Alt 98.7FM's Close to Home and Arjan Writes present...
Max and The Moon
Branches, The Steelwells, Irontom
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Max and The Moon
Emerging out of the combustive indie music scene of southern California in 2009, Max and the Moon and their relentless gig-playing have created a buzz that rides on its own frequency. The three-piece band, on the verge of officially releasing their second EP titled "The Way I See," display a talent for intricate songwriting and sounds ranging in resemblance to early Coldplay and the dancy catchiness of Passion Pit. Substance magazine writes, "their music has a way of pulling you in with their starry guitar echoing in combination with John’s soothing vocals and superb upper register."
On their first release, a self-titled EP (2010), Max and the Moon laid the foreground with a straight-up indie album. Laden with strong guitar licks, steady piano and punctuated vocal harmonies—the band makes full use of two primary vocalists—the EP affirmed the band as a group to pay attention to. Max and the Moon's follow-up, "The Way I See," shows the band's maturation into stronger songwriting and experimentation with new sounds, expanding their scope and offering a significant contribution to the ever-changing music scene in the wake of fellow Los Angeles-based band Local Natives.
Guitarist John Velasquez earned a degree in music at Cal State University, Fullerton, and began collaborating with longtime friends Matt and Dillon Couchois in the two brothers' small garage studio. The three-piece has come a long way in the few short years since their formation, challenging themselves everyday with booking shows or heading back to the drawing board on a new song that doesn't quite capture the right vision. In the present age of endless hype around new music, Max and the Moon stay true to passionately personal songwriting. That isn't to say these guys are low-key, though; the band revels in putting on energetic rock shows.
Best friends turned band-mates, the lady and gentlemen of Branches are an independent, self-writing and self-producing collective. Birthed in a living room in the suburbs of Los Angeles in 2010, Tyler, Natalie, Jacob, Mitch, Tyler, and Mike have since spent their time together making friends, playing shows, and writing and recording the songs for their EPs ("O, Light!", "Cabin", "Covers", "Songs For Christmas") and their full-length ("Thou Art The Dream", released 2/12).
In their debut EP, 'O, Light!', and their sophomore release, 'Cabin', Branches offered an eight-song sample of their sound. Through both singalong celebration and solitary longing, the sounds of 'O, Light!' and 'Cabin' provide the full spectrum of what this band is capable of: Indie-folk-rock-family-fun in a style that has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, and Freelance Whales.
Pouring as much creativity and imagination into every live experience as they have into their studio recordings, they have been honored to sing in such notable California venues like the Cafe Du Nord (San Francisco), the Hotel Cafe (Hollywood) & the Glass House (Pomona), where the band first opened for Tyrone Wells. In April 2011, the band celebrated their first TV spot when their song "Maps of Wars" (O, Light!) was featured on an episode of One Tree Hill (CW), and have since enjoyed a second placement on One Tree Hill, as well as placements on Teen Mom (MTV), The X Factor (Fox), and Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove".
After nearly a year of dreaming, writing, recording, eating, and praying, Branches are thrilled and proud to have released their first full-length album, "Thou Art The Dream". This collection of thirteen songs explore the ideas of doubt, faith, loneliness, love, and above all, hope for life as it was meant to be. About these songs and others, Tyler says, "We write songs that we believe and make music we'd want to listen to. It's just much more fun that way." In addition to a fuller track listing, this album also features a wider array of instrumentation, adding ukulele, trombone, trumpet, violin, toy organ, and other fun noises to their existing instrumental buffet. In the wake of its release, Branches are gearing up for another fun year of traveling, singing, and making friends.
When they're not writing, recording, or playing out up and down the west coast, the band spends their time laughing at each other, frequenting local Mexican cuisine, and loving their lives. Join them for a night of singing and see for yourself what their music is all about.
The Steelwells are an indie rock band which formed in 2007 in Fullerton, California, United States. The band consists of Joey Winter, Andrew Eapen, Jonathan Bradley, Robbie Gullage and Billy Kim.
Influenced by The Beatles, U2 and Wilco, Fullerton-based The Steelwells are five studly men who sing nautical tales about sailing the seas. They went into the 2009 Orange County Music Awards “Best Live Band” showcase as newbies, while in the midst of trying to reconfigure their music, and came out of it with a wakeup call. The Steelwells saw what was happening in the scene and wanted to be part of it. The cheery, folk-inspired indie rockers went back into the studio and recorded a new EP called “Shallow On The Draft” in October 2009, continuing to play as many local shows as they could fit into their schedule. In January of this year, they had a residency at Silverlake Lounge and in February made it to the OC Music Awards Best Live Showcase finals. Though they didn’t take home the award for Best Live, they were nominated for four OCMAs and took home the awards Best New Artist and “El Capitan” for Best Song.
While the band continues to record new music, they will release two music videos in the next couple of months and by June 2010 expect two residencies, one on Fridays at The Beauty Bar in San Diego and another on Mondays at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.
IRONTOM emerged at the beginning of the year with an intent on forging a presence for themselves on the Los Angeles music scene. With influences ranging from The Arctic Monkeys to Led Zeppelin, the music exhibits a variety of styles and sounds on top of a classic sensibility for song writing. The personalities of each of the five musicians combine to form an undeniably powerful and energetic sound.