Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sirens are a new wave/postpunk-influenced indie rock band formed in 2007 by brothers Greg and Tim Andresen. Greg’s guitar-esque bass playing paired with Tim’s precise drumming helped shape the unique sound of the band. Nastaran Amini and Matt Whitbred joined the following year. Matt assumed the role of a more conventional bassist, while Nastaran took over on keyboards. In 2009, Steve Taylor filled the final position as lead guitarist.
Their debut EP, For the Birds, was recorded and mixed at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley in early 2011. Jesse Nichols, who engineered the EP, describes Greater Sirens’ sound as, “modern, sharp, indie rock that’s not afraid of the ‘80s.” For the Birds was released on April 30th, 2012.
Longtime friend Bobby Savre replaced Nastaran on keyboards in 2013, and has since helped to refine the more electronic and keyboard-centric sound of the band’s newer material. Greater Sirens are currently in the process of recording their first full-length album, this time with Greg both engineering and producing.