Monday, August 21, 2006

Seconds On End Releases "Shadowland"

Shadowland (cover)

New review from F.U.T. a Bay Area based zine put out by high school students:

Seconds on End: Shadowland

Shadowland is the second CD release from Seconds On End. This Bay Area band which has developed a following doing gigs in La Honda, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, fits comfortably in the jam genre, specifically the Grateful Dead/Phish axis thereof. They even offer a download of their live version of the Dead’s classic “Eyes of the World” on their website If every jam band has its own space, the space that Seconds On End occupies most of the time is a place where possibilities are limitless and optimism is the order of the day.

Contemporary jam bands have to answer the same two questions as groups playing blues, classic punk, or other well defined styles – do you bring anything new to the party and how are the songs? What Seconds On End brings includes the warm womanly voice and oboe playing of Carrie Adler, a welcome contrast from the unoriginal and sometimes sketchy vocals of other jam groups, an appreciation of how to make a variety of guitar and drum intonations work the context of specific songs, nice bass work on songs like “Shadowrung” and an unabashed neo-hippie ethos that lets the superb guitar work of Peter Sawyer and Nick Peters give voice to most of what the group has to say.

As for the songs, there are no real clunkers, and more than a few that leave a lasting mark. The strongest songs, like Room to Breathe, Desert Passage, Away, and Shadowrung, tend to be urgent and to make up their own rules. Seconds On End are less successful when they flirt with whimsy on a couple of tracks. Every song has some beautiful playing on it and surprising passages abound. Besides the polished, worldly Derek Trucks Band’s Songlines album, Shadowland is better than anything I’ve heard in the jam band genre recently.
Review by Entatty

Click below to check out the F.U.T site, great stuff!

This is no ordinary jam band--it's a whole new way of living the musical dream. These players are first rate string wizards, the vocals are top-notch, and it clearly comes straight from the heart. The work is full of soul, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes mournful, but the spirit is always strong. You will love this recording.
--Sandy Miranda, KPFA Jan. 2006

Upcoming Gigs

Sept. 16, 2006 Plough and Stars, SF
116 Clement at 2nd Ave. 9:30 PM, $5, 21+

October 7 , 2006 AppleJack's, La Honda
Highway 84 9:30 PM, free show, 21+

October 21 , 2006 Starry Plough, Berkeley
with Grand 58, SOE, then Howdy!
3101 Shattuck, 9-???, $5

PhilPhest 2006

Where the harmony gets real nice.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Seconds On End Music

Our second studio album, Shadowland

October 2005 CD Release Shadowland


Our latest CD "Shadowland" available through CDBaby

or direct through Toothless Monkey Music

Both sites offer previews and more reviews.

08-12-06 PhiJa Phest Live Recording

These tracks comprise the entire show recorded at PhiJa Phest 2006 in Felton CA:

















Live Recordings, Vol. 3

1.Pretty Day > She Sings Jam > Shadowrung - 12/18/04, Applejacks, La Honda, CA

Live Recordings, Vol. 2

1.Woman Be Free - 2/13/04, Connecticut Yankee, San Francisco, CA

2.Shadowland - 2/13/04, Connecticut Yankee, San Francisco, CA

3.Is This My Name? - 4/24/04, Applejack's, La Honda, CA

4.Away - 4/24/04, Applejack's, La Honda, CA

5.Waiting for the Sun - 2/13/04 , Connecticut Yankee, San Francisco, CA

6.Vigilante President > The Waiting - 1/29/04, Stanford Coffee House, Stanford, CA

7.O Sol - 2/13/04, Connecticut Yankee, San Francisco, CA

8.She Sings > Shadowrung - 2/13/04, Connecticut Yankee, San Francisco, CA

Live Recordings, Vol. 1

9.Room To Breathe - 8/15/03, Applejack's, La Honda, CA

10.Simple Things- 8/15/03, Applejack's, La Honda, CA

Our first studio album, The Glow

September 2002 CD Release The Glow


"The Glow " available through CDBaby

or direct through Toothless Monkey Music

Both sites offer previews and more reviews.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Seconds On End Videos

NEW! Video Downloads

These are 950kbps .wmv files. Requires Windows Media Player.

These performances were recorded April 12, 2005 for

Comcast Cable's San Francisco Sound show.

Special thanks to Ron Ress at SF Sound.



3.Away > Glimmer > She Sings Jam > Shadowrung

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Seconds On End and our label Toothless Monkey Music put out a monthly announcement via email.

Included with the mailer are gigs, upcoming albums, and links to download unreleased tracks from SOE and our label-mates.

Click here to join!


Sunday, May 21, 2006

About Seconds On End

SOE Band Shot
left to right - Nick Peters (guitar, vocals), Jae Hendrickson (drums),

Carrie Adler (oboe, mandolin, percussion, vocals), Brian Vandemark (bass, vocals ),

Peter Sawyer (guitar vocals)

(May 2006 update)

Seconds On End has earned a reputation from their loyal and growing fanbase as one of the gems of the Bay Area music scene. Since 2000 they have been captivating audiences with their intoxicating blend of original psychedelic rock, funk, reggae, and great songwriting. The band's October 2005 CD release "Shadowland" contains several radio-ready tracks which showcase a band that is starting to turn heads. They bring an intense shamanic energy to the stage which is amplified by years of building chemistry with each other and their loyal fans.

Seconds On End features Carrie Adler on vocals as well as oboe, which lends the band a timbre seldom heard in rock. After five years of gigging together, veteran musicians and co-lead guitarists Nick Peters (Soul Patch, The Tony Khalife Group) and Peter Sawyer (Great North Special) weave expressive melodies with each other intuitively. The band and audience ride on the untouchably smooth and funky grooves of Jae Hendrickson (Open Space Project) on drums and Brian Vandemark (Open Space Project, Neurohumors) on bass. Their songs cover the gamut of the human condition from the highest highs to the lowest lows, offering a journey that is diverse, fun, subtle, and always deep.

The band has two albums to their credit: "Shadowland" (Oct 2005) and "The Glow" (Sept 2002). In addition to album releases and private engagements, the band has been making the circuit in the Bay Area and has played such venues as: Ashkenaz, Hotel Utah, AppleJack's, Connecticut Yankee, Peri's, the 1923 Teahouse, Stanford University, Trout Farm Inn, and the Curve Bar. As of this promo writing the band has a mailing list of over 1000 people nationally, and has begun to build a strong following both on the Peninsula, in San Francisco, and the Santa Cruz region. The band is just now starting to make an impact in other areas. Although Seconds On End usually play electric sets they are equally captivating in an unplugged/all-acoustic setting as well.

Booking and Information: Peter Sawyer 650-529-9058