I want to take you all into a journey of the past. Dare I say, a Throwback Thursday?
It’s 2009, Curious Quail is braaaand new and I’m going with Jess to see our buddy Vincent Do play an acoustic set at a coffee shop in Mountain View. This guy Patrick I sometimes work with at Starbucks is in one of the other bands that Vincent is always raving about, "picture" something, and there’s some other bands on the bill I’ve never heard of.
After an interesting set from ‘The Sound of Orange’ (Young Science's previous project) this trio with a ridiculous name gets up there. The guy in the picture above, a dude with curly-hair and a telecaster and this short chick with two keyboards and a violin.
Not to be all Upworthy and shit but WHAT HAPPENED NEXT BLEW MY MIND.
The songs were masterfully crafted, the way the three of them interacted with each other, the harmonies between the vocalists, it was all perfect. Then they straight-up covered MIA’s ‘Paper Planes’ with the key/violin/vocalist rapping.
That band was Please Do Not Fight, and I think I speak for a lot of people in the Sf Bay Area that they were one of the most beloved local acts we had. It was hard NOT to like them since the music was great and their attitudes were so positive. They always helped out other bands and had yearly Holiday shows that were an absolute blast. They had a myriad of lineup changes, but Zen and Geoff (telecurls) remained constant.
The band announced a breakup and final show in 2012 and that was one of the most important nights in Bay Area local music. There were tears, there were crowd-participation lyric changes to reflect the sadness. It was a night of community that has been mostly unparalleled. While it was an awesome evening for Dogcatcher, Cold Eskimo and Picture Atlantic, all of whom were releasing new records that night, they were all overshadowed by the fact that most of the people were there to say goodbye to their favorite band.
With PDNF gone, we straight up snagged Erin for our band which as many of you may remember, was primarily on vox, keytar and extra violin (she’s our bassist now because holy fuck multi-talent- do remember she rapped, sang, violined and piano’d the first time I ever saw her play) and Zen has remained active solo (Hell, we played with him and Geoff last week at the Doctor Who show) and occasionally dropped a PDNF song in his sets but there hasn’t been any kind of official reunion. Until now.
On September 5th at that same coffee shop in Mountain View, that same trio are doing a Please Do Not Fight reunion as part of Zen’s Red Rock Residency before he moves to Southern California at the end of October.
And we get to play it.
We’re on at 8pm sharp, and once our set is over Erin is switching hats and performing with Zen and Geoff in a set that will likely incite more feels than I can possibly explain.
Since the show is free there aren’t tickets, but make sure you RSVP here if you are a Facebooker: