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began it's performance career in late 2007 and is currently playing anywhere and everywhere they can sink their original, somewhat hard-to-classify hard-rockin' grooves into...

SFO was created by Jym, Infamous, and Topher Rishel on bass by blending guitar and bass ideas together w/ drums and then shaping the songs, ultimately putting vocal melodies and lyrics to most of the tracks. 5 songs were captured in the summer of 2007 via ADAT in a make-shift, do-it-at-home but not-at-home studio, and then pain-stakingly copied and slang out, totaling over 700 hand-written discs to date. SFO made their debut in the backyard of Jym's house Nov 2007 in front of 40 or so close friends, and was their first time playing w/ Mike Sopko. Dec 2008 marked the first public show at Rooster's in Alameda where SFO drew in over 80 folks, headling the night w/ THE ASSOCIATED, SUPERFINOS VTO (who we've had the pleasure of sharing multiple bills w/ since), and SEX & MACHINES.

In January 2008 SFO went into Cue Production's studio in Concord and recorded two songs- "Stoli Girl" and a new version of "The Way"- releasing these two tracks in a single format. 200 were pressed and distributed, mostly overseas in Africa and Europe.

STEREO FREAKOUT continued to play and write new material, gradually moving onto bigger venues like Blakes, The DNA Lounge, and Bottom of the Hill. SFO entered a Battle of the Bands put on by Cleveland based Gorilla Productions in Feb 2009 and was 2 of 9 bands to move onto the finals. The finals then happened back at the DNA in June 2009 and SFO beat out 9 other bands, selling 160 tickets and capturing not only the headlining slot but the crowd and won the night, walking with 500 cash, 20 hours of studio time, a headlining gig back at the DNA, and a submission to a major label. SFO then went on to a nation-wide Battle, competing for a $25,000 record deal, which began in Feb 2010 and was solely determined by online voting. SFO took 6th out of 7,500 bands and spoked with the president of Rock X Records, but ultimately decided not to work with the company.

In July of 2009, after playing Blakes on Telegraph w/ PARADISE, SERENITY NOW! and STAGNANT, (and selling over 170 tix at the door), SFO and Toph parted ways, bringing in Sopko's fellow Clevelander and MCR/Paradise bandmate ETHAN RIDER. The shift was difficult, w/ Toph being a founding member and playing over 30 shows together. July/Aug 2009 SFO went into San Rafael's POPSMEAR STUDIOS and recorded 5 songs and had their CD release party/Jimi Hendrix's birthday celebration at DNA Lounge in SF. The debut album "If Wishes Were Fishes..." was reviewed by a few papers, magazines, and online sites including the East Bay Express & Rick's Mailbox, and played on a dozen radio stations.

Shortly thereafter PARADISE disbanded and SFO recruited the vocal talents of singer/songwriter extraordinaire SAM JOHNSON. Sam played a half dozen shows or so with SFO, including a headlining spot at the Great American Music Hall with ANGELS OF VICE and playing San Leandro's annual Sausage & Suds Festival 2009 & 2010. All the while Sam was focusing on his solo career, and currently Sam can be found busking 5 days a week at Fisherman's Wharf in SF, slinging CDs and his soulful, pop-infused tunes to droves of summer tourists.

Well, lots more stuff happened. Like Monster Cock Rally becoming Glimpse Trio, Jym being recruited to manage GT in Okt 2010 and ultimately placing SFO on hiatus, drummer Ethan Horning being replaced by Hamir Atwal in GT, Ethan Rider leaving GT, jazz/funk stand-up bassist Chris Lopes joining and then leaving GT, and Jym learning to play the bass and actually joining the Glimpse Trio line-up... & then Jym splitting ways with GT in April 2012 after touring 7 states and playing almost 60 shows in less than a year.

In July 2012, SFO was in the process of getting back together to play with the legendary M.I.R.V. at The New Parish in Oakland on Saturday September 15th but had to most unfortunately drop off the bill. 50+ posters and 1000s of fliers were made for what would have been SFO's most epic show were made- the SFO crew was deeply disappointed but hope to have the opportunity to play with M.I.R.V. again someday.

Early 2013 - SFO starts a somewhat secret supergroup side-project with members from 2 other bay area greats. 3 songs are recorded and in the process of being mastered, pressed, and then hopefully a cd release will be scheduled soon. Summer 2013 - Justin Mermod and Alex Shabaniani are recruited on baritone, tenor, and alto saxophones and began recording a full-length album.

SFO was adamant about not playing any shows until the cd release, but decided spur of the moment to revisit their old stomping grounds - The Annex in San Lorenzo - and play a warm up gig on Sat Sept 21st 2013.


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