/gav-ee-oh-tahs/: noun - A rock band from San Francisco
Gaviotas have an aggressive yet melodic sound, combining elements of Alternative, Punk and Metal. They call it “Resistance Rock,” in the spirit of The Clash, and they believe that art thrives through and with struggle.
Lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Simon Timony says, “We're politically left, and no matter how much adversity we/Americans/Humans face, nothing should take away our humor, happiness, and love. Our conversations do sound like a Seth Rogan/James Franco movie, written by Noam Chomsky.”
Gaviotas have released two CDs: Unite!, produced by Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, Pixies/Frank Black, PJ Harvey) and Assemble (self-produced at San Francisco’s legendary Tiny Telephone Studios). They recently completed their next project, a 7-song album called Skyline, which will be released in early August 2015.
“A metal-punk hybrid with a flair for smooth melodies and political lyrics...check out three songs (from Assemble), each of them aggressive but tuneful.”
— SF Weekly
Timony is the former leader of The Stinky Puffs, a favorite band of the late, great Kurt Cobain, which featured Simon’s mother Sheenah on drums, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo’s son Cody on guitar, Half Japanese’s Jad Fair on effects, and Don Fleming on guitar. At the age of 11, Simon also fronted the Super Stinky Puffs, which featured Dave Grohl on drums, Krist Novoselic on bass and Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) on guitar.
Timony and his current co-conspirators— Rafael Corral (Bass/Harmonies), Gabriel Gunns (Lead Guitar), and Andrew Yagjian (Drums) — wage war on war via music.
Sometimes the war on war happens pretty close to home. In 2012, Timony was caught up in the riots in San Francisco after the Giants won the World Series for the second time. He was badly injured when he tried to protect a Muni bus full of people from the mob that torched it, and was recognized for his bravery by the City. Read more about that incident here:
As if being a hometown hero, punk rock icon and political rabble-rouser wasn’t enough, rumor has it that Timony has a very special connection to legendary San Francisco art-rock pranksters The Residents, though he can’t say what exactly it is, other than he sees them ‘now and then.’
“Really great combination of skill and energy.” — Stanton McCandlish
“Inspiring, refreshing and recommended.” — thefacesofrock.com