Plague Vendor

Plague Vendor (9:30 PM)

The Bots (8:45 PM)

White Mystery (8:00 PM)

Wed, March 2, 2016

7:00 pm

$10.00

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Plague Vendor - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Plague Vendor
Time as a band breeds experience, yielding commitment to a cause and cementing a career path. This is something Plague Vendor has learned. The foursome, who emerged from a practice space in Whittier, CA in 2009, started by playing endless live shows around Southern California, filling everywhere from backyard parties to clubs to festivals with their raucous, formidable music. At the heart of every show, no matter the venue, was sincere energy and spirit, always resulting in a snarling, frenetic performance. The shows stacked up, accumulating every year, and eventually birthed Plague Vendor’s 2014 debut album Free To Eat, a dark, thrashing collection that clocked in at less than twenty minutes.

But the album, brash and aptly terse, was just an appetizer to the main course. The band’s sophomore effort, Bloodsweat, vastly expands on the sonic territory explored in their debut. Recorded over the course of two weeks in April of 2015 with producer and engineer Stuart Sikes (The Walkmen, Cat Power, Modest Mouse), the album takes a natural approach to Plague Vendor’s music. The musicians aimed to capture each track in as few takes as possible, avoiding many overdubs and embracing the same minimal production they bring to their live performances. Nearly all of the eleven songs on Bloodsweat were heavily road-tested, imagined and re-imagined live before ever making it into the studio.

From opening number “Anchor To Ankles” to closer “Got It Bad,” Bloodsweat reveals a purposeful narrative arc, taking the listener through songs that veer rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection. Together, the songs recount the last few years of the musicians’ lives, revealing the sacrifices they’ve made and the dedication they’ve embraced to become the band they’ve become. “Jezebel,” the disc’s flagship single, exemplifies the style Plague Vendor has dubbed “voodoo punk” a dance-fueled rock aesthetic tinged with shadowy darkness. The band’s influences, which range from At the Drive-In to Liars to The Cramps, are apparent but not overly obvious throughout.

Plague Vendor’s live show has shifted as they’ve developed these new songs, too. They’ve swapped out shock value for raw vulnerability onstage and the four musicians aim to create the most sound and the most intensity with the least possible utility and equipment. Palpable tension comes from the sense that anything could happen, but mostly Plague Vendor is interested in simplicity and the sort of expressive nakedness that can come from stripping everything away. It’s clear the band has sacrificed their formative don’t-give-a-fuck punk attitude for sincerity and gratitude, acknowledging the fans who’ve helped them arrive here now.

Bloodsweat invokes its own name as it unfurls, its songs edged with a sense of danger and vulnerability. It’s the product of a band who have traveled far and whose travels have committed them even further to themselves. As you hear it, as its songs surge outward, it announces: This is who Plague Vendor is now.

Plague Vendor is:

Brandon Blaine – Vocals
Luke Perine – Drums
Michael Perez – Bass
Jay Rogers – Guitar
The Bots - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
The Bots
The Bots are band-mates Mikaiah Lei (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Bass) and Anaiah Lei (Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocal). They recorded their first album together when they were just 15 and 12, respectively. They self-released their first three EPs and completed two Vans Warped Tours, countless European festivals, and support tours with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Refused, and Bad Brains, among others. This was all before releasing their EP, Sincerely Sorry, on FADER Label in 2013, which spurred The New York Times to predict, “They are on the cusp of stardom.”
The Bots’ debut full-length album, Pink Palms, was released in October 2014 via FADER Label. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Justin Warfield and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner. The Los Angeles Times premiered the record and called it “a mash of frenetic garage rock and lush indie rock.”
Zane Lowe premiered the first single, “All I Really Want”, on his BBC Radio 1 show, proclaiming, “The Bots make brilliant, weird rock & roll music. And the future - a big part of it - belongs to them.” NPR Music called the song “an absolute knockout” and the album full of “playful catchy songs that rock hard.”
2014 saw The Bots make their debut at Coachella, where they were deemed “Most Likely to Succeed” by Rolling Stone and named “one of the best young bands at Coachella” by Creative Loafing. The band also played Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Riotfest, supported Dropkick Murphys on a run of US dates, and toured the world – quickly gaining them a reputation as one of the best young touring bands in the country.
They’ve already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with their being named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single “Blinded”.
White Mystery - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
White Mystery
White Mystery is brother-sister rock’n’roll duo Miss Alex White & Francis Scott Key White from Chicago. The siblings tour worldwide, earn rave reviews from MTV, VICE, NPR Sound Opinions, Pitchfork – and model for Levi’s Jeans.
Since April 20, 2008, the redheads performed Japan, Europe, the United Kingdom, forty-four United States, self-released five albums, an epic double album Dubble Dragon, and produced the feature film That Was Awesome.
Weezer, Garbage, Motorhead, Iggy Pop, Thee Ohsees, and even Sir Richard Branson shared stages with White Mystery at festivals like Riot Fest, South by Southwest, the Taste of Chicago, and Burger Records Boogaloo.
You may recognize the White Mystery feminist anthem “Good Girl” from the MTV show Awkward, twenty tunes licensed for television, and sponsorships with Orange Amplifiers, Souldier Straps, and Red Bull.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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