Electric Strawberry had their first self-titled record release on Friday at The Night Light in Downtown Oakland, CA. This tiny venue was packed and full of energy from all three bands that night. Openers for Electric Strawberry were two other bands, Troubador and Bully West. These bands are all local to SF/The Bay Area and have an amazing stage presence.
The Night Lite is located in downtown Oakland right near Jack London Square which has an up and coming music and bar scene. Downtstairs is a full bar, and upstairs is a smaller bar with the stage. It has the ambiance of a nice large bar downstairs but in a smaller package with a great sound system.
Electric Strawberry describes themselves as a kinetic rock band with a love for 1960’s rock. Some bands that have influenced them are Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Tame Impala and Bright Eyes. Lead singer Briana Gokay has the dynamic vocals of Florence Welch mixed with Grace Slick and an mind-blowing stage presence. Briana met guitarist Emily gun through craigslist and then via some social networking met bass guitarist Bryant Miguel in 2012 in addition to drummer Luke Stark.
My favorite songs from the album are Always Knew and Light of Day. Both songs have a great body moving energy to them and wonderful rich vocals from Gokay.
Recently the band was offered a residency at the Uptown, located in Oakland, CA. You can see them there on Wednesday nights. You can pick up a beautiful transparent LP at one of their shows or order it from them via their website. If you download it from bandcamp it in comes in MP3, FLAC and more.