on our shows page - have a listen to our acoustic versions of "Spacemen" and Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," along with our children's song "The Meeting House."

Unplugged at the Abbey Tavern

Going unplugged was an amazing way to wrap up 2010. We're looking forward to 2011, a year that promises to be filled with many great musical moments. As always, thanks for listening and for your support. Happy New Year!

Big Tipper

November 12, 2010

This past Friday night we had a great time doing a live webcast. It's not often we get to say we've played the same stage as Martin Sexton, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Dog, OK GO, and many more, but we can! Check out a video of "Slack" from the webcast:

Thursday night, which marked our first time playing in Hayward, was an absolute blast! Thanks to our good friends the Soda Pop Junkies for joining us at The Bistro, and thanks to the guy who was interperetive dancing and dropping money in the tip jar! If you're out there, we just want to say that you really captured the essence of "Anchor Up" when you dropped to the ground and kicked your legs in the air. Awesome stuff.

Here's a rendering of the evening from one fan. This pretty much sums it up.

Dollar
Guella @ The Bistro, Hayward CA, 11/11/2010

Good times, good times. We're now gearing up for something special at our last show of 2010 - we hope you can join us for an extra sweet night of music on December 3 at the Abbey Tavern in San Francisco.

Cheers,
Guella

Debut Album Release

October 1, 2010

We're very proud to announce that in a few weeks, our debut album will be available for download from iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other popular online stores! If you came to our show a couple weeks ago at the Blue Macaw, we gave you a password where you could download the album for free. We have at least one more San Francisco show in between now and our Internet release, and we will give out a password at that show too, but that leaves out all of you who live far away from us. We want to include everyone worldwide, so we will also be giving out the album pre-release secret website and password to all of our Facebook friends during the month of October!

So get it while the gettin' is good:, and spread the word far and wide: free mp3 downloads of our debut album to all our Facebook fans during October. One more way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported us.

Enjoy, Enjoy-

Adam, David, Jeff, and Taylor.

Show On Thursday, Free Album Download

September 13, 2010

The fog is rolling out, the summer San Francisco never had is finally here, and live music abounds.  Things are looking up - especially this week.  Check it out:

Taylor and David

 

Show on Thursday!

We're psyched to be playing our first public show since our Cinco De Mayo blowout at Hotel Utah.  There are so many things we want to share with you that we're having arguments over which songs should be played first.  At any rate, old favorites and new surprises are in store for this Thursday.  We'll once again be sharing the stage with the Soda Pop Junkies and the Jolly Good Fellows, but this time we're taking things into the heart of the Misson.  Mark your calendars and round up your posse: local improv rock is alive and well in the Bay Area!

Guella, with the Soda Pop Junkies and the Jolly Good Fellows
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Blue Macaw (2565 Mission St @ 21st, formerly 12 Galaxies)
Doors @ 7:30pm
Jolly Good Fellows @8:30pm
Guella @ 9:30pm
The Soda Pop Junkies @ 11pm
$8-$10 Cover

Here is the Facebook event page, and here is the Evite.

 

Album Pre-Release Download

Our debut album is almost ready to drop.  You could wait for another couple weeks and buy it on iTunes, but everyone who attends our show on Thursday will be given access to a secret pre-release webpage where you can download the album for FREE!  While you're at the Blue Macaw, look for handbills with the web address and password.  This free pre-release download is our way of thanking everyone for supporting us.  We are stoked about this album, and even more stoked to share it with you.


As always, thanks so much for listening.  Very much looking forward to catching up with you at the Blue Macaw this Thursday.
 

New Shows, New Album!

August 12, 2010

For most people, summer is when things slow down. For us, summer has been full of work, developments, and growth. Even though we haven't been hitting the stage as often, we've been busy writing new material, polishing old material, and getting ready for the release of our debut album!

