Dance Gavin Dance
Abandon All Ships, Stolas, Incredible Me, Life Down Here
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
This event is all ages
Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance is an American post-hardcore band formed in Sacramento, California in 2005. They released four full length studio albums and one EP. Their latest effort, Downtown Battle Mountain II was released on March 8, 2011.
We are Stolas [stoh-less] from Las Vegas, NV. We have an EP titled "Losing Wings" that is now available under our Music tab. http://stolas.bandcamp.com/
There are more than a few surprises up Incredible' Me's collective sleeve. The Sacramento sextet can slip from an irresistible pop melody into a moshpit-parting groove. Mind you, this happens while Jaime "The Naked Drummer" Templeton is pounding the kit furiously in nothing but his briefs, vocalist David Jones is screaming bloody murder, and femme fatale guitarist Lexie Olsen is shredding her fretboard to bits alongside her six-string cohort Christian Shroyer. Rounding out this inimitable attack, other shimmering vocals come from bassist Alex Strobaugh and Keyboardist Dillon Jones. There's no one more dynamic or Incredible within heavy music right now…
Even more impressive, this was all born over the course of one year leading up to their full-length debut for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie—Est. 2012. In that eponymous year, David and Jaime got together to jam in the latter's garage. Both had recently parted ways with their former local bands, and they wanted to pursue a different path together. Pulling Lexie from David's previous outfit, they stumbled upon their sound one fateful evening, penning the song "Moments from Melodies".
"Everything just made sense when we got together," recalls Jaime. "I'm super into pop music, and the rest of the band loves heavy music. We wanted to concoct the perfect mixture. You can hardcore dance to it, but you can also feel the emotion and heart in the lyrics. We all bring something distinct to the table, and we inspire each other."
Struck by "Moments from Melodies" and "From the Ground Up," The Artery Foundation reached out to the band and signed them before their first intensely, incendiary show at Northern California haunt Ace of Spades. Soon after, they hit the studio with producer Colby Wedgeworth and emerged with the ten songs comprising the collection.
The first single "Divine Departure" begins with a dreamy guitar passage before snapping into a destructively distinct stomp and then an elegant acoustic bridge. In addition to being the perfect introduction to the group, it's also especially close to all of their hearts. David lost a very close friend that he grew up from kindergarten through high school and wanted to write a deep passionate song about it. He had never experienced unexpected loss of someone so close like that before and it was difficult to get over - R.I.P Anthony Hernandez. Alex also lost loved ones and the song is about overcoming the five steps of grief - R.I.P Amber Lane.
"It's a really heartfelt song," admits Jaime. "We all have lost people close to us and we wanted to write a song about getting through loss. It's about getting through the steps of grief. We've all been there, but you can't give up. You always have to keep living and fighting."
At the same time, Incredible' Me have no problem getting down and dirty. "Sexy Out Loud" is a sweaty and slippery bedroom anthem punctuated by shimmering hooks and pulsating electronics.
"It's our party song," smiles Jaime. "It's about drinking alcohol and having sexual intercourse with protection, and under adult supervision, after we went to church and washed our grandma's car. It's funny but extremely catchy. "
Live, don't be surprised Jaime living up to his nickname "The Naked Drummer" or to find David smack dab in the middle of the pit. That unpredictability contributes to their fascinating persona and makes for a hell of a show.
Just like the music itself, their moniker is multi-layered. "I named the Band Incredible Me because I wanted the name to be inspiring and have a big meaningful word in it. So I chose the word incredible and thought that it was perfect, and while I was thinking of the names the movie "Despicable Me" was on and it just snapped and I thought "Incredible' Me. To me the name Incredible' Me means that I can do anything. I am Incredible and nothing can stop me, nothing can tear me down. I also wanted people to be able to look at the name and think the same thing, anyone and everyone is capable of doing what they want in life, and they should never, ever let anyone tell them they can't. That's also why we call our fans Incredible Yous" explains Jaime.
Est. 2012 is equally inspiring, and that's why Incredible' Me will have everyone singing along. "I want it to put a smile on people's faces," concludes Jaime. "I want them to hear it and feel like they can do anything. That's what my favorite records did for me."
Life Down Here
Determined to remain authentic at all costs, Life Down Here is a Los Angeles based quartet, which goes against the grade of contemporary female fronted rock-bands with a sarcastic punk attitude and contagious energy that is evident both on and off stage. Categorically pop-punk, LDH consists of 19 year-old lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Michelle Blanchard, Eli Shkurkin (Bass), Pablo Martins (Guitar), and Tomas Slemenson (Drums).
The group was founded by Michelle in 2011, but her love affair with music began after receiving her first guitar at age eight, a miniature Jackson Surfcaster with lipstick pick-ups. She began writing music soon after, and made a seemingly suitable move for a future rock-star when she dropped out of high school at age 16. While other kids killed time gossiping on their lunch breaks, Michelle chose to finish the remainder of her education at home where she could focus on cultivating her music skills.
Michelle's heart was set on writing music and playing guitar from the get-go, but it wasn't until after she left school that she realized she wanted to sing her lyrics rather than write them for someone else. She moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles where she met Life Down Here bass player and fellow songwriter Eli Shkurkin at a local rock show. After hearing their demo, Jeff Dennis (Guitar) and Nick Adams (Drums) joined the duo and solidified LDH's line-up.
Life Down Here was immediately discovered by super producer Jay Baumgardner (Evanescence, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool) who went on to sign them to his artist services company, 'NRG Artists.' After spending a significant part of the year in the studio writing songs with industry heavyweights Marcos Curiel (P.O.D) and Jason Evigan (After Midnight Project) among others, Life Down Here is currently focused on promoting their debut album "The Beginning," and playing live shows. Produced and mixed by Baumgardner, the 11 song album delivers a pop-punk feel with a hardcore edge, and includes a heartfelt tribute to Blanchard's father, who was a great supporter of her music career.
Having survived similar struggles, Life Down Here is an active supporter of the organization "To Write Love On Her Arms," a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, cutting, suicide and addiction. As driven, talented and captivating young musicians with an uncompromising will, Life Down Here are well on their way to being rock-stars.
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