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San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States
Band Alternative Rock


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"Apside, review of the Black EP"

Bay Area foursome Apside have a compelling EPO that suggests incredible potentials. "A Place Like Home", with its unexpected chord changes and melodic hook, is exiting to hear. Though the band is decidely brit-influenced, there is also a hyper, Strokes-ish energy on "I Have Nothing". Apside is a cutting-edge alternative rock band whose creative choices work well for this genre. The band deserves airplay on stations like L.A.'s Indie 103.1. - Music Connection

"SF Chronicle"

Also making headlines in a music world that plays to a younger crowd, San Francisco residents Paolo Giordano, Pietro Straccia, Tina Fagnani and Bruno Romani brought down the house as their band, Apside, had a rocking evening at the Tongue and Groove. The audience really got into their sound and lyrics about life, love and struggle. Remember, you heard about them first in "Around the Scene". - Kathryn Pellegrini

"Reviewed by Sessa D'Amelio (Zero)"

Self-Titled EP
San Francisco’s Apside releases a 4-track EP with a collection of dreamy landscapes. It wasn’t easy. The band experienced issues making this EP. The first 3 tracks recorded at respected Cyclops Studios left the band feeling empty. After 5 months of production they took the tracks to former Consolidated member Mark Pistel’s Room 5 Studios. The drum and beat master listened and filled the fragments. “Insane” the break-out song with the Pistel touch is layered with the ear of a fanatic. Apside features dark powerful European driven-guitars. In the way Europeans blast down the Autobahn, Giordano and Straccia guitar playing blast through the tracks while shifting a telecaster above the grind of the melodies. It is hard to classify this band, as shoegazer and power-pop don’t quite do them justice. The smooth delivery of such heavenly riffs with solid lyrical structure, vocals and rhythm make Apside’s arrangements palatial. The ethereal nature of these arrangements are filled with dense wistful guitars painting a landscape full of sweeping gestures. Sounding much larger than a 4-piece the density washes behind Straccia’s vocal’s almost falsetto in quality, in such a way to make this little EP huge in its surreal qualities. The rhythm section drives the songs further up toward heaven with the pairing of female drummer, Fagniani, and Romani on bass. With local bands getting snapped up left and right by major labels, this band is one to watch. Apside is Paolo Giordano (guitar, vocals), Bruno Romani (bass), Pietro Straccia (guitar, vocals), and Tina Fagniani (drums).
- Zero Magazine

"Apside at Slims by Daniela Cleveland"

Their self-description reads as “jealousy, urgency, love, hope, loneliness, strength”. Apside’s music includes all of these elements, along with possessing talent for melodic lines, grunge-inspired heaviness, and utter precision.

As part of the Sean Healy Presents: Midnight In A Perfect World showcase on April 29th at Slim’s, they packed a distinctive punch for a lively audience. ‘Too Soon’, performed at a faster tempo than on their self-titled EP, provided a showcase for Tina Fagnani’s attack-style drumming, further driving the point of heartbreak inherent in the song’s lyrics. Dramatic and atmospheric, ‘Insane’
included a mixture of staccato leads flourishing with melodic ones and thudding bass at the chorus, while guitarist Paolo Giordano and bassist Bruno Romani both dropped to their knees as though rock were a religion and music the Creator. ‘Collide’, a song which embodies optimism and devotion (and has received alterna-radio airplay in São Paulo, Brazil recently), was delivered beautifully by Pietro Straccia, bearing a slightly casual physical stance while delivering impassioned vocals.

- Independent Musician Magazine

"Reviews of Apside on tour in Brazil"

Site - "Muzplay"

Site - "Toputo"

Magazine - "Dynamite"

Casper Libero University

blog talking about the radio interview I did last year:
- different brazilian magazines


The Collide EP 2004
Self titled EP 2005



"Apside is my favorite new band". -Sylvia Massy, producer (Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Tool, Johnny Cash, System of a Down)

"Apside, a great San Francisco up and coming band to watch for. I'm sold now. I am a fan after seeing them live". -Aaron Axelson, music director of Live 105 (biggest alternative radio station in northern California).

In April 2005 a popular radio station in San Paolo, Brazil 2000 gets hold of Apside's EP and starts playing the single "Collide" on their alternative rock weekly show. The band is unaware of the magnitude of the public responce until they get an email inviting them to Brazil to tour the country. Apside jumps on a plane and plays the San Paolo Campari Festival (which also lands them a live appearance on MTV and many other brazilian networks) along with punk heroes MC5, The Kills, CSS, Dungen and other local acts then continues to five more cities to headline a tour of south western Brazil.

Apside: an amalgamation of pop, beautiful dirty guitars and intense harmonics. The band members are insanely driven to create music which carries them beyond temporary trends.

Apside is formed in 2004 when Paolo and Pietro meet in San Francisco after having lived most of their lives in different countries in Europe. Their desire to write songs that are melodic, abrasive, catchy and memorable inspires them to meet other likeminded musicians whom they find in brazilian native Bruno Romani and american drummer Tina Fagnani.

Zero Magazine: "Apside features dark powerful European driven-guitars. In the way Europeans blast down the Autobahn, Giordano and Straccia guitar playing blast through the tracks while shifting a telecaster above the grind of the melodies. In September 2006 Apside's song "Someday" started being featured on a new Fox network TV show. In July 2007.

In 2007 Apside made it twice to the top 5 bands for the Live 105 Local Band Contest (a competition entered by hundreds of bands). Consequently, Apside has started getting airplay on Live 105, Alice Radio and other Bay Area radio stations. Since then Apside has caught the attention of super producer Sylvia Massy and after some pre-production work, the band is currently recording with her their first full-lenght album, scheduled to be released in September. On June 7th 2008,Apside performed at the Live 105 BFD festival at the Shoreline Amphitheatre,in front of thousands of people,along acts like Pennywise,MGMT,Santogold,Cypress Hill,Moby,Alkaline Trio and more.. and the following day(Sunday June8) Apside headlined this year's Haight and Ashbury fair in front of a crowd of over 6000 people.In September, after a couple of months spent demoing new songs in the studio, Apside made it to the top 3 bands in a contest to open for Coldplay, out of 400 bands. A great number of bay area music magazines will be featuring Apside in their upcoming issues.