Lieutenant (Featuring Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters)

Lieutenant (Featuring Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters) (9:15 PM)

Yukon Blonde (8:15 PM)

Banta (7:30 PM)

Wed, April 8, 2015

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Lieutenant (Featuring Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters) - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Lieutenant (Featuring Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters)

January 20, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Independent label Dine Alone Records has partnered with revered musician Nate Mendel to release his first solo album, If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, under the moniker Lieutenant on March 10th. Beginning today, fans are invited to stream a new song, “Believe The Squalor,” at XXXXXX and pre-order the album in a variety of bundles and formats at [INSERT LINK].

Stream “Believe The Squalor” now, exclusively at XXXXXXX: [INSERT LINK]

Mendel, also known as bassist for popular rock band Foo Fighters and highly influential emo act Sunny Day Real Estate, is venturing into uncharted territory as the primary songwriter, guitarist and singer for his first solo project, Lieutenant.

“I’m not an enthusiast of solo projects,” states Mendel. “Bands are bands for a reason and it seems that once the celery is out of the soup, you’re just left holding a stringy, watery vegetable. However, I knew there was more wanted to do in music, and wasn’t feeling that beginning another band would be a valid option.”

After two decades of honing his technique on bass, Mendel was determined not only learn to play the guitar and sing but also develop his songwriting if for no other reason than to prove to himself he could succeed, and if a decent album came out of it then all the better.

Mendel entered Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 in August of 2012 with meticulously constructed demos and arrangements and melodies worked out for each of the songs. With the help of drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) the two laid down the backbone of the record, tweaking the tracks as they went along. Soon after, producer/engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet) joined Mendel in studio to assist with the infamous Neve console.

“Toshi is a very talented and creative engineer,” Mendel adds. “I give him a lot of credit for the overall sound of the record. He’d often step out from behind the mixing desk, pick up a guitar and propose an idea that we’d then finesse together. Many of my favorite moments on the record are things we came up with on the spot: the synth lead on “Prepared Remarks,” the guitars mimicking a French horn on “Belle Epoque,” a guitar morphed into a steam engine on “Lift the Sheet.”

During the recording, Mendel and Kasai hosted a slew of guest musicians in the studio including guitarist Page Hamilton (Helmet) and Josiah Johnson (Head and the Heart) who appear on “Believe The Squalor” and vocalist Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate) and Foo Fighter bandmate/guitarist Chris Shiflett who appear on “The Place You Wanna Go.”

Despite only recently picking up the guitar and vocals, Mendel finds a natural groove on If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week. The music draws listeners in with sincere lyrics and keeps them moving with echoed, jangly guitars as heard on standout tracks like “Rattled,” “Prepared Remarks” and “Belle Epoque.”

Lieutenant recently made its live debut with a string of warm up shows in Southern California. The lineup in tow featured Mendel along with Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes) on bass, Paul “Pablo” Wilson (Snow Patrol) on guitar, Jorma Vik (The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx) on drums and Kasai on keys. Additional spring dates will be announced soon, including a performance at SXSW in March.

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Yukon Blonde - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Yukon Blonde
After their final European tour in support of their 2015 album, On Blonde, Yukon Blonde were not ready to come home - so they didn't. Frontman Jeff Innes relocated to Madrid, Spain where he was joined sporadically by his bandmates to write new material. Over beers at Restaraunte Padron, in the gardens of the El Retiro, and from a one room apartment on San Bernardino, Malasana, “Crazy” and “Emotional Blackmail” were born.

These two new songs were produced by Yukon Blonde and Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat), and will be available everywhere digitally on July 28 via Dine Alone Records.

"The idea for the song came about just before a show in Munich at the end of the tour,” says Jeff Innes. “I was just outside of the club and I could hear the rest of the band sound checking one of our songs. I had the chords mixed up in my mind so it sounded like a completely different tune. As I was humming this melody outside, I was simultaneously trying to think of what to say to defend my slightly erratic behaviour to a girl I had met in Spain. And so as I was writing to her, I ended up writing the lyrics to the song.”
Banta - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
If you thought Banta‘s “Dark Charms” was a Fleetwood Mac B-side at first listen, you wouldn’t be alone. The Echo Park-based indie pop sextet’s songs embody so much of the same smooth pop folk-rock swing we’ve got a hunch that their self-titled EP (slated for a June release) is only the tip of the iceberg. Comprised of Sharaya Mikael (vocals/guitar), Kristin Hardin (vocals), Jon Marcu (drums), Scott Clear (lead guitar), Steve Oh Grohne (bass) and Alathea Reece (keys), Banta is a fairly new band but songs such as “Three Feet From Gold” and “Someday” filter their classic rock influences exceptionally well. There’s both charm and a fierceness in their songs that will have you grooving long after listening.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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