Native Lights

“Supergroup” is a word that is sometimes carelessly thrown around on any level, but one band that has most definitely earned the title is Native Lights. The project is the collaboration of four musicians who have each in their own way found a niche with their day bands–Johnathon Ford, founder of the internationally recognized instrumental indie outfit Unwed Sailor, Bryce Chambers, frontman for dream-pop darling legends Ester Drang, Phillip Philips, guitarist for long time Tulsa favorites Dead Sea Choir, and Nathan Price, workaholic percussionist and resident drummer for Unwed Sailor, Vandevander, and BRONCHO. The band released their first 7" single on Hard Work Records in the fall of 2009