The Dangerous Summer
Tommy the High Pilots, Rare Monk, Breaking Laces
1652 W. Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA, 92801
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Dangerous Summer
Straightforward, earnest rock music seems to be a contradiction from the path popular music has strayed as of late. The need for genuine lyrics, purposeful direction and accessible melodies has been long overdue. The Dangerous Summer have crafted a throwback to the days when music was charged with hope and contained a much-needed brand of sincerity.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the young turks of Rare Monk sound simultaneously like everything and nothing you've ever heard. While the obvious signposts are there to guide you (Modest Mouse, Phoenix), Rare Monk combine their love of late 90s alternative with a fevered pop intensity, before shooting the whole thing into outer space to see what comes back.
That psychedelic insanity can be traced back to their college roots, when the guys were the go-to band for drunken debauchery and sonic exploration. Having grown exponentially as a band since those early house party days, Rare Monk have teamed up with noted producer Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horsefeathers) for their first full-length Death By Proxy.
By turns their most ambitious and deceptively simple release to date, Death By Proxy is immediately accessible, while continually surprising upon each spin.
"Although we draw upon many genres for inspiration, we've been creating our own based on nothing other than "these are the songs we wrote cause they sound cool."
The giddy pop thrill of the title track and the funky, slow burn of "Underground" acts as the band's mission statements, and according to Dorian, summarizes what the band has been building towards since forming in 2009.
"Regardless of where our music falls on the spectrum, I think it's pretty genuine. I think the important thing here is not to try and fit a compartmentalized soundscape, or be different from everyone else; the importance lies in doing what you are passionate about. Passion is genuine."
For fans of: Modest Mouse, Phoenix, Helio Sequence
Breaking Laces is a three-piece acoustic rock band out of Brooklyn NY with a sound that has stylistic debts to such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol, They Might Be Giants and the Lemonheads.
When the three musicians who comprise Breaking Laces got together to start the band, they had an acoustic guitar, a drum set, a bass and two very good voices. From there they went on to build a band and sound that has continually defied its origin and appearance.
"The idea was to take simple acoustic pop songs and make them bigger than life." says lead vocalist and guitarist Willem Hartong. "We've toyed with the addition of members to the band, but we have such a great chemistry as a trio. So the challenge was to make the kind of music we were hearing as a three piece." The band added live sampling and keyboards to the mix and found that three bodies and six hands were enough to get it done in a fashion not seen by many live acts today.
In the summer of 2009, Breaking Laces took the next step in the band's evolution by hitting the studio to begin work on their forthcoming album "When You Find Out". Eyed for release in early 2010, the band recorded with producer Ed Tuton (who has worked with artists as diverse as Carly Simon, Eagle Eye Cherry, Maxwell and T-Pain) helming the effort.
The guys feel that the new album is the culmination of the band's musical journey over the last five years and is the proverbial bridge between the band's live success and its melodic, commercial songwriting appeal.
Breaking Laces is headed to the stars. And if need be, they'll walk there. "What I've always liked is the confidence and positive attitude of this band," says Hartong. "It's why we called our second album Lemonade. It's what we always tend to come out with no matter what the circumstance or what fruit you throw at us. Even if you give us mangos, we'll make lemonade. And, trust me, it'll taste good."
More About Breaking Laces
Festivals & Achievements
Winner 2007 Starbucks MusicMaker's Competition
XMU Artist In Residence at XMU (XM43) for June 2007
Named Best Band in NYC 2006 (IndieSoundsNY)
Astronomy EP on many top ten lists for 2006
CMJ Radio National Top 200 for both Sohcahtoa and Lemonade LPs
UK Tour 2008/2005
South Park Music Festival 2008
SXSW Showcase 2008/2004
Red Gorilla Music Fest 2009/2008
Milwaukee SummerFest 2007
MidPoint Music Festival 2007
Fleshpot Festival 2006/2005
Dewey Beach Festival 2006/2005
Camplified Tour 2008
Featured XM Live! concerts 2003, 2007 - top 5 of all time, only repeat visitors
Total CDs sold in excess of 30,000
Sold Digital Downloads in excess of 100,000
Email list over 20,000
500+ shows in 5 years
73,000+ plays and 3,800+ friends on MySpace
3 very sexy guys