This fall we'll be returning to a regular live performance schedule, and are very excited to announce our first gig of the season: Guella will be playing with The Soda Pop Junkies and For The Kings at the Blue Macaw (formerly 12 Galaxies) on September 16. After a summer filled with musicmaking in our studio, our songs have taken on a new life and energy, and we're really excited to share them with you. Our first show back should be explosive. In a good way. Or as John from the SPJ's so eloquently put it: "Face: Melted."

The other piece of news from Camp Guella is that we've finished our debut album! Our first release, which will be self-titled, will drop some time this fall. In the meantime, we've posted a few samples for you to check out on our website. Check out remasters of old favorites "Jesus Oh My" and "Log Cabin," as well as a never-before-heard studio version of "Fearlessly." We've also thrown up some recordings from shows past - check out live takes of "The Corner" (which will also appear on our album) and one of our favorite instrumental grooves, "Civilization."

Music is awesome, and we're happy to share ours with you. Stay tuned for more about our album release, and we'll see you at the Blue Macaw on September 16.

Cinco De Mayo

April 20, 2010

After a string of really successful shows this spring, we've been taking some time to ourselves. We're currently hunkered down in our studio rehearsing some killer new material and doing a final round of mixing on our first album before it gets sent off to be mastered. And we're jamming. A lot. Even though nobody is there to hear it, the music that's coming out right now is pretty inspired. We were content to take some time away from the stage and refine our stuff, but a call from our good friends The Soda Pop Junkies changed all that, and quick.

As it turns out, there's some more that we'd like to explore. One more show before the summer hits. And at Hotel Utah, no less. We're excited to show you all what we've been working on, and that place is quickly becoming our second home. Check it:

Cinco De Mayo Rock Fest!
with The Soda Pop Junkies and DJ Dudehouse
Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 8:00pm
Hotel Utah Saloon - San Francisco, CA
$6 - Buy Tickets Here


Cinco de Mayo 2010 with Guella and the Soda Pop Junkies

New Visuals

4/15/2010

Some people are instrumental people. Some people are lyrics people. One fan picked out some of his favorite lyrics and set them to pictures. The result: desktop wallpaper that you can download for free! These are so cool that they might even make their way onto tour posters and CD liner notes in the near future. And on a lyrical level, some of his choices reminded us that sometimes listeners take something from music that the artist never intended. Which, to us, is way cool. Enjoy, and thanks for e-representing.

Lights Out!

3/16/2010

March Madness is correct.

The last weekend of the month will be jam-packed full of Guella goodness - first up is our return to the Pedal-Powered Stage for SF Earth Hour 2010! We will be teaming up with Rock The Bike once again to bring you music 100% powered by bicycle. In fact, we'll be hauling all our gear to the Ferry Building via cargo bikes, so the entire event is carbon neutral from start to finish! Last year the mayor even showed up to give us props. Earth Hour was one of the year's highlights for us, and we're completely excited to do it again. Here are the details:

Earth Hour SF 2010, with Guella, Fossil Fool, and Fuzzpod
Saturday, March 27, 2010, 7:30pm
Ferry Building, Embarcadero, SF, CA
Free, Outside, and Off The Grid

Then, just two days later, we return to one of SF's most beloved venues for a night of seriously good improvisation. Guella will join Greg Ginn and the Texas Corrugators and Barney Cauldron for a Monday night show at the Red Devil Lounge guaranteed to make your head spin. In a good way. Check it out:

Guella, with Greg Ginn and Barney Cauldron
Monday, March 29, 2010, 8:00pm
Red Devil Lounge, SF, CA
$8 advance, $10 Day Of Show

All good things, in all good time. We'll see you at the end of the month.

-Guella

One Year Later

3/2/2010 david

Our first two set show this past weekend was a lot of fun. The first set featured the debut of "Down the Road" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence," the return of "Lobotomy" (complete with reworked harmonies), and a soaring version of "Promised Land." The second set was more exploratory, with a full-moon improvisation off "Ghouls and Goblins" anchoring the set. We're glad that we reached so many new ears, and are already planning our return to the Connecticut Yankee. Plus, we helped to raise over $5,000 for the Tutorpedia Foundation! All things considered, it was a wildly successful night.

