The Wild Feathers

The Wild Feathers (9:30 PM)

The Shelters (8:30 PM)

Bird Dog (7:45 PM)

Wed, April 6, 2016

7:00 pm

Adv tix $17.00 / DOS tix $20.00

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The Wild Feathers - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Wild Feathers
All signs point to The Wild Feathers becoming the next great American rock ‘n’ roll band. It’s not a matter of omens or conjecture either, but rather time and facts. The Nashville-based group— Ricky Young [guitar, vocals], Taylor Burns [guitar, vocals], Joel King [bass, vocals], and Ben Dumas [drums]—spent more than two years on the road supporting their 2013 debut self-titled full-length album. Their diligence slowly but surely started to pay off as the record hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and they received invites to appear on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O Brien, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson, ABC’s Nashville, and more.

Along the way, unanimous critical praise arrived courtesy of Rolling Stone, New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and countless others. Simultaneously, the quintet turned casual listeners into staunch believers with incendiary and invigorating performances at festivals and touring with everybody from Bob Dylan to Gary Clark Jr. Throughout this whirlwind, they kept thinking about the next evolution and started writing songs for what would become their 2016 sophomore effort, Lonely Is A Lifetime

“The story of this album starts with all of the touring we did,” Ricky remarks. “We progressed as a live band. When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today—as individuals and musicians. After playing the same songs every night, you eventually start leaning towards other things. We wrote music that we wanted to play.”

“We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band who can play all different kinds of things,” adds Taylor. “We made a conscious effort to expand our sound. We went into the writing mode on the same page. We wanted to preserve the essence of The Wild Feathers with the multiple harmonies, but we also wanted to take this step forward and experiment.”

As a result, Lonely Is a Lifetime reflects a richer confluence of influences, while maintaining their signature soul and spirit and a nod to all that time on the road together. Following the first album’s marathon of touring, the band retreated to a cabin in Muscle Shoals, AL. It was there they collectively sifted through the myriad ideas accrued on the road. Their three singular voices began to shine within the new material, giving a platform to their respective identities as both singers and writers.

“When I first hooked up with these guys, I was very competitive,” admits Taylor. “I realized they can elevate my songs to a higher place than I can by myself. We all feel the same way. We’re working towards a common goal now—to put out the best album possible. When you’ve got three songwriters, everyone has to earn three seals of approval. That pushes you.”

They then traded Muscle Shoals for Barcelona, welcoming another spirit of inspiration on the other side of the world. Ben adds, “This record definitely has traces of everywhere we’ve been and everything we’ve experienced in the past couple of years, and that’s what makes it special.”

They took the songs back to Nashville and once again tapped the talents of producer Jay Joyce, who has done everything from Cage the Elephant to Wallflowers and Coheed and Cambria, as well as bringing on Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band Of Horses, Death From Above 1979) to shake it up in the mix.

Recorded in a little over a month’s time, the first single “Overnight” most clearly illuminates the aforementioned evolution tempering lush guitars with infectious choruses. Meanwhile, they struck a balance between ethereal ambiance on “Sleepers” and the epic surge of the eight-minute “Goodbye Song”—which Taylor describes as, “his favorite moment in the studio.” Between the rustle of guitars and a heavenly lyrical lead, it’s emblematic of The Wild Feathers’ progression.

About “Goodbye Song,” Ricky says, “I’d been messing around with that melody and hook for a long time. It finally clicked. The story of the song is that of an addict. He could be addicted to drugs or alcohol, but he’s basically saying, ‘I am who I am. Take it or leave it.’ It’s the moment of giving up. We unabashedly embraced the Pink Floyd vibe. We didn’t want to rip it off; we just wanted to apply it.”

“Don’t Ask Me to Change,” culminates on a smoky and soulful refrain that’s instantly unshakable. Meanwhile, they collectively penned the impassioned psychedelic chant of “Into the Sun” where bright harmonies collide with hypnotic instrumentation. The upbeat melodic bliss of “On My Way” marks the first time all five members wrote on the same song, while the album’s conclusion “Hallelujah” finds grace in airy production and emotional delivery from Taylor.

The album’s title encapsulates the group’s reverence for their heroes. On the anniversary of Gram Parsons’ birthday, the boys were working on music in Los Angeles. Given the proximity to Joshua Tree, they made a pilgrimage to The Joshua Tree Hotel where the legend died. They stayed in his final hotel room and wrote “Lonely is a Lifetime.” It’s a nod to their foundation.

“We were on a huge Gram Parsons kick, and we had to book the room,” says Joel. “We went out there just for the experience. It ended up being a magical thing because we wrote this song in 45 minutes. It was inspiring.”

In the end, The Wild Feathers deliver a statement with the eleven songs on Lonely Is A Lifetime. They’ve grown as men and musicians, and they’re ready to claim their spot in the canon of American rock music.
The Shelters - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Shelters
Chase Simpson (vocals/guitar)
Josh Jove (vocals/guitar)
Sebastian Harris (drums
Jacob Pillot (bass)

For a moment there, Los Angeles based band The Shelters seemed like 21st century rock 'n roll’s best kept secret. But word got out. It started in the clubs. And everyone who saw them thought maybe he or she had gotten there first. By now, however, it’s clear that they’ll all have to share.

The Shelters have their self-titled debut LP coming June 10th on Warner Bros. Records. Just like the EP they released last October as an album preview, their full-length is a blast of Southern Californian rock and roll from a four-piece like they used to make them, when the factory was still up and running. Co-produced by Tom Petty, this album comes at you from behind, nothing you were expecting.

The Shelters had just banded together when Petty heard them and got a gut feeling about what they could be. He gave the Shelters the keys to his home studio and showed them a few things. Though mostly he left them alone, Petty had enough sense to leave the gear powered up. Maybe they were determined to show him he hadn’t made a mistake. Maybe they just liked the way those old tube amps sounded. They seized the moment and got to work, insistent on becoming a band. A real band.

One listen to their single “Rebel Heart,” or any one of the other eleven songs on their debut, and you’ll know they pulled it off. Led by the songs, harmonies and twin-guitar sound of Chase Simpson and Josh Jove, and powered by drummer Sebastian Harris’s groove obsession, the band has put together a collection of recordings that have an immediacy, an emotion, and a musical intelligence that suggests these boys are beyond their years.

People are going to reference some of the great rock and roll bands of yesterday and today. But this is no tribute show. The sounds they’ve made seem to have been dragged from the vaults and forced to fit the present. It’s all a beautiful reminder that rock and roll may have slipped out of view for minute, but it’s still out there, alive in the hands of the ones who need it the most.

The Shelters, now including Jacob Pillot on bass, have toured recently with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Mudcrutch, The Kooks, The Wild Feathers, BRONCHO, Atlas Genius, The Struts and more, plus made major festival appearances across the country. They will tour the nation at the end of 2016, including a run of shows with Band Of Horses in October.
Bird Dog - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Bird Dog
Bird Dog is the product of five brutes brought together by the hazy mountains of Southern California. Introducing romance to the wonder of the West, Bird Dog is set to release their debut record, "Hello Latigo", Fall 2015.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change