The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years (10:00 PM)

Polar Bear Club (9:00 PM)

Transit (8:15 PM)

The Story So Far (7:30 PM)

Into It Over It (6:45 PM)

Wed, March 28, 2012

6:00 pm

adv tix $13.00/day of show tix $15.00

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The Wonder Years - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Wonder Years
What was originally a one-off song written by a group of bored suburban kids turned into a five-year plan none of them were expecting. Call it the ultimate after-school project. With only the intent and purpose of taking that one song and infecting it on everyone they knew, this ragtag group of “socially awkward” musicians called The Wonder Years found themselves in the middle of a burgeoning – wait for it – career. Now, as the band joins the Hopeless Records family, it’s obvious their easygoing short-term plans have changed dramatically.

The Wonder Years have come a long way from piggybacking their friends’ shows in Philly with that one initial song to sharing stages with the likes of New Found Glory, Set Your Goals and Comeback Kid. Oh, and Boyz II Men. Comprised of Dan “Soupy” Campbell (vocals), Casey Cavaliere and Matt Brasch (guitar), Nick Steinborn (keys/guitar), Josh Martin (bass) and Michael Kennedy (drums), they’re a band that used to borrow gear from their friends, trying to make shows memorable and exciting without worrying whether it was a perfect set or if they were even on time. It shows what the relatable appeal of a band can do – even when, as in the early days, they’re not even really trying.

Their influences, ranging from tour mates NFG to Saves the Day and the Hold Steady, are apparent in the attitude of a band that just want to connect with their audience in the most authentic and unpretentious way possible. “We’re just ourselves all the time, and we don’t have any rad gimmicks,” Campbell said. “We play loud and fast and recklessly. We front flip off speakers and sweat and spit and break just about everything. We’ve walked off stage needing stitches more than once.”

“We’re a band very much charge of ourselves. We always kind of know exactly what we want to do and exactly how we want to do it, and we like Hopeless because they let us do just that,” Campbell said.

The Wonder Years released their follow up to “The Upsides” this year. Their highly anticipated album “Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing” is available now.
Polar Bear Club - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Polar Bear Club
Polar Bear Club is an American post-hardcore/indie rock band from Syracuse, upstate New York. Formed in 2005, the band currently consists of vocalist Jimmy Stadt, lead guitarist Chris Browne, rhythm guitarist Nate Morris, bass guitarist Erik Michael "Goose" Henning and drummer Emmett Menke.
Transit - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Transit
Taking chances is always easier said than done - musically, there's nothing quite like a risk taken to shine light upon an artist's growth from their former selves. Boston rock outfit Transit has stirred up a unique recipe for success throughout their career, packing one album after the other with fresh ideas. Their newest collection of stripped down tracks in the form of an EP, Futures and Sutures, showcases the group's collective ability to take on new concepts and come through flawlessly. Futures and Sutures features 5 musically revamped fan-favorites taken from Transit's previous two full-length records, plus a bonus instrumental track.

2013 also brought on the anticipated release of the band's full-length, Young New England, which debuted at #4 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart and was followed by a U.S. headlining tour. Young New England features a collection of Transit's signature punk-infused tracks with thoughtful lyrics tying together the overall theme of the album, the band's hometown of Boston.

Composed of Joe Boynton (vocals), Tim Landers (guitar/vocals), Torre Cioffi (guitar/vocals), P.J. Jefferson (bass) and Daniel Frazier (drums), Transit formed in 2006, signing with indie label Rise Records in 2011.

Transit's following has grown immensely over the past year alone, many thanks to their ability to move forward musically. This summer, the group took advantage of (hometown) Boston's lively nightlife and took excited fans along for a bar crawl to film a fun music video for the track "Young New England." The true power of the internet came to surface when an online post inviting people to be a part of the video shoot sparked interest from a girl to fly across the country from California into Boston to be a part of it all.

