The Satellite presents
Young Light record release party, Great Northern, Light FM, TS & the Past Haunts
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
YOUNG LIGHT took a bare-bones approach to the shoegaze indie-rock the members are known for playing, but minimal is not a word you’d ever find yourself using to describe them. While taking cues from the forefathers of the genre as well as stripped-down contemporaries like No Age and Japandroids, the YL songs evoke the swirling ethereal pop leanings of the first APOF album; concentrated, undiluted, and simplified.
In his turn as a solo performer, Michael Feerick of Amusement Parks On Fire (Filter, V2 Records), formed YOUNG LIGHT during a break in their activity and is joined by Micah Calabrese of Giant Drag, on drums and keyboards. While Feerick was dividing time in-between England and Los Angeles (where Calabrese resides); they wrote songs long-distance when they couldn't be in the same room together. They recorded Great White Arc in Chicago with Jeff Dean (engineer behind recent recordings by: Braid, Articles of Faith & Dead Ending) at Million Yen Studios.
The duo are planning US tour dates to promote the release in summer 2013. The EP includes special liner notes written for the release by Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun, Big Black).
Great Northern found fertile creative ground when they met engineer/producer Mathias Schneeberger through a mutual friend and recorded Trading Twilight for Daylight at Schneeberger's Donner & Blitzen studio in Arcadia, CA. Schneeberger (Greg Dulli, Joseph Arthur, Queens of the Stone Age, Earthlings) "just gets it," says Bixler, "he just understands. He wants to make music beautiful, make it important and stand out." "Mathias has an amazing ear for getting really great sounds," he continues, "and he's a good orchestrator as well; he plays keyboards and guitar on the record. He was living at his studio working until four in the morning so when we showed up the next day, he'd already created this whole crazy thing. He'd then say, `It's cool if you don't like it, we can just trash it,' but nine times out of ten it was really great." Trading Twilight for Daylight is a collection of shimmeringly lovely yet wildly contrasting shades of the pop song experience. Densely layered melodies are draped with Stolte and Bixler's signature velvety chimes, stately piano, luxuriant keyboard string flourishes and smartly counterpointed electric and acoustic guitars. The songs' very point often seem to suggest the rich emotional textures of a daydream afternoon, as sunshine gently dims into the dark. The sensual fullness of the sound is like soaking in a bath of warm frequencies. "Doesn't it make you feel good?" sings Stolte. And later, "Was I dreaming? Was I awake?" Great Northern songs are genuinely, memorably melodic, and it's the several coatings of so many melodies within each track that makes them something to return to again and again. "It's important to Solon and me that the songs have a lot to offer," says Stolte. "The songs on my mind are the ones that you hear over and over and you hear something new every time." The very moody "lOw IS a hEIghT" is inarguably a gorgeous song, but what's it about? A crucial ambiguity raises its pointy head when the band embarks on an extended instrumental coda that brings variation to the main theme, as if crystalizing the essence of the mood the song seeks to convey. Building to a caterwauling intensity, "Telling Lies" flirts with the epic (in short form, of course) by fusing tremeloed multiple guitars and voices as drummer Davey thrashes artfully. Exhilarating dervishes of high whining keyboard strings and guitars lure you to the bridge, where you might find yourself utterly addicted when they snow this glorious mountain of sound with spine-tingling counterpoint backing "aaah"s. "There isn't any specific formula for crafting a song
"Born in the clutches of art school angst and bitter Chicago winters, Light FM began as a beacon of hope for song writer Josiah Mazzaschi – a poppy bouquet of cheerful songs with meaningful yet dark lyrics heavy on retro synths and grand orchestration. Quickly gaining a name in the Chicago indie music scene as one of Chicago’s most promising new bands and being compared to The Cars, The Cure, Pink Floyd and Fountains of Wayne, Light FM’s first release “This is the Beginning of my Golden Age” was heralded as “the post-punk antidote to radio’s latest disease” (Time Out), a band that “pushes the bounds of sonic experimentation while at the same time making their songs catchy and accessible.” – Daily Herald
TS & the Past Haunts
Formed out of the demise of Boston indie/punk rock royalty, TS & The Past Haunts came to be through mutual friends sharing common interests. Travis Shettel (TS/Totally Travis), guitarist, singer and ring-leader of the band Piebald, met The Duke Spirit (Shangri-La Records) when he was invited to take on tour manager duties for the band during one of their first US tours. Acting as a US Ambassador-of-sorts for the band, a friendship was formed and The Duke Spirit soon learned of Travis’ musical past. After asking TS to join them both on the road and in the studio playing keys and percussion, it would only be a matter of time before they would return the favor. Travis and The Duke Spirit knuckled down in between their tours of Australia and the UK and recorded a handful of his songs; learning, writing and recording along the way.Since the Dukes have their own schedules full with… well, The Duke Spirit, Travis wanted an outlet to perform the songs live. The recordings with The Dukes were a catalyst for the formation of a true band. He found his rhythm section in Ben (drums) and Heather (bass) Heywood, a married duo who front bands of their own (Summer Darling and Kissing Cousins, respectively). The power trio version of TS & THE PAST HAUNTS has been busy; playing shows and writing songs. In the very near future, they will be heading north to Sacramento to record a full length album with Robert Cheek at the tape-op darling studio, The Hangar. They plan to record live to capture the energy and rawness of their live performances. The new batch of songs are energized blasts of dark rock that still maintain pop sensibilities. It’s all here…Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…TS & THE PAST HAUNTS!
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