Approaching the Catacombs on Capp Street in the Mission makes you wonder if you are in the right place. It looks like a regular Mission home. Last night, a piece of paper that said “Unfortunates” was thankfully taped to the door to let me know that I was not lost. Inside, the Combs feels very much like a converted garage space and there is also an upstairs apartment where people live. I was told that it was once a recording studio for gospel music in the '60s and '70s and only opens for performances on rare occasions, like last night.
Opening for The Unfortunates was Sasha Bell, a Brooklyn transplant and former member of Essex Green. Essex Green released some adventurous, atmospheric but well crafted pop albums from 1999 – 2006 in the Elliot Smith vein. Sasha is a talented songwriter and played an enjoyable opening set of melodic, midtempo pop music. She also did double-duty last night playing keyboards with the Unfortunates. I also can’t neglect to mention another Unfortunates band-member Jefferson Marshall who is a supremely talented bass player. His recruitment to the band was a sharp move by Edwards. Jefferson helps take the band to another level.