Another band has pulled up stakes and left San Diego. Hanging from the Rafters have announced, via Facebook, a relocation to New York City after spending three years performing in California.
Singer Lolly Brown and drummer Mike Brown have already made the move across the country, and guitarist / keyboardist Kawika Hughson will be joining them shortly. As Lolly Brown explains, the group agreed that New York would be a more opportune locale for their style of electronics-heavy music.
"We have been struggling to get bookings in San Diego, and as an electronica band, there doesn't seem much of an audience here for what we are doing," she says in an email. "We have had some radio play here and there, and we have had some great shows in San Diego, but we've not gotten the momentum going that we believe we could generate in a larger city. We've talked about L.A., San Francisco and N.Y. as options for our band for quite some time."
Brown lived in New York City before moving to San Diego, so it's not an entirely out-of-the-blue move, but it does give the band a fresh start of sorts.
"There really is no place like N.Y.C. for music," she says. "In my years there, I played The Limelight, Webster Hall, China Club—the scene has changed in N.Y., but the opportunities still abound."
Hanging from the Rafters' first New York show will be on Dec. 27 at Pianos. They also plan to set up shows in other East Coast cities like Boston and Washington, D.C., in the coming year and intend to record their second album in 2015.
"We want to get it our music out there, and we feel we will reach a broader audience," Brown says. "And as Michael and Kawika agreed, this is a bucket-list thing if you are a musician."