Westerly is a Bay Area band who layer harmonies over soundscapes ranging from drum-driven rock to soulful ballads and reflective hymns. Rooted in the traditions of writers like Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen, they tell stories of spirituality, love, and the politics, but Westerly is not retrospective. Their sound is influenced by R&B, punk, and indie creating a SF sound for a new era of love and protest.
The band has Bass, Drums, Lead & Rhythm guitar, and 2 singers. For paid gigs, we can also add fiddle and 3part harmonies.
Westerly has been featured on KPFA, KALW, KALX, and Mutiny Radio. They are regulars in Bay Area venues with upcoming show dates featured on (link hidden).
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 150 minutes
What to Expect
We perform mostly original music with occasional jazz and classic rock covers. We put out a lot of energy and make a lot of noise. We want to get people up and dancing.
Reminiscent of the hard luck storytelling of Tom Waits and the tarnished spiritual imagery of Leonard Cohen, Westerly writes American folk rock for the new era. Mixing indie rock, gospel, americana, blues, jazz, and folk, the band consists of Bay Area natives Sterling Spence (guitar and vocals), Leah Woodard (vocals), Brandon Seinturier (percussion), Scott Wilson (electric guitar), Chance Cochran (slide guitar and keys), and Gordon Allen (fiddle and vocals).
Westerly was founded by multi-instrumentalist Sterling Spence who sings and plays guitar, bass, and mandolin. Spence starting songwriting and performing at 10 years-old and has since toured the US with his first band the Coyote Bandits and performed throughout Italy with the band Dirty Cello. After finishing college in Riverside, CA, he moved back to the San Francisco Bay and formed Westerly with several members from the Coyote Bandits and new friends. They have released two albums, sold out Bay Area venues, and received airplay on KPFA and KALX.
Westerly combines roots influences with a raw, rock emphasis and deals with the themes of lost love and substance abuse while remaining rooted in the San Francisco tradition of making both peace and love.
Additional Booking Notes
We have three set-ups. First, Sterling performs as a solo act. If you're looking for a singer-songwriter vibe, he's got you covered. We also play as a trio with guitar, violin, and 3 vocals. This is perfect for smaller settings and sit down audiences. It includes our Leah Woodard, our jazz singer. We've found its pretty nice in cafes or wine bars. Finally, we love to bring the full 6 piece band with a much bigger rock sound. If you have the space, we think you'll love it. This sound gives us the full range of jazz, funk, rock, and folk while helping to make everything more dance-able.
Influences & Inspiration
We love Americana music and good song writers. We're a little bit like the Eagles and a little bit like the Head and the Heart.
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