308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each others' faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy, but after years of creative brain-melding, the dyad had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise.
Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer who might be able shake things up, surprise them, and bring something new to the project. How about Richard Swift? they said. He's the best, he's the boss, he's like the John Keating of cool drum sounds—a perfect fit for a pair of poppy throwback tape-lovers like us.
The Louisiana duo made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift's cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-from-scratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Ted and Grant had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to Swift's National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished, good-feeling record.
"I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive," Swift said. "I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them."
The final version of Alix materialized as perhaps Generationals' most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as Ted and Grant's friendship. Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything T&G like about music: old and new, vinyl and youtube, vocal chord and microkorg, gathered up from everywhen and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness, lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element, but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: 'tis a good idea to tear down and rebuild, but it's not always necessary to start from scratch.
Young Empires are a new Canadian 3-piece that has garnered international critical acclaim and since their inception in October 2009. NME Magazine compared Young Empires' sound to the likes of The Killers, Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, and Foals. Defined by swirling synthesizer tones, fervent bass rhythms, and soulful guitar licks, Young Empires deliver fresh, yet distinguished dance tracks full of swagger, sexuality, and occasionally a little angst.
A long with music blogs, Young Empires have also been well-received in the fashion world including a feature in Dazed & Confused Magazine. Their song "Glory of the Night" was released on Parisian fashion/music label Kitsune Maison 10. Another track "Against the Wall" has been featured on a viral fashion video for Nylon TV.
Young Empires' still young career highlights include international performances in London, Paris, Stockholm, New York City, Chicago, Miami, Bogota, Toronto, and Montreal. They've supported acts such as Jamiroquai, Chromeo, Dragonette,
Japandroids, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Jamaica, and Tanlines. Young Empires' live performance at the NXNE Festival was named in the top 10 out of over 500 bands.
The trio is also distinguished for their production skills and been commissioned to remix major label singles for Geffen
and Kitsune Records. Their home demo recordings have charted on FM4 Radio (Germany) and two separate home
demos have reached the top 15 on HypeMachine's charts; a feat that earned them a spot on the HypeMachine
showcase at CMJ this year.
With their debut EP, Wake All My Youth, dropping in early 2012 on Pirates Blend Records Young Empires are poised to deliver on many reviewers predictions as one of the top new artists to watch.
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