Radio 1190 Presents
Family of the Year, New Cassettes
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:00PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 18 and over
In the summer of 2008, fresh out of NYU with a degree in Ritualistic Shamanism, Los Angeles native Mickey Schiff began White Arrows. Fusing his studies with a drum machine and the looming, immediate presence of a booming NYC club scene, White Arrows was intended less as a group than as a social document, detailing the experiences of Schiff's age cohort - the young, ambitious, fucked up, beautiful children of a new cosmopolitan America - all coastal culture and no middle. Schiff moved back to Los Angeles by the end of the year, where White Arrows began its life as a performing unit. Despite the relatively recent introduction of the band to the east side club scene, the group has developed a solid following among the audiences and promoters of clubs such as the Echo and Spaceland, holding the distinctive honor of being awarded a Spaceland residency in August of 2010 despite having played out for less than a year. Containing original material as well as remixes by the likes of RAC (Remix Artist Collective), and Kevin Seaton (Mad Decent), White Arrows' debut EP has already seen its tracks used in videos by tastemakers such as VBS, Nylon, and Dazed and Confused Magazine, and channels such as HBO (Entourage, How to Make it in America) and MTV (Jersey Shore, The City).
Family of the Year
Most bands function like a family, seeing how touring, writing, and studio time force them to share a lot of small spaces for extended periods of time. But Family of the Year has taken that familial feeling a step further, and not just with its moniker. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that come from cohabitating in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support, which has led to the kind of camaraderie that allows members to finish each other’s sentences. It also doesn’t hurt that frontman Joe Keefe and drummer Sebastian Keefe are real-life siblings.
Not surprisingly, many of the group’s songs feature numerous voices, and more than a few include a chorus of joyous handclaps. Some even sound like they should be sung by the tight-knit group around the campfire while the s’mores are melting and the wine is flowing, especially the ones that name-drop members of the band. Guitarist Jamesy Buckey, in particular, has received the lion’s share of shout-outs in FOTY songs, to the point where it’s become a Family tradition.
Family of the Year’s story began in 2009, when Joe assembled a band around an album, Songbook, that he completed while decompressing from a five-year stint with Unbusted, the alt- rock trio he started in Boston with Sebastian that gained some notoriety for its inclusion on the soundtrack to the Farrelly brothers’ film Stuck On You. Instead of relying on the distortion of his past, suddenly pianos, horns, acoustic guitars, and other assorted instrumentation were being used to display a more sophisticated—yet equally as playful—indie-rock sound that brings to mind classic pop bands like The Smiths, The Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, and The Go-Betweens.
To say that Family of the Year has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. In addition to Songbook, the band has issued a pair of EPs on its own Washashore
Records imprint - 2009’s Where’s The Sun, 2010’s Through The Trees – in addition to last year’s 2011’s St. Croix. Songs from all four discs have made their way onto various international releases. Media attention has come from various corners of the world, including heavy rotation on French radio as well as glowing reviews from NME, BBC, IFC, Rolling Stone and Spin.
New Cassettes is a five-piece band from Northampton, England who have been leaving audiences wanting more since 2005. The band released their debut single, You Won't Stop, on Fantastic Plastic with copies selling out within the first month and landing #11 on the indie charts in England.
They have gained critical acclaim from plays on Radio 1, BBC6 and XFM, and have been a MySpace featured artist as well as the Radio 1 front-page feature. Recently the band toured in support of The Strokes, played the Glastonbury Music Festival, was featured on the The Inbetweeners soundtrack and had a headlining tour in Japan.
The New Cassettes finished the final mixing of their second album, Winterhead, with Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and sound engineer Geoff Sanoff. While in the States working on the album the band took a break from the studio to do a special ASCAP-hosted showcase for TV & Film music supervisors at the Gibson Showroom in Los Angeles. MTV became big fans of the New Cassettes after their short stop in Los Angeles and asked them to join Hype Music, the new partnership between MTV and Extreme Music.
Recently New Cassettes returned to the US to perform at the 2011 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, where they tore up the MTV Garage stage as well as other select shows. From this the band has received very positive critical blog reviews, Radio (KWSS 1067). The band will returns to the US, for a short tour of LA and New York, including a show and interview on the "Lillywhite Sessions" by Steve Lillywhite @ East Village Radio!!
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