To celebrate our first anniversary show, we're making the entire show available for free download! Pull down mp3s of both sets on Guella's shows page. Enjoy!

We were planning on taking March to work on some new material, and continue production work on our debut album, but as luck would have it, Guella will have a busy touring month. This literally just in: Guella will be performing at Hotel Utah on Tuesday, March 9 - yes, that's next week! Apologies for the late notice, but rest assured that you knew as soon as we did. It'll be a great night of improvisatory rock, funk and groove, as we will be joined by The Jolly Good Fellows and Frobeck. We go on at 8:00pm sharp. There's no better way to spend a Tuesday than with some great live music - come on out early and join us! Here are the details:

Guella (8:00pm), with the Jolly Good Fellows (9:00pm) and Frobeck (10:00pm)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - Hotel Utah Saloon
Buy Tickets Here ($7)

Hotel Utah March 9 2010

We're really looking forward to this surprise show at the Utah next week, and will be airing out rarely heard material. It's been one year since our debut show, and we're only getting better.

See you next Tuesday,
Guella

In The Meantime

2/18/2010

Who doesn't love one hit wonders from the '90's? Here's Guella encore from Hotel Utah on January 15: Spacehog's "In The Meantime" Thanks to Volker for the camerawork. We love the all the all of you.

This Time, It's For The Kids

2/12/2010

It's always a pleasure to play a two set show - it really gives us room to stretch out into some improvisatory territory that we have a harder time hitting when we play quick 45 minute sets. It gives us time to relax into the music, and find new, fresh ways to play our songs. We're excited for our upcoming show on February 27 at the Connecticut Yankee for that reason, but also because the show is going to benefit an incredibly important cause: every dollar made at our upcoming show will go directly to funding tutoring for low-income students in the Bay Area.

We've teamed up with the Tutorpedia Foundation, a local nonnprofit whose mission is to provide tutoring for deserving and needy kids that just can't afford it. This is a cause near and dear to our hearts: when we're not playing music, two of us are professional educators. Plus, David and Taylor spent some of their formative years in Boston, so playing at the Yankee is extra cool. Really, there's no better combination for us than playing music in order to provide underprivileged students with a little extra help in school. There's even a silent auction and raffle with some very cool items! (Jeff's looking at the Great American Music Hall tickets, David's hoping for the weekend getaway in Mendocino, and Adam is hoping for the Chez Panisse dinner.) We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an incredible night. here are to details:

Benefit for the Tutorpedia Foundation, featuring Guella
Saturday, February 27, 2010, 8:00pm (music starts at 10:00pm - 2 sets!)
The Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA
$10 Donation at the door - All proceeds go towards providing tutoring for low-income students!

If you want to pay in advance, click here.

Here is the Facebook event page, and here is the Evite.

We really hope you and yours can make it out on the 27th. A fun night out at one of San Francisco' s coolest venues that benefits an important cause - combined with a raffle, silent auction, and two sets of Guella - can't be beat.

Reel to Reel

2/7/2010

Adam in the studio

Another successful recording session in the studio! When it comes to making music, recording is a different beast altogether. We definitely thrive in the live setting, but are getting more and more comfortable in front of very expensive microphones in soundproof rooms. Our session turned out great, especially "Fearlessly" and "Lobotomy." We'll be editing, mixing everything down, and mastering it in the next couple weeks, and we hope to have our debut album ready to go by late spring. For now, though, we have some other projects on our more immediate horizon...

Having Fun and Doing Good

1/27/2010

There's never enough time to keep up with ourselves these days. We're coming off an incredible night at Hotel Utah with our friends Con Brio, just finished the second in a series of live webcasts, and are cranking out new songs weekly, including originals and some really fun covers. Our rehearsals continue to be filled with improvisational journeys, minor revelations, and lots of growth. In short: we're really psyched about making the music we're making, and can't wait to share it.

February is rolling in, and there's no sign of slowing down. We're scheduled for another live webcast in the middle of the month, and more importantly, we'll be back in the studio, recording the second half of our debut album on February 6 and 7.

More importantly, though, we're very excited to be playing a two set show at the end of the month! It would be enough to say that this is our first unsupported two set show, but there's more to it than that. Our show on February 27 will be raising money for the Tutorpedia Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit that is providing free tutoring and academic support to students who desperately need it but can not afford it. Both David and Taylor are urban high school teachers by profession and training, so this important cause is near and dear to our hearts.

Here is the info:

Benefit for the Tutorpedia Foundation, featuring Guella
Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Connecticut Yankee - San Francisco, CA
$10 Donation at the door - All proceeds go towards providing tutoring for low-income students!

The benefit starts at 8:00pm. Come early for dinner, drinks, and an amazing silent auction. Guella will start playing around 10:00pm, and will play two sets.

We're really looking forward to this show - it's a great night out and a chance to do some good for disadvantaged youth all at once.

Ever onward,
Guella

Tutorpedia Benefit Flyer

We Only Float to Keep it Clear

1/12/2010

Here's a video of "Spacemen" from our live webcast. Enjoy, and we'll see everyone on Friday at Hotel Utah!

Happy New Year from Guella!

1/4/2010

First off, happy holidays to one and all!  We hope you're finding time this season to connect with what matters to you most.

Secondly, A quick heads-up about our upcoming show at Hotel Utah on January 15: the advance ticket link is now live!  Purchase tickets here ($6) and save $2 off the door price.  We highly recommend getting tickets in advance.  For one, you won't have to worry about the show selling out, and for another, you'll have a little extra cash in your pocket to buy a beverage for that special someone (or perhaps a Guella sticker and CD).  We're very, very excited for this show- Con Brio and Peck  ake fantastic music.  It's going to be one incredible night.  For real.

Buy Tickets Here


And the show info:

Guella, Con Brio, and Peck The Town Crier
Hotel Utah Saloon
500 4th St, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Friday, Jan 15 2010 | San Francisco, CA US
Doors at 8:00pm


Thirdly, we will be performing for a live video webcast on Sunday, January 10, at 8:30pm.  You can tune in and see us live here:

And lastly, a little reminder that up until January 15, you can download our studio EP for FREE!  Check it out at www.reverbnation.com/guella.

All the best in 2010. We'll see you in January.

-Adam, David, Jeff, and Taylor

Spent the Night in Utah

11/04/2009

Guella at Hotel Utah, 10/23/2009

An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Hotel Utah on October 23! The turnout was astounding and we had an amazing time playing music and sharing the night with you. If you want to listen to some cuts from the evening, we posted recordings of "The Corner" and "Promised Land" on our website: http://www.guellamusic.com/shows.html We are planning on a return to the Utah some time in December or January. Stay tuned for more.

In other news, Guella will be going back into the Ex'pression soundbooth on November 14 for a live webcast! Tune in live at http://mediasource.expression.edu/liveCast.htm, or if you can't be by a computer then, check back with us for video from the event.

We're working on (yet another) batch of new songs that we're very excited about. We're also dreaming up some new cover material. If you have any songs you think Guella should play, email us at band (at) guellamusic.com and let us know. Either way, expect new material at upcoming shows.

Be seeing you soon,
Guella

Silence is Golden

10/13/2009

Last weekend's live webcast at Ex'pression Studios was a first. Usually when we play there is some sort of ambient noise - people at the bar, street traffic, the band in the rehearsal space down the hall - but this was the first time we took the stage to complete silence. That sort of space is ostensibly every musician's dream, but we found that when we had such a space we didn't quite know how to react.

Here are some of the results. Check out more videos from our live webcast, and get ready for something considerably more noisy: Hotel Utah next Friday!

Turn it up,
Guella

The Great Fall

9/23/2009

It's been a long summer for the Guella Faithful, a summer speculating just what the band has been up to, just how far they boys have stretched in their many attempts to capture moments of aural magic, just what sort of musical alchemy has been brewing in the band's closed rehearsal sessions. Rest assured, Guella Faithful, that wondrous events have been taking place. And it's almost time to let such wonders see the light of day...

