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The Insufferables / Bio

The original music of The Insufferables is evocative of 80's giants R.E.M., X, and the B52s. They present jangle and crunch guitars, frequently in the same song, and unusually articulate vocals in the idiom of Lux interior or Standard Ridgeway that convey our important messages of love, animal welfare and naughty sex. They were formed in 2009 by a handful of San Francisco musicians looking for a loud outlet to express the songs trapped within.

The lead singer, Keith Insufferable, is an unfrozen caveman story-teller and bartender who delivers a broad range of American vocal styles from Country to Blues to lounge to California punk, and really wants you to get it.

Carolyn Insufferable, formerly guitarist for the seminal punk bands The Profalactics and The Varve, plays highly distorted rhythm guitar often in the correct key and sings backups like she will not be allowed to sing again.

Gene Insufferable, who formerly played classical guitar mostly for his cat, plays crisp arpeggios and leads for those jangle songs, and channels Johnny Thunders for the other songs.

Ram Fenster plays bass, rhythm guitar, djembe and backup vocals. We are trying to get him to play more sh*t like maybe a saxophone or marimba.

Mel Insufferable, our drummer, is known for her unusual technical drumming and for being the worlds smallest adult drummer, while paradoxically eating her own body weight in food every two days.

The second 5-song EP "Edge of Control" was released in June 2014, and the first EP "Fire Bad!!" was released on Sept. 4, 2013. Both EP's are available for sale on itunes, and for streaming on Soundcloud, Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, iTunes radio, Amazing tunes, MTVartists, simfy, nokia, xbox live zune, Amazon on demand, emusic, wimp, Google play, deezer, VerveLife, iheart radio, my space music, media net, mule, and sony music unlimited.

Live shows at Bottom of the Hill, Red Devil Lounge, Uptown Lounge, Stork Club, Neck of the Woods, Kimos, and others, as well as performing at their spiritual home, the San Francisco Dump.

Songwriting is usually started by one band member and usually finished by all.

The Insufferables also does a mean mini-set of The Cramps and now has a spin-off tribute band called The Cramp-ons.

General Info

Band Members
Keith Insufferable, vocals; Gene Insufferable, lead guitar; Carolyn Insufferable, guitar/vocals; Ram Fenster, bass/guitar/vocals; Mel Insufferable, drums.
Artist Name
The Insufferables
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Alternative / Rock / Songwriters

Contact Info

Sf, CA
Gene, Carolyn, Keith, Ram and Mel Insufferable

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  • R.E.M.
  • X
  • The B-52's