The Western Nephews are five residents of San Francisco who stumbled into existence in 2017 in various subterranean, poorly ventilated rehearsal rooms around the city. They brought with them a love of Exile-era Stones coupled with the DIY ethos and sound of early American punk rock. They played their first show at San Francisco’s Hotel Utah in November of 2017, then promptly lost a guitar player to the threat of divorce.
The following month, Kevin Phillips (Guitar) joined Brian Escobar (Guitar) as the architects of the band’s guitar-driven sound, filled out by Evan Meagher (Vocals, Harmonica), Alan Hord (Bass) and John McCain (Drums) and they never looked back. Their smoldering and swampy sound ferments equal parts studied chops and sudden childlike chaos infused with wry, cynical lyrics that reflect the mercurial urban landscape that birthed them. They come at you hard and fast and loud, out of tortured speakers that have something to say and don’t particularly care what you think.
The band self-recorded basic tracks for their debut digital EP - American Standard - on Cinco de Mayo 2018 at their aboveground SF rehearsal studio. Throughout May, additional recording and mixing was done at Escobar’s Sunset Tamales studio.
American Standard was released to the internet on Father’s Day, June 17 at roughy 10 PM PST.