Attaloss, Smoke Season, Starry Eyes, The Nukes, LADY NOGRADY
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Los Angeles modern rockers Attaloss have returned home after a 6 month national tour promoting their recent album release via Rock Ridge Music/Warner Music Group/ADA. The self-titled album was received extremely well by fans and critics alike, and hit 5 charts on Billboard including #1 Alternative New Artist and #5 Heatseekers. Their new record showcases two sides of the band, the high energy blown out rock side and the stripped down acoustic side. Although the band name is a play on a common phrase many of us hear every day, there is an underlying message of optimism: "Even in these tough times, we must have hope for a better tomorrow," states singer Danny Aguiluz.
Danny, Chris, Lorenzo, and Dakota all left their respective hometowns and moved to Los Angeles to chase their rock and roll dream. Once they decided to join forces together they began the arduous task of trying to come up with a band name. After kicking around hundreds of potential names, they got news that their rehearsal studio was broken into and all their music gear was stolen. "Getting news like that was such a kick in the gut that we literally were at a loss for words. We realized in that moment that we had our band name," said guitarist Chris Johansen who immediately began tracking down the thief. After an exhaustive search, along with Chris’ help, police apprehended the suspect a couple of months later and the band’s gear was recovered mostly intact. Instruments in hand, they recorded the first five songs on the album in early 2011 and set out on tour around the country playing shows with such acts as Neon Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Realizing they weren’t quite capturing their recorded sound live, they added guitarist/vocalist Matt Geronimo and headed back into the studio to record the acoustic half of the record as a five piece.
The band is excited to get back home and begin recording their follow up album. “This journey has been a real roller coaster ride but we have come out of it stronger than ever," continues Danny. "Hopefully that message comes across and inspires people to continue chasing their dreams. Today is an Open Door."
StarryEYES was formed by founding member Nic Weethee in 2003. It originally started out as a side project to his band at the time. He eventually quit that band and moved to Los Angeles to continue with StarryEYES and put a new band together. From 2011 he finished writing and recording 2 albums while searching for the right band members. He eventually found guitarist Louie Heredia who joined the project in 2008. And in 2010 they brought guitarist Morgan Jenkins and drummer Sergio Ramirez into the band. And finally in 2011 they found their bass player Chris Faber to complete the lineup. They are currently writing their first album together set to be released in 2012.
all other teen rock bands are their affinity for musicianship - having studied their instruments since before becoming teenagers - and indifference about that commercial-friendly sound in favor of challenging the industry to try something new.
So far, this mindset has worked. The Nukes are the subject of a documentary that started filming in the summer of 2009. This documentary, which covers their auditions, recording sessions, and live performance, is currently being edited and due for completion in February 2010.
The Nukes played their first show earlier this January at the Troubadour to 200 paying guests. Not only were they integral to the night selling out, but they were asked back MARCH 6TH.
This is all very impressive considering that the current line-up has only been practicing together for 3 months. The guitar player and bass player have been with the project since its inception in the summer 2009.
Not every artist is created equal.. Well in some people's heads.. Now I had what I do still call a "lucky break" meeting & working with Electronica band "Blood On the Dance Floor" but sometimes heads, or egos, get in the way...
Hanging out in studios even when it's not your session is still fun & you never know what can happen when the energy starts flowing and you just so happen to be there in the midst of it all. I just so happened to be hanging out at Madhouse Studios in Burbank when two of the most interesting looking dudes I'd ever seen came walking in... I had never heard of these guys or their music, nor was I remotely aware of their niche fanbase. I was both scared and intrigued at the same time to say the least. It was that day that some unplanned writing and vocal recordings were made that ended up on their album titled "All the Rage". What came of it was also the single "Bewitched" with over 6 million music video plays on YouTube as well as the music video hitting #1 on the iTunes Electronica charts... Talk about being excited. It was thrilling... But what was not so thrilling was the fact that as soon as it all hit and the reaction of the fans was "Who is this girl? Is she in the band now?" I don't think they liked it very much and that's when things got a bit sour...By sour I mean lack of credits, lack of professionalism, lack of proper communication, some bad attitudes and some disrespect.. To say the least... I was OVER it. Anyone in this town who's ever truly "made it" will probably say that there are some people in this business that are just.. Well, how do I say this nicely?.. Oh- huge ASSHOLES. Yeah. But after receiving so much love, excitement and support from so many of their young fans, it was hard for me to decide to reveal or keep hiding my newfound distaste for the band, my wish to be somewhat disassociated from them, and my frustrations over the instances where I got dicked around. After a significant amount of time had passed and after having kids still thinking I was practically "in" the band and asking me for their phone numbers... I couldn't hide my true feelings anymore... My friend Brandon Lemons gave me the opportunity in his magazine "Lemonade Magazine" to speak my peace about the whole thing which was like having a weight lifted off my shoulders. It received quite a bit of backlash however in recent days, many people have been stepping forward sharing my experiences as well as distaste. My bit of advice for anyone reading this - do your research on people before working together.. Or it can bite you in the ass. And don't be an ass. You can read the entire article below if it tickles your fancy to know more... Otherwise, know I'm grateful for the good that the experience and opportunity has brought me. I learned a lot, gained a lot, cursed a lot too.. But in the end, it was all worth it. As for the longevity of the band... I have no comment.
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