Tyler Stone - vocals/programming
Patrick Hinds - guitar
Keenan Wayne - bass/programming
Sutro, like contemporaries Goldfrapp, Imogen Heap, and Brazilian Girls, are moving electronic sounds away from the turntables and on to the stage. Fronting the band is renowned Remixer/Producer Tyler Stone, previously known for her remixes of Sting, Everything But The Girl, Armand Van Helden and others (including Top Ten Billboard Dance mixes). With Sutro, Stone returns to her roots as a Singer/Songwriter and is joined by Bassist, Keenan Wayne, and Guitarist, Patrick Hinds, to form the hybrid electronica trio.
Sutro's debut EP, How things Transpire, features a re-worked version of the single, "Temptress," which was originally released on Destination Lounge: San Francisco (Revive the Soul/UBL Recordings), a best selling electronica compilation in the San Francisco Bay Area. The EP was primarily recorded in their home studio, with vocals and piano (played by special guest Jared Matt Greenberg of Charles Atlas) tracked with (iTunes exclusives) engineer/vocal arrangement impresario Gordon Brislawn and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Joe Chiccarelli, for an early 2006 release.
Sutro has built a steady following playing at venues such as: Cafe Du Nord, Rx Gallery, Make-Out Room and Emo's. They have appeared alongside national and local acts including Brazilian Girls, New Spirit Helsinki and Zoe Keating (Rasputina), and shared a special showcase performance with Calexico, Asobi Seksu and The Frames at 2005's SXSW Music Festival in Austin.
Sutro are already recognized as pioneers in the burgeoning trip-tempo scene, having been among the first MasterMinds* Honorees in May of 2006. This new grant was given to emerging and innovative Performing and Fine Artists, coinciding with the annual SFWeekly Best of San Francisco issue.
The trio first heard potential in melding the DJ aesthetic with live instruments as regular members of DJ Polywog's improv collective "Poly's Playhouse”. Intent on bringing melody and structure to electronic music, Sutro blends electronic beats and textural sounds with Stone's intimate and reflective lyrics, Wayne's intricate and melodic bass, and Hinds' guitarscapes that veer from delicate finger picking to a swaggering wall of sound to create a modern soundtrack for the upscale underground.