First Fleet Concerts Presents:
The Happy Fits & Deal Casino
212 4th Street
Des Moines, IA, 50309
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 5:30 PM
This event is all ages
The Happy Fits
Fencing champion Ross Monteith and orchestra nerd Calvin Langman didn't exactly get along in high school. However, a chance conversation about the success of Youtube cover bands brought the two together to pave a road to quick fortune. Their mix of rocking guitars and electric cello created a unique dynamic, blending their love of rock artist like The Black Keys and folk bands like The Violent Femmes. Working on covers grew tiresome and an emotional break-up soon inspired them to write their first song together. The resulting music produced a youthful and chaotic frenzy of catchy melodies and raw instrumentals. When the band recruited professional gamer Luke Davis to join the band on drums, The Happy Fits were born.
In 2018, the band released their debut Album "Concentrate" Independently, working with Pledge Music, VNYL, The Syndicate and Tell All Your Friends PR. They embarked on two successfully Full US Tourwhich culminated in December selling out the 500 Cap Venue "House of Independents" in Asbury Park, NJ.
Deal Casino has been soundtracking the comeback story of Asbury Park since 2013. A New Jersey beach town that once looked all but lost, after years of economic depression and the devastating wrath of Hurricane Sandy, Asbury has become the sort of underdog story that people write movies about. Its music scene is proof that there is hope for the future of rock and roll, and Deal Casino is at the center of it.
With 3 out of the 4 band members playing together since they were in elementary school, they might as well be a family. When they found their drummer, the band’s work ethic kicked into high gear. They helped to build a local studio, and worked for recording time to get their first EP done. They spent every waking hour writing and recording and learning. They sharpened their skills on stage playing residencies at every small venue in Asbury Park, and a few in Manhattan and Philadelphia.
Their classic rock influences-Led Zeppelin for guitar tone, The Band for harmonies, Pink Floyd for studio techniques, the Who for melody—have informed every decision in their writing. Process-wise, the band is more like the Grateful Dead, living in a house together where they write and practice daily and they work just to afford to keep their music habit going. Their first record evokes the alt-pop of artists like Oasis and Kings of Leon, but as they prepare to release their second LP, they have moved into bold new sonic territory, evoking psych elements of Tame Impala and the moodier indie sounds of Modest Mouse and The National. They revere classic recording techniques—analog devices, tape, real guitars and real drums, 4 part harmonies—and they embrace electronics, with modular synths everywhere and samples artfully placed in their records and live sets.
The band has developed these sounds over the course of the last 5 years, releasing their self-titled first LP in summer of 2017. Their second LP, entitled LLC, comes out between September and November. Engineered and produced by Erik Kase Romero of The Front Bottoms, the album is the result of a winter retreat to Fidelitorium Studios in North Carolina. The band locked themselves away for weeks and created what became a completely new direction for their sound. They hit the road with The Wrecks for a full US tour in November.