Great Good Fine Ok

Great Good Fine Ok (10:00 PM)

flor (9:15 PM)

Bad Wave (8:30 PM)

Sat, January 21, 2017

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $12.00 / Day of Show Tix $14.00

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Great Good Fine Ok - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Great Good Fine Ok
s it possible to be nostalgic for the future? Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013 and by the next morning had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” a gauzy, heart-thumping anthem that hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism.

An EP, Body Diamond, soon followed, as did a slate of shows at that year’s SXSW festival and a deal with Neon Gold and Epic Records. In 2014 GGFO’s second EP, 2M2H, reached #10 on the iTunes dance chart and featured the St. Lucia collaboration “Something to Believe In,” which premiered on Entertainment Weekly. In keeping with this collaborative spirit, GGFO co-wrote and performed on The Chainsmoker’s single “Let You Go,” recorded a cover of Phil Collins’s “Easy Lover” with fellow Brooklynite Panama Wedding, and produced the song “Shapeshifting” with Irish folk-pop singer Orla Gartland, whom Jon and Luke met after their headlining show at Notting Hill Arts Club in London. They have also remixed songs by St Lucia, Foxes, Twenty One Pilots, Luxley, Little Daylight, and many others.

In the past three years, GGFO have performed shows supporting acts ranging from Tove Lo to X Ambassadors to Penguin Prison and have embarked on four major US tours with Betty Who, Joywave, Magic Man, Vacationer, and Panama Wedding, with four songs reaching #1 on Hype Machine and their single “Take It or Leave It” surpassing ten million plays on Spotify. As anyone who attended the group’s recent sold-out Northeast headlining tour can attest, GGFO has amassed a large contingent of loyal fans who have come to expect over-the-top live performances involving silk kimonos, triggered lights, and histrionic keytar solos, with Jon and Luke backed by drummer Danny Wolf and guitarist Carey Clayton. 2016 has already seen the release of three singles and an EP of GGFO songs remixed by like-minded artists, with more new works ever looming on the horizon. Music blog Indie Shuffle says, “I dare you to find another group in the past two years who has been so prolific and consistent with their releases while at the same time delivering some of the most heavenly signature falsetto vocals known to man.”
flor - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
With their nuanced songwriting and inventive sensibilities, flor use their songs to explore feelings of longing and heartache, anxiety and self-doubt. On their debut album come out, you’re hiding, singer/guitarist Zach Grace, bassist Dylan Bauld, guitarist McKinley Kitts, and drummer Kyle Hill alternately magnify and brighten those feelings by dreaming up an intensely cinematic take on synth-driven alt-pop. But for all its transportive melodies and triumphant mood, come out, you’re hiding was born from a place of painful vulnerability.
“Making this album has really been about me coming out my shell and getting over whatever block I have about letting people know what’s going on in my head,” says Grace, who serves as chief lyricist for the L.A.-based, Oregon-bred band. “A lot of people probably struggle with believing in themselves that way, and the album’s a testament to overcoming that.”
Mostly recorded in Bauld’s bedroom studio, with its title nodding to Grace’s reclusive tendencies, come out, you’re hiding achieves its intimate feel thanks partly to a process that flor adopted soon after moving to L.A. “I’d started experimenting with different production styles, and I ended up coming up with these sounds that weren’t anything like what we’d done before,” recalls Bauld, flor’s main producer. “Ever since then, I’ll make a basic track and take it to Dylan, and he’ll build it from there,” adds Grace. “Starting out on my own makes writing a little easier,” he continues. “I can get it all out in a very journal-like way, and then pull back and process things a bit before putting it all out into the world.”
Not only essential in instilling come out, you’re hiding with unfettered honesty, flor’s creative approach has shaped their singular sound. Mixed by Andrew Maury (Atlas Genius, Panama Wedding), come out, you’re hiding infuses its crystalline textures with the heavy guitars and fierce drumming that flor’s long brought to their live show. “We used to hold ourselves back and try to keep it simple, but now we’re doing whatever we can to make these big moments within our songs,” says Bauld, who’s also produced records for such artists as Halsey.
With its airy beats and soaring melodies, “Guarded” starts off come out, you’re hiding by offering a confession of insecurity. “‘Guarded’ is about building up this castle around me and having it torn down, and trying to deal with losing that feeling of comfort,” says Grace. On “Where Do You Go,” shimmering guitar tones match the song’s tender romanticism. “It’s about a couple with this unspeakable joy about them,” explains Grace. “It’s asking, ‘Where do you go to find love like that?’, because it’s so undeniably special.” Also on come out, you’re hiding, flor bring their dreamy introspection to songs like “Overbehind,” whose determined self-assurance makes for a sublimely uplifting closing track.
Growing up in the tiny town of Hood River, Grace, Bauld, and Kitts first created music together as teenagers. Once they’d brought Hill into the fold and begun making their name as a captivating live act, the band pushed forward in their career by relocating to L.A. Taking on the name flor—a word that translates to flower in Portuguese—the band soon landed a deal with Fueled by Ramen, who released their debut EP Sounds in February 2016.
Despite his initial shyness about sharing his lyrics on come out, you’re hiding, Grace says he’s ultimately emboldened by flor’s lavish arrangements. “As soon as my lyrics are in the songs and they’ve got that beautiful production on them, I love that people are learning who I am and what flor is about,” he notes. “Hopefully they’re finding something in it to make them feel some kind of companionship—like we’re all going through these things together.”
Bad Wave - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Bad Wave
Bad Wave are the band two best guy friends start when life's responsibilities have gotten too great and they need to reflect on their shared youth, almost in secret. Except songwriter Tucker Tota and his production backbone Patrick Hart are far too young to be nearing midlife crisis. In fact, Bad Wave began out of the sort of trappings familiar to all 20-somethings scrambling to piece their shit together in adulthood's early stages. "Patrick was randomly living with me and my girlfriend for about a year on and off in LA," explains Tucker. "We really didn't know each other at all but he picked me up at the airport," adds Patrick. "And then I was his roommate. Just like a scene from Craigslist."

