Neat Speak Presents:
Spendtime Palace, The Grinns
Levitation Room, The Bash Dogs
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Spendtime Palace is a five-piece band from Costa Mesa with a timeless, emotional, gritty, yet earnest sound that stands up on its own. With serenading vocals, soaring melodies and multi-textured riffs, it is apparent why listeners are always keen for wanting more. In 2012 atop an abandoned building was were these eclectic musicians first came together. The band started as an instrumental group that played numerous loud and restless parties throughout their hometown. This recognition led them to be one of the most go-to bands in their area. It was in 2016 that a concatenation of life events led them to rename the band Spendtime Palace. Right after releasing their debut album Playdate along with “Lily Lee” and “Closed Doors,” keyboardist Michael (Toast) became a part of the band. This addition to the band induced a more exuberant sound, which lead to the creation of the Sonora EP. Title track “Sonora” gained instant recognition from the likes of Billboard, staring Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard and directed by Josh Ovalle. Spendtime Palace is set to release their second album with acclaimed producer Kyle Mullarky titled All Inclusive Romantic Getaway in early 2019.
Born in 2014 from a mundane high school history class, The Grinns formed as an after school ritual to escape from classwork. Drawing from the sunny Californian energy of their hometown in Orange
County, The Grinns have since shaped for themselves a vibrant brand of soulful zest. Composed of singer Joey Kolk, guitarists Jackson Jarrett & Francisco Jorquiera, bassist Ramtin Khoee and
drummer Frederico Hadyka, the group has found shared influence in artists such as The Smiths and The Beatles, as well as fellow 2010’s jangle-pop contemporaries Mac DeMarco and Beach Fossils.
After much anticipation, The Grinns released their debut album "Golden Hour" on January 2nd. Soon following, the group signed with Postmark Records.
Their decidedly hallucinogenic jams whisper and hum the same gentle refrains of their summer of love influences, conjuring up the cognitive imagery of sunny days at the park, spent with friends in a euphoric haze along with lyrics ad sonic mediations on life, love and self-awareness.
The Bash Dogs
A spirit of exploration, of unity, of love - a musical philosophy that Orange County quartet The Bash Dogs keep alive with their psyched-out rock and roll, but also their pure devotion to the art form. Within their wah-wah riffs and groove, you hear echoes of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and the Maharishi-era Beatles—a kaleidoscope of Acid Rock, Freakbeat, and Garage-Psych that makes the Dogs the band to call when you want to get down like it’s 1969. They play for the love, with a powerful, booty-shakin’ energy that comes right back to them at their rowdy live shows. “Every song I write I try to incorporate some sort of message of love...and the most important thing: loving who you are playing with and especially who you are playing for” says front man Nate Barrett.
The Bash Dogs got their start when they were just pups, the seismic sounds of their parents’ albums inspiring them to pick up an instrument and play. Nate (vox and guitar) and brother Jeremy (drums), caught the bug after playing Van Morrison’s seminal “Gloria” at their 5th grade talent show—a high they’ve been riding ever since. The brothers met bassist Nathan Schmok—affectionally known as Schmoky Bear—in high school, deciding to form a band when they realized they knew all the same Led Zeppelin riffs. Rocking around as a power trio, the boys quickly embedded themselves in the Orange County scene, playing local institutions like the Observatory, House of Blues, and the Wayfarer building up an audience of bell-bottom wearing, record-collecting kids.
Wanting to give back to their local scene, The Bash Dogs started Soul Kitchen—a monthly residency at the House of Blues in Anaheim where the Dogs serve as founders, organizers, hosts, and house band, as their friends shimmy and shake all night long. Inspired by the scene around LA where they were going to college, Nate and Jerm decided to bring the outta-sight, all-vinyl DJ sets and Davey Wayne’s atmosphere back home to Orange County—as well as keyboard player Cole Riddle. It’s this fortuitous meeting that has added a whole new Manzarek-layer to their mood ring sound—allowing the band to fly even further out into rock and roll space. It’s a new direction reflected in the sophisticated time changes and experimental structure of new single, “Can You Feel Her”—Lysergic-dipped vocals and prog-rock jammin’ pointing to a refined, more mature sound that the Dogs are hyped to further unveil.
At a typical show, The Bash Dogs hit the stage around midnight, decked out in long hair and sharp suits—except dread-man Nayton who buzzed his head a cupla months back—and give the crowd all the lava lamp, psyched out, wah-wah guitar riffs they can handle. All their influences merge, and the songs are given extra life by the long instrumental jams they drop into most of their tunes. Succeeding in their dance party mission, all the kids in fringe vests and unbuttoned shirts go nuts, along with the enthusiastic go-go dancers up on stage. By the time the clock gets close to two, the Bash Dogs wrap things up with a guaranteed house-rocker like “Twist and Shout,” or Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” sending the kids out into the night with kaleidoscope visions of days gone by.
Currently, The Bash Dogs are making moves for a big 2018. Look for tour dates, three new singles just released January 5,—plus more new music and goodies throughout the year.