Middle Class Rut

Middle Class Rut (10:10 PM)

Beware Of Darkness (9:15 PM)

Secret Music (8:30 PM)

Sun, May 6, 2012

8:00 pm

This event is all ages

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Middle Class Rut - (Set time: 10:10 PM)
Middle Class Rut
The path to success is rarely short or simple to traverse. It takes time to get where you’re going, and it’s usually the journey there that transforms you into what you will become. MIDDLE CLASS RUT is proof of this. Theirs has not been an easy path, but their journey has defined who they are now.

The group’s two members, Sean Stockham and Zack Lopez, have been playing together since they were teenagers, camping out in Zack’s mom’s house in Sacramento to write and record the songs they wrote. The duo’s first band, Leisure, dissolved in early 2003 after a few false starts, sending Zack to work construction and Sean to labor as a studio runner in L.A. But they soon realized stopping wasn’t an option. Sean moved back to Sacramento and Zack began driving up every weekend from L.A. to write and rehearse music. After a year of commuting up and down the California coast, Zack relocated as well, solidifying a future for the pair’s new band, MIDDLE CLASS RUT.

The band has spent the past four years crafting new songs and allowing the style and sound of their project to evolve and establish itself. The pair records every song they write together almost immediately in their rehearsal space, capturing the instantaneous spirit of a track while still in the moment. This means that each number is imbued with a distinct sense of urgency, almost like a snapshot of the moment of inspiration. The band’s debut, NO NAME NO COLOR, is a collection of these recordings, which they elected to use rather than attempt to recreate the spark of the original tracks later in a studio.

“Recording our own music has been a part of our process since we were 13,” Sean explains. “It integrated itself into our process from an early age. We like being able to listen to whatever we’re writing right away. It’s like when you look in the mirror, you’re seeing your face, but it’s different than when you see a picture of yourself. It’s the same with music. You need to hear it come out of a stereo to understand it. That’s just what we do. We write music and we record it so we can listen to it. Now hopefully other people will get to listen to it as well.”

NO NAME NO COLOR compiles 12 songs from a span of several years, showcasing a breadth of time without ever losing its clear impression of cohesion. A few tracks have appeared previously on the band’s three EPs, which they released in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but the album as a whole is a new construction that reveals a band with a unique creative process. The majority of the songs have been tested on the road during tours in the U.S. with Social Distortion, Them Crooked Vultures and Alice In Chains, and in Europe with The Bronx and …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.

MIDDLE CLASS RUT’s music artfully toes the line between heavy and melodic, showcasing the band’s skill for raw, energized rock and roll that is equally complex and immediate. The record is enormous and rowdy, propelled by the duo’s ability to make heavy music tasteful and accessible. The record sounds the product of far more people than the two who made it. Opening number “Busy Bein’ Born” represents the rest of the disc, setting a tone and pace for the impassioned tracks that follow.

“It takes everything this band does and puts it into one song,” Zack says. “It’s hard to do that. We’re able to capture the heavier and mellower side of our music in one song.”

Releasing this disc marks a moment of catharsis for these two musicians. The road they’ve traveled to get here has been long and uphill. But never has MIDDLE CLASS RUT lost sight of why they make music—a fact that is reflected in the genuine, honest nature of their songs. There is something grounded and relatable about these tracks and that comes from the band being homegrown and independent, and truly loving being musicians.

“I feel like the music we make needs to be heard,” Zack says. “Maybe everyone feels that way about their music, I don’t know. We struggled for a long time to find something that was us and as soon as we decided that we would do it ourselves everything clicked. Realizing we didn’t need anyone but ourselves to do this was important for this band. Now we want to get this out there and really get our own audience for our music.”
Beware Of Darkness - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Beware Of Darkness
Beware of Darkness is a bold, new power-trio of old souls, pissed at life in a modern age. They are ready to frighten your children, sleep with your daughters, and make you shake, scream, and contort like it’s a Depression-Era Southern exorcism. They play fast moving rock songs with exploding key and rhythms changes mid-song. They also play slow-cooked, sexed-up bluesy things. Imagine Bowie’s “Hunky Dory” with low, detuned, primal Zeppelin-esqe guitar riffs.

Their live shows have the emotional climaxes of a church revival; a fitting description as chief songwriter and guitarist, Kyle Nicolaides has, on multiple occasions, brought a gospel church of 200+ to their feet in standing ovation.

The rhythm section consists of Tony Cupito (drums) and Daniel Curcio (bass), who share a mutual respect and admiration for Blues, Gospel, and Motown music. They all met in LA, where Nicolaides moved to escape the Santa Barbara doldrums, and Curcio (a New Jersey native) was visiting after discovering he had a long lost half brother. The three came together to form Beware of Darkness, taking the name from a George Harrison song, and signed to Bright Antenna in late 2011.

Lyrically, Nicolaides cites literary influences, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickenson, and David Foster Wallace. He delivers scathing lyrical content in a snarling howl tackling subject matters of depression, chaste women, pedophilic priests, and post-modern paranoia. Incredibly potent and precise, these are lyrics meant to evoke reactions.

They are here to divide, conquer and seduce, and are moving awfully quick. Beware of Darkness is here. Catch them if you can.
Secret Music - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Secret Music
Black Bell Records is thrilled to announce the March 6th, 2012 release of the self-titled debut from rising duo,Chase Nicholl and Daniel Fry a.k.a Secret Music. The rowdy, “play it now, bring the noise” album is highly anticipated after the release of “T.O.Y.S,” the ridiculously energetic and contagious first single off Secret Music. The single’s vibrant video, which brilliantly complements the song’s get-up-and-go lyrics, was directed by TV CARNAGE; whose library of hundreds of hours of bad TV and films over the past 25 years turned into an outrageous and humorous montage of nostalgic clips for the “T.O.Y.S” music video.



“T.O.Y.S” is currently available for FREE and can be downloaded on the band’s site HERE.



The band’s distinct, boisterous sound was captured by producer and synth mastermind Ayad Al Adhamy of Passion Pit. Ayad is also the founder of Black Bell Records, in partnership with Warner Music’s Independent Label Group, who signed Secret Music earlier this year. Ayad started Black Bell Records in 2010 and has since then releasedThe Joy Formidable’s 8-song EP A Balloon Called Moaning, and DOM’s single and 7” “Bowl Cut” featuringCults, which he also produced. Together, Ayad and the guys from Secret Music gave their blood, sweat and tears in his Brooklyn basement studio, where they innovatively crafted the band’s 10 song record to perfectly emphasize SecretMusic’s wild core.



“We just took demos in and Ayad untied the knots. Whatever didn’t feel right just got left behind, till we found ourselves exactly where we needed to be,” says Daniel. “For a dude who’s known for synth wizardry, he rips the guitar. It was just awesome how he instantly got the vibe that we’ve always intended for Secret Music.”



The debut showcases Chase and Dan’s simultaneously sung verses and memorable, untamed pop choruses, which is fueled by heart-pounding synth melodies and magnetic guitar riffs. The vocals for the entire LP were artistically recorded through pay phones receivers, slyly stolen by Chase and Dan from the hustlin’ streets of Bed-Stuy at 4am-the only Secret Music way.



Secret Music’s purely unique high-energy sound, and quirky lyrics of time traveling, space pirates, and crazy nights full of belligerence transport the listener to a chaotic party. A party where there are no rules, no regrets and Secret Musicmakes your drink taste better.


Anticipate Secret Music to undoubtedly sneak into your favorite 2012 party mixes soon!
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change