Eyes Lips Eyes, Hey Ocean!
Young Hunting (LP release)
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Eyes Lips Eyes
Fresh off their self-produced album, Blue Red (Oct 2011), Eyes Lips Eyes is already back to work finishing their follow-up with producer John Goodmanson (Death Cab, Nada Surf) and mixing engineer Mike Rosekelly (Kaskade).
The Utah quartet, now LA-based, describes its sound as "disco-punk."
The upbeat, hook-laden songs, rehearsed at the band’s loft party-performances, recall elements of Television and other late seventies post punk, mixed with the unbridled, night out energy of The Strokes and Talking Heads.
Eyes Lips Eyes has taken it's high-energy garbage can banging performances all over the country. In a few short years, they've performed with acts like Spoon, Black Keys, Raconteurs, Shiny Toy Guns, Bob Dylan and were most recently named one of CNN's Top 5 things to watch out for at SXSW 2012.
Often described as one of Canada’s best up-and-coming acts, Hey Ocean! is a young band with an extraordinary talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own.
Together, Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham and David Vertesi have created a musical repertoire that cannot be ignored – be it on radio, television or your neighbor’s iPod, Hey Ocean! will soon be everywhere.
Aside from the skillful delivery of their music, what sets Hey Ocean apart is the spirited character they bring to the stage. Three mischievous personalities combine to form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. In fact, live performance has been an integral part of what the band calls their “natural growth.” But what began as a very casual musical partnership between friends has, in less than four years, morphed into one of Canada’s most successful independent bands.
In 2008, Hey Ocean! unveiled It’s Easier To Be Somebody Else, a fusion of playfully funked up party-pop and thoughtful lyric-driven ballads, introduced to Canadian fans with no less than three cross-Canada tours. Aspiring to capture the power and intensity of their highly-charged live show in the recording process, the band hooked up with famed indie producer José Miguel Contreras (By Divine Right, Meligrove Band, Lily Frost, The Bicycles).
“We were wondering, how do we bring us and our energy to an album? Who are producers that do that? For some reason, José’s name came up. There’s an urgency to the music that he records that we thought would work for us.”
Leaders in the D.I.Y. generation, the band members have worked incessantly at building the groundwork of their career, releasing their sophomore album on their own label, Pop Machine, created with their friends from Vancouver band Said the Whale. Their efforts have been recognized by the industry, earning Hey Ocean opening spots with Xavier Rudd and Sarah Harmer. In the last year, they teamed up with Polaris Prize nominee Shad for dates across the country, and rocked thousands of fans alongside the much-admired Bedouin Soundclash. The band also wowed audiences at the Calgary Virgin Festival, the Saskatoon Jazz Fest, and the Whistler Arts Festival.
In 2011, Hey Ocean! hopes to build on their solid reputation with Canadian fans by working even more: more music, more tours and as many more festivals and outdoor events as possible. By popular demand, the group is also making a path to the United States to connect with its ever-growing fan base south of the border.
“We can’t wait to tour in other parts of the world and to experience those places the way we’ve been lucky enough to experience our own country. We’ve all traveled internationally, but the possibility of going away together and getting to share our music is a pretty exciting prospect.”
Continuously leaving fans in awe, Hey Ocean! combines sheer talent, charismatic songs, and an undeniably energetic live show, making them a must-see band.
Young Hunting (LP release)
"The band: Young Hunting, an Echo Park quintet that's already earning blog love from the likes of I Guess I'm Floating and Yvynyl.
The sound: The group's Bandcamp page describes them, perhaps ironically, as chillwave; they're chill, yes, but the group bears little resemblance to the hazy beat-oriented '80s revivalism of acts such as Neon Indian or Washed Out. With their woozy harmonies and reverb-soaked guitars, Young Hunting is more in line with the drug-tinged balladry of New Jersey's Real Estate, Seattle's Fleet Foxes or America's, ahem, America.
The details: The group's self-released "Into Yr Mind/Sonata" 7" is out now via K Records distribution -- find it around town at Vacation Vinyl and Origami Vinyl. They'll celebrate its release with an Echo Curio performance Wednesday night.
The rest: Click over to Brand X to hear more from the band and download an MP3 of "Into Yr Mind."" - LA Music Blog
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