The Wild Feathers

The Wild Feathers (10:15 PM)

Saints of Valory (9:15 PM)

Jamestown Revival (8:15 PM)

Wed, March 5, 2014

8:00 pm

$15

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The Wild Feathers - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
The Wild Feathers
All signs point to The Wild Feathers becoming the next great American rock ‘n’ roll band. It’s not a matter of omens or conjecture either, but rather time and facts. The Nashville-based group— Ricky Young [guitar, vocals], Taylor Burns [guitar, vocals], Joel King [bass, vocals], and Ben Dumas [drums]—spent more than two years on the road supporting their 2013 debut self-titled full-length album. Their diligence slowly but surely started to pay off as the record hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, and they received invites to appear on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O Brien, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson, ABC’s Nashville, and more.

Along the way, unanimous critical praise arrived courtesy of Rolling Stone, New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and countless others. Simultaneously, the quintet turned casual listeners into staunch believers with incendiary and invigorating performances at festivals and touring with everybody from Bob Dylan to Gary Clark Jr. Throughout this whirlwind, they kept thinking about the next evolution and started writing songs for what would become their 2016 sophomore effort, Lonely Is A Lifetime

“The story of this album starts with all of the touring we did,” Ricky remarks. “We progressed as a live band. When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today—as individuals and musicians. After playing the same songs every night, you eventually start leaning towards other things. We wrote music that we wanted to play.”

“We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band who can play all different kinds of things,” adds Taylor. “We made a conscious effort to expand our sound. We went into the writing mode on the same page. We wanted to preserve the essence of The Wild Feathers with the multiple harmonies, but we also wanted to take this step forward and experiment.”

As a result, Lonely Is a Lifetime reflects a richer confluence of influences, while maintaining their signature soul and spirit and a nod to all that time on the road together. Following the first album’s marathon of touring, the band retreated to a cabin in Muscle Shoals, AL. It was there they collectively sifted through the myriad ideas accrued on the road. Their three singular voices began to shine within the new material, giving a platform to their respective identities as both singers and writers.

“When I first hooked up with these guys, I was very competitive,” admits Taylor. “I realized they can elevate my songs to a higher place than I can by myself. We all feel the same way. We’re working towards a common goal now—to put out the best album possible. When you’ve got three songwriters, everyone has to earn three seals of approval. That pushes you.”

They then traded Muscle Shoals for Barcelona, welcoming another spirit of inspiration on the other side of the world. Ben adds, “This record definitely has traces of everywhere we’ve been and everything we’ve experienced in the past couple of years, and that’s what makes it special.”

They took the songs back to Nashville and once again tapped the talents of producer Jay Joyce, who has done everything from Cage the Elephant to Wallflowers and Coheed and Cambria, as well as bringing on Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band Of Horses, Death From Above 1979) to shake it up in the mix.

Recorded in a little over a month’s time, the first single “Overnight” most clearly illuminates the aforementioned evolution tempering lush guitars with infectious choruses. Meanwhile, they struck a balance between ethereal ambiance on “Sleepers” and the epic surge of the eight-minute “Goodbye Song”—which Taylor describes as, “his favorite moment in the studio.” Between the rustle of guitars and a heavenly lyrical lead, it’s emblematic of The Wild Feathers’ progression.

About “Goodbye Song,” Ricky says, “I’d been messing around with that melody and hook for a long time. It finally clicked. The story of the song is that of an addict. He could be addicted to drugs or alcohol, but he’s basically saying, ‘I am who I am. Take it or leave it.’ It’s the moment of giving up. We unabashedly embraced the Pink Floyd vibe. We didn’t want to rip it off; we just wanted to apply it.”

“Don’t Ask Me to Change,” culminates on a smoky and soulful refrain that’s instantly unshakable. Meanwhile, they collectively penned the impassioned psychedelic chant of “Into the Sun” where bright harmonies collide with hypnotic instrumentation. The upbeat melodic bliss of “On My Way” marks the first time all five members wrote on the same song, while the album’s conclusion “Hallelujah” finds grace in airy production and emotional delivery from Taylor.

The album’s title encapsulates the group’s reverence for their heroes. On the anniversary of Gram Parsons’ birthday, the boys were working on music in Los Angeles. Given the proximity to Joshua Tree, they made a pilgrimage to The Joshua Tree Hotel where the legend died. They stayed in his final hotel room and wrote “Lonely is a Lifetime.” It’s a nod to their foundation.

“We were on a huge Gram Parsons kick, and we had to book the room,” says Joel. “We went out there just for the experience. It ended up being a magical thing because we wrote this song in 45 minutes. It was inspiring.”

In the end, The Wild Feathers deliver a statement with the eleven songs on Lonely Is A Lifetime. They’ve grown as men and musicians, and they’re ready to claim their spot in the canon of American rock music.
Saints of Valory - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Saints of Valory
Gavin Jasper (lead vocals, bass) / Godfrey Thomson (guitar, vocals) / Gerard
Labou (drums) / Stephen Buckle (keyboards, vocals)

Saints of Valory are the type of band that swing for the bleachers, crafting dramatic, sweeping, arena-ready rock filled with elegant pop hooks, shimmering guitars, and emotionally genuine lyrics. Songs like the rhythmically charged "Kids," "Long Time Coming," and "Neon Eyes" (all of which appear on the band's current EP Possibilities) are widescreen in scope, announcing the considerable ambition of these self-assured newcomers as they gear up for the release of Into The Deep, their debut album for F Stop/Atlantic Records.