Transit wrapped up 2013 in the strongest way possible, headlining a sold-out NYC show, embarking on a nationwide tour with Taking Back Sunday, and announcing their headlining role in 2014's Acoustic Basement Tour presented by Vans Warped Tour. For a band that treads a notably unique line between indie and alternative, one thing's for certain - expect the unexpected from Transit in 2014.
The Story So Far - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Story So Far
The Story So Far is a five piece pop punk band from Walnut Creek, CA formed in 2007. The lineup consists of Parker Cannon on vocals, Will Levy on guitar, Kevin Geyer on guitar, Kelen Capener on bass and backup vocals, and Ryan Torf on drums. Their debut full length "Under Soil And Dirt" was released on June 21, 2011 and is now available on Pure Noise Records
Into It Over It - (Set time: 6:45 PM)
Into It Over It
Evan Thomas Weiss is more than just a singer-songwriter; he’s a storyteller.

The 27-year-old driving force behind solo act Into It. Over It. has been penning his tales since 2007. With music that is wholly heartfelt and unabashedly unapologetic, Weiss has been making waves in both the indie and punk rock worlds since the release of his debut, “52 Weeks.”

The collection of songs – which, as the name suggests, was written over the course of a year – began as a project without grand intentions. But as he discovered that people genuinely liked his music, he continued writing. His debut was followed up by a series of splits, featuring songs about towns, which would later be compiled onto “Twelve Towns,” an album that came out earlier this year. There was also the split with Koji, featuring five songs about neighborhoods in Chicago, which is where Weiss is located. And finally, in September of this year, Weiss came out with “Proper,” a 12-song release which, in some sense, he feels is his first proper album.

“I am so proud of that record, and with the amount of time we had to make it, which wasn’t very much, I’m really pleased with how it came out,” Weiss said. “And I think people are generally really stoked on it.”

Disregarding his track record of writing songs that are thematically related, Weiss’ approach this time around was to pay attention to how the songs fit together and fed into one another.

“We made a point to make a cohesive album, which we’d never done before when we were writing songs,” Weiss said of the collaboration between himself and drummer Nick Wakim.

With the exception of Wakin’s role, the rest of the album is entirely written and performed by Weiss. This, admittedly, can create some confusion on the road for fans who have only heard the recordings and assumed that Into It. Over It. was a full band.

While there is always the possibility of touring with a full backing band, the slight disparity between the recorded and the live versions is something that Weiss treasures when performing in front of crowds.

“I think it adds a different vibe to the songs and it allows them to become more personal for people,” he said. “The songs are so personal that it’s like I want to share that intimacy with people that would come see the show.”

Earlier this month, Weiss played Berlin on his first European tour in two years, opening for The Swellers and Broadway Calls

“It’s been nice to get my feet wet again, playing shows here…cause it’s a completely different feel,” he said of the experience. “[And] it’s been rad playing for crowds that aren’t necessarily mine…and being able to win a bunch of people over.”

Although he has been friends with members of the bands for a long time, Weiss acknowledged that his music doesn’t necessarily “fit” with that of theirs. Because of this, audience members who aren’t there to see him specifically are often skeptical of him at first. The good thing though, is that he said he acquires new fans that way.

“To see someone get on stage with just an acoustic guitar…you get written off pretty quickly,” he said of the experience. “It’s definitely been a lot of me, like, having to like, show my worth.”

Although Weiss might come across as a songwriting powerhouse, he shared that he isn’t always initially confident about his songs, explaining that they don’t tend to see the light of day until after they’re already recorded and it’s too late to take them back.

“I do run into periods of self-doubt,” he said of the songwriting. “But really that struggle is just an internal struggle.”

When it comes down to it, he said he is proud of each and every one of the songs he has come up with.

“I mean, there’s 95 songs [and] I love them all, like, I really like every single song,” he said. “You know, maybe there’s things about them that I would have changed, had I recorded them again, but, like, as far as the music goes, or the message, or what I was talking about, they’re all really important to me.”

Looking back on the past four years, Weiss said his attitude toward his songs hasn’t changed; the old ones are just as meaningful to him as the new ones. But he did admit that he himself has changed, both as a musician and a human being.

“I’m a little more focused and I’m more responsible and I think I’m just overall a better person than I was when I started, but I think that also just comes with age,” he said with a laugh. “I would just say I’m more of a grown-up, like, in a good way, you know. Not in a boring way.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change