Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:
Cute Is What We Aim For
Makeout, Minshara, Brightside
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Cute Is What We Aim For
Cute Is What We Aim For is a pop punk band from Buffalo, New York. The band formed in 2005, and since have released two albums: The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch and Rotation. The band was previously signed with record label Fueled by Ramen for their two releases, but are currently unsigned.
On August 18, 2012, the band played an hour-long acoustic set with original members Shaant Hacikyan, Fred Cimato, and Jeff Czum. This was the first set the full band had performed in 6 years. During the set, the band announced that they were officially making a comeback. Cute Is What We Aim For played a comeback show with The Daydream Chronicles and Fictitious Ray on September 21, 2012 at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, New York. On January 20, 2013, Shaant Hacikyan announced at a show in Memphis, TN that the band would be releasing new material Spring/Summer 2013, with demos to come earlier than that. It is currently unclear if the release will be an EP or an LP. On 27 February 2013, Cute Is What We Aim For premiered a new demo called "Titanic". 20 days later on 27 March they posted a YouTube link to a lyric video of their new song named "Next to Me". On September 2, the band released another new song titled "A Closed Mind With an Open Mouth". The song was made available for purchase on the iTunes store the next day. A headlining tour was also announced to coincide with the newly released song. The band performed on the Vans Warped Tour in 2014.
Fusing propulsive punk energy, stadium-size pop prowess, alternative sizzle, and a ball-busting sense of humor, Makeout play the soundtrack to the best night of your life. Think of the Massachusetts quartet—Sam Boxold [vocals, guitar], Tyler Young [guitar], Alex Lofton [bass], and Scott Eckel [drums]—as the illegitimate offspring of Paramore, All Time Low, and Steel Panther, and you’ll be halfway there.
All comparisons aside, Sam sums up the group’s 2017 full-length debut, The Good Life [Rise Records], best…
“The record sounds like a party,” exclaims the frontman. “There are so many different influences touching it, but it doesn’t feel like anybody’s uncomfortable. That’s the kind of party we like!”
Whether or not the last statement is true, Sam and Tyler met each other as high schoolers in the Northeast’s fertile underground music scene (we can confirm that for sure!). After a revolving door of projects, the two joined forces with Alex in Trophy Wives. The group built a serious local buzz, performing on the Massachusetts date of the Warped Tour and winning an Ernie Battle of The Bands judged by none other than iconic GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer John Feldmann [blink-182, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens].
Impressed by the boys, the studio guru signed them to a production deal. Joined by Australian drummer Scott, they settled on a new moniker, Makeout, and holed up at Feldmann’s home studio for a month in 2016 between dates supporting longtime heroes blink-182. Throughout this whirlwind, they collaborated with the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood as well as legendary skinsman Travis Barker on what would become The Good Life.
“All of those influences are in the record,” Alex goes on. “There’s a diverse feel, because all of these people brought the best out of us.”
“John kept us on our toes,” Sam continues. “One of the biggest influences I felt was from his lyrical attitude. He’ll drive the flow of the vocalist in a very specific direction. He made my vocals sound a little more badass and real. It flowed in a way that there was never a stale moment.”
That holds true for all 12 songs. “Childish” bursts out of the gate on a guitar gallop punctuated by arena-ready percussion and an unshakable chant. “We wanted to write a song about how it feels to be a kid,” explains the singer. “It’s that freedom from jobs and bills. There’s not much drama. It touches on that.”
Meanwhile, the first single “Crazy” explodes into a massive refrain between hilarious hashtaggable admissions such as, “I’m in the studio in fucking Calabasas. The Kardashians live here” and “I can’t go back to working at McDonalds. Can’t afford any more of your Sephora addiction.”
“It’s a lighthearted take on girl trouble,” Sam smiles. “It could be extended to either gender. It resulted from a feel sesh talking about life.”
“Where’s My Charger?” surprises with a subtle twang, while “Blast Off” illuminates their knack for a hard-hitting and heavy hook.
Ultimately, everything is a part of The Good Life Makeout encourage…
“Being in a band and doing this professionally is something we’ve all really wanted for a long time,” Tyler leaves off. “To us, this is The Good Life. We hope everyone gets to live their version of it.”
The origin of the word "Minshara" comes from the Vulcan term for a classification of planet that is capable of sustaining human-life. Minshara is a high-energy, electronic pop rock band from Pennsylvania. Since 2011, Minshara has toured across the United States sharing the stage with a variety of acts including Hollywood Undead, Flyleaf, The Contortionist, Chon, He Is Legend, SayWeCanFly... just to name a few.
In June of 2014, Minshara self-released their first full-length album entitled "iO", Produced by Taylor Larson (Asking Alexandria, Periphery, From First To Last). This record became the break-out album for the band's career and a culmination of several years of writing music together.
After 3 years of countless shows, festivals, and a ton of support from what is now referred to as "Minshara Nation", the band traveled to Marigolds & Monster Studios in Atlanta, Georgia to record their upcoming EP, "Overnights" with Producer, Matt Malpass (Train, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance) and Matt Holmes (Bobby Church, SayWeCanFly).
The "Overnights" EP is a step in a new direction for the bands' unique and enigmatic sound. The first single, "Superstition" was released on March 27th 2018 on iTunes & Spotify. While staying true to their sound, "Superstition" taps into their radio-friendly ambitions with catchy melodies and universal lyrics of unrequited love.
"Overnights" has nods to their past with songs like "The Escape" and "Gravity" that capture not just the familiar side of Minshara but also the new direction of funky pop-sensibility of where they are going. "We even dug deep into our old inspirations with the song, "Winter is Coming". I always dreamed of writing some Brian Wilson-esque 3-part harmonies and we actually pulled it off on this record".
"Overnights" will be released on Friday April 13th 2018 in stores everywhere on Polar Phat Records.
The Second After is a pop punk band based in Durham, North Carolina. Building on foundations laid by giants of the genre such as A Day To Remember, Have Mercy, All Time Low, and New Found Glory, The Second After offers a refreshing, unique take on a classic sound. With intricate melodies, deliberate harmonies, and energetic guitar work, their music exudes a positive, carefree attitude counterbalanced by serious and thoughtful dedication to their craft. On the tail of numerous sold out shows in their hometown, the band has turned its focus to the road; spending most of the past year touring the country and spreading their message of positivity to a growing base of dedicated fans. With a new release imminent and more touring on the horizon, The Second After is ready to take 2018 by storm.
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