The album's title, taken from a phrase in "Neon Eyes," is symbolic of Saints of Valory's imminent takeoff. "It's about us launching ourselves into the future and everything that's in store for us," says guitarist Godfrey Thomson. "Like, 'here we go, into the deep.' And for the listener, they're being launched into the depth of the album, into the journey of the songs."

Saints of Valory's journey to this moment has been one of numerous twists and turns, with the four band members hailing from three different continents — South America, Europe, and the U.S. — though they now call Austin, Texas, their home. Their origins are rooted in a childhood friendship between lead vocalist-bassist Gavin Jasper and Thomson, who met in Jasper's native Rio de Janeiro while their parents were working abroad. Both boys received guitars at a young age and bonded over learning to play. "I definitely remember drawing a stage setup on a piece of paper when we were really young," says Thomson, who moved to Brazil when he was a year old, while Jasper grew up in Rio. "We talked about who was going to play what instrument and what we were going to do — just two young kids dreaming about making a band."

As the story goes, the boys stayed in touch after their families went their separate ways. Jasper learned to play bass and joined a country-rock band, while Thomson launched his own band. In 2008, many years after their childhood friendship began, Jasper and Thomson reunited in Brazil, with Thomson bringing along his friend Gerard Labou, a young drummer from France. Calling themselves Saints of Valory (an inspired reference to Labou's mother Valerie), the trio decided to form a band and took to MySpace to post their own tracks, which attracted initial interest from independent labels. Needing a space to rehearse for a showcase, they contacted their friend Stephen Buckle, who had a small studio in his ranch-style home in Boerne, TX. Buckle was born in Greece to an American mother and Canadian father and spent most of his childhood inThailand and Southeast Asia, but befriended Jasper during a four-year stint in Brazil. In April 2010, he joined the band full-time as a keyboardist. "When we all got together, that's when I first felt this could work," Jasper says. "We played 'Providence' and there was this feeling in the room. It was the same feeling I had when I first heard 'Where The Streets Have No Name,' where things just click chemistry-wise and it lifts you up. You feel happier. And I thought, 'If I can feel this in this room, then we can actually offer this to people and they will feel it, too.'" In November, Saints of Valory self-released their first EP The Bright Lights, featuring an early version of "Providence," which entered the Top 50 at Triple A radio, making them the only unsigned band in the upper reaches of the chart. In March 2012, they were chosen as one of Billboard's top six unsigned bands nationwide. In May, they self-released their second EP, Kids, which broke into iTunes' Top Rock Albums chart, selling 1,700 copies its first week. It changed everything for them. "We had toured for a year and half behind Bright Lights and hadn't paid back the cost to record it," Jasper explains. "We were still in the hole. We were just making enough on the road to pay the bills as far as staying on the road, but not to make a new record. But we knew we had to put out new material, so it was a leap of faith to make Kids. We went back into the studio, spent a bunch more money that we didn't have, and the instant we put it out the reactions began rolling in from the industry. It all kind of snowballed from that point on."

"Kids" is now one of the highlights of Into The Deep, which features new and improved versions of previously released tracks, as well as a handful of new songs, including "Long Time Coming" and "Back Up" (which are also on the new EP Possibilities). The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, The White Stripes), whom the band praises as an amazing engineer. "That's where he really shines," Jasper says. "The sound he got for the record is tremendous."

Thomson describes Saints of Valory's sound as music that makes listeners feel uplifted. "We like the idea of making older people feel young again and making young people feel like they're really living," he says. Adds Buckle: "We just want to take people somewhere and make them feel an emotion. We want them to feel something when they hear the music. If we've managed that on this album, we've done our job."
Jamestown Revival - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Jamestown Revival
At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade.

Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence.

At one point or another, music from Creedence Clearwater and The Everly Brothers, to fellow Texans Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Stevie Ray Vaughan found it’s way through an old pair of speakers that sat on the back porch. The pair spent the day exploring that thousand-acre plot of land, and when the sun when down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them. At the age of 22, they moved to Austin and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock.

Looking for adventure, as well as a change of pace, they eventually made the decision to head west and make the move to Los Angeles, CA.

Throughout the course of the next 12 months, they wrote what will be Jamestown Revival’s first full-length album. It’s heavily autobiographical, telling the stories of their adventures, their discomforts, and their observations. In order to capture the spirit of the music, the two found a log cabin high within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The pair, along with their band and engineer, set out to convert it in to a temporary recording studio. With wild moose right outside the window, and aspen leaves spinning in the wind, they tracked 14 songs. Performed live, with no headphones, and entirely to tape, the process captured the moments in the room.

Now back L.A., the duo are planning to release their music and gear up for life back out on the road. These days, they’re exploring far more than just a thousand acres…
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change