The Moth & The Flame, Young Rising Sons

The Moth & The Flame (9:45 PM)

Young Rising Sons (8:45 PM)

888 (8:05 PM)

HØØNCH (7:30 PM)

Thu, October 20, 2016

7:00 pm

Adv Tix $13.00 / Day of Show Tix $15.00

This event is all ages

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The Moth & The Flame - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
The Moth & The Flame
Intimately tucked between The Moth & The Flame’s trembling synthesizers and compellingly bravado vocals rests a component that syndicates the band’s evolution together at its core: steadiness. With precise details and intentional steps, The Moth & The Flame walks a line between mass appeal and artistic integrity. Their new album, Young & Unafraid, mingles the spontaneous and relaxed approach the band previously took when record with a deliberate and gauged plan to cross new barriers. The Moth & The Flame impeccably balances the coziness of knowing where they’ve come from with the aspirations of where they want to be. Leaving behind their Provo, Utah home, the band moved to Los Angeles and let their emotions marinade in the mix of Young & Unafraid, an album that is a culmination of the different times in their lives throughout the recording process.

With an explosion of colorful expression, Young & Unafraid emphasizes The Moth & The Flame’s collective scope of influences. The invigorating and empowered dynamics of tracks like “Empire & The Sun” and “Live Where I Breathe” flawlessly seize the bands’ infectious and spirited ability to create ambiance. Meanwhile, the album’s title track, “Young & Unafraid” takes on a murkier, anguished 90’s grunge feel, a reflection of Brandon Robbins’ Washington State roots. Protesting the narrative, the song is adherent to a consciousness of millennial angst. “We’re trying to give people a sense of empowerment,” Robbins explains enthusiastically. “Growing up, all of the songs I loved had a meaning. In that manner, we’re writing about things that we see and feel…things that need to be changed.” Ambitiously, the band hopes their hunger for variation will stir onlookers to pushback when they encounter an obstruction.

Secured by a vigilant assortment of producers, the album thrives in its diversity. For the album’s recording, the band chose to work with a variety of producers. The Moth & The Flame returned to a long-standing relationship, recording with Nate Pyfer, who also oversaw their debut album. A confident, new generation producer, Pyfer opened the floodgates, allowing the band to thrive without limitations. Producer Peter Katis (Sigur Ros, Fanfarlo, Frightened Rabbit, Swell Season), who was on the band’s bucketlist to work with, brought an airy and organic warm-heartedness to the record. Mastermind instrumentalist Rob Moose, known for his work with Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire, enhanced Katis’ rich production, adding orchestration and depth. Tony Hoffner furthered the band; applying brighter and more accessible touches found on the album’s tracks, similar to those had supplied bands like M83, Beck and Stars.

This collection of distinctively unique production signatures has allowed The Moth & The Flame to construct a vast and exceptionally innovative album, while simultaneously expanding the borders of what they’re known for and remaining steadfast in the qualities that define them. “We were a little worried about how cohesive the sound could be while working with so many different producers,” Robbins admits. “It is a little scary honestly, creating a sound that might end up nothing like something you’ve previously created. But it ended up meshing in a really beautiful way that wasn’t jarring.”

While their debut self-titled record was deliberately built as an “artsy album”, Young & Unafraid was conceived to influence an extensive audience and cultivate The Moth & The Flame’s signature sound. “It is a more accessible version of us,” admits Robbins, “and honestly a more realized version of the band. We were very young and new when we started and the experiences we gained have helped us create a more zoomed in version of The Moth & The Flame.”

The Moth & the Flame is Brandon Robbins (vocals, guitar), Mark Garbett (keyboards/vocals), and Andrew Tolman (drums).
Young Rising Sons - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Young Rising Sons
Fueled by a fierce chemistry and brother-like camaraderie, Red Bank, New Jersey-based foursome Young Rising Sons deliver anthemic alt-rock that's uplifting and infectious but unshakably honest. As heard on their debut single "High," lead singer/guitarist Andy Tongren, lead guitarist Dylan Scott, bassist Julian Dimagiba, and drummer Steve Patrick give serious depth to their stylish, summery sound through fearless recognition of life's less-than-sunny moments -- a dynamic that inspired SiriusXM Alt Nation and tastemakers across the globe to greet "High" with lavish praise and BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe to name the song his "Next Hype" track upon its release last spring. With Tongren's voice showing a dizzying range and undeniable sweetness, Young Rising Sons' upcoming self-titled debut EP channels that spirit into songs marked by both supremely melodic hooks and a rare soulful intensity.

"Young Rising Sons" builds off the band's pop-perfect sense of songcraft with left-of-center touches like fuzzed-out basslines and deep electro beats. A blissed-out, whistle-laced track, "High" shows off Tongren's acrobatic vocal skills and gives a nod to the fact that, according to Scott, "as a band we were low for a long time, and now the highs are finally happening and it's a really cool feeling." Honoring Young Rising Sons' blue-collar background, songs like the piano-driven epic "Red and Gold" hone in on "that hunger to get where you want to be in life and knowing that you need to just grind it out and write your own destiny," as Tongren explains. The percussion driven, "King of the World" perfectly captures the joy and power of shaking off negativity, while the slow-burning "Turnin'" starts out tense and moody before bursting into its chorus and bridge's glorious gospel-esque harmonies.

