Detroit Bar's July Residency
Nightmare Air, Grmln, Glorious Wondour
843 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
This event is 21 and over
NIGHTMARE AIR is a rock band from Los Angeles, California, fronted by the dynastic duo of Dave Dupuis (guitar, vocals) and Swaan Miller (bass, vocals).
As Nightmare Air, Dupuis, a veteran of L.A. shoegazers Film School (Beggars Banquet) and Miller, whose stark early-2000s acoustic album on Important Records melted hearts and faces everywhere, meticulously layer indie boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power into a fresh, upbeat sound all their own. With Detroit-raised heavy hitter Jimmy Lucido on drums, Nightmare Air put on a live show that's earned them heaps of praise at home — "possibly L.A.'s loudest band" (Scott McDonald, Surfing on Steam) — and across the pond — "awesomely epic layered sounds" (ArtRocker magazine, U.K.).
In their many combined years of touring, these road veterans have supported heavyweights from Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver to TV on the Radio.
The summer and fall of 2012 saw Nightmare Air on an ambitious 3 ½ month world tour across the US, UK, and Europe playing festivals alongside The Buzzcocks, The Crocodiles, The Duke Spirit, Ice Age... as well over 40 club dates of there own. Also in 2012 in their hometown the band held support slots for Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo, UK legends The Wedding Present, as well as The Cult at their SXSW showcase. On the heals of the band's 2010 EP Nightmare Air were chosen to headline four nights of Toronto's Canadian Music Week, earning spins on the BBC and holding Top 10 status on college and indie radio in the US, Canada and the UK.
Nightmare Air have recently completed their debut studio full-length coming out in early 2013 on Saint Marie Records worldwide with exception to Vinyl Junkie releasing the album in Japan. The record was mixed by Dave Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mars Volta) with mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes). The album, still untitled and as-yet-unreleased, has already gotten its first kick of momentum — landing the track "Escape" featured on Under the Radar's sampler CD and in Filter Magazines "Discovering the Undiscovered"
Born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Southern California, 19-year-old Yoodoo Park is the man behind indie rock outfit GRMLN. In the summer of 2010 in between sessions on his surfboard, Park began recording guitar-driven dream-pop in his garage to soundtrack the journeys in his car. Park chose the name GRMLN to echo the feelings of otherworldliness and disconnect he felt during those summers. Currently a student at the University of California Santa Cruz, Park pens songs there when he's away from his makeshift recording studio and his live band, in which he plays with his brother. Entitled Explore, Yoodoo's debut EP is just that: a young artist inspired by the scenery of his coastal surroundings, discovering and developing his singular voice to create a wistful palette of blues, greens and golds.
On Explore, Park pairs clean, jangly guitars and strong backbones of bass with his yearning, muted vocals that employ reverb to soften, not distort. GRMLN's sound may be unmistakably Californian, but there's a sense of nostalgia that pervades Explore, hearkening back to Park's roots in Japan, where he still spends every summer. Tracks like album opener "Relax Yourself (Dolphin Cry)" and the slow-burning "Live.Think.Die" encapsulate the wistful aesthetic of Explore, with twinges of heartbreak and melancholy tales of wasted youth darkening the album's summertime mood. "Patio" brings Explore to a close on a restless note with one of the album's most soaring melodies, bolstered by haunting harmonies that build a feeling of despair lingering on far after the album's final minor key. Explore is a bittersweet portrait of a young man, making music to catalogue his memories as they slip away with every passing California sunset.