Charming Liars

Charming Liars (9:20 PM)

Tim Wheatley (10:20 PM)

[Brackets] (8:30 PM)

Shadow The Wild (7:45 PM)

Thu, March 17, 2016

7:00 pm

$10.00

This event is all ages

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Charming Liars - (Set time: 9:20 PM)
Charming Liars
Los Angeles by way of London Alternative Band Charming Liars have been building steadily since their inception. The band has been endorsed by no less an icon than Sir Elton John, who has featured the band's songs on his Apple Music "Rocket Hour" radio show. They have toured with a diverse array of acts such as Jane's Addiction, Night Riots, New Politics and You Me at Six. They are no strangers to big stages and have played at festivals both in and outside the U.S. With the upcoming release of addictive new single "Like A Drug" on April 6th through Chartmaker Inc., and an LP of new material in late June - the band is prepared to have a breakthrough year in 2018.

Charming Liars evolution began in London's West End when Karnig and Mike were still in their teens. They both came from homes with wide ranging and eclectic musical tastes, and that early exposure informed their approach to making music. They started writing and playing together in a series of bands and honed their musicianship with several tours up and down the U.K. In 2013 they decided to make the move to Los Angeles, in part spurred on by an encouraging social media message from songwriter and producer John Feldmann (Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T's, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182) – who told them to look him up for a songwriting session if they were ever in town. They connected with Kiliyan through a mutual friend while he was attending The Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Through initial conversations that lead to songwriting and then recording sessions – the 3 realized that they had an organic musical chemistry that would lead to interesting possibilities. The current line-up was solidified.

Inspired by Alternative and Rock giants like U2, The Police, and Linkin Park, among others - the band pays tribute to their roots while carving out their own unique Alt.Pop sound. "We want to have a big effect on music listeners around the world," Karnig says, "whether it be through the feeling of the music, lyrical content, ideals or even simply friendship". Mike adds "We're most content when we get the opportunity to play the songs we wrote in a live setting. We take great pride in crafting our live show to reflect the recordings we so diligently work on in the studio, to really connect with our fans".

Having released a couple EP's since their arrival in the states, 2016 saw the release of their single "Soul" which reached number #40 on the Alternative Radio Charts and who's video has over 600,000 views on Youtube. A cover of Sir Elton's "I'm Still Standing" was released in the spring of 2017 in conjunction with the Grammy organization's MusiCares arm. The band continued to make inroads @ Alternative radio in the fall of 2017 with "Insomnia", which is still getting residual play at the format.

They have built a following with constant touring, and have played across the entire as well as South America, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil. Their touring resume includes the Uproar tour, as well as opening for Night Riots, Kings of Leon, Weezer, and Jack White. To support the new "Like A Drug" single, tour dates are being booked for the summer.




Charming Liars is:
Kiliyan Maguire - Vocals
Karnig Manoukian - Guitar, Production
Mike Kruger - Bass
Tim Wheatley - (Set time: 10:20 PM)
Tim Wheatley
After a successful month long tour of Australia playing packed out venues, Tim Wheatley is now heading back to LA to launch his debut solo record in his current hometown on the other side of the world. The Melbourne indie alt folk troubadour’s hard work has paid off, scoring the ultimate recognition from the industry, impressing fans and critics alike with his album, Cast Of Yesterday, with the album reaching number 9 on the ARIA country music chart.

Thrilled with his impressive chart results, Wheatley says, “To land in the top 10 was astounding. I would never have imagined the response we’ve had to this record.”
“It was a hectic month of shows but looking back on it, I had a blast,” beams Wheatley. “The crowds were so receptive and I think doing it solo was such an effective way to re-introduce myself as I got to know so many people that way. It was a great chance to play the record and get a sense of everyone's favourite songs, which I'll now take back to the States before returning home for another tour in the summer, I can't wait to get back!”

