Eliot Sumner

Eliot Sumner (9:00 PM)

Cheerleaders (8:15 PM)

The Rebel Light (7:30 PM)

Tue, June 21, 2016

7:00 pm

Adv Tix $16.00 / Day of Show Tix $18.00

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Eliot Sumner - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Eliot Sumner
Following her first studio album, Eliot took a four-year hiatus to re-evaluate her sound. "I went into hibernation for a while, to search for my soul," she jokes. Thankfully she located it – quite possibly in the Lake District. "I moved there for five months in total isolation, with just my dog," she remembers. "I was experimenting with different writing methods." During this time she also worked with the composer Clint Mansell on a soundtrack for the film Filth.
Eliot decided to shed her previous band name in favour of her actual name: "I'm proud of the music I'm making now," she said at the time, "and I want to take ownership by putting my real name on it." After putting out the blistering, three-track EP 'Information' last August, Eliot embarked on a European tour with Swedish songstress Lykke Li. The tour was captured in a two–part, behind-the-scenes documentary that featured on i-D : 'On the Road with Eliot Sumner and Lykke Li'.
https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/video/on-the-road-with-eliot-sumner-part-one
"We have been friends for a few years and always wanted to collaborate on something," says Eliot of the joint tour. "This was cool timing cause I had the EP out and she was touring so we just made it happen. The homecoming show in London was most memorable; we played the Hammersmith Apollo and I didn't expect so many people to be there but it was fully packed."
Eliot had the luxury of recording her second studio album directly after coming off of the tour, meaning that the band felt tight musically, and that the tracks were – as she puts it – "well refined". The album, also titled 'Information', will be released on the 22nd of January 2016. Its sound marries the hauntingly-low-register vocals and upbeat electro-pop that have always been Eliot's hallmark – however, this time, there are new, Krautrock-inspired inflections. "It's the kind of music that I would probably listen to myself," says Eliot.
The resultant sound is digressive and experimental, but also familiar. The record shows of a range of sophisticated influences, from Eliot's favourite band as a teenager, the Bad Seeds, to bands like Cluster and Faust, as well as iconic German electronica four-piece Kraftwerk. "The album is very motoric, with hypnotic beats," says Eliot. "I use a lot of drum machines and snares. I like noise. There are some industrial sounds on there too. There's definitely no swing or jazz!"
Eliot's new band line up features Nick Benton on guitar, old friend Jan Blumentrath on synthesizer and Adam Gammage on drums, with the four-piece arranging songs together as a team. "There's a lot more organic energy with this group", Eliot says, smiling, "It feels like a nucleus." During their live sets, the band's closeness is palpable.
All of the tracks on the album were produced by Duncan Mills, who has worked with The Vaccines, Spector and Crocodiles. This lends it coherency, says Eliot, although from first listen it's obvious that each track could stand alone as a single release. Mills gave Eliot the space to experiment, meaning that the album also tells of psychedelic influences – it's heady, with whirling guitar sounds, unusual song structures and unpredictable synths.
Information is the single that leads the album, a bracing six-minute synth-and-strings song that plays out with a long, confident instrumental passage. "It's a break-up song," Eliot explains. "It's about not understanding the situation." The video, which premiered via Dazed Digital, features a supernatural Eliot doing battle with two muscle cars at night in the desert outside LA. "It's slightly self-destructive," she smiles, "I'm being chased by this car, then you work out that it's me driving it."
Following Information, Eliot and the band have released four tracks from the forthcoming album one-per-month over the Summer of 2015. The first was Dead Arms and Dead Legs. "This is my favourite track on the album," says Eliot, "Lyrically it was very easy to write because I was in a very vacant state of mind – I was going through an adjustment period. It's
about walking through something robotically making decisions." The song debuted on The Fader.
The next, After Dark, was an anthemic ode to having one too many. "It's a little bit about me not knowing when to cool it," Eliot laughs. She wrote the song with friend and ex-Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson, who makes guest appearance elsewhere on the album: "He's playing tambourine somewhere – you'll have to listen out for it!"
After Dark was followed Firewood, an apocalyptic song about how everything is temporary. Inspired by the song Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult, it's not about anything specific, just living in the moment. "It started just off as a guitar riff, then we decided to put some acid synths on it and it really worked." Stereogum premiered the video.
Species was the fourth track to be released in anticipation of the album, and has stronger techno influences than the rest. "It's about how we're evolving into this new species where things can be totally genderless and unidentifiable," says Eliot. The song, its composition and its lyrics are futuristic and genre-defying, something Eliot says she was pushing for.
Upon release of these four tracks, the band shot an intense four-part video performance for which lighting design mavericks Flat-E – the creative brains behind the visuals for Jon Hopkins' live sets – created a conceptual installation. The band wanted to do something experimental to reflect the fact that these singles are, as Eliot puts it, "the most left-field songs on the album".
Come Friday, one of the tracks from Eliot's EP, is also uplifting, and musically sets the tone for the whole album. "When I took that song to Duncan he said, 'you have to write a whole album like this!'" A more guitar-driven track with an anthemic chorus, its pace and soaring melodies disguise a darker subject matter. "It's one of my favourites," says Eliot, "It's about still being in love with someone but not allowing them to have another life. It's very selfish."
The process of writing the album wasn't easy, says Eliot, between sighs. It was a labour of love. "I tried to write it maybe four times, from 2012 to more recently," she says. "The stuff I wrote back in the Lake District was so depressing no one could have listened to it, but there are happier moments on the album now." Let My Love Lie On Your Life is one of these moments: "It's about being distracted," says Eliot cryptically, before adding: "in a good way."
Cheerleaders - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Cheerleaders
The hazy charm of Cheerleader first shimmered into existence at a Hartford, Connecticut middle school. Here, Joe Haller and Chris Duran cut their musical teeth in Duran’s parents’ basement, and their friendship and musical chemistry sparked a connection that survived the 2000s and colleges in separate states.

Reconnecting in their hometown in 2012, Haller and Duran decided it was time to devote themselves to their music. “We sort of realized that, crazy pipedream or not, we owed it to ourselves to give it a shot,” Duran says. On a whim, the duo moved to Philadelphia to start compiling new material.

In 2013, Joe Haller and Chris Duran self-produced and recorded a three-song demo in their apartment in downtown Philly under the name Cheerleader. To their surprise, the release of that three-song demo on SoundCloud led to features in NME and Nylon, some radio play, and a slew of SxSW invitations. Doors were opening quickly, but the duo was suddenly faced with the technical challenges of recreating their music live with only two members.

Haller and Duran already knew local studio manager and multi-instrumentalist Josh Pannepacker from Philly’s music scene, while mutual friends introduced the new trio to Carl Bahner (drums) and Paul Impellizeri (bass). The prospect of performing Cheerleader’s music live had always been daunting for Haller and Duran, who had trouble imagining how to replicate their recordings. But Pannepacker and Bahner’s production backgrounds helped realize their live show.

After a gig in New York, one of the first that Cheerleader played as a five piece, they were approached by Mark Needham, who invited them to record with him in Los Angeles. Haller and Duran were at first overwhelmed by the absurdity of the situation. “All of a sudden, we’re in New York having dinner with this guy who has mixed some of the biggest rock records of the past decade, and he’s talking to us about the lo-fi songs we recorded in our apartment at 3 am,” Haller says.

Eventually, the band embraced the experience of working with a ten-time Grammy nominated producer. The resulting album, The Sunshine of Your Youth, balances the intimacy of the original demos with a lavish ambience worthy of rock musicians with several albums under their belt.

While the album title, The Sunshine of Your Youth might seem to convey pure anticipation, a longing for the emotion and the heat of summertime, Haller and Duran shrug off the significance. “[F]or us the title is more about a state of mind than a particular time in your life – how, no matter what’s going on, life can be full of wonder and beauty, as long as you’re open to these things."

The album’s 10 songs are like floating on a cloud through an extended dream sequence. But delving deeper into the music brings out the darker, deeper notes of truth in the dreamy yet anthemic songs. From the hook-driven “New Daze,” through the forlorn whistling of “Do What You Want,” to the nostalgia of “Little Bird,” the band’s freshman effort indeed strikes those chords of hope, wonder and beauty.
The Rebel Light - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Rebel Light
Los Angeles indie pop band The Rebel Light have already been turning heads on both sides of the Atlantic. This exciting new band’s sound already oozes a confidence that feels both effortlessly fresh yet wonderfully familiar. The Rebel Light have already pulled in comparisons to bands such as The Shins and Temples and draw heavily on their influence of the sun drenched sound of 60’s California pop.
With major radio stations such as ALT NATION, MUSIC CHOICE, KROQ and EQX already supporting their upcoming release Strangers, the band have also picked up instant plaudits from many music blogs and a sterling new band feature from the NME.

Their debut EP “A Hundred Summer Days” is the perfect introduction to The Rebel Light’s hazy, indie pop sound. With huge sunny choruses, warm nostalgic synths and shimmering guitar lines, The Rebel Light are the perfect band for your Summer soundtrack.

"The Rebel Light seem to imbue the light side of Los Angeles. A band in thrall to golden guitar pop, their psych-edged material recalls (early) Shins or even British group Temples. Byrds-style guitar riffs are set against gilded harmonies, with The Rebel Light adding that vital sense of edge." Clash Magazine UK

"If you're craving for a band with a bit of pop zest, look no further than The Rebel Light. The sea breezes of their home town, Los Angeles, have helped them imbue their psychedelic surf sounds with a melodic sensibility: New single 'Strangers' sounds like the Beach Boys colliding with The Doors to create something that is very 2015." NME

"The blissful, sunshiny pop of The Rebel Light's "Strangers" just wasn't made for these wintry times, but it's never too cold for some good old-fashioned California dreamin'. In a breezy three and a half minutes, guitars that echo the understated power of Grizzly Bear and the off-kilter rhythms of The Shins collide with dusky, '60s style harmonies. For relative newcomers that record in a basement home studio, the sound is remarkably polished, and each element is knitted together tightly. Perhaps that's a reflection of the trio's makeup: two brothers and a cousin." The Line of Best Fit
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change