In true rock and roll fashion, watching (temporarily) obscure San Diego-based band Transfer play live is an almost operatic experience. The dynamic four-some appear to be born performers, taking you through a gamut of emotions from their places on the stage. From Michael Coopers relentlessly driving drum beats and fiercely-controlled builds to Matt Molariustos swelling vocals (hes a kind of Thom Yorke meets Nick Drake), each of Transfers songs takes you on a journey thats replete with small lyrical tragedies and perfect climaxes and crescendos. Poetic guitar chords and melodic progressions bear hints of old-time, sincere classic rock, while the band threads an energized, fresh ambient sound through it. Transfers onto something here and are definitely worth the trek to this (continually) forgotten Fremont venue.
Fri., Nov. 30, 9 p.m., 2007