“Imagine if Kevin Shields had produced the Go Go’s and you’ve got some idea where this Bay Area-based, all-female quartet is coming from..” - LV WeeklyExcuses For Skipping play old school space age new wave using absolutely no synthetic materials or artificial colors. Organically grown the old fashioned way on the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District, these women infuse their live performances with sheet metal banging, bike frame clanging and volcanic guitar explosions that send your heart galloping with your hands flying over several hundred horses fleeing the scene of of a shotgun fireworks bonanza. You wont know what hit ya!. Girls with guitars sliding around in cars with Robert Smith in a dress and a beautiful catchy mess. Listen to the words.
Currently, Excuses For Skipping is recording their third album at Wild Turkey Recording Studios in the woods of Sonoma County with co-producers, John Hopen and Patrick Ballard.
1987: guitarist Linda Moody and drummer Robert Ryan bang on pipes and sheet metal in his parents basement. 1997: Linda Moody and guitarist Tammy Fortin play piano guts in a garage through an echo chamber. 2006: bassist Wendy Brents comes over to 'drink beer' in a practice studio and efs was born.
In 2007, Excuses For Skipping released their critically acclaimed full-length album, Out Of Work Early produced by Tony Espinoza (New Order, Robin Gutherie of Cocteau Twins,Thom York of Radiohead and The Shins) and Gregg Marks (Jason Mraz, May I Be Frank) Heavy influenced by shoe gaze and noise rock, Out of Work Early examines identity and the working life (or the avoidance thereof. ) The LA Music Awards nominated the song Gravity as "Best Single Of The Year.”
In 2011, they released their second album, Tonic For Hysteria. Tonic For Hysteria departs sonically from their debut, with a raw gut wrenching sound that is at once both powerful and vulnerable. It was ranked #1 in Deli Magazine's "Year End Best Of SF" poll for emerging artists". Excuses for Skipping’s high energy, live performance has generated a loyal following both locally and internationally, as they are known for an intense live show that is both unpredictable and inspired.
In 2012, lead guitarist Tammy Fortin moved to Michigan and the band went on hiatus. Tammy returned to the Bay Area in 2015 and almost immediately, the band was invited to an impromptu recording session. With no plans and no songs, they headed into the studio. Upon the first notes, everyone knew magic was happening. Directly after the first jam, the band ran into the control room asking, "Did you get that?? Please say you recorded all that?" Thankfully, co-producers John Hopen and Patrick Ballard did get it! For the next few hours, they continued to play and it felt so organic and so right, it was decided not to go back and perfect them into songs but to actually use those jams as the basis for the album. What has emerged is a rock opera with 14 songs and over an hour of music telling the story of "Escape From Earth." It is a literal and metaphorical tale of the transformation of consciousness sparked by the apocalypse.. What you will hear is the fresh spark of energy that comes from the creative moment when a song is born. There is still more to do in the studio and the band expects to release the full album ON VINYL courtesy of Wild Turkey Recording in 2017.
“Excuses For Skipping's new album, Tonic For Hysteria, is epic in every sense of the word.”- Wiretap Music.com
“Catchy, melodic, spacey-yet-spikey pop music. And I say “pop” in the best sense of the word- the kind of music that has you humming the chorus in your head for days but still manages to rise above formula and familiarity often associated with pop music these days.” -The Deli Magazine
“Imagine if Kevin Shields had produced the Go Go’s and you’ve got some idea where this Bay Area-based, all-female quartet is coming from..” - LV Weekly
“EFS is the type of band that not only pleases the youthful masses of San Francisco on a regular basis, but also inspires and breeds creativity among their peers; a real group of renaissance musicians...” -Brian Ball, Music Editor, WomensRadio.com
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