After a summer dedicated to recording, writing, polishing, and fine-tuning, Guella is poised to amaze and astound this fall. We have worked up a set of new original compositions and picked and learned some choice covers. We (very soon) will have a whole mess of merchandise, including sampler CDs from our first self-produced EP, stickers, and more. We have unearthed some live tracks from the vaults for you to download and listen to for FREE. And most importantly, we've got some concert dates we'd like to share.

Guella returns for the Fall season on October 8 at the Red Devil Lounge, and on October 23 at Hotel Utah. The band will also be recording a live show at Ex'pression studios in Emeryville on October 10 - there is a very limited guest list for this special event, so please get in touch if you want to attend.

Details and more dates will be announced shortly. Meantime, rest assured. Guella is back for the fall.

Making Hits

6/22/2009

Studio

After spending two days in the studio tracking, overdubbing, punching in, and singing over, we're in full post-production mode. Our first trip to a professional recording studio was an incredible thrill and success (Taylor loved playing the 1886 Steinway Grand Piano), and most importantly, the recordings sound amazing. We're currently putting in some late nights at Guella HQ, working our auditory magic over the recording session, doing some mixing and mastering, and getting ever closer to releasing our first official album! Stay tuned for more...the Guella album is about to drop.

Pedal Powered at the Maker Faire!

5/26/2009

With a summer filled with studio time looming ahead, we thought we were going to take a short break from the stage. Then our good friends at Rock The Bike gave us a call, and all of a sudden Guella's spring run of shows stretches a bit farther into the summer. We're not complaining, far from it. We'll take any and all opportunity to go off the grid and rock hard to pedal power.

Thanks to Rock The Bike's revamped and modified bicycle powered stage, Guella will be performing at this year's Maker Faire on Saturday, May 30, 2009. We'll take the stage at 4:00 PM, and will be joined by other amazing local bands such as Antioquia, Justin Ancheta, Shake Your Peace, Fossil Fool, Cello Joe, and Oona Garthwaite. All pedal powered, all positive. We hope you'll make it down to the San Mateo County Expo Center this weekend for a full day of innovative inventions and inspiring music.

Rock The Bike at Maker Faire

Taking It Out, Making It Funky

5/11/2009

Much is in motion at Guella HQ, and we've recently been dedicating much of our rehearsal time to extended open-ended improvisation. We really like what's been coming out, and are very excited to make some of these soundsculpting experiments a little more public. As a result, our next show, coming up this Thursday, May 14 at Cafe Royale, will be unlike any other show we've previously done.

One set of this FREE two set show will feature the Guella that you have come to know and love. The other set, however, will be quite a different experience. We will be jumping off from what's known and rehearsed, stretching out into previously uncharted musical territory, exploring rhythms, grooves, textures, and gestures that have never or will never exist again oustide the moment it happens. If our studio sessions have been any indication, this more cerebral side of Guella will run the range of all dynamics, genres, and emotions, and is best suited for careful listening.

Two very distinct and inventive free sets from Guella for the last show of our spring schedule - it's really the best of both worlds. We hope you'll join us for this experimental and unique musical experience.

Return of The Carpenter

4/22/2009

We're very excited for our upcoming show this Friday at Ireland's 32 with The American Economy! Festivities start off around 8:30 pm, and the evening will feature extended sets from both bands. This gig promises to be extraordinary, as we've got a boatload of new developments that we're eager to share, including new songs and a tenor saxophone that will join us for a portion of the evening. Most of all, though, we're very excited to have our old friend and longtime collaborator Jeff Hunt (Papaskew) sit in with us on bass for the show!

And all this in our favorite neighborhood spot! We always have amazing times at Ireland's, and really cant think of a better way to usher in the weekend than a night of music with all of you. Grab a friend or two, come on down, congregate, and celebrate. Guella is on the rise.

