can hear the music coming out the 1890s Victorian house at
2113 Broderick St. anytime morning or night. Located in the
Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, the house where Luce
(pronounced loose) was formed has been harboring musicians and
artists for 50 years. While you may hear grand piano, violins, or
singing, its just as likely youll hear the soaring,
luscious rock melodies of Luce emanating from a basement studio.
And now, you can hear Luce coming out of the radio or over the internet
on KFOG, KRSH, KTBG and KBAC.
Luce came together three years ago when Tom Luce (singer/songwriter/guitarist)
returned home to San Francisco from Greensboro, North Carolina,
to tend to his sick father, Robert, who died of cancer Nov. 10,
1999. Tom moved into Charles Molles house on Broderick St.
in 98. Molles home was funded by an arts society and
held fundraisers with classical music performances. Its a
place where magic lives in the musical angels that have flown through
its rooms, playing to their hearts delight. For the last half century,
Charles Molle, who was a violist with the San Francisco Symphony,
opened his house to music. Just weeks after participating in the
first Luce photo shoot, Molle died from natural causes on Nov.11,
2000. "It was ironic that Charles died one year and one day
after my father," Tom said. "Charles saw the beauty and
art in everything and in everyone. He opened up the doors of his
house the same way he opened up his heart; everyone was always welcome."
was in Molles house that Tom wrote the music for his first
recording. With Tom and Adam Rossi producing, they were in and out
of Bay Area recording studios with stellar musicians Steve Bowman
(Counting Crows), Eric McCann (Clarence Clemons) and Jamie Brewer
(Lisa Loeb) and others, as well as members of the San Francisco
Symphony. It was labeled the Blue Sage Poets, a band name Tom dreamed
of as a school kid, and features strings, horns and sampling, as
well as Toms voice and harmonies. Song highlights include
the metaphoric "Long Way Down," and the bouncy, horn-driven
"Good Day," with the memorable line, "Its a
pretty good day, Im looking forward to tomorrow." The
album has beautifully haunting songs with great grooves, like "Electric
Chair", "Numb", "Life" and "Sunniest
Of Weekends." Guilty pleasures include "There, In The
Middle" and "Bring Her In" that drip with sexual
innuendo. The album is topped off with the poignant "Here"
and "After Tomorrow", making the end as magnificent as
songs on this album were all chosen because of their honesty,"
Tom acknowledges. "In the song Life, there is actually
a man who stands on a corner holding a sign; I see him all the time.
The tracks Here and Good Day are songs from
my life; my best friend Dan and I paint houses for money. My biggest
goal with the music was to bring my life and friends into the songs.
That way people get to look through a window and see into a part
of my life that they may recognize in themselves. Or at least relate
to it. After all, were all friends here."
CD in hand, Luce put together his band, finding Brian Kroll (guitar,
vocals), Larry Riggs (bass) and Jonathan Moe (drums, vocals). To
complete the complex sounds on the CD, he added Kyle Wheeler (trumpet,
keyboards) and convinced an old North Carolina bandmate, Rob Sharer
(guitar, cello, violin, mandolin, keyboards, flute, vocals), to
bring his multi talents back to the U..S. from Germany, where he
had moved to continue his music career. While working out songs
on the CD, the band has also been writing new songs.. Four, "Waiting,"
"Divine," "Mary In The Haight" and "Afterlife"
have been a part of Luces exuberant live shows. "This
band is focused and hungry," Tom exclaims. "There is nothing
greater than people getting together for the same cause and sharing
their musical ideas and enthusiasm with the world. Thats why
bands members have launched themselves into a creative frenzy
that makes them grateful to play live and ready to record the next
album as a band. "What we have as a band is a fresh, raw, creative
force that is very exciting," says Kroll. "The greatest
strength in our writing is that we come from extremely diverse musical
backgrounds, were open-minded, respectful and willing to try
anything musically. When you combine that atmosphere with Toms
incredible voice and gift of lyrical expression, you get amazing
songs that are very real and very special in their diversity and
honesty.. Its insane. I love this band."