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Scary Little Friends is the rock brainchild trio of Chris Jones (vox, guitar), Charlie Knote (drums) and Jon Payne (bass). Three years of performing around the Bay Area has refined their blend of lilting power vocals, surfs-up guitar, and classic rock rhythms to create the new “San Francisco Sound”. The bread and butter of this band will always be great songwriting delivered with honest, unapologetic pop sensibilities that is both disarming and refreshing. Equally at home in the rock/jam/dance/pop worlds, SLF has garnered attention for being able to transcend genres and stand on their own in almost any circumstance. Think Neil Young, the Cars, and Jeff Buckley all in one: A little bit of swagger from the 70’s, some sway of the 80’s and lots of sweat off the 90’s.

Their initial release was recorded by Chris in his home studio deep in the heart of SF’s Mission District. Since forming in early 2013, the band has quickly risen in the ranks of the Bay Area music scene. KQED Arts named Chris one of “Ten Standout Singers from SF” and they were nominated “Band of the Month” by Deli Magazine SF August 2014. In September of that same year their music video for “Devil’s Heart” debuted on CMT’s ‘The Edge’ and they have been featured in Paste, SF Weekly, SF Chronicle, and Relix Magazine.

They have made a strong showing in the festival circuit, appearing at Phono del SolWhole EarthMateel Summer Arts & MusicVertigoFest, Redwood Mountain Faire and Davis Music. They’ve been featured at renowned Bay Area venues such as the Great American Music Hall, Slim’sChapelBrick & Mortar Music HallBottom of the Hill in SF, Rio TheatreMoe’s Alley, Kuumbwa JazzDon Quixote’s in Santa Cruz and Harlow’s, Mystic TheatreHopMonk TavernMiners FoundryLive at Lagunitas, plus Grateful Dead hubs Terrapin Crossroads and Sweetwater Music Hall.

They have shared the stage with a wide range of national touring acts Norah JonesDelta SpiritBoy & BearChuck Prophet, 10,000 ManiacsHey Rosetta!, Colony HouseKyle Gass BandRoger Clyne & the PeacemakersStreets of LaredoSoft White SixtiesAchilles WheelCaravan PalaceStone FoxesJimbo MathusWade Bowen, as well as the local up-and-coming Coffis Brothers and Terrapin Crossroads staple Midnight North.

Press Quotes

“Scary Little Friends is the best kept secret in the San Francisco music scene, and that needs to change… [The band] is vocally strong and instrumentally tight. The lineup for Outside Lands was announced yesterday, but there are always some additions after the first announcement. We nominate Scary Little Friends.” Collie McOreo, Indie Obsessive

“Imagine Matt Bellamy of Muse fronting Cheap Trick and I think that lands you remotely close to their sound. If the melodies and messages on the EP’s other six songs are as tight as this one, Scary Little Friends should be one of the top bands to emerge nationwide in 2016.” Keith Creighton, Pop Dose

“Their energetic live shows [feature] Payne’s potent bass, Knote’s drumming like an out of control locomotive, and Jones’ coaxing and impressive variety of sounds from his guitar – spacey sustained notes, crunchy chord clusters and subtle percussive accents.” J. Poet, SF Weekly

“If you’re in the mood for mellow indie rock with a folk twist, then check out Scary Little Friends. Chris Jones fronts the band, [and] a well-balanced crew complements his stellar vocals.” Tony DuShane, San Francisco Chronicle

“A collection of damn fine songs full of uplifting melodies, big harmonies, and the occasional freight train drums reminiscent of The Tennessee Three. Singer and primary songwriter Chris Jones crafted a polished, cohesive debut LP completely devoid of filler. The album is definitely worth your time.” 
Russell Jelinik,

“They’re a band containing the prime element that makes a similar group like Wilco so great: you can tell immediately that each member harbors the skill and chops to easily steal the spotlight, but each chooses subtlety over showmanship to benefit the individual song.” Nicholas Schneider,

“Sometimes it takes two or three listens before an album can truly be appreciated. But when it comes to Scary Little Friends’ debut LP, From the Beginning, it only takes 15 seconds.” Cynthia Orgel, Good Times Santa Cruz

Media/Press Coverage

Video Premiere Do The Bay Feb. 2017
Ten Standout Singers in SF KQED Arts Oct. 2016
Video Premier on The Deli Magazine SF Mar. 2016
Feature on Do The Bay Feb. 2016
Song Premier in Performer Magazine Jan. 2016
Feature in SF Weekly Jan. 2016
Song Premier in Paste Magazine Dec. 2015
Feature on Sounds of Confusion (UK) Dec. 2015
Song Premier in Pop Dose Dec. 2015
Song Premier in Blurt Online Nov. 2015
Article in Monterey County Weekly Sept. 2015
Interview on July 2015
Song on The Eldon Thacker Show #199 June 2015
Feature on Noisetrad “New + Notable” June 2015
Interview on Nov. 2014
Song Premier on Relix Magazine Oct. 2014
Video Premier on CMT’s “The Edge” Sept. 2014
Winner of SF Deli Magazine’s “Artist of the Month Poll” Aug. 2014
Feature on the SF Chronicle Bandwidth Page July 2014

Festival, Video, Radio Appearances

4 Peaks Music Festival Bend, OR (2017)
NoisePop w/ the Hip Replacements (Mother Hips) Oakland (2017)
Halloween New Year at Starline Social Club Oakland (Halloween 2016)
Gold Rush Fest Placerville (2016)
Live Studio Performance on “Local Brew” KZSC 88.1FM Santa Cruz (2016)
Redwood Mountain Faire Felton (2016)
Fright Night Nevada City (Halloween 2014 & 2015)
VertigoFest Bandit Town (2015)
Live Video Shoot, Jam in the Van (2015)
Phono del Sol Festival San Francisco (2015)
Davis Music Festival Davis (2015)
Live at Lagunitas w/ Delta Spirit Petaluma (2015)
Mateel Summer Arts & Music Festival Garberville (2015)
Whole Earth Festival Davis (2015)
Radio Appearance on “Please Stand By”, KPIG 107.5FM (2014)
August Residency at Amnesia (2014)
Jerry Bash w/ Achilles Wheel Nevada City (2014)



From the Beginning (Release Date:  December, 2013)

Silent Revolution EP (Release Date:  January 29, 2016)


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Photo by David Lawless


Jon Payne at Red Ryder Productions
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