“Best Band with Cross-Pollinated Roots Composed of three Berklee School of Music alumni — two of whom also attended Berkeley High — this power rock trio has real musicianship to ground it. Drummer Thomas Pridgen toured with The Mars Volta and various other pop acts, although he's also schooled in jazz and R&B. That means he can shift from a polyrhythm to a solid backbeat, exhibiting control as well as creativity. Singer Viveca Hawkins, who started out in gospel choirs and later sang backup with the Kev Choice Ensemble, has the vocal range to accommodate just about any style. She can yowl like a rock star, or belt out a hard, churchy wail that hovers, uneasily, over Nick Brewer's guitar parts. The trio format seems to suit this group best — the members are hard-core pleasure-seekers and weed enthusiasts, for whom "looseness" seems essential. Check out The Memorials' live show if you get a chance — it's electrifying. ”
“The Memorials are hard-hitting, melodic and honest in their delivery, creating music that will raise your adrenaline and leave you wanting more.”
"The Memorials form a powerful and balanced rock outfit that is melodic, yet ferocious, eclectic yet solid. If you took Tool, The Police, Erykah Badu, and a band from the moon (that sounds a lot like Frank Zappa), and put them in a blender…you’d get The Memorials."
"The band’s sound is paced by Pridgen’s active and artful drumming, allowing Brewer to stab at the flow with guitar runs. Hawkins, I’m convinced, could sing just about any genre she wanted."
"The Memorials have a strong affinity to soul music, but the spaces that remain fill that soul aesthetic with psychedelic guitar lines and an unrelenting rhythmic drum style that is far more influenced by punk and thrash..."
"Thomas Pridgen is one of my favorite drummers of the past decade, thanks largely in part to his work with The Mars Volta from 2006 to 2009. Since his departure from the band, Pridgen has formed his own progressive leaning rock band, The Memorials. He shows no signs of slowing down, as he continues to amaze with polyrhythmic fury."
"I’m happy to say that I haven’t quite heard a sound like The Memorials before, especially with a frontwoman like Viveca. Their intro was bone crushing, with deafening bass being my favorite feeling of the night (couldn’t hear anything for days afterword). But the best part of the night by far was the band breaking out their hot single, West Coast."
"Thomas plays with a laid back, yet ferocious tenacity that one only gets from experience, skill, and love of what he’s putting forth. His arms go all over the place and that uh oh feeling you get when watching drummers play at ridiculous speeds, as if any moment those sticks are gonna fly, it happens. But you’d probably be too busy tapping and dancing along for it to affect you as much. He knows what he’s doing. And you can tell he has a blast doing it. Any complicated polyrhythmic progressive time signature changes you throw at him, he can do, with one pedal, mind you, and still find a pocket for us to groove in. Now that’s a drummer."