Moon Taxi

Moon Taxi (10:15 PM)

Mating Ritual (9:00 PM)

Wed, November 11, 2015

8:00 pm

$0.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

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Moon Taxi - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Moon Taxi
The members of Moon Taxi are no strangers to the stage. Hailing from Nashville, the five-piece formed in 2006 and set out to conquer the Southeast with their unforgettable live set. Nine years later, they’ve amassed over one thousand shows and released two albums, Cabaret (2012) and Mountains Beaches Cities (2013). The latter landed the band their first National late-night television appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Conan as well as multiple commercial and TV placements including BMW, Nashville, MLB, NFL and HBO Sports to name a few. With a rabid fan base under their belts, they’ve upped the ante this year to become a festival favorite with recent performances at Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Wakarusa, Houston Free Press and upcoming appearances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

Endless hours on the road in support of Mountains Beaches Cities allowed for reflection and collaboration like never before. The band, who all split song-writing duties, found themselves sharing personal experiences with one another, opening up about relationships, and becoming very aware of how powerful the human bond can truly be. This realization is heard throughout Moon Taxi’s third and most relatable album to date, Daybreaker. “To me it's an album about facing the unknown, starting something new and realizing that the relationships you have with other people are what get you through life,” notes guitarist Spencer Thomson.

Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Daybreaker was produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, James Bay) and is comprised of eleven tracks that showcase exactly why Moon Taxi have become known as THE live band. For the first time since inception, all five members were together in the studio, performing and rehearsing as a band rather than self-producing bits and pieces at home. “As a whole, Daybreaker sounds like a performance to me,” says keys player Wes Bailey. “You can hear fingers moving, breathing and all the other subtle sounds that one would hear at a live performance.”

The album opens with the stadium ready first single ‘Year Zero’ and immediately envelopes the listener with echoing oh’s and ah’s, a swooning chorus, and soaring guitar riffs. ‘Year Zero’ is the perfect live sing-a-long; it’s meant to be heard with arms up, eyes closed, and bodies swaying in the warm summer air. “This album has summer vibes all over it,” says frontman Trevor Terndrup. The first song that was unveiled ‘All Day All Night’ is an excellent representation of that and is already making its mark with festivalgoers. “I want the listener to feel like they have stayed up all night with someone and that they are the only ones in the world experiencing the new day dawn,” he says.

Daybreaker continues to glide effortlessly from track to track each building upon the sentiment of the last. Mid album gem ‘Make Your Mind Up’ is the perfect juxtaposition of upbeat hooks and heartfelt lyrics, while closer ‘Rooftops’ shows a softer more intimate side to Moon Taxi, lending itself to be the soundtrack of a midnight rendezvous. From start to finish, Daybreaker is sure to leave fans feeling more connected to the band than ever before.

“When we release a new album, we enter a new chapter in our story; an experience we share with our fans. When the day breaks and the sun rises, changes happen and the world we know illuminates. That's the same kind of effect we hope to achieve when we share new music.” – Wes Bailey

Daybreaker will be released nationwide on October 2, 2015.
Mating Ritual - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mating Ritual
Mating Ritual is the singular vision of Ryan Marshall Lawhon, a 26-year-old Los Angeles transplant who's unique brand of buoyant indie rock has been tugging on the ear of the internet, turning heads through a series of crafty and thought provoking singles.

When he was young, the precocious Lawhon took an early interest in his mother's record collection. Growing up on Ray Lynch, Laurie Anderson, and Enya, he was undoubtedly influenced by the calming groove of '90s new age and the very literal sound of recorded ocean waves. But too much beauty can numb even the most tranquil of minds, and Ryan eventually became infatuated with the comparatively aggressive and brooding sounds of post punk and the early days of emo. Mating Ritual's quasi mission statement is to blend those opposing ideals while figuratively hitting you in the face with timeless hooks, a visceral dichotomy that bridges decades of music.

Relocating twice a year along the West Coast while growing up, eventually settling in Southern California when he was 16, Lawhon had the luxury of never experiencing winter, just eternal sunshine. It was either a blessing or a psychologically crippling incident that would forever haunt him. Ok, not the latter, but it certainly shaped his need to create music that goes places, it's in his blood.

In late 2014, Ryan began releasing music as Mating Ritual following the disintegration of his previous band, the surfy dream pop project 'Pacific Air', when his brother and sole bandmate decided to pursue education full time. Ryan is currently prepping his debut album, of which a sampling of songs will be released in advance as an EP in late 2015.

Hilly Dilly says "The Los Angeles artist's songwriting is once again at a level that really has no comparison", Buzzband's called him "more beefcake than cheesecake" and Neon Gold referred to Mating Ritual as "a gamechanger"

Oh and just to get it out of the way for interviewers, the name Mating Ritual was chosen because of Ryan's fascination with "how much dudes are willing to do just to have sex" and for the way it phonetically rolls off the tongue.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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