Night Terrors of 1927

Night Terrors of 1927 (10:00 PM)

Machineheart (9:15 PM)

Raw Fabrics (8:30 PM)

Sat, October 3, 2015

8:00 pm

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Night Terrors of 1927 - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Night Terrors of 1927
Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel had no intention of being in a band together when they started writing the songs that evolved into Night Terrors of 1927. They were just trying something different. “I think we each had let go of the idea of being anything we’d ever been before,” says Sennett, whose previous projects include The Elected and Rilo Kiley. “I had given up the band dream in a way that has been kind of reborn in me. I had put it in the ground and buried it and was like, ‘Cool, I’ll just write and produce and that’s where I’ll go.’”

“We were like two people with broken hearts that came out of bad relationships, in a way,” says Gorbel, formerly of The Honorary Title. They met through mutual friends in 2010 and Sennett produced some of Gorbel’s solo material. “Back then, we talked about writing together, but I wasn’t open to that at the time,” says Gorbel. “But I think I went through a year of turmoil and realizing that I wanted more help, more than just production. I wanted to create something with someone, not just on my own like I always had. When I moved to LA, I called Blake and was like, ‘Hey, can we just get together and write a song. I don’t know for what or why.’ And that was that.”

They started getting together casually to work on songs that fell out of their comfort zone. They tried to push themselves to explore their poppier creative instincts, to blend their styles without judgement. After all, they weren’t trying to be a band, so why overthink it? But then something unexpected happened.

The pair met up in Todo Santos, Mexico for an impromptu songwriting retreat, to finish some songs they’d started, and to brainstorm some new ideas. It was a short trip -- just a few days -- but it was a revelation. “Todo Santos was such an easy-going atmosphere, and we had acoustic guitars and everything just flowed,” says Gorbel. “We started writing a couple new songs and we were just excited about them in a way we hadn’t been before.” Adds Sennett: “There was just no noise and the only thing left was songs. We had a house on the water that was all tile, with very little furniture, so everything we played sounded so magical and reverb-y, bouncing around that cool beach house. Once it was just us and some guitars and my iPad serving as a drum machine, we were having fun and the songs were working and it suddenly became clear to me: This is actually very simple, when you strip away everything else. I felt like, ‘Wow, I want to do this.’”

Back in LA, they set about building on the songs they started in Todo Santos, recording in Sennett’s Echo Park studio and beginning to flesh out their vision for their new band. They decided to call themselves Night Terrors of 1927, after a phrase Gorbel had found scrawled in his grandfather’s old journal and which had stuck with him ever since. “Everything we ever loved spills out into this band,” says Sennett, citing things as diverse as 80s goth and 90s hip-hop, plus contemporary artists from Crystal Castles to The Weeknd to Lana Del Rey.

“Pop and indie are influencing each other more than ever, which is exciting because it opens up possibilities for the kind of music you can make,” says Gorbel. “But no matter what, I've always loved anthems. Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi -- that’s what I grew up on. Even though Night Terrors is on the darker side of that spectrum, I think the goal for me is trying to find a masculine way to express an anthem that’s dark but still accessible.”

Sennett says he thinks the strength of the duo lies in their opposite extremes. “Jarrod comes from a suburban upbringing and his parents are still together, and he loves these anthems rooted in the traditional everyman experience,” he says. “And I’m this LA child of, like, five divorces and random New Age ideas and hip-hop and weird, cut-up sounds.”

Without including any biographical details, they posted their first couple of finished tunes on Soundcloud last year, and the response was immediate. “Watch The World Go Dark” drew raves from the U.K.’s Guardian (“an impending apocalypse never sounded so good,” and taste-making blogs including All Things Go (“The most polished songwriting and production we’ve heard from a relatively obscure group in a long time”) and Neon Gold. Released a couple months later, their song “Dust & Bones” earned plays on powerhouse Los Angeles radio stations KROQ and ALT 98.7, as well as Sirius XM’s influential Alt Nation. On the strength of those songs and their dynamic live performances, Atlantic Records signed Night Terrors of 1927 last summer, releasing their debut EP, Guilty Pleas, in November.

Gorbel and Sennett are currently working on a full-length album, teaming with producers Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun.) and Ben H. Allen (Washed Out, Walk The Moon, Cut Copy). Though the early attention came quicker than they’d have expected, Gorbel and Sennett are settling in for whatever hard work it takes. “I feel like this is the project of my life,” says Sennett. “I've never worked this hard on a project and I've never cared more.”
Machineheart - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Machineheart
machineheart has lit up the blogosphere with their shimmering, alternative sounds, making the
five-piece band one to watch as they prepare to launch their Columbia Records debut album this year. Lead single “Circles,” an artfully delivered track, was received ears-and-arms-wide-open; it broke into Spotify’s Viral 50 chart and soared to the #1 spot on Hype Machine, fully embraced during its reign as the most popular song on the internet. A remix of their sweetly haunting track “Snow” quickly followed suit, garnering machineheart another #1 spot on Hype Machine. Hailed as “a girl power Foster The People turned all the way up…” by Neon Gold, the L.A.-based alternative group is cementing their place in the alt-pop world.
!Fronted by the charismatic female firebrand Stevie Scott (who Neon Gold praised for her
“endlessly endearing vocals”) the group merges their pumped up drums, haunting melodies and cinematic soundscape to create a soulfully resplendent sound. Completing the group are Trevor Kelly (acoustic guitar), Harrison Allen (drums), Carman Kubanda (electric guitar), and Jake Randle (bass).
!With their upcoming first full-length offering on deck, machineheart thrives in the creative give-
and-take that keeps the pulse pumping and their distinctive repertoire addictive. “We never tried to approach any of these songs with any clear agenda,” says lead singer Stevie Scott, “I think we just knew that from our diverse backgrounds and life stories, something interesting and inherently authentic was bound to come out and tell its own story; I think we’ve somehow managed to find that.”
!Maybe it was destined from the start: “The boys had been in bands and different projects since
they were in high school,” says Stevie, who originally hails from California. “They were based in Seattle, I was working on my solo project in L.A., and had never really experienced the band environment before.” Once introduced by mutual friends, the group’s vocal and collaborative chemistry ignited during early get-togethers, hinting of a unique bond that resonated with each member long afterwards. The boys soon made the move to Los Angeles and began working on the new project with Stevie. “You can be in bands all your life and it never happens,” says guitarist Trevor Kelly. “But there was just something about Stevie and all of us together that clicked. In my previous bands and other various projects, I never set any specific expectations. After we met Stevie, it was like ‘I think we’re going to be taking this a little bit more seriously.’
!Thus, machineheart was born, and childhood friends Trevor Kelly and guitarist Carman
Kubanda (who had been in and out of each other’s bands since they were 15) knew the camaraderie they had developed with fellow players Jake Randle and Harrison Allen would also serve them well going forward.
!“Since we all have different styles and we all bring different influences, I think we were able to
take the trust the four of us built as musicians and join it with Stevie’s power as a lyricist and front-woman,” says Carman. She and Jake write most of the lyrics and melodies to machineheart’s songs, but it is the commitment to equal and open collaboration between everyone that is at the ‘heart’ of the band’s chemistry. “The guys will be working on the instrumentation and Stevie and I will take it outside sometimes to work on the lyrics and melodies while they’re working on the foundation.” says Jake. It’s when we all get back together in the same room that we then combine and sort through each other’s ideas until we find something worth keeping.”
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The connection the band has built in not only bringing diverse songs to the table, but also melding the often disparate parts together has become what Stevie calls a ‘fluid and magical’ process. The rest of the members agree. “It’s quite unusual,” says Harrison. “Even when we’ve struggled with a song, some idea always seems to come in at the last moment. All of a sudden out of nowhere it starts to work.” Stevie seconds the notion: “With some of the songs we’ve even taken things like old vocal recordings on my phone and held them up to the mic,” she laughs. “We welcome those sorts of surprises.”
!Add the intangible components that give weight to their songcraft, and you begin to trace the
threads that provide the delectable tension to machineheart’s compelling sound. The debut album, produced by Dave Basset, plays to each member’s strength by imbuing the tracks with a varying but richly satisfying dynamic. “I think there is a uniquely emotive thing going on with vocals and instrumentation with the band where we can mix the pop and the hypnotic,” says Carman.
!The band has high hopes for their debut effort, possessing a sixth sense for ensuring fans grasp
what machineheart is all about. “Many bands at the early stage of their careers will put out an EP as a proper introduction to the world,” says Stevie. “We decided to bypass that and instead put out a full-length record that fully encompasses who we are as a band.” While it’s taken a little longer to finish the record, they believe fans will recognize their passion and build a lasting relationship with the fivesome that grows throughout their careers. “That’s all we can ask for,” says Stevie. “That our music and our band make you feel something and authentically becomes an extension of your life.”
!As for their ultimate aspirations for machineheart, Stevie nails it: “We want our music to
resonate with people in the same way our favorite music resonated with us. It provided the soundtrack to our lives, and we hope our music will be the soundtrack to theirs.”
Raw Fabrics - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Raw Fabrics
What do you get when you throw three punked-out rockers with an Andy Warhol fixation and a penchant for slithering dancefloor grooves in the same room? Well, the answer is Los Angeles trio Raw Fabrics a.k.a. Jack b. Franco [vocals, guitar], Jon Fredrik [drums], and Justus Dixon [bass, mpc/synth].

Since first forming in 2013, the boys have one critically acclaimed EP to their name, 2014’s Gold Handcuffs, and they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Alt-J and Weezer. However their follow-up EP serves as something of a clarion call for the group, unveiling strains of soul through a siphon of sizzling electronic textures, throbbing distortion, and hypnotic crooning.

“Sonically, we always aim to take raw elements from different genres and combine them,” explains Jack. “That’s our approach, and it’s even the idea behind the name.”

Following a fiery first national headline tour, Raw Fabrics hit the studio with legendary producer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli [Morrissey, U2, The Strokes] in early 2015. They tracked the majority of their upcoming EP in one day with Jack adding flourishes of electronics and finishing up the vocals. The singer’s lyrical intensity bristles throughout these sonic backdrops, emanating palpable emotion. Breaking the mold, his delivery functions as an instrument in and of itself. While recording, words and phrases sporadically came to him, punching in tandem with the tribal-inspired percussion or what the band likes to refer to as “jungle drums.”

'Plastic Joy' out 8/18
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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