We were super lucky to host Social Studies just before they released their 2015 LP, “Waves.” The band brought multiple songs from this record to showcase their latest material, and between their seasoned, live presence and their impressive new song stylings, Banana Stand managed to capture a special performance complete with great, emotional delivery from musicians with true chemistry.
Social Studies’ latest singles like “Territories,” and “Drifty” feature some of the great pop hooks that the band was so good at writing in their previous releases, but they also laid out more traditional rock elements to liven things up for this performance. Dueling guitar melodies filled the room on top of some in-your-face drum beats, and the band continually showcased its growing rock and roll abilities with speedy tempos and some serious guitar shredding like in the song “On the Docks.”
Despite these bigger moments, Natalia Rogovin’s voice managed to shine through all the instrumentals and soulfully bring the band’s whole sound together. With so much impressive instrumentation, Social Studies drew us in with quieter, intimate moments in songs that highlighted Natalie’s vocal range and the band’s smooth use of space.
Between Social Studies’ new, soulful, rock elements, and their great moments of musical connection, these tracks were some of the best to capture live.
Social Studies – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on June 14th, 2014 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was recorded by Tim Shrout, mixed by Alex Arrowsmith, and mastered by Chris Vita. Dane Brist produced art for the album, which includes original photography by Todd Walberg. Videos of Social Studies’s performance at Banana Stand feature footage from camera operators Michael McInerney, Tyler Bertram, Nick Gattman, and Todd Walberg, and were directed and edited by Michael McInerney. Banana Stand thanks Social Studies (Natalia, Michael, Jesse, Ben, and Tom), all who participated in this album’s creation, and anyone that has helped us out along the way.