It's Casual

It's Casual (11:30 PM)

...Of the Horizon (10:45 PM)

G.F.P. (feat: skateboarding legend Tony Alva) (9:15 PM)

Auto-Modown (8:30 PM)

Aeges (10:00 PM)

Wed, October 12, 2011

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

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It's Casual - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
It's Casual
Don’t let the name fool you—It’s Casual is anything but. Led by singer/guitarist Eddie Solis, this Los Angeles-area punk rock duo blasts through riff-heavy tunes somewhere between Rollins-era Black Flag and Slayer. It’s a brutal, straightforward approach that has redefined skate rock and proven the old adage that less is more.

Formed in 2001 by Solis and drummer Dob Le Ve, the band’s moniker hails from the 1984 Cameron Crowe film The Wild Life and has built a local following by playing shows all across Southern California. No matter what the venue, an It’s Casual show is guaranteed to be all things energetic, interactive and fun. And loud—really, really loud.

The group has also performed with Black Flag, Fu Manchu, High on Fire, Zeke, Fireball Ministry, Mondo Generator, Good For You and Mastodon. And they’ve released three full-length records—2002’s Buicregl, 2005’s Stop Listening to Bad Music and 2007’s The New Los Angeles, all produced by Sergio J. Chavez (Motorhead, Pennywise, Helmet).

And it’s the latter that earned much praise from fans and press thanks in part to the title track, featuring a video shot in Los Angeles and directed by Robert Schober (Metallica, Coheed and Cambria). Also, there’s the single “The Red Line,” which finds Solis screaming, “The freeways are not so nice” urging listeners to ditch the bleary congested interstates and instead seek mass transportation. A popular video for “The Red Line” by Rick Kosick (Big Brother, Jackass) in 2012 quickly led to Solis being featured on NPR-affiliate KPCC and was later picked up on “The California Report.” The “greencore” message also garnered substantial coverage in seminal alt-weekly papers, including the LA Weekly and OC Weekly, plus on websites like the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Treehugger, Noisecreep, Amoeba Records, Natural Resources Defense Council,, and even on L.A.’s own Metropolitan Transit Authority blog.

But it’s not just the area’s nightmarish gridlock that inspires Solis as he tells listeners about the virtues in using his inter-agency transit pass. The singer’s veins bulge as he delivers such songs behind a wall of sound generated by stacks of amps. And when he’s not raging into the microphone, Solis roams the stage and stares with an intensity not seen since Rollins railed, “You’re one of them!” As if that wasn’t enough, the Los Angeles native often pumps his fist with one hand, all while hammering busy riffs on the fretboard with his other. Solis can also be heard through a microphone via his Internet radio show, Los Angeles Nista, which he created to actively advocate the car-free message on a different platform.

On October 15, It’s Casual will release two albums via Stoked Records—a re-release of 2007’s The New Los Angeles I and the brand new The New Los Angeles II. This fourth full-length by the duo expands upon the theme and concept formulated within the first installment, providing sharpened commentary on what Solis witnesses in his everyday Los Angeles-based life. While TNLA I covered transportation hassles and the general woes of urban living specific to the city of Angels (with plenty of devils, too), TNLA II delves deeper into these myriad topics.

Produced by Paul Miner (Death By Stereo), The New Los Angeles II ignites straight into the aurally assaulting riff of “The Gold Line,” which triumphs the installation of commuter rail lines heading east through the remainder of Los Angeles County.

Pleas for cooler heads to prevail via arts programs in public schools are heard through “Less Violence, More Violins,” which extends into the adjacent track, “Keep The Children Occupied,” advocating funding afterschool programs for youngsters. “Sharing is Not Caring” and “Their Own Cash” address the lack of resources in public schools, with students often forced to share scarce learning materials while teachers fork out their personal funds to maintain essential supplies in the classroom.

“Live Food” highlights the degradation of childhood nutrition and limited access to healthy options once these kids come home from their impoverished school environments. And The New Los Angeles II’s closer, “Kids Having Kids,” is yet another reminder of the vicious cycle that teenage pregnancy typically fails to shatter.

As it turns out, Solis’ forceful, imminent refrains of freeways not being so nice were only the beginning. With The New Los Angeles II, he introduces the listener to an entire world that’s not exactly as wonderful as the one Louis Armstrong once crooned about. But then again, that’s just how life is when you’re living in the new Los Angeles.
G.F.P. (feat: skateboarding legend Tony Alva) - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Auto-Modown - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Aeges - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
With the decline of Western civilization comes a new pilgrimage of musicians looking to carve out their fates from the wreckage of the past. ÆGES are the new breed of California’s creative drifters. Founded by former Seattleite Mark Holcomb (Undertow, Shift) and Chicago-raised Larry Herweg (Pelican, Tusk), ÆGES grew out of a temporary hiatus for their other band, San Angelus. Holcomb and Herweg continued writing new material and forging into heavier terrain. Another transplant, Kemble Walters (The Rise, The Blank Faces, Juliette and the Licks), who grew up in Indonesia, had met Herweg while on tour in Chicago. With both Herweg and Walters now living in LA, they began to play music together. Herweg noticed the similarities between Holcomb and Walters playing and writing and knew the two had to meet each other. Holcomb and Walters hit it off instantly in person and in the rehearsal space. The final piece to the puzzle was the sole California native, bassist Tony Baumeister (16, Cutthroats 9). Converging in Southern California across state lines and international waters, ÆGES use their world-wise musical expertise to rebuild the archetype of the heavy rock band. There’s a definite element of desert rock in ÆGES sound--the low-tuned guitars, the sludgy sun-baked riffs, the deceptive pop hook buried in the molasses-thick instrumentation. Yet the diverse backgrounds of the band members create a unique blend of perspectives and a resultantly fresh sound. The common sonic thread between the four individuals in ÆGES--their tenure in bands that explored the darker side of hardcore—manifests itself in the aggressive tonalities of their sound. But their divergent paths, both geographical and musical, broadened the emotional palette beyond the angst of their earlier bands. Their debut EP, “Roaches”, is set for release via Hawthorne Street Records (Pelican, The Life and Times, Sweet Cobra) on April 19th, 2011. The new millennium ushered in a new, revitalized era of artistic integrity for LA. We saw it in the age of the acid-hazed ‘60s, the age of the nihilistic Regan-era punks, and the current age of abandoned archetypes of a failed economy. It’s creative optimism in a time of hopelessness. It’s the music of ÆGES
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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