Wire Graffiti
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Wire Graffiti


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The best kept secret in music


"June 2003"

First and foremost, there's the voice. Wire Graffiti's Katherine Sawyer has a distinctive way of singing - her powerhouse voice is low-register, nasally, a little like a gothic cabaret artist. Think Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie Hynde, Ani DiFranco, L7, Sleater Kinney. The music goes here, there, everywhere, but Sawyer's witchy voice dominates the proceedings. It demands, "Pay attention. Listen to me." Which is irritating at first, but then grows on you. Second, there's the instrumentation. Tim Sanchez's bass and Sawyer's and Stev Ohanis' masterful guitars weave an intricate spell....

"Local Music Spotlight May 2007"

With a big ten year CD release anniversary just around the corner, this crowd-rousing four piece straight out of Oakland is driving full speed towards success. Since first emerging onto the scene in the late nineties, Wire Graffiti have wasted no time in proving that they’re here to stay with a sound that can only be described as “eeeeelectric.” Powered by vocalist/guitarist Katherine Sawyer, guitarist Stev Ohanis, drummer Rob Tucker and bassist Rafa Corral, the band will soon celebrate their tenth year of battering sound systems with their fourth full length which will feature original bass player Tim Sanchez. According to a June 2003 issue of Performer magazine, “their songs take gothic rock sounds and put them in jazz and prog-rock structures full of dynamic changes, baroque embellishments and endless moody grooves,” and thanks to a wide variety of collective influences, Wire Graffiti have reintroduced the Bay Area to rock n’ roll.
Their talent demands attention and their melodies will cast a spell on you as you slowly become addicted to their - Zero Magazine


1997 Poetic Dictionary
2000 Hitting Traffic
2003 Peculiar Love
2007 Wire Graffiti


Feeling a bit camera shy


This crowd-rousing four piece from Oakland, CA is powered by vocalist/guitarist Katherine Sawyer and guitarist Stev Ohanis, and driven full force by drummer Rob Tucker and bassist Rafa Corral. Wire Graffiti celebrate their tenth year of battering sound systems and frenzying fans wherever they go, by releasing their fourth full length CD which features original bassist Tim Sanchez.

Wire Graffiti have always played what they want, and this self-titled CD is no exception. With Katherine and Stev’s combined influences the new songs are given plenty of juice and plugged into a user-friendly rock album that spotlights what Wire Graffiti is all about, one big rebellious party.


Songwriter's Katherine Sawyer and Stev Ohanis met 13 years ago over a game of pool at Oakland's George and Walt's and haven't looked back. Wire Graffiti's first CD, Poetic Dictionary, a mostly folk-based album written primarily by Katherine and co-written, recorded and produced by Stev, was featured on KFOG's Local Anesthetic. Playing live with band members Tim Sanchez on bass and DC Carter on drums, they quickly developed a sound that shifts easily from ethereal to hardcore, while still keeping one hand on their folk rock roots.

Drummer Derek DeFields joined on for Wire Graffiti’s second recording, Hitting Traffic, which was released in 2000. Rob Tucker then came in on drums for the live shows and Hitting Traffic established the band in the underground club scene, with an ever growing fan base, college radio exposure and local television spots including Bay TV's nationally broadcast 'The Show'.

With Tim Sanchez still on bass and Rob Tucker on drums, the band wrote and released their third full length CD, Peculiar Love, on Valentine’s Day 2003. Taking the material in a decidely quirky and complicated direction they brought in producer Scrote (Casino Royale, Baby Snufkin) This CD features guest artists Dave Palmer (Seal, Fiona Apple, Brian Eno) on keyboards, horn players Mike and Travis Lafferty, and Angelique X (Venus Bleeding, Charm School Dropouts, T&A) singing backup.