The Dead Ships

The Dead Ships (10:30 PM)

Night Talks (9:30 PM)

North By North (8:45 PM)

The Revies (8:00 PM)

Sat, May 19, 2018

7:30 pm

Adv tix $12.00 / DOS tix $15.00

This event is all ages

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The Dead Ships - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
The Dead Ships
A lot has happened for The Dead Ships in the short time that they’ve been together.

Within a couple of months after singer/guitarist Devin McCluskey and drummer Chris Spindelilus started jamming in the latter’s apartment, the soulful garage rock duo were playing sold out shows at The Echo in their native Los Angeles (opening for King Khan) and at San Francisco’s Bottom Of The Hill.

They quickly became the most talked-about live show in L.A., picking up airplay on radio giant KROQ where their song “Big Quiet” spent five weeks in the number one slot on the station’s star-making Locals Only show. And just recently, the Ships were hand-picked by Goldenvoice to perform at Coachella 2016, where they won over the crowd with their punchy hooks and wiry on-stage energy.

Now, it’s time for the world to really get to know The Dead Ships as they look forward to the release of their debut full-length album CITYCIDE. Produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning (he also adds some sweet, sweet guitar playing throughout the LP), the now-trio with Alex Moore on bass put together a fiery collection of songs that showcase McCluskey’s engaging yowl and an unrelenting drive that refuses to let up on the gas pedal until the last notes of album closer “Tomorrow’s Crashes” fade away.

For all its dynamism and momentum, once you start digging into CITYCIDE, you’ll start to taste the bittersweet tang of McCluskey’s vision for this album. For example, the title of this LP began as a reference to the sad fact that when people choose the Golden Gate Bridge as the location to take their own lives, they do so facing the city that they’re leaving behind. “It seemed like a sort of statement,” McCluskey says. “One last rebellion.”

As he started writing a song inspired by that, it evolved into a full suite of songs about the alienation that folks living in big cities like Los Angeles or McCluskey’s former hometown of Chicago can feel, even as they’re surrounded by thousands of other people. On CITYCIDE that takes many forms like his frustration with people that give up on their dreams to make a buck (“Company Line”) or the feeling that the walls of your home are more oppressive than welcoming (“Floorboards”).

There’s an added shade of sadness to CITYCIDE too, as many of the songs poured out of McCluskey in the wake of his best friend’s suicide. Using his art to process his grief and confusion at losing the closest person in his life helped pour some added depth of feeling into the songs. You can get by just rocking out to them, but once you let them sink in deeper, they’ll quickly become a part of you too.

And if the music - a raw power mix of finely tuned dynamics with the unadorned grind of vintage Nuggets-style psych rock - isn’t enough to let you know that this isn’t a sorrowful album but rather a celebration of McCluskey’s friend’s life and the simple act of carrying on even in our toughest times, just spend some time with “First Mistakes.” Through the thick cloud of jangly power-pop chords, the message of the chorus bursts out brightly: “It was good to be alive!”

The next step for The Dead Ships is to bring this feeling to as many willing bodies as they can. The band is coming off a sold-out tour of the U.S. opening for Les Butcherettes and stopping by SXSW before their triumph at Coachella. For the immediate future, that means more touring on the way, hopefully taking them further and farther out than ever before.
Night Talks - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Night Talks
Night Talks is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California. With vocals that are equal parts angelic and razor-tipped, bass and drums that drive, and powerful, shimmering guitars, they'll remind you of the first time you stayed in your room all night listening to a record.
North By North - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
North By North
Rock 'n' roll road-warriors North by North wear their midwestern charm on their sleeve. All artwork is beautifully designed by the band to compliment their heavily textured blend of '70s psychedelia and lo-fi pop-infused garage rock. Much of the work helps guide listeners through narratives and secrets buried in their music.

Their latest release, Last Days of Magic, is a Stephen King-inspired, femme-fatale-filled concept album that investigates the space where science-fiction and mysticism meet modern society.

And while Chicago will always be home, North by North has set out on the life-adventure of The Never-Ending Tour--performing over 300 shows since early 2017. Along the way, North by North have had the fantastic opportunity to share stages with bands such as Eagles of Death Metal, Tegan & Sara, Sheer Mag, The Pack A.D., and more.
The Revies - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Revies
The Revies started out in Monterrey, Mexico in 2007 and have been based in Los Angeles since 2015. The musical style of the band can be described as classic rock and rockabilly, with vocal harmonies fused into Latin rhythms here and there, and Zeppelin-style guitar riffs which can lead to pretty raucous and energetic performances. Recognition for the Revies' music earned them the privilege of playing in several big-time festivals in Mexico, some headlined by recognized Latino bands like Molotov, Enanitos Verdes, or Kinky, as well as other musical legends such as Def Leppard and Cypress Hill. The band's most recent release is titled "Heartwoken". The Revies are: Etienne Rosas (vocals/rhythm guitar), Carlos Rosas (bass/keyboard) and James Syme (drums).
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change