Q&A: UFN (Until Further Notice)

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
We had hoped that we could use the name to create statements about our current mood or ideas. With our upcoming album, we feel that there’s a deeper story behind saying, “This is Temporary-Until Further Notice” etc. We also love the acronym name.

How would you describe your sound?
If you listen to any one song, apart from the rest of our current released music, you could say we’re folk, singer-songwriter, pop, or even rock. But as a whole, it’s best to expect an Alternative PopPunk vibe with Angsty undertones.

When did you first become interested in playing music?

We’ve all been in love with music from childhood. Our Singer-Lyricist and Bass Player-Composer are siblings who grew up in a musical household, our guitar player started playing when he was 15 and our drummer has been beating cans since he was 8 y/o.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
We asked the audience to “Vine” challenge our singer. So they would shout out the first line of a Vine and the singer would respond with the rest of it. Someone challenged, “There’s only one thing worse than a r@p!st….” To which the singer responded confidently, not because they knew that Vine, but because she starred in the Viral YouTube video that the Vine came from. So that was crazy.

What are you listening to these days?
I want to say I’m checking out new music, but really, it’s Bo Burnham…honestly. What does music mean to you? It’s an art form. It’s an opportunity to tell a story, but it’s a powerfully versatile story. Someone can hear it and it soothes their soul. Some can let it become their anthem, and the same person can use that music to tell their own story. It’s an evolving canvas, and it’s life.

How’d you guys first get together to play music?
My best friend and I both play multiple instruments, and since he was living with me at the time and we had lots of time to jam. One day we wrote something awesome and we knew that we were supposed to write music. He brought in his brother to sing at first and his cousin Jon to play guitar. The brother was in the band for a very short time and my own sister stepped in to sing. (BF since left and we have a new drummer, he’s a filmmaker from Scotland and he’s an accomplished drummer)

San Francisco is full of music history. Who are some San Francisco musicians who inspired you?
Green Day, Journey, Metallica, Third Eye Blind, Train.

What’s the biggest challenge in becoming a musician today?
Algorithms — they murder good music when they don’t take into account anything but the hits. The death of the decision-making radio DJ; people feel their community, out of touch program makers don’t. Autotune; ANYONE can put out music, saturating the market with “music”. I mean, we’re all about conquering these difficulties. They are, however, the most challenging.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
We love playing at DNA, we a little prefer the upstairs intimate space. Brick & Mortar is cool too. We actually SUPER love a tiny restaurant/bar in our town that clears out their dining room for shows, Old Mexico in Livermore.

Where do you like to get creative in San Francisco?
We don’t really need a destination in the city, the vibe alone is an inspirational beacon. Really, walk down a street, drive with the windows down and just BE in the city.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
We’re all nerds. Like we can be rockstars on a stage and geek out about… literally science. FOR HOURS. Ok, Jon and I can.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
We are releasing our 2nd Studio Album on Friday, July 2nd, 2021. 12 songs featuring 7 different drummers, a truly collaborative effort of East Bay artists.

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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