Hey Mercedes

Hey Mercedes (9:00 PM)

the Velvet Teen (8:00 PM)

Thu, July 21, 2016

7:00 pm


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Hey Mercedes - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Hey Mercedes
Born of the ashes of the now legendary Chicago emo outfit Braid, the band consisted of Bob Nanna on guitar and vocals, Todd Bell on bass and vocals, Mark Dawursk on guitar and vocals and Damon Atkinson on drums. Hey Mercedes proved a more melodic antidote to the previous band.

Hey Mercedes had their first band practice in April 2000. Their first release was a self titled EP on Polyvinyl Records in September 2000. Soon after its release, they signed to Vagrant Records and started touring for support of their upcoming Vagrant full length. In 2001 alone, they performed 114 shows. In October 2001, the band released Everynight Fire Works.

After writing the majority of the band's EP and first full length at the end of 2001, Dawursk left the band and was replaced with Mike Shumaker. The band released Loses Control in October 2003.

With 2 full lengths, 3 EPs and 358 shows under their belt, Hey Mercedes called it quits. Their final show (#359) was at the Metro in Chicago on April 23 of 2005.

In a 2007 e‐mail campaign, Threadless Tees reported that Hey Mercedes would play at the Metro, to celebrate the grand opening of the company's Chicago store.

Fast forward to 2016 when Damon, Todd & Bob realized that it had been 15 years since the release of their first full length record (Everynight Fire Works) and that it would be pretty fun and exciting to not only have that record re‐mastered and re‐released along with the EP that accompanied ENFW (The Weekend EP) and a few unreleased cover songs, but to play a handful or two of shows in celebration of this 15th anniversary.

After a few conversations between Vagrant Records (who initially released ENFW) and Topshelf Records, it was decided that Topshelf would gain access to the masters and artwork in order to re‐master and re‐release this album, 15 years after it’s initial release date.

At this time, a definitive release date is unknown, but tentative timeframe would be early July. Just in time for the bands first show in 9 years.
the Velvet Teen - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
the Velvet Teen
Since its inception in late 1999, The Velvet Teen has traveled the world and challenged the very concept of genre with its eclectic and at times schizophrenic appeal. From the early EPs which showed prowess in the pop realm, to the dynamic indie jangle of 'Out of the Fierce Parade', to the romantic strings and quietly political lyrics of 'Elysium', to the sexually charged whip-it beats of 'Cum Laude', The Velvet Teen truly has a talent for seducing the masses into a cult-like state, before promptly leaving the faithless with nothing but a kool-aid aftertaste. The believers, however, will vouch that the experience is well worth the trouble.

The Velvet Teen officially made its debut in a brief Icelandic tour in the debatedly millennial new year, finding founding member Judah Nagler accompanied by electronic arrangements
programmed on a portable sequencer. After returning home, Nagler teamed up with former bandmate Logan Whitehurst, and together they recorded the first EP under the moniker. Joshua
Staples soon joined the group, and the trio recorded a wealth of material while touring North America, Canada and Japan until late 2004, when Logan was diagnosed with brain cancer. He
died from the disease in 2006. Casey Deitz filled in during Logan's absence and later joined the group to help extend the band's reach to Europe and record Cum Laude.
For its first album in nine years, The Velvet Teen amplified its brand of indie-pop into something altogether new. The result was All Is Illusory, a record that sounded like Pinback on speed and breathed fresh air into the band. The A.V. Club is premiering the video for “You Were The First”... the video was filmed during a tour of Japan, and serves as a nice cap to the band’s touring in support of Illusory. The video for “You Were The First” matches the track’s frenetic energy, cutting between live shots and scenic views, matching the dual focus of The Velvet Teen itself.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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