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San Francisco, CA
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Portrait of bloomsdayrising
In July of 2004, Phil Lang moved to San Francisco from South Dakota to attend the University
of San Francisco's Creative Writing program. Lang played music and hadn't met anyone in the
city. In the absence of a social life, he passed the hours writing songs in his one-window studio
apartment. Fellow MFA classmate Chris Hansen was the first person Lang met. Hansen played
music too, and eventually the two mustered up the courage to play in the same room. The next
day, Lang began recording (in Hansen�s apartment) the twenty-some songs that had been
welling up since his arrival in San Francisco. Six months later, Hansen hosted a charity event
that involved a musical collaboration of USF professors and students. Fernando Estrada, playing
bass, saved Hansen and Lang from having to play the Broadway show tunes suggested by
the professors (but nothing could save them from a poorly judged cover of Radiohead's �National
Anthem�). About eight months later, Kiernen Rein came on board to play drums. The group
knew they were a real rock band when they were awarded their first official noise citation from
the SFPD.
The rest of the details are more or less the same as every other rock band trying to make a name
for themselves, but the music is uncommonly good. Yes, every band thinks that, too, but
Bloomsday Rising invites you to judge for yourself. They've released Rattle the Windows
(2007) and Unlocked (2008 EP), and are currently paying their dues in the Bay Area music
scene. Their music has been featured on Insomnia Radio, KUSF and SF Weekly's annual
Artopia party. They embrace the challenges of the music industry's current fragile state and, with
that in mind, have an innovative decision regarding the distribution of their music: Our music is FREE