Serenity Now!
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Serenity Now!


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"Destruction of the System from Within"

Based on "Destruction of the System from Within," you shouldn't have a day job. You should be on the road opening for Green Day. - Brad Kava

"Music Calendar Picks (March 2009)"

San Jose’s Serenity Now! has metalled it up for its forthcoming album, The Ultimate Trip. A Sabbathy Zep influence is not exactly what one might have expected from the band that has found its biggest success so far with the sweet slice of alternapop that was “Miss Congeniality.” The hooks are as strong as ever, and just when you think you have the group pinned—or repinned—“Folks Like Me” rolls out as a poignant Gram Parsons–esque ballad, and the album’s best song, “The Long Way to Suicide,” sounds like a song from the fourth album Big Star should have made instead of In Space.
- San Jose Metro

"Music Calendar Picks (January 2009)"

"Serenity Now! sounds like all the elements that made various '90s bands great collected into one spot - and there's plenty of quiet-loud-quiet to go around. If you don't hear "Miss Congeniality" and everything you loved on the radio in 1997, you weren't listening to the radio in 1997." (Steve Palopoli) - San Jose Metro


Tracks that have gotten airplay include "The Long Way to Suicide," "She Ain't Mine," "Miss Congeniality," "The Hero Factor," "Million Dollar Dream," "Folks Like Me" and "Beer."

The Ultimate Trip (2009) // Destruction of the System from Within (2007) // Gather the Masses (2006) // Art Irritates Life (2005)



Serenity Now! is a three-piece rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by singer/guitarist Erik Fong, the band is built on an unlikely combination of influences that forms what has quickly become its signature sound of love-and-hate, sweet-and-angry aural juxtapositions. Think: the simple, hooky songwriting of Nirvana; the memorable riffage of Megadeth; the harmonies of Phil Spector and the Beach Boys; the raw and organic feel of Aerosmith and Guns; the catchy sweetness of the Raspberries and Cheap Trick; the rock n' roll philosophy and unpredictability of the Queens of the Stone Age; the lonely, introspective lyrics of Joe Jackson and Ric Ocasek.

The band debuted in 2005 with its three-song EP, Art Irritates Life, which offered a glimpse into Fong's early '90s alternative influences and a massive sound that one iTunes reviewer labeled as reminiscent of the "...wall of sound on low." Building upon the strengths of song and sound, Fong recruited hard-hitting drummer and fellow East Bay native John Riggs, along with well-known local bassist Leon Marcelis. The duo complemented the upbeat energy of Fong's driving guitar and powerpop-influenced vocals for Serenity Now's 2007 full-length album, Destruction of the System from Within. The summery, catchy, hook-laden, two-and-a-half-minute "Miss Congeniality" caught enough ears to earn a spot on such places as Bebo's August Monthly Mix (alongside G Love, Bitter:Sweet, Donavon Frankenreiter, Joan as Police Woman and more) as well as Insomnia Radio's San Francisco podcast (alongside Asobi Seksu, Band of Horses, Oranger, Unjust and more). Destruction was also added to iTunes' 2008 "Next Big Thing" promotion, which highlighted up and coming artists. Live performances during the Destruction era included an exclusive private show at the iTunes headquarters in Cupertino, CA.

Serenity Now!'s latest effort, The Ultimate Trip, was recorded in October 2008 at Prairie Sun Studios (Primus, Faith No More, High on Fire) in Cotati, CA. Minding key creative phrases like "'70s powerpop on steroids" and "What would Zeppelin do?," the band filled the seven-song release with a wide variety of hooks and grooves, mixing things up nicely in a clear refusal to ever be labeled a one-trick pony. From the melancholy, alt-country-inspired solitude of "Folks Like Me" to the acoustic Spanish-folk feel of the title track to the war-driving march of "Reap the Whirlwind" to the '50s-style pop thump of "The Long Way to Suicide," the band's musical menu continues to grow. Completing the East Bay connection, bassist Marcelis was replaced with Fong's childhood neighbor and fellow metalhead, Eric Mullin. Mullin's smooth, tasteful, melodic bass lines have provided the perfect bridge between Fong's and Riggs' balance of groove and precision.

Serenity Now! plans to spend the majority of 2009 on the stage, giving its fans as hard, loud and energetic of a live rock n' roll show as it can. And of course, not to be pigeonholed, Erik will also pursue solo acoustic shows.

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