Red Bull Sound Select Presents
Bad Suns, Cillie Barnes, Harper Blynn
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 21 and over
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece. Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it's way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group's formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith's childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIVE craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80's Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA; the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it's earthly perfections and perversions.
Bad Suns are a band from Los Angeles. The band's back history is minimal: founded at the top of 2012, and spending the majority of that year writing and recording. However, in the first month of the band's existence, after sending out a demo of the song "Transpose" to KROQ 106.7 FM, Kat Corbett decided to air the song on their Locals Only program. Much to the band's surprise, the song reigned in the top 5 of the show for nearly three months (reaching number one on three separate occasions.)
This was an encouraging response for only a demo. The band continued writing, and in June entered Infrasonic Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Aloe Blacc, Trash Talk). The band quickly began to attain a steady Los Angeles following, playing to packed houses within the area (The Troubadour, Viper Room) and generating local buzz. "Cardiac Arrest" was chosen as the first single from these sessions.
As of March 3, 2013: "Cardiac Arrest" is being played on KROQ's Local's Only show, every Sunday night.
Cillie Barnes is a musical project helmed by songwriter Vanessa Long.
In the past she’s put out a couple E.P.’s, had her songs in a couple shows, had some nice quotes written about her and...
That shit’s in the past.
Now Cillie Barnes is Vanessa Long, Marko Kurtović, Nick White, Thomas Berg, Trevor Sohnen and Andrew Tyler.
They just got done doing a full length album, Cobra Lily, produced by Joe Keefe and it’s gonna be sick.
Collectively they enjoy the alexander technique, running the grand canyon, murder mysteries, postmodernism, animation, haunted houses,
cheese, hounds, boardgames, and magick.
If you combine all there names together like a celebrity couple it would like this. : Sohler Whitević Longberg
‘If pop hooks were Monopoly money, this foursome would be buying hotels on Park Place by now.’
-Time Out New York
'As far as follow-up albums go, they can't get much better than this. (...) When it comes to first-rate musicianship, Harper Blynn are at the top of the heap. (...] Making a sophomore album is never easy and in just 13 songs Harper Blynn make it appear effortless. Rather than succumbing to the pressure or their own expectations, the quartet set out to make the best record they could, and Busy Hands is exactly that. With songs this good and albums this strong, the sky is indeed the limit for this Brooklyn group.'
‘Seems like it’s only gotten harder to tell where Harper Blynn are coming from. In the past, you could pretty easily pin them to the Brooklyn indie world, but their new Busy Hands sounds more all over the map—and that’s a very good thing. If this collection of new tunes is any hint, there’s no telling where you’ll end up. But it’ll be a hell of a trip.’
'Loneliest Generation was produced by David Kahne, who also helmed the Strokes’ First Impressions of Earth'. Harper Blynn is just as catchy as that notorious garage quintet, but with a kinder view of the world, answering The Strokes’ cynical 'Is This It' with the can-do 'This Is It.''
'Loneliest Generation is chock full of eminently singable melodies couched in four-part harmonies and lyrics that set mid-twenties angst in a hopeful context. But what really separates HB from their peers is the way the band locks into the songs like… well, a band. (...) The arrangements here are muscular and fully formed. (...) Throughout, the album stays relatively close to HB’s live presentation of guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, and superstar producer David Kahne wisely allows the band’s collective brio to shine through the effort.'
'Harper Blynn bring a prickly sense of depth to their self titled EP, a likeable familiarity married with a penchant for heart-coated sleeves. (...) Four part harmonies are not to be underrated in today's popscape, and Harper Blynn keeps this skill in heavy rotation. Ballads like "Start All Over" feel that much more epic with choruses that span octaves. (...) Their New York City roots and club presence give them street cred, but the production, polish and poise of their tunes suggest a larger story arc is in the works.'
'On their debut record Loneliest Generation, Harper Blynn takes a giant step beyond their contemporaries, and moves into a category all their own... In a crowded Brooklyn indie scene hell-bent on placing vanity above content and substance, Harper Blynn offer up simple, no-frills songcraft with an unassuming modesty and a self-confidence that is refreshing, invigorating and downright hypnotic.'
‘Harper Blynn sounds like you're on acid, in a helicopter flying upside down and backwards, and you're with the guy who plays Yul Brenner in Cool Runnings.’
-Aaron Lee Tasjan
$3 at the Door / $10 after 10pm