Backseat Beat

  1. After a hard year of acing chemistry, we're gearing up for summer, digging through our drawers for that bikini we bought last August, maybe a little white lipstick, and our ancient tube of Bain du Soleil. Nothing says summer like kicking back and sipping warm PBR on a blanket while picking sand out of your sandwich. Yeah, that does sound nice... Too bad nine days out of ten this summer we'll be freezing our asses off, wrapped in six layers, knowing there's no way in hell we're going to stick one toe in the water at Ocean Beach. But it's not a total loss — bands like The SHE'S are writing songs that are so perfect for summer, they'll keep us warm while we're holed up in our apartments, fighting back the fog.

    Summer vacation is nice and all, but it's not the only thing on The SHE'S minds. In part 2 of episode 11, The SHE'S discuss braces, Yoda, and their fans. The also wanted us to tell you that they'll play your quinceañera... just don't bring up the word queso, okay?

    You can watch part 1 of episode 11 here:
    vimeo.com/23856445

    The SHE'S

    myspace.com/theshesmusic

    Backseat Beat
    Created by Brad Robertson
    Co-produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson
    Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier
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  2. The SHE'S perform their song, "Picture of Houses," during the filming of Backseat Beat episode 11.

    You can watch part 1 of episode 11 here:
    vimeo.com/23856445

    You can watch part 2 of episode 11 here:
    vimeo.com/24104441

    The SHE'S
    myspace.com/theshesmusic

    Backseat Beat
    Created by Brad Robertson
    Co-produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson
    Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier
    backseatbeat.com
    facebook.com/backseatbeat
    twitter.com/backseatbeat

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  3. Now, we don't know about you, but back in high school we didn't have a lot of experience with filled-out rich bitch popularity queens, jocks in corvettes, or vaguely racist portrayals of exchange students. When we were 16, our main priorities in life were pretending we already knew how to smoke cigarettes and trying to seduce Robbie Ascalon with some strategically requested Color Me Badd at our birthday party. We just kind of figured everyone's high school experience was like that, until we heard that not only have The SHE'S already played the same shitty dive bars we've played, and not only have they already played venues we could only dream about playing, like the Fillmore, but that they're also only 16, for chrissakes.

    Sitting back and watching The SHE'S tear it up for us—cool, talented, nailing their performance like a bunch of old pros—it was impossible to think that these girls are actually in high school the same way that we were once in high school. They had to be like those larger-than-life teens in every John Hughes movie (never mind that the Brat Pack were all actually in their 20s, were all headed for NA, and had divorced their parents). When you interview Watts, [LINK] you definitely don't expect her to say she's kind of shy in school and that she digs watching Star Trek with her mom after doing her math homework.

    So what if The SHE'S are skipping their prom? Somebody's gotta kick ass at the battle of the bands, wiping the floor with peachfuzz-toting wannabe rockers who think owning a sparkly instrument means you can't play it. Hey asshole, haven't you seen Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains? I didn't think so. It was only five years ago that The SHE'S were microwaving gummi worms at slumber parties for fun. We can only imagine what the next five years will bring. Hey ladies, maybe you can buy us a drink then.

    You can watch part 2 of episode 11 here:
    vimeo.com/24104441

    The SHE'S
    myspace.com/theshesmusic

    Backseat Beat
    Created by Brad Robertson
    Produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson
    Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier
    backseatbeat.com
    facebook.com/backseatbeat
    twitter.com/backseatbeat

    # vimeo.com/23856445 Uploaded 1,147 Plays / / 0 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

  4. The SHE'S perform their song "Running" during the shoot for Backseat Beat, episode 11.

    You can watch part 1 of Episode 11 here:
    vimeo.com/23856445

    The SHE'S
    myspace.com/theshesmusic

    Backseat Beat
    Created by Brad Robertson
    Produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson
    Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier
    backseatbeat.com
    facebook.com/backseatbeat
    twitter.com/backseatbeat

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  5. A pair of lady roommates strumming ukuleles and harmonizing sweetly on neo-thirties love songs — what could be more innocent than that? As it turns out, pretty much anything. Don't be fooled by the doe eyes. Hate Factory turned out to be our girls-gone-wildest ride yet. But then again what do you expect from a back seat full of girls who subscribe to the bonobo school of conflict resolution?

    Apparently the Downer Party's Sierra Frost doesn't just have a knack for crafting sick band names, she also has a gift for routinely attracting ass-kicking bandmates. She and Katelyn Sullivan are like the angelic babysitters you're happy to leave your kids with, only to come home at midnight to find they've relieved your medicine cabinet of that expired bottle of Tylenol with codeine, helped themselves to the dusty bottle of brandy hidden behind the cereal boxes in the pantry, and racked up your cable bill watching the Jenna Jameson retrospective on demand after tucking the rugrats into bed.

    Hanging out with Hate Factory was a little like drinking in the gutter on Tin Pan Alley, chugging a concoction of equal parts 1970s women's consciousness raising group and friendship bracelets, with a stiff shot of Howard Stern. By the end of our shoot not only were we willing to overlook that cable bill, but Brad was menstruating. We don't like you, Hate Factory. We love you.

    Hate Factory
    hatefactoryband.blogspot.com/

    Backseat Beat
    Created by Brad Robertson
    Produced by Dana Goldberg & Brad Robertson
    Hosted by Jaime Lee Currier
    backseatbeat.com
    facebook.com/backseatbeat
    twitter.com/backseatbeat

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Backseat Beat is more than just an old Volvo and a handful of Flip cameras. In each episode San Francisco itself becomes a character, whether it’s through conducting the interviews in a moving car where the city passes by behind the heads of our subjects, to superimposing time-lapse footage of the passing neighborhoods, to searching out unexpected and forgotten urban corners where bands can perform in an unusual environment.


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Backseat Beat is more than just an old Volvo and a handful of Flip cameras. In each episode San Francisco itself becomes a character, whether it’s through conducting the interviews in a moving car where the city passes by behind the heads of our subjects, to superimposing time-lapse footage of the passing neighborhoods, to searching out unexpected and forgotten urban corners where bands can perform in an unusual environment. We use our cameras and each band’s musical performances to transform places like a stretch of shoreline littered with old tires, rusted out abandoned warehouses, or repurposed shipping containers from their anonymous day to day existence into surreal, magical backdrops, to be shared on this site and elsewhere.

Want to take a ride with us? Email us at info@backseatbeat.net.

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