The Subways

The Subways (9:30 PM)

PINS (8:30 PM)

Tue, May 3, 2016

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $16.00 / Day of Show Tix $18.00

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The Subways - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Subways
It is now a decade since The Subways swaggered their way into the limelight as the precocious upstarts of British rock music with their 2005 debut 'Young For Eternity.' Now in their late '20s, Billy Lunn (guitar, vocals), Charlotte Cooper (bass, vocals) and Josh Morgan (drums) have been through enough to look back and work out where the terrain was rough and where it was smooth. The band's new self-titled record feels like both a full stop and a new chapter. It is an album armed with a resurgent spirit and independent vigour. The Subways don't do coasting: for Lunn, Cooper and Morgan, it's do or die.

Their new record began to take shape before a song was written. Sitting in a café with his bandmates and manager, Lunn jokingly suggested that to save himself the arduous and exhaustive demo'ing proces, he could produce it himself. Much to his surprise, everyone around the table agreed. When the obsessive Lunn says he's going to do something, there are no half measures: The Subways' new album has been produced, mixed, engineered and written by the frontman. "I'm a total control freak," he says. "I said I'd do it without thinking of the consequences of getting the recording stuff together and all the organisational stuff," he says.

As newly-appointed producer, Lunn had a wealth of experience to draw on: he remembered back to how Ian Broudie would carefully structure every day when they were recording 'Young For Eternity' in 2005. He recalled Butch Vig's long to-do lists laid out on a table every morning as they made 'All Or Nothing' at LA's Conway Studios in 2008 and Stephen Street's organised, settled approach to making a record during 2011's 'Money & Celebrity.' Even so, he couldn't help but feel a pang of panic as the trio first got down to the nuts and bolts of recording. "We got into the studio and Josh and Charlotte would look at me an go, "Right Bill, what we gonna do?" And I'd think, "Shiiiiiit!"

On one hand, this was a challenge that the gnarly Lunn revelled in. But on the other, it brought to the fore an issue he'd been struggling with: The Subways frontman was in the throes of an alcohol addiction. "The drinking filled a hole. I suppose it's mainly insecurity," says Lunn. Onstage, Lunn felt like he had some semblance of control. Indeed, on tour he could go without drinking at all. The gig was the drug. It was when he got home that trouble kicked in. "My sisters would say, "Where's Billy, where's our brother gone?" I was an arsehole."

The vocals and lyrics came as he embraced a new life of sobriety. All of a sudden, the album started to take a clear shape. "Charlotte, Josh and I started working together and we were a team again. We've always been tightly knit but we'd just been in different places." Everything started to lock into place.

'The Subways' is both an album that reconnects the trio to their early days at the same time as offering a grand leap forward. "We wanted to capture what we love about being in a band." says Cooper, "We wanted to keep that energy and rawness that we have when we play live." The song that most embodies this two-pronged spirit is the ferocious "I'm In Love I'm Burning My Soul." Revolving around a riff that dates from before 'Young For Eternity,' the track sums up the album's recurring theme of returning to your past to find direction in the present. "Ostensibly it's a song about love," says Lunn, "but really it's about me wanting so badly to get absolutely hammered." It was reworked from its original version and was the propeller that helped to push the band through to the end. "It felt like I was falling in love with making music again and falling back in love with The Subways," offers Lunn.

The stomping and melodic "Dirty Muddy Paws" was written when Lunn's dog came in from the garden covered in mud, but is actually about the singer's shame at how he acted towards his wife when he was drinking. "I never cheated, but I certainly made it possible the way I acted. Writing songs is the way for me to be honest," he says. "Because Of You (Negative Love)," inspired by John Donne's poem on the wonder of the mundane, is a plaintive, melancholic thank you letter from Lunn to his other half for sticking with him. The lolloping campfire anthem "Taking All The Blame," meanwhile, is his apology to Cooper for how he behaved when they were together. Cooper co-wrote the lyrics. "I was saying sorry for the person I was to her," says Lunn, "cos I was young. We were both really young. I feel like I was an arsehole to everyone."

If it feels like Lunn is making himself his very own whipping boy, then don't feel sorry for him, not when it means he's making music like this: "My Heart Is Pumping To A Brand New Beat" is a surging, electrifying opener, the pounding "Good Times" is a defiant call-to-arms, whilst "Black Letter," "We Get Around" and "Twisted Game" are vital stabs of alt-rock. It's the band's leanest, most vital album to date. And so this is The Subways' new era. "You have to be thankful for the shit you go through because if you do come out the other side, that's the impetus, that's the catalyst for starting afresh," says Lunn. They're not young for eternity, but no-one is. Life makes much more sense when it's been lived in: The Subways march boldly on.
PINS - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Manchester, UK all-female four-piece PINS have announced the release of their new album 'Wild Nights' on June 9, 2015, via Bella Union, with the first single from the album 'Too Little Too Late' available on 7" now.

Recorded in Joshua Tree at Rancho De La Luna with Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal) and Hayden Scott, and mixed in New York with Ben Baptie at Atomic Sound NYC (Mark Ronson), PINS second album 'Wild Nights', and follow-up to debut 'Girls Like Us', will be released through Bella Union on 8th June.

Speaking about their second album, PINS say "With Wild Nights we didn't want to be bound to the sound of our first album. The albums were recorded years apart, and in Wild Nights you can hear the new experiences, ambitions, and influences we've taken on. We have introduced new instruments, and stronger vocal harmonies -- and have brought this through to our live performances."

"This album has the angsty energy of Girls Like Us, but with more detail and attention that came over time from growing together as musicians, and understanding ourselves better as women. Wild Nights is a diary, complete with confessions and secrets -- the album is a mixture of emotions. Like they say, 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade'."

'Wild Nights' is an 11-track record featuring songs such as the upbeat yet ethereal 'Young Girls', the frank and emotive 'Everyone Says' and the love song 'Got It Bad' to a track about the seedy underbelly of after-dark Manchester 'House Of Love' to 'Curse These Dreams', a song for dreamers about cursing having big ideals. 'Wild Nights' is a body of work that PINS are extremely proud of and is a record that has already created a great deal of excitement at their live shows after previewing tracks to fans.

Following on from their first West Coast tour and performances at New York's CMJ festival at the end of last year, PINS previewed songs from their new album at three sold out UK shows in February and have just finished supporting Sleater-Kinney on their March tour.
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9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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