Smash Magazine Presents
Big D And The Kids Table, Left Alone
Be Like Max, Doped Up Dollies
5818 West Spring Mountain Road #217
Las Vegas, NV, 89146
This event is all ages
Big D And The Kids Table
Big D and the Kids Table front man David McWane has said, "There are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians." Once in a while a group comes along that makes music simply because they have no other choice – they are addicted musicians. For the past fifteen years Boston's Big D And The Kids Table has proven just that, regardless of the band's poverty. McWane describes the group as – "We're modern American gypsies," And you can feel that sense in their wildest record yet – For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious.
"The person who put it best is [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman", McWane explains. "A friend once asked him if we were a 'big band', and Kevin replied, 'I'll tell you this…they've been around for 14 years and each year they're extremely relevant.'
"Our new record is by far our best yet," says McWane. "It's a bomb! Our energy writing it was incredible. As friends, we had a blast; as musician's, we knew exactly what we wanted to craft; and as tour mates, we were all on the same page, writing songs that would make the coming tour a slaughtering battle on stage. We love energy, and that's what we packed these explosive songs with."
For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious is filled with driving ska-punk bangers, leaping off the stage thrash, seedy dub and topped off with a lot of that good ol' fashion working class, Boston bar room beer toasting anthems. It's gritty, bratty and raw – confident, witty and fun.
"I personally prefer shows where you have to prove yourself," McWane adds when asked which of the band's thousands of live performances stick out in his head. "The Warped Tours, Reading & Leads, and the Dropkick Murphys tours that we did were exciting because you had to prove yourself. The feeling is similar to when your band first starts out; you get that first-show anxiousness," he continues. "When you play shows where everyone loves you, then it turns more into entertaining—and that can be fun, but that's not where I personally come from," he elaborates. "I like the underdog shows more because they add spice and kick." Armed with a record as youth driven, honest speaking, furious and fun as For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious, Big D will undoubtedly get the opportunity in sweaty clubs all over the world, to step up to the plate and prove themselves all over again
"We want to wake up the masses with this record, remind them that they're more than just alive; and make their Mondays into Saturday nights. Lovers of our sound better get ready 'cause no one's gonna help them in the front row of this coming tour. If you wanna relax – head to the back." – says McWane
After being welcomed into the Hellcat family in 2005, the group released their debut full-length, the ska-punk classic "Lonely Starts and Broken Hearts", then followed it up with their diverse sophomore LP "Dead American Radio". Sights set on a more cohesive third album, the band began working on and practicing the first incarnations of what would become the self-titled effort, then time off from their touring and rehearsing schedule.
"The band had been touring constantly, but after our January tour we took a long break, which is something I've never gotten to do before," says front man and founder Elvis Cortez.
Cortez occupied his time off with a stint filling in on bass for several Unseen tours, after which he looked at the songs with fresh eyes, helping the direction of the album come together before ever entering the studio.
"I got to come home and start putting things together, and wrote all these songs specifically for this album. I didn't want to rehash old songs, or play songs we've been playing forever. I wanted music for the moment."
The time away worked towards the band's advantage and helped make the record the most cohesive group of songs to date. While Dead American Radio offered fans a large variety of styles to choose from, the latest effort has meshed into one polished and progressive sound, with personal lyrics and a commitment to give the fans something to salivate over, and silence the critics they care so little about.
The break from touring also gave Cortez time to finalize the new lineup, adding Kiel Gesicki on drums and Nick Danger on bass, tightening up the group's sound.
The first single off the record, "3 Bottles of Wine", represents the new dynamic of the group and the album, with an addictive sing along chorus, still in the tradition of the band's previous fan favorites but on a new, higher level.
Fans of Left Alone's distinct ska sound need not fear, the band hasn't forgotten their old signature and features it on the made-for-skanking romp "Sad Story", dealing with true life events living within the confines of gang-infested Wilmington.
Radically changing the personal tones of the album is the politically charged "Bombs Away", dealing with the rampant destabilization of Western civilization. The song is a stark departure for Cortez lyrically, and deals with subject matter usually non-existent for Left Alone.
"The album to me sounds like one full project, each song compliments the others," summarizes Cortez. "I feel like these are the best I've written and have the best production value, and a lot of that comes from going and living in the studio."
The group left Wilmington for almost a month to head to a studio in Fontana, a rural town in the Inland Empire, with limited distractions and a complete focus on recording the album with the same audio engineer who worked with the band on Dead American Radio.
With solid months of touring lined up, and their new album slated for a March release, the band shows no signs of slowing down or letting grass grow under their TUK-clad feet. Left Alone has always walked the road less traveled by, and without a doubt, it's a road with no end in sight.
Be Like Max
Formally known as Everyone Meltdown, Be Like Max is a Las Vegas based Ska/Punk band. With an explosive sound, catchy horn melodies, and edgy attitude Be Like Max’s goal is to produce something they can be proud of. As said by front man Charley Fine “We don’t give a fuck what the scene, venues, industry, or other bands think of our music. We’re not here to impress anyone, we play for ourselves.”
Doped Up Dollies
$14.00 - $16.00
Tickets Available at the Door
$14 General Admission // $16 Day Of Show ~ Standing Room Only
All guests must have a valid government/state issued ID for entry to the venue. NO REFUNDS.
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Advertised set times are subject to change, Doors will open at 6:00PM.
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