VHS Collection

VHS Collection (10:15 PM)

Tigertown (9:15 PM)

DWNTWN (8:30 PM)

Sat, June 10, 2017

8:00 pm

Adv tix $12.00 / DOS tix $15.00

This event is all ages

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VHS Collection - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
VHS Collection
VHS Collection is a band from New York City that has gained a reputation for high energy live performances and a unique blend of rock, electronic, and disco influences. VHS’s sound featured danceable beats, heavy guitar riffs and synth lines, and dark lyrical narratives.

In the last year, VHS Collection has seen festival performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Okeechobee, in addition to sold out club dates on both coasts. The band has released two EP’s independently which have been streamed over 10 million times on Spotify, including two songs on the Spotify Viral Charts. VHS looks forward to releasing it’s first LP later this year.

“Wide Awake” was the first single off VHS Collection’s first full-length record. Produced by Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia), “Wide Awake” is what the band calls “Dark Disco Rock.” The track signals a refined direction for the band in its energy, lyrical themes, and sound choices. Many of the signature themes and sounds from previous releases show up here including: New York City, desperation, arpeggiated synths and danceable basslines; but this track goes deeper with a massive guitar hook, pumped up energy, and darker lyrical themes.

VHS Collection got their start in the winter of 2014 but the three members, James Bohannon, Conor Cook, and Nils Vanderlip have been playing music in one form or another together since they were kids. Conor and James grew up across the street from each other in NYC and attended the same grade school where they began jamming on acoustic guitars; Nils and James met in high school, where they started their first band together and recorded an album.

Years later, with all three members back in NYC, VHS pulled together a collection of electronic leaning rock-influenced bedroom recordings and posted them on Soundcloud. Encouraged by the volume of hits the tracks received, VHS began performing a live set at friends’ parties and around NYC’s small clubs. 2015 saw multiple sold out nights for VHS at the Lower East Side’s indie-rock launching pad, the Mercury Lounge. A year later, the band rocked a sold out Bowery Ballroom and continued showing up on more Festival bills.
Tigertown - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Sydney alt pop foursome Tigertown will make you feel the kind of love you’d travel the world for. They’re a family band, an ecstatic quartet, all Australian sunshine and California heat: husband-and-wife duo Chris and Charlie Collins anchor the sound on lead guitar and vocals, and the Collins siblings, Elodie and Alexi, round out the recordings and live band on bass and keys.

Already boasting a dedicated following and Triple J support in their native Australia, 2016 found them touring the globe with the likes of Troye Sivan, Panic! At The Disco, St. Lucia and MS MR. Carrying on from the euphoric highs of their debut Lonely Cities EP and it’s wildfire single of the same name (9 million streams and counting), the band embarked on a series of globetrotting collaborations that helped to further crystallize the anthemic, jetsetting, Tigertown sound.

Nowhere is this more evident than forthcoming single “Papernote,” a pop supernova recorded across four continents, built around a two-bar loop from Zimbabwe guitar legend Oliver Mtukudzi that lays the foundation for a stadium-size melody that shimmers with contagious elation. Boasting production from Iceland’s Siggi Sigtryggson with additional touches from LA hit makers Captain Cuts, it’s as urgent as a valentine in neon lights, radiating affection that no listener can resist. Rounding out the Papernote EP is “Take Me Away,” a crystalline shot of devotion produced by 18 year old Austrian wunderkind Filous and recorded during a week spent on the western coast of Nicaragua last winter, and the technicolor “What You Do”, recorded in the band’s Sydney studio and polished off under the LA sun by principal BØRNS collaborator Tommy English. The Papernote EP arrived in October 2016 ahead of a sold out European tour supporting Panic! At The Disco and Australian headline tour in December then back on the road with Panic! At The Disco early 2017 on there sold-out Australian arena tour.

The band’s full-length debut is expected later this year.
DWNTWN - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Being vulnerable is risky. Lyricists can cloak their feelings in obtuse turns of phrases and abstract poetics, just as composers’ dense sonic layers can conceal shoddy tunesmithing. It takes strength, wisdom, and maturity to put your art and heart out in the forefront. On DWNTWN’s latest, Racing Time (Jullian Records), out July 21st, the LA-based dream pop band lay bare both their songs and their souls.

“The significance of the album title is that time is finite on the planet so don’t let fear govern your life choices,” says DWNTWN’s lead vocalist, and co-principle songwriter, Jamie Leffler.

In addition to Jamie, DWNTWN is Robert Cepeda, guitar and vocals, and Daniel Vanchieri, drums. The trio wraps sorrowful lyrics and sharp hooks in lush soundscapes. DWNTWN’s expansive artistic palette recalls the transcendently textured indie rock of Modest Mouse and Beach House, and the heartfelt sincerity of classic 1970s Laurel Canyon folk and early country, a la The Carter Family.

Racing Time is a milestone entry in Jamie and Robert’s creative partnership.

The two met while in high school, and, six years ago, began experimenting as a bedroom duo, concocting lush pop with one guitar and a midi keyboard. Over the years, Jamie and Robert have added other musicians to the mix and scaled back the ambient layers to reveal warmly organic instrumentation. “We’ve matured,” Jamie allows. “We are ready to pull away all the excesses so we can be vulnerable, and say exactly what needs to be said.”

Throughout the album, Jamie’s lyrics are bravely expressive. “I’m a strong and independent person, but songwriting let’s me be the opposite. I can open myself up and not feel like I have to be strong all the time,” Jamie shares. On Racing Time she explores relationships, coming of age, and the loss of her father, former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ bassist Howie Epstein who died of a heroin overdose when she was 14. The album’s release date has added significance as it comes out the day of her father’s birth.

Racing Time opens with “Bloodshot Eyes”’s sweet spectral vocals and acoustic guitar strumming. Soon, lush textures emerge and envelop you while the beat surges forward with pent-up emotionality. There is majestic sadness to tracks like “Bloodshot Eyes,” along with album tracks like “Love Someone” and “Little Night Song.” On the elegantly elegiac “Fourteen,” Jamie addresses the loss of her father. “He was my buddy and best friend as a child, but I didn’t get to know him as an adult. Writing this was therapeutic because I could say those things I always wanted to say to him,” Jamie confides. Here, her lyrics burn with emotional directness, as if the listener is witnessing some highly intimate reckoning. Jamie sings: Don’t know why but you’re on my mind/Thought a lot but never cried/Does it mean I'm empty inside/Or afraid of what I’d find/Keep you locked up in my heart so tight/It’s the only way you'll never die.

Racing Time concludes with a stunning rendition of Anita Carter’s 1960s chestnut “As The Sparrow Goes,” featuring a guest appearance by Jamie’s stepmother, Carlene Carter. Here, Carlene’s richly expressive vocals beautifully complement Jamie’s dreamy singing.

On the heels of the release of DWNTWN’s masterful debut, Jamie is reflective. A moment that stands out to her in making the album is sharing her music with her stepmother. Jamie says: “It felt really good to reconnect. She told me: ‘I want you to know your dad would have been so proud of you.’”
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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