David and Jeff

Cataloging

4/13/2009

We had an excellent and very successful weekend full of shows, and over the course of two nights had the opportunity to play all the songs in our catalog live. We're really pleased with where things are at, and are making plans to get into the studio before summer in order to document our progress. Thanks to everyone who made it out to one of our shows this past weekend, and thanks for the continued support.

This weekend saw the debut of two new tunes, "Fog Collects" and "Regina Carter," the latter of which featured Wes on Alto Sax. We've played six shows in the past two months, and we have already managed to work out enough material to cover two full shows, but we're poised to add eight new original songs and a handful of covers to our catalog. We'll be spending the next couple weeks rehearsing some original tunes that have yet to be heard by public ears. Our next show, which is Friday, April 24 at Ireland's 32 will most definitely feature at least one original debut.

Thanks for listening, and as always, stay tuned for more...

Free Downloads!

4/7/2009

Guella HQ has been buzzing in the wake of our Earth Hour celebration, and in anticipation of a string of weekend dates coming up on our calendar we felt the need to do something special. Many people have been asking where they could download some Guella to put on their iPod or their home computer. In response, we've decided to open up the vaults and make our first EP available for FREE download. Check out our page on ReverbNation, and download our EP (in MP3 format) for free! This free download will only be available for a limited time, so please take advantage of it in while you can.

Recordings are good, but live music is better...and Guella is getting better and better with every show. We hope you'll join us for one of our upcoming weekend shows, starting with an under-the-radar show on Friday night, and a much-anticipated Saturday night set at Beale Street Bar and Grill this weekend!

Be it live or recorded, many thanks for putting Guella into your ears. Be seeing you real soon.

Earth Hour Video

3/31/2009

Shots from the crowd: Guella plays "Gato Negro" as the lights go out at Earth Hour.

Newsworthy

3/30/2009

We knew our outdoor bike-powered set at San Francisco's Earth Hour celebration would be amazing, but we didn't know exactly how amazing until we actually found ourselves in the middle of it. Between the incredible efforts made by our friends at Rock The Bike, the community of pedalers that kept power going to the stage throughout the night, the bartender mixing drinks on a bike-powered blender, the city's lights going out as we fell out of the bridge to "Gato Negro," and Mayor Gavin Newsom giving an impromptu speech in the middle of our set, the night continued to top all of our best expectations. We were excited to have been a part of the couple hundred souls who found themselves reveling in the dark at the Ferry Building last Saturday night, and moreover, we are honored to have provided the soundtrack.

guella at earth hour            Wes and the Mayor

Some of our friends took photos of the night's proceedings, some of which are located here, others of which are located here. And if photos weren't enough, Guella was featured on the 11 O'Clock News on Saturday Night! In terms of airtime, Guella got more press than the Pyramids in Giza, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sydney Opera House. It was a pretty good set, after all.

Earth Hour may be over, but there is plenty on the horizon. We are looking forward to a string of weekend gigs in the next month or two, and would love nothing better than to share our music with you. Until then, keep pedaling.

-Guella

Off The Grid

3/27/2009

Thanks to all our friends that came out to Ireland's 32 this past Wednesday. We had a blast playing with The Fireflies, and management at Ireland's has invited us back to play again! Specific dates will be announced shortly. We have our fans and friends to thank for this, so thanks to everyone who showed up for making the effort and supporting live music on a Wednesday night. Your presence is more than meaningful; it actually is the thing that lets us do what we love to do most.

If you took pictures or video at the show, we'd love it if you posted it on our Facebook page. For our part, we've posted our setlist and a couple choice audio samples from the show here. Enjoy!

Big goings-on this weekend: at 7pm on Saturday, Guella goes off the grid for a 100% pollution free performance in Downtown San Francisco. We've just received word that there is a slight change of venue, though: The SF Earth Hour Celebration featuring Guella, Justin Anchera Band, and Fossil Fool is now taking place across the street from Justin Herman Plaza, at Market Bar in the Ferry Building. Still free, still outside, still 100% pedal powered. We are very, very excited for this unique event and look forward to sharing it with everyone.

