Bootleg Theater Presents
Maxim Ludwig record release show
Banta, Olivia Jane Kaplan
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
In experience and attitude, Maxim Ludwig is a man of extremes. He has lived life with violent immoderation, recklessly drunk too much or praised the virtues of his own sobriety, eaten to excess or not at all, slept days away or skipped nights of sleeping, worked obsessively for glory or laid about with unbridled laziness. Out of joy, adventure and abandon, fiercely unafraid of consequences, he is the honest instigator in the tradition of R.P. McMurphy, Serge Gainsbourg and Norman Mailer, a true romantic artist irreverent to all but his craft.
On Ludwig's debut album Libra-Scorpio Cusp, we find our hero at ease by night, brimming with eccentric charisma that's half beatnik, half Rat Pack, showing an uncanny knack for rock and roll with desperate vocals and funky grooves. Through thoughtful arrangements lifted by gritty riffs, expansive keyboards and fearlessly soulful saxophones, Ludwig's first full-length effort stands out as a liberating play. As a songwriter, his lyrics are self-reflective and direct, inspired by the Black Mountain Poets, Henry Miller-esque sexual obsessions, broken promises ("W8 4 U"), creative persistence ("Big White Wall") and some more naughty forms of self-expression ("No One Has to Know"). The melodies are naturally captivating, asking to be sung along to, hair down, ass shaking. On stage, his mad-man performances breed infectious enthusiasm.
Maxim Ludwig's Libra-Scorpio Cusp will be available everywhere June 2.
"If you thought Banta's Dark Charms was a Fleetwood Mac B-side at first listen, you wouldn't be alone" raves Buzzbands.LA, "There's both charm and a fierceness that will have you grooving long after listening." Banta is the brainchild of Sharaya Mikael, a Portland native who called it quits on a six year desk job in 2010 to pursue songwriting in Nashville, TN. After learning the ropes in Music City, Mikael headed back west to Los Angeles where she began to balance her singer/songwriter pop hooks with the indie-grit of a 4 piece rock band. Banta officially formed in 2013 when Mikael tracked a 4 song self-titled EP with producer Andrew Stonestreet (of Greylag). With the support of a rotating cast of Echo Park musicians Banta quickly gained notoriety in the LA indie-music scene. Mikael considers herself a songwriter first and foremost, and Banta as a project that filters her classic rock inspirations. Frequently playing venues like The Echo, The Troubadour and eventually packing out a coveted residency at The Satellite, local buzz landed Mikael a record deal with eOne Music. In 2015 the full band opened a sold out run of shows for Houndmouth. They have shared bills with French Style Furs, Harriet, The Mynabirds, and Avid Dancer to name a few. The debut album Dark Charms is set to drop June 3rd.
Olivia Jane Kaplan
Olivia Kaplan is songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA