Nyleau (aka Underwoman and the Believers)
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Nyleau (aka Underwoman and the Believers)

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Alternative Indie





i gave your myspace page a good listen and wow - you've got a new fan here. the recordings gave me images of melancholy merry go round rides in autumn...beautiful stuff. - Michael Dausch (Recording Artist of "Who?")

"Underwoman and the Believers at Barmel"

Tonight Barmel features two musical acts with Asian-American women fronting the microphone. The Sea and the Mother is author Dao Strom's music project. She set out to write songs for West/East, which is part of a hybrid art/memoir called We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People. Carolyn Chen is the Underwoman and her Believers headline the evening. Underwoman is releasing their first full-length album this summer and tonight's set will showcase many tunes off the record. There's definitely some tasty experimentation going on here. - Monterey County Weekly


Still working on that hot first release.



Nyleau (a.k.a. Underwoman and the Believers) is spare musical melancholia inspired by the anti-hero of the novel Notes from Underground and influenced by classical music and film scores, as well as electronic, hip hop, and pop music. Members include Carolyn Chen (writer, keys, vocals), Robert Pruett (drums, vocals) and Gabriel Eriksson (bass, vocals). 

Past shows include venues on the U.S. West Coast and East Coast, as well as in the UK, such as: The Whisky (LA), Brick and Mortar Music Hall (SF), Hard Rock Cafe (SF), Hotel Utah Saloon (SF), Honey Hive Gallery (SF), El Rio (SF), Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn), Kung Fu Necktie (Philly), The Middle East (Cambridge, MA), Box (Glasgow), McChuills (Glasgow), Birds Next (London), Pianos (NYC), The Waypost (Brooklyn), The Way Station (Portland, OR), The Milk Bar (SF), Amnesia (SF), Somos Gallery (Salinas), The Night Light (now The Elbo Room Jack London Square) (Oakland), Studio Grand (Oakland), The Stork Club (Oakland), Bazaar Cafe (SF), Brain Wash Cafe (SF), Alchemical Studios (NYC), An Die Musik (MD), Red Rock Coffee (Mtn View), Barmel (Carmel), Linnea's Cafe (SLO), The Abbey (Santa Cruz), Genghis Cohen (LA), private home concerts, and three San Francisco Taiwanese American Cultural Festivals.

Nyleau's first full length album -- a culmination of song development over 10 years -- was recorded at Shipwreck Studios, Oakland and is being completed for release.

Nyleau would not be what it is today without all its past performers and collaborators: Tyler Sanders on bass and guitar; Arnold Kim, Danny Sheu, and Dustyn Ragasa on viola; Julius Cheng, Patrick Dean, and James Donald on drums; Albert Yeh and Matthew Fisherkeller on guitar and violin/viola; and Pete Canton on bass.

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