Cast of Yesterday was recorded at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne, produced by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Sarah Blasko, Pete Murray) and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Johnny Cash) at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Poetically titled, Cast of Yesterday, the album was written about a range of people from Wheatley’s past - friends, heroes and villains and is a dynamic collection of songs that is sure to surprise and delight. With an alt-folk, indie Australiana and at times country feel, Cast Of Yesterday is packed with memorable melodies and a signature smooth vocal, all the while showcasing Wheatley’s impressive songwriting ability.
[Brackets] - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
[Brackets]
Hailing from Los Angeles, [Brackets] use the perfect combination of grit and charm to bring angst to a music scene that could use more of it. Through blending powerful Joplin-esque vocals with sweet melodies, their songs are kinetic in nature and lyrically pure.
Shadow The Wild - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Shadow The Wild
Shadow The Wild was born on a movie set. Lead singer Ari Welkom was playing the part of a vampire killer. Guitar player Fabien Hameline was the assistant director. Between takes, they struck up a conversation about music, which developed into some jam sessions that spawned a decision to start a band when the film wrapped.

“The first time we played together, it was magic,” San Francisco born Welkom says. “Fabien’s twin brother, Sebastien, was a classical guitarist. He switched to bass. [Drummer] Adam (Timmerman) was the second guy we auditioned. After one song, we knew he was the one.” The new band started writing songs, polishing them with numerous gigs on LA’s active club scene, touring regionally, playing SXSW, etc.

But there was still a sound they were collectively chasing. They knew they’d know it when they found it, so they stopped performing for a year to hone in on their song writing.

When the band met longtime LA producer Greg Morgenstein, they knew they’d found a kindred spirit. “Greg’s attention to detail is immaculate,” Welkom says. “He guided us through the recording process helping us polish the hooks, the grooves, the tempos and the dynamics. He made sure we were playing the songs as tightly as possible before recording them. He encouraged us to come up with all sorts of cool parts, then showed us how to incorporate them into the songs.”

The first result is “Twin Flame,” the band’s debut single and the lead track from their eponymous EP, set for release on June 3 via the band’s label, My Inner Animal. It opens with the spacy, swirling sounds of a Wurlitzer electric piano and the heartbeat of Timmerman’s kick drum. Washes of color from a processed electric guitar solo, played backwards, seep into the track, a nod to the sounds of ‘60s psychedelia. Dub-like keyboard effects and the band’s swooning choral harmonies set the stage for Welkom’s vocal, a perfect blend of passion and apprehension. He captures the feeling you get when you’re aching for love, while doubting it will ever arrive. “The song explores the dilemma of being in a superficial culture, disconnected from our fellow humans, yet longing for connection.” Welkom says. “It’s that old - I can’t live with you, but I can’t live without you – conundrum, but the guy in our song says he’d rather burn with her, than drown without her.” Midway through the track, Fabien Hameline takes an eerie psychedelic guitar break that intensifies the feelings of hunger and longing. It’s a fitting harbinger for the impressive EP the band has waiting on deck.

While the four musicians in Shadow the Wild have been playing for most of their lives, this is the first time any of them have been in an ongoing band.

Twin brothers Fabien and Sebastien Hameline grew up in France, but American rock inspired their move to LA. “‘Rock’ is an English word,” Sebastien says. “It’s odd to hear rock music sung in any language other than English. We both started on piano at seven, then moved on to cello and classical guitar. When Fabien started playing with Ari, I switched to bass.” Sebastien’s bass lines have the flavor of lead guitar, adding a unique texture to the band’s rhythms.

When he was a child, Timmerman was already making percussive sounds with his mouth and teeth. In 4th grade he started drum lessons and in high school picked up piano, guitar and bass. He later graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of music before leaving for LA. “Somebody asked me if I wanted to try out for a band and I’ve been playing with the guys since that first audition, growing closer, as friends and musicians, every day.”

“Our ultimate goal is to write songs that will outlive the band,” Sebastien says, “and play them on the biggest stages of the world.”EBUT SINGLE OUT JUNE 3
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change