Manzanita Falls

HopMonk Sebastopol Presents

Manzanita Falls

DONCAT, The Drought Cult

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Sebastopol, CA


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Manzanita Falls
Manzanita Falls
Formed in the fall of 2011, Manzanita Falls is a four-piece indie-rock group from San Francisco Bay Area. They started out small, playing local shows while developing their distinctive sound. Influenced by bands like The National, Wilco, and The Frames, their sound is comfortably familiar and also uniquely Manzanita Falls. Originally slated to be released in November of 2012, Vinyl Ghost was delayed after the band went through a near-fatal car accident in Abilene, TX that left drummer, Matt Coit, with a fractured neck. After months of healing, the band is ready to go and excited to be bringing their dynamic tunes and captivating performances to a national audience.
DONCAT is Duncan Nielsen, a San Francisco based songwriter, performer and rock musician with a penchant for rock, soul and folk stylings. His songs draw from the deep history of California counter-culture music and discuss both the hope and uncertainty of the American dream in kaleidoscopic cynicism.

Vocals, Guitar / Duncan Nielsen
Bass / Chris Sugiura
Drums / Kyle Kelly-Yahner
Keys / Jesse Cafiero

Duncan Nielsen has sported the moniker ‘DONCAT’ since 2013. Since then he’s lived in a vista-abundant neighborhood in San Francisco, CA, just south of Haight-Ashbury. From almost anywhere in his house the eye can reach the eastern edge of the city, as well as downtown. On most days, just on the shoulders of the hill behind the house, fingers of heavy fog quietly creep in. While most would consider the view an inspiration, Nielsen finds it to be a distraction. He focuses his sights inward.

“The view is nice for coffee in the morning, and taking breaks, it’s a breath of fresh air. But when I’m focusing on the mood of a song, externalities distort that focus. Writing music is more of an internal and reflective process, more like scuba diving than sky diving.”

Nielsen’s youth both informs and structures his inward-facing songwriting process. As a teen, he spent the lion’s share of his time channeling classic rock and folk. In junior-high, he gifted Led Zeppelin I at a birthday party and was ostracized. By the time he entered high school, he found himself as the token kid-with-a-guitar: loved by all and known by none. This bolstered his penchant for writing iconoclastic songs, as well as skipping high school to surf alone.

These days, Nielsen moves from his grandmother’s Wurlitzer piano to his father’s hand-me-down acoustic guitar writing songs at home. He prefers not to look out the window.

DONCAT just released his latest LP, Easy Cowboy, September 9th. It's 11 tracks are a string of haunted musings with an onion-centered soul. Every doubt and question set forth is a layer to peel back, revealing the complexity of one's past decisions and its effects on the individual at the brink of the present. Third track "Take A Break (From Cool)" is a slow-motion wave of guitars and synths in which Nielsen sings "maybe it's all in your head/it's just you've never turned to face it." This record is a vignette into blissful uncertainty.

To date, Nielsen’s songs have been featured in a handful of network television series and independent films. He’s opened shows for The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Hayden, and Chuck Ragan. While he’s not writing and performing his own music, he tours with San Francisco-based band, Geographer, as a guitarist, keyboard player and backup vocalist. His newest LP Easy Cowboy is out now everywhere on Creature Distribution.
The Drought Cult
The Drought Cult
The Drought Cult is a dark, dreamy, experimental rock n roll trio from the northern San Francisco Bay Area.
Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472