It Comes Around

3/22/2009

First and foremost, we want to take a minute to appreciate everyone who came out to support us on March 10th in North Beach. The crowd of Guella faithful assembled was astounding, espeically for an early show on a Tuesday. Like many things we encounter in our lives, the night didn't come together exactly as expected or planned, but we feel good about making the best of a tough situation. Thanks for being there with us.

Things have been quite busy at Guella HQ as of late. We know this is short notice, but we'd like to invite everyone to enjoy a little of what you might have missed in North Beach: Guella will be taking the stage for a FREE two set show at Ireland's 32 this Wednesaday, March 25. We have played this venue before and love the relaxed and music-focused vibe here. We hope you can join us- check out the shows page for more info.

One night of Guella on such short notice would be enough, but as we've said, things have been busy. This isn't 100% confirmed yet, but we hope you can mark your calendars for this Saturday night, March 28. As some of you know, the world will turn off its lights at 8:30pm to mark Earth Hour, and our lovely home town of San Francisco will be throwing a big party for the event at the Embarcadero. We can't say too much right now, but we can hint that potentialities for the official San Francisco Earth Hour party will involve live music, speakers, a bicycle powered stage, starlight, and a band called Guella. We're very, very excited about this one, and are almost finished putting the pieces together. We will keep you updated as we know more.

Thanks for listening. See everyone at Ireland's 32 on Wednesday!

Nothing Was The Way It Once Was

2/27/2009

An enormous, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to Beale Street last night for our debut. We were flattered and touched to see so many of people turn out for the gig, and were even happier to be able to share our music with you. The venue thought enough of the event to ask us back for a Saturday night slot! So, Guella faithful, mark your calendars: Guella returns to Beale Street on Saturday, April 11.

Before that, though, we hope you'll join us at Grant and Green in North Beach on Tuesday, March 10. We are playing an early set, which will feature some previously unreleased songs, new covers, and instrumental surprises. This is a FREE SHOW, so there's really no excuse not to. Guella hits the stage at 8:15pm sharp for an extended 90 minute set.

Music samples and photos from Beale Street are up as well...as always, stay tuned for more.

Thanks again, and be seeing you-
Guella

Liftoff

2/23/2008

Guella's public debut is three short days away! If you are anywhere near San Francisco this Thursday, make your way down to Beale Street Bar and Grill for an extraordinary night of music. We will be sharing the stage with our friends Dana Carmel and Whiskey Tango.

The show will feature all of us on vocals. For some reason we haven't yet called into question, we thought it would be a good idea to give Wes and Adam microphones. So now all four of us are singing, sometimes all at the same time. It's pretty awesome. Guella in four part harmony...this you will have to hear for yourself.

See everyone at Beale Street on February 26th! Doors are at 8pm, cover is a measly $5. A small price to pay for so much happiness.

You Are Cordially Invited...

1/27/2008

Guella at Beale Street Bar and Grill - February 26, 2009

Fine Tuning

1/23/2008

The Guella PR machine is in full swing. We've given our website some tweaks towards the positive, and we are in the mdidle of locking down our first show dates for 2009. We should have some to announce very soon. Meanwhile, at Guella HQ, Taylor, Adam, Wes, and David are cooking up some new sounds (and smoothing out some old ones). What we've got is sure to please, and will be set loose upon the Bay Area some time very, very soon...

Happy New Year from Guella

1/9/2008

Happy New Year from Guella! We're very excited for 2009 and will have some winter concert dates to announce some time very soon. After taking some time off to be with our families and loved ones over the holidays, we have been in the studio working on some new tunes and some interesting covers that will debut at upcoming shows. We will keep you posted as we know more.

Until then, check us out on Myspace, Facebook, ReverbNation, Last.fm, and JamBase. We'd love it if you linked to us. Don't be shy. We won't turn you down.

Let's all have a rocking January.
-Guella

Welcome to guellamusic.com!

12/20/2008

We've finally got our website up and running, and we're excited to share it with you. It's not complete by any means, but the basics are in place. Check back soon for more, but in the meantime, dig into some tracks from our new EP!

more soon...
-Guella