There’s an adage in publishing circles that goes “novelists are born at 40.” In music, however, most rock stars are dead at 40, or at least their best creative years are behind them. San Francisco Bay Area-based Static People, however, are writing their own rules and in their book, 40 is the new “shut-the-fuck-up-about-our-age-already.” It does beg the question, however, “why this band, why now?”
“I feel like I’ve been kicking off since I moved to San Francisco in 1992,” says Dmitra Smith, whose multi-octave range and keen sense of the dramatic bring a rousing energy to the act, which also features guitarist Pascal Faivre and drummer Ken Shelf as well as a coterie of auxiliary members, who are brought in as projects require. “I started dreaming the ‘self’ that I’m becoming now when I was 14, but I had a hard time hanging my ass in the wind in public.”
Special thanks to Sonoma musicologist James Marshall Berry who made mention of the DHowell Media Group house band, Static People, in his Sonoma Index-Tribune column last week:
Sonoma’s latest cult band Static People has hooked up with multi-platinum, award-winning producer Jason Carmer to produce its debut album. Carmer’s credits include Third Eye Blind, the Donnas and Korn, among others. Tracks were recorded over a three-day period at Decibelle Recording in San Francisco, with Drew Zajicek [engineering]. The band, which consists of Dmitra Smith, Pascal Faivre, Daedalus Howell and Mundo Murguia has yet to determine a release date.
Cult band, indeed. Care for some Kool-Aid? For more on Jason Carmer, check out this Ear Whacks interview (his hair is longer now).