Ask Adrian what kind of music The Adrian West Band plays and he'll say "Yes." Or if he's feeling cocky, he'll say "Good."
The longer answer: original acoustic rock that sounds like Paul Simon meets Dave Matthews meets Talking Heads. The band features vocal harmonies, guitar, electric violin, bass, drums, sometimes an alto sax, and a bit of live “looping.”
Born and raised in Montreal, Adrian is an exciting performer. A gifted vocalist, he moves effortlessly between guitar & violin, sometimes using live looping to add layers of sound and intrigue to his songs. With a knack for language that's simple yet poetic, he's not afraid to tackle difficult topics in his songwriting. "Safe Streets" tells an allegory about police violence, "Close Your Eyes" laments the beauty bias that pervades the mass media, and "Senses" entreats you to appreciate your senses while you can. But Adrian doesn't take any of this stuff too seriously; his lyrics are infused with a sense of hope and a touch of whimsy.
Adrian started playing violin at 4, and in his teens he studied classical violin at the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal. He later learned drums and guitar, and developed his vocal and songwriting technique. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, where as a sideman violinist he began supporting Bay Area bands, playing some of the area's better known venues including the Fillmore, Yoshi's SF (main stage), Slim’s, The Independent and The Sweetwater. In 2005 he formed the Adrian West Band, which has performed steadily at venues and festivals all over the Bay Area.
Check out his new album "The Human Touch"
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