Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood (10:00 PM)

Gothic Tropic (9:15 PM)

Alex Calder (8:30 PM)

Fri, June 19, 2015

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $18.00 / Day of Show Tix $20.00

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Surfer Blood - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood’s 3rd album 1000 Palms comes out May 12, 2015 on Joyful Noise Records. The band have performed on five continents, toured with heroes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on the Jimmy Fallon Show, at Coachella and giant festivals throughout the world, while also occasionally plugging in their amps at all-ages house parties. Surfer Blood are also the cleanest and nicest band in existence!
Gothic Tropic - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Gothic Tropic
Freshman album ‘Fast or Feast’ explores themes of empowerment, where strength is found in the times of vulnerability. Rising from the ashes of old relationships and the difficulties of growing up, Gothic Tropic's new record skillfully and wittily riffs on such universal experiences. Teaching herself to play guitar watching Television live videos on You Tube and listening to Fleetwood Mac on the home stereo, Gothic Tropic aka Cecilia Della Peruti poured these twin loves with psychedelia and 80s poolside pop into ‘Fast or Feast’s hooky ten tracks.


For Della Peruti, the title of her new album came from a place of paradoxical brutality. “I felt it personified the extreme conditions of the writing and recording process, as well as where I'm at in my life. The chances of becoming homeless or renting a jet are somehow equal”, she muses. From one extreme to another ‘Fast or Feast’ captures the spirit of Della Peruti’s artistry that triumphantly mixes shimmering pop with psych and classic rock. Recorded in LA with Devendra Banhart, Feist and Electric Guest affiliate Todd Dahlhoff, ‘Fast or Feast’ was the result of a one year period of writing on the road. Accordingly, the patchworked process influenced Della Peruti's “sense of freedom to create a wide variety of music, while all belonging to the same family”.


From the roaring opening single ‘Stronger’ to the atmospheric anthem of the closing track ‘Feed You To The Sharks’, ‘Fast or Feast’ is an essential, thundering medley of Della Peruti’s shredding guitars and “shiny pop concision”, the Guardian raved about.

Los Angeles native Cecilia Della Peruti introduces some hard edges to the playful world of pop. She keeps the vibe punchy with a unique lead guitar style inspired by 70s heroes and nods to an era of female rock nobility that begs to be seen and heard. After earning endorsements from indie-rock heroes James Mercer and Karen O, Della Peruti cut her teeth as a multi-instrumentalist touring player for Beck, Børns, Charli XCX, and more. Della Peruti has won sponsorships with leading gear manufacturers, and is currently featured as one of the guitarists in Fender's American Professional Series campaign, alongside legends like Charlie Bereal and Duff Mckagan.


Gothic Tropic's new music has been attracting international media appeal from Beats 1's Zane Lowe, KROQ's Kat Corbett, to Australia's Triple J, as well as having been added to many major front page Spotify and Apple Music playlists. After having supported Kate Nash on her recent UK tour, as well as packing out her first UK and EU headline tour and festival circuit, Gothic Tropic is bound for "slick, full arenas." (DIY Magazine).
Alex Calder - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Alex Calder
Edmonton, Canada is is better known for its oil exports than its songwriters. However, 23 year old Alex Calder is taking a strong step in towards this changing. Shifting to Vancouver saw Alex pairing with fellow Edmontonion Mac Demarco (that's Alex as the female lead in the "Only You" video) playing in Makeout Videotape, scraping by, sleeping on couches and washing dishes. A move back to his mom's in Edmonton was when Calder began to write and record his own material honing his craft only ever showing close friends his work.

A strong love for classic 60's/70's guitar pop (Beach Boys, Beatles) as well as soft spots for Prince and Hall and Oates display his self proclaimed 'fascination with pop music'. While his influences certainly shape his work it is his natural ear for melody and movement, which make Calder's work both fluid and engaging. His knack and ambition both in his song writing and production provide a solid foundation for Calder's music to drift in an out of psychy realms.

'Suki and Me' has an air of mischief as it is tardily pushed along by it's bass line, (apt for someone who's perfect evening involves unlimited pinball and Bud) while avoiding the temptation that often comes with self-recording/producing to over layer his work. There are no over drenched chorus or walls of sound, instead leaving space for melody and texture to be neatly co-existent. Alex has found the sweet spot between slacker pop jangle and snug rhymtic production to create reassurance his songs have a are going somewhere.

To call his music lazy would be misdirected however, the sense of dragging is delicately addressed in almost voyeuristically in Lethargic. Intimate handclaps and shakers make it easy for one to visualize the living from which it came as Calder's questions what to do with his time both literally and existentially.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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