Scary Little Friends is the rock brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums and Jon Payne on bass. Chris built his own studio in the Mission district to record their debut album, "From the Beginning", which features lilting vocals (ala Jeff B...
Scary Little Friends is the rock brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums and Jon Payne on bass. Chris built his own studio in the Mission district to record their debut album, "From the Beginning", which features lilting vocals (ala Jeff Buckley) and surfs-up psychedelic guitar; a trademark of the "San Francisco Sound". Based in both San Francisco with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of this band. Scary Little Friend's live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn't say.
Since forming in early 2013, the band has quickly risen in the ranks of the Bay Area music scene and was nominated "Band of the Month" by Deli Magazine in August 2014. In September of that same year their music video for "Devil's Heart" debuted on CMT's 'The Edge'. They have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and Relix Magazine. They made a strong showing in their first year of playing festivals, appearing at Phono del Sol, Whole Earth, Mateel Summer Arts & Music, VertigoFest and Davis Music. They've been featured at renowned Bay Area venues such as the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, Rio Theatre, Moe's Alley, Kuumbwa Jazz, Don Quixote's, Leo's Music Club, Harlow's, HopMonk Tavern, Miners Foundry, Live at Lagunitas, and Grateful Dead hubs Terrapin Crossroads and Sweetwater Music Hall. They have shared the stage with national touring acts Norah Jones, Delta Spirit, Boy & Bear, Chuck Prophet, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Streets of Laredo, Soft White Sixties, Achilles Wheel, Caravan Palace, Stone Foxes, Jimbo Mathus, Baptist Generals, Debauche, Jail Weddings, Coffis Brothers and Terrapin Crossroads staple Midnight North.
Their debut album, "From the Beginning," is an album that was written and created before the band existed. The theme of the album is starting over again in life after losing loved ones, falling short of one's dreams, and watching friends struggle through recovery from drugs and alcohol. Based on actual experiences in Chris's life, these songs were eventually heard by friends who found that the new songs were something special and clearly the best of his long songwriting career. After hearing a rough mix of the album for the first time in early 2013, Jon Payne knew he had to be part of this project, and approached Chris about his desire to play music with his old friend again. The timing was perfect as Chris had regained the desire to perform himself. Soon after, Jon picked up bass duties, and with Chris's veteran drummer, close friend, and staple of the San Francisco music scene, Charlie Knote, formed out the current lineup of Scary Little Friends.