The End of America
American Opera, The Mean Season
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
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The End of America
Blame it on Kerouac. From the pages of his masterpiece, On The Road, New York City based folk trio The End of America draws inspiration for both their band and their name. The novel's concept of traveling to the end of the "groaning continent" seems almost like a dare, where by those who choose to accept it will follow the road till the earth runs out and they find themselves where all artists long to be: the farthest you can go.
For The End of America, that means taking risks to do what feels right, despite the conventions. In 2010, founding members Brendon Thomas, James Downes, and Trevor Leonard recorded their debut album, Steep Bay, live in a cabin in upstate New York using only a two track, battery powered recorder. The following year they released a full length DVD titled Are You Lonely, which documents the making of Steep Bay and features live music videos of every song from the album.
Now, The End of America is ready to present their latest effort, Shakey. In an attempt to capture the music in its most pure and naked form, the album was recorded live to tape with minimal rehearsal and in the fewest takes possible – an approach inspired by Neil Young, to whom the title pays homage.
American Opera is a musical project consisting of John Bee and his friends. Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan and recently transplanted to New York CIty, by way of a short stint in Chicago, American Opera combines influences from Modest Mouse to Manchester Orchestra, Rilo Kiley to Ben Folds. John's trademark voice stops conversations and draws immediate attention. The depth of his vocal delivery couples with his introspective and deeply personal lyrics to make a connection with anyone within earshot.
John spent the better part of eight years touring non-stop as part of Michigan-based independent rock band Your Best Friend. In 2011, the band came to an end, and John rolled out his new project, American Opera, a distinct departure from the aggressive rock sounds of his former band. In slightly more than a year, John has performed over 100 shows as American Opera, both solo and with a full band.
He's been featured in Alternative Press magazine, played with artists like Cursive and William Elliott Whitmore, and has released two EPs already in his short career. The rest of 2012 is packed with shows, and his 2013 is full of hope. John intends on continuing to tour relentlessly, and there are plans for at least two musical releases.
In the Groovebox Studios Sessions linked to the left, the intimate nature of American Opera's performance is on full display.
The Mean Season
The Mean Season is completely stripped down. CP, GiGi, and Mathias, three members that seem to have been together for longer than their years, create songs that are not overly complex and seem oddly familiar even though you have never heard them before. The music, derived from a myriad of influences, all retain the same soul. The lyrics are intelligent and powerful, born of long lunches sitting in front of paintings at the portrait gallery.