Electric City Presents
The Lonely Wild
Me Like Bees, Refero
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
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Watch & Listen
The Lonely Wild
Rarely does a young band emerge with a combination of skills, talents and vision fully developed. But the LA-based quintet The Lonely Wild is that true gem who's writing and arranging talents are only surpassed by its members' ability to work seamlessly as a singular, dynamic voice.
Formed in 2010, The Lonely Wild is the brainchild of Andrew Carroll who had moved to Los Angeles to study writing, music and film. Carroll and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Ross met in school and quickly discovered that their skills as composers and arrangers complimented one another's abilities. The two added lead guitarist Andrew Schneider, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jessi Williams and drummer Dave Farina to round out the mix – each a friend or fellow LA performer bringing their own unique background and talent.
Picking up solid momentum from their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dead End, The Lonely Wild quickly made a name for themselves in and around greater LA with fans such as Nic Harcourt (KCSN), Chris Douridas (KCRW) and Kevin Bronson (BuzzBands LA) on board. The band continued to hone their dynamic live performance through a series of high-profile shows opening for John Doe, Damien Rice, The Elected, Laura Marling and Lord Huron in addition to their highly successful residency at Silverlake's famed Satellite.
In early 2012, the band holed up in The Hangar in Sacramento for a weeklong recording session. Working through consecutive 16, 18 and 24 hour days to produce what would ultimately become The Sun As It Comes, an album filled with gut-wrenching emotion, fragile beauty, and explosive energy. "It was a true labor of love," Carroll says, "and a sheer force of will, that allowed us to
finish this record. We all knew it was the most important artistic statement we had ever made, so we had to pull out all the stops."
The title-track kicks things off, opening with sparse guitar and dual male/female vocals of parents imparting a lesson to a child. As the arrangement expands to multiple layers and textures, the lyrics transition to a more global scope with the second verse questioning how long someone can
ignore the sound of one drum being played by "the hands of millions."
"The song was inspired by the Arab Spring," explains Carroll. Despite the arguably polarizing subject matter, the lyrical nuance and cinematic arrangement ascend to an emotional climax, bringing the listener closer to the beauty that can lie in unsettling chaos.
Heavily influenced by Matt Taibi's The Griftopia, "Banks and Ballrooms" explores the idea of success being defined solely by monetary wealth. Drums pulse and persist, almost as if leading the charge of the common-man marching to confront the 1% head-on.
The album's up-tempo "Everything You Need" hits the ground running with thumping guitars and rhythm section before the mariachi-influenced two-part trumpet line interjects. Sung in tandem by Carroll and Williams, the narrator professes that they will be the constant in the listener's life, singing, "I will beat your heart," a line that recurs throughout the album – a subtle beacon of hope.
The epic track "Buried In The Murder" is a sonic voyage that perhaps best showcases The Lonely Wild's unique and genre-defying sound. Carroll's lyrics act almost as a confession of guilt for playing a part in corruption, greed and entitlement. With an arrangement reminiscent of a classic western, the song allows The Lonely Wild to truly showcase their unique ability to perform each
part with bombastic confidence as a singular unit. No one voice outshines the other; no member more important – collaboration rarely found in a developing band.
Slated for an April 2, 2013 release via their own Ursa Major Recordings (distributed and marketed by Thirty Tigers/RED), The Lonely Wild's The Sun As It Comes is a record that reflects upon the times in which we live while taking the listener on a sonic journey of impressive heights.
Me Like Bees
Me Like Bees is an indie/alternative rock band from Kansas City Missouri and is made up of Pete Burton (lead guitar), Asher Poindexter (bass), Luke Sheafer (vocals/guitar), and Tim Cote (Drums). Formed in May of 2009, the group has developed their sound with influences from bands such as Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and The White Stripes.
The "Me Like Bees" sound, like many of their influences, is based upon the idea of moving music forward with interesting and simple melodies. Although simple, the band maintains the listeners' attention using irregular dynamics and asymmetric song structure. The group takes a quality control approach to songwriting, with each member bringing their own creative ideals to every aspect of the process.
The lyrics of Me Like Bees music are both thought provoking and entertaining, with a wide range of themes. Many of their songs discuss matters of inner turmoil, and relate to issues like guilt and doubt. Sheafer is known for his creative wording and unique use of syllables; often times giving a positive spin on what would otherwise be depressing subject matter. His singing style has been said to be a cross between Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse and Jack White of the White Stripes.
Formed in the winter of 2010 by Alex Chase, Ryan Clark, and Jeremy Kiddle, and joined in the fall of 2011 by Bill Wald, and in the spring of 2012 by Daniel and Chelsea Kiddle. Refero presents an eclectic, enthralling experience that features honest, thoughtful lyrics supported by rhythmic, and melodic guitars. It’s music that provides you with the ability to soar above a landscape of unyielding drums punctuated by inspiring bass lines.
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