Unlike most duos, Patrick and Tucker were not the yin to each other's yang. They bonded over similarities: a love for Weezer and other favourite '90s alt rock bands they'd wear as badges of honor in Middle School – Patrick in Nashville, Tucker in Miami. They found comfort in each other's similar geekdom and propensity to work alone. So they worked together, separately, and mostly via email. "We'd build analogue synthesizers and talk about plug-ins. We weren't looking, but..." jokes Tucker, of their two-year long, tech-inspired bromance. Not usually such a pop fan, Tucker found himself taken with Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home' and wanted to write a similarly brooding R&B number. His solo attempts failed miserably. Patrick knew how to make beats, so he gave his new buddy a helping hand. Before long, Patrick was writing more electronic tracks for Tucker to write melodies and lyrics to in his solitude. Their first single 'Look Out' – released on LA imprint Crazy Heart – was born from there. "Just to be clear, we both live in LA," says Patrick. "But we're like the Postal Service, doing this all online. Even if we lived in the same building, we would make Bad Wave over the internet."

New singles 'Runaway' and 'Good Girls' continue in the same sonic vein; like pop-punk shot through the filter of glassy '80s electronica. The angst is disguised by bouncing basslines and warped choruses more befitting of Animal Collective than Green Day. It's a sound that has been most surprising to the duo themselves. "I like to play the mandolin, not electronic drums," says Tucker.

The name Bad Wave itself is taken from the Spanish phrase 'mala onda', which literally translates as "bad waves" but you can take it as meaning "bad vibes". "We're trying to spread good vibes though," reassures Patrick. By releasing their own anxieties through Bad Wave, these two only have great intentions.

Bad Wave's second single 'Runaway' and third single 'Good Girls' debuted at 10K Islands' site: 'Runaway' and 'Good Girls' appear on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes.

– Eve Barlow
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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