Oakland-based indie rockers, Felsen, have recently completed their fourth album, I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore, slated for national release on September 4, 2013. Songs were written collectively by the band—guitarist Dylan Brock, singer/guitarist Andrew Griffin, bassist Christian Hernandez, and drummer Art McConnell. Felsen took a strictly DIY approach with this new album, recording and mixing it themselves at Hernandez’s house in the East Bay.
The songs fit together like a novel telling a story about the need to re-humanize ourselves in the face of excess affluence. In the wake of soul-crushing technological advancements, art wins, humanity prevails. Felsen’s influences include Wilco (Summerteeth), The Beatles (White Album), Beach Boys (Smile), U2 (Achtung Baby), Radiohead (OK Computer), Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), Pink Floyd (Meddle), Spoon (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga), and Camper Van Beethoven (Key Lime Pie).
Felsen has toured throughout the West and are now about to embark on their largest national tour to date. Felsen has opened for Camper Van Beethoven, Marcy Playground, One Eskimo, Stone Foxes and Luce. In November, 2010, Deli Magazine readers voted them Band of the Month. They have performed at Noise Pop and three of their songs are included in Rock Band, the video game.
Frontman Andrew Griffin started Felsen after his 2006 cancer diagnosis, which led to the release of Felsen's first album, Accidental Drowning, in 2009. Felsen Loves You—an EP on the Ninth Street Opus label—followed in 2010, and in 2011 another full-length album—Breaking up with Loneliness—was self-released.