Founded in 2010, Young Rising Sons came to be when Scott, Dimagiba, and Patrick (all New Jersey natives who had played music together throughout high school) saw Tongren performing an acoustic set at a New York City bar and approached him about singing for their newly formed band. "They asked me to jam with them and everything just clicked right away -- we were friends first and bandmates second," recalls Tongren, who grew up in Ohio and studied music at The New School. Bound by a love of melody-minded songwriters like Tom Petty and high-energy punk bands such as Green Day, Young Rising Sons struggled to find considerable success with their music over the next few years, but continued to push forward with their songwriting and playing. "We were really just going on faith and the fact that we're best friends and wanted to maintain that, regardless of whatever ended up happening with the band," notes Scott.

Then, in late 2013, mutual friends introduced Tongren to New York based producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, who were immediately floored by the scope of Tongren's voice and quickly got to know the entire band. "They all had such a great connection and we felt an instant chemistry with them too, so we started collaborating and guiding them to help take the band to the next level," says Goodman. "We love that they're making music that's got some heavy qualities to it, but in the end is so positive in a very real way," he adds. After signing with Dirty Canvas Music (Goodman and Accetta's New York-based production company) and recording a batch of new songs, Young Rising Sons released "High" along with an accompanying black-and-white, laid-back, sweetly playful video shot in their home turf of New Jersey. Following the post-"High" buzz, Young Rising Sons soon landed a deal with Interscope Records, then started working on their EP.

With plans of devoting the rest of the year to touring and creating their full-length debut, Young Rising Sons are continuing to come up with songs that expand their sound and mine their many eclectic influences. True to the band's brotherly vibe, Young Rising Sons take a decidedly collaborative approach to the songwriting process, with Tongren and Scott serving as the main melodists and lyricists but all four members contributing ideas. While that all-for-one-and-one-for-all mentality forms the core of the band, just as essential to Young Rising Sons is instilling their songs with a certain down-to-earth optimism. "We all got into music because of the way it makes us feel, so now that we're in the driver's seat we're going to try to make other people feel good and passionate," says Tongren. "We really believe in that give-and-take between us and the listener," he adds, "and we want to do what we can to help people harness that hopeful feeling and create something for themselves out of it."
888 - (Set time: 8:05 PM)
888
Resting confidently within layers of synthesizers and demonstrative drums, The Decades EP, the debut release from Denver, Colorado based 888, rests a poignant and reoccurring message- “Don’t give up.” Throughout the course of the infectious Alternative-Electro EP, road-tested frontman Danny Stillman repeatedly reaffirms the significance and impact of staying the course. Regardless of life’s accomplishments and catastrophes, the band, rounded out by (keyboardist) Aaron Rothe and (drummer) Danny Cooper, defiantly accentuate the importance of continuing on. The Decades EP opening track and lead single “Critical Mistakes” professes “Come wake me up before I die and never get to live,” before adding “let the tide wash away my critical mistakes”. Unwilling to rest easy, 888 is pushing forward and reaching for more.

That tenacity bleeds through the entirety of their self produced EP. Combining the enlightenment that complements growing into our own skin, The Decades EP explores the drive to succeed and change in relationships that accompany this era of life.“Young and In Love” explores temporary infatuation and limitless possibility before life-altering responsibilities settle in. Each track solidifies the band’s impetuous intentions to live in the moment and to experience each occasion wholeheartedly. Placed impeccably over an ambiance of optimistic and animated orchestration, a contrast of hope and reality are flawlessly achieved. The band has come of age as a collective who’ve together spent over a decade conquering numerous styles of music in several different bands. The blending experience with personal growth in both musical taste and talents has culminated into a spry and animated explosion of sound.

“Critical Mistakes” has quickly turned heads, spreading internationally and become a top pick for prominent playlists. The trio won KTCL’s 2015 “Hometown For The Holidays” competition in both fan voting and live performance categories, cementing their place in Denver’s burgeoning music scene and garnering the attention of radio stations all across the country. 888 are readied to manufacture beyond their previous success with Drop, Dead Gorgeous and Bleach Blonde, with The Decades EP situated to make 2016 their most prevalent year to date.
HØØNCH - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
HØØNCH
Hoonch, the new indie-electronic group from Los Angeles-based musicians/producers Jonathan Kim and Gabriel Rodrigues, has arrived. Having played together in past projects, the duo pull from a wide variety of musical influences. The electronic undertones of ZHU, the synth-tinged rock of Phoenix, and Hoonch's own unique hooks come together to create a sound that is truly their own. Kim (lead vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist) and Rodrigues (keyboards/vocals) were recently featured in Billboard, MTV, and USA Today. Their song “101” currently has over 10 million plays on Spotify. For Hoonch, it’s about creating chemistry through music, and sharing it.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change