Copeland (9:55 PM)

Eisley (8:45 PM)

We Are The City (8:05 PM)

Wed, November 25, 2015

7:00 pm


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Copeland - (Set time: 9:55 PM)
Copeland - IXORA

Aaron Marsh
Bryan Laurenson
Jonathan Bucklew
Stephen Laurenson

Copeland has reunited to release their sixth album after calling it quits in 2009. Here’s what
you need to know:
• Copeland formed in Lakeland, Florida in 2001. The band’s first album, Beneath Medicine Tree, came out in 2003 on indie label The Militia Group. The album’s layered melodies, combined with Marsh’s thoughtful, emotive croon, immediately engaged music fans, offering a nuanced take on the emo music of the early ‘00s. The
group unveiled four subsequent albums between 2005 and 2008, including Eat, Sleep, Repeat on Columbia Records in 2006. Copeland signed with Tooth & Nail in 2008 andhave partnered with the label to release their long awaited sixth album, Ixora.
• In their heyday, the band played over 200 shows a year. They’ve toured with Brand New, Sparta, Goo Goo Dolls, The Rentals, Bob Mould, Switchfoot, Motion City Soundtrack and Guster. Copeland has also historically supported new artists and Paramore’s first ever show was opening for Copeland in Nashville in 2004.
• Copeland officially broke up in October of 2009 after nine years as a band. They wrote on their website, “We have come to an extremely difficult decision. It has come time for us to move on from Copeland and follow other paths in our lives. To put your minds at ease, we assure you this is not a bitter break up. We all individually feel Copeland has run its course in our lives and it’s time for us to pursue what is next.” The band members added, “It has been discussed and we are not ruling out the possibility of recording one more album sometime in the future.”
• The band members have pursued other musical endeavors over the past few years. Aaron built his own studio in Florida and has produced for Anberlin, Anchor & Braille, Person L, This Wild Life, and Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk. Aaron worked on a hip-hop project called The Lulls in Traffic. Bryan, Stephen and Jonathan formed a new band, States, with Lydia singer Mindy White. The idea of making another album has always been in the back of their minds, however. “In my head I always felt like I had some other things to say and other things to do in the music,”
Aaron says. “I feel like we just started to scratch the surface of what our sound was. I felt a sense of incompleteness with our recorded work so that was one of the reasons I wanted to do another record.”
• The musicians spent much of 2014 working on new music, pulling some tracks from older material they’d set aside (one song, “Like I Want You,” Aaron found in a folder on his computer from 2009 and appears on the new album as a preorder bonus track).
Bryan and Stephen spent eight weeks in Florida at Aaron’s studio with Aaron at the helm of the production. “It was like picking up where we left off,” Aaron notes.
• Ixora features a few notable contributions. The band brought in guest vocalist Steff Koeppen, who plays in Arizona band Steff and the Articles, to sing on several tracks, including “Chiromancer.” The final ten-track album was mixed by Michael Brauer, who has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan to Coldplay, at Electric Lady in New
• The music on Ixora, which is titled after a type of tropical flower found in Florida, is a logical continuation of Copeland’s emotional and atmospheric melodies. Aaron’s lyrics, however, represent a more mature take on life. “My life is drastically different
as a 34-year-old dude married with two kids than it was as a homeless band dude witha lot of young person drama,” the singer says. “A lot of (the lyrics are) about my kids, my life and my family, and dealing with all of the mental and emotional issues that
come with becoming a parent. There’s a happy-sad tone to it all, which has always been true of our music. It’s just less love songs than it used to be. In my mind, these
lyrics are some of the best I’ve ever written.”
•This is likely not Copeland’s last musical effort. The band plans to play some shows in support of Ixora as it makes sense in their current lives and possibly write more music. “We all are thinking that there will be more albums in the future,” Aaron says. “I don’t
know why we wouldn’t. We all enjoy making records together. As long as people want to hear them I think we’ll keep making them.”
Eisley - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Tyler, TX-based indie pop outfit Eisley has announced 'I'm Only Dreaming,' the band's fifth full-length, which was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill) and will be released on February 17, 2017, via Equal Vision Records.

'I'm Only Dreaming' stays true to form of the band's signature dreamy sound, with vocalist/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis elaborating, "Musically, you could say it's classic Eisley, in the sense that it's melodic, moody pop and is written from the heart. Lyrically, it's very whimsical; it has a vibe that will take you into its own world and let you escape your normal life for a few minutes. I like to cloak things in a little mystery and romance; I think it's part of what makes all of Eisley's songs sound like they're from the same world. Every record is like opening and reading a book in a series."

DuPree-Bemis opened up about "You Are Mine" revealing, "This song is about loving someone deeply and the beauty and challenges that come with being in a long term, committed relationship. You're going to argue, you're going to rub each other wrong and disagree and drive each other absolutely crazy sometimes but at the end of the day you just want to be together. ('You're my everything, my sun and moon, you make me swoon; Wake me up, talk too much, piss me off, but you are mine')."

Eisley's upcoming tour lineup will include: Sherri DuPree-Bemis (vocals, guitars), Garron DuPree (bass), Remington DuPree (drums), Elle Puckett (lead guitars, vocals) and Jedidiah Lachmann (keys).
We Are The City - (Set time: 8:05 PM)
We Are The City
We Are the City creates their own brand of pop music. The band’s sophomore release, Violent, is a sonic roller coaster filled with ups and downs, louds and quiets. The title’s implications are both positive and negative, straddling the line between the beautiful and the abrasive and encompassing the full scope of We Are the City’s musical maximalism. Violent has garnered positive reviews from Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Exclaim!, and many more as well as premieres on Noisey, Huffington Post, MuchMusic, Chart Attack, CBC.

High school friends Cayne McKenzie (vocals/keyboards) Andrew Huculiak (drums) and David Menzel (guitar) began plotting this album almost as soon as the first one was done. Their future looked bright, as they won $150,000 in January of 2010 by placing first in 102.7 The Peak's prestigious PEAK Performance Project contest. Things got put on hold, however, after Menzel left the band in the summer of 2010. The new songs were abandoned, and We Are the City released their stopgap High School EP in 2011. Although not the album they originally envisioned, High School earned rave reviews and helped to expand their following, with The Vancouver Sun giving it five stars and declaring it a mini masterwork.

We Are The City continued to gain momentum when Menzel returned, and the guys resumed work on the follow-up they had previously set aside. Produced by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean) at his newly constructed Monarch Studios, Violent is an album of soaring highs and hushed comedowns, with dense syncopations going toe-to-toe with noise-soaked crescendos and delicate pop melodies. King David moves from aggressive distortion to gentle acoustic plucking to swirling ambience, while Bottom of the Lake places marimba tinkles atop a gritty guitar backdrop, and the cerebral Baptism builds towards the album's most thunderous climax.

Violent will be followed by a feature-length film Violent written by We Are the City and filmed by Vancouver's Amazing Factory Productions in Norway. With a script penned entirely in Norwegian despite the fact that the band members don't speak the language this subtitled film is a companion piece to the record; the score utilizes melodic motifs from the songs, while the story shares themes with the lyrics. The film goes as a companion to the record, but it's not a must-have. They both stand alone.

We Are the City's restless sense of artistry has led the musicians through years of self-discovery as they have continued to strive for the next creative peak. Now that they've finally arrived with Violent and its accompanying upcoming film, there's no question that the journey has been worthwhile.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change