Alt 98.7FM's Close to Home presents...
Max and The Moon, Harper Blynn
The Tragic Thrills, Neighbors
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 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.
Hot on the heels of a move to Los Angeles from their former home of Brooklyn, Harper Blynn continue to turn heads with their soaring brand of rock. Bucking a growing trend in modern live music, the band avoids the use of prerecorded tracks and auto-tuned vocals, instead relying on their instruments and voices to generate their epic soundscapes. After making albums with legendary producers David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes), Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris) and John O’Mahony (Metric, Coldplay), Harper Blynn have been busy working on their forthcoming full-length, as well as cowriting and playing on Sara Bareilles’ new album The Blessed Unrest. TV shows like Revenge, The Vampire Diaries, House of Lies and Pretty Little Liars have all taken note and featured the band’s music in the past year. Rounded out with upcoming tour dates in the fall of 2013 with Bareilles and One Republic, Harper Blynn show no signs of slowing down.
The Tragic Thrills
The Tragic Thrills are a Los Angeles/Ottawa based Indie Rock band. The band consists of Michael Martinez, Zach Porter, Bret Schneiders and Cameron Quiseng.
Their eponymous debut LP is set to launch on October 22nd. The record is totally independent and self funded.
Neighbors lives in Seattle, WA. Neighbors released their EP ‘Finalist’ on March 1, 2010. Finalist was followed by ‘Puros Exitos’, released the following year.
Neighbors is also an indie rock group from Brooklyn. Recently released August EP can be thought of as a musical companion to Neighbors‘ previous Hooligans EP which was released on Paper Brigade June of 2010. Recorded on the heels of the Hooligans sessions, the August EP builds on the melodic hooks and lush, layered production that is Neighbors‘ stock and trade.
There’s also an American rock band NGHBRS, from Long Island, NY. RIYL: Rx Bandits, Foo Fighters, Gatsby’s American Dream, Envy On The Coast, Person L.