Bam!Bam! formed in 2010 after Zola and Chloe met while bartending at The Uptown in Oakland. Zola’s band Make Me had just broken up and it had been a while since Chole had drummed for her old band Stilleta. The two quickly bonded over shots of Fernet, live music, and a mutual affinity for amphibious vehicles. Their early work was inspired mostly by early K records , 80’s Uk indie , and 90’s Riot Grrrl bands played by a guitar and drum duo.
Since then they have released two EP’s Let it Go and Golden Haze 2 to kind reviews from Bust, Maximum Rock n’ Roll, and VICE, among others. In this time they have toured the US a bunch and have opened for Calvin Johnson, Shonen Knife, and Scout Niblett, among others. They have also since expanded to include Chloe’s former bandmate, Stiletta bass player Shelly. After years as a duo, this welcome change is almost as much of a return as it is a beginning for the band.
Nails, the band’s first full-length, (set to be released on August 2, 2019 as a picture disc with art by Los Angeles based artist Bri Cirel.) was recorded in bursts and spurts around the Bay Area with Patrick Brown at Different Fur in San Francisco, and with Aaron Burnam at Harrison Street Records. With this record they’ve expanded beyond their indie pop beginnings by adding darker tones, bell arrangements, and piano to their songs, creating a fuller sound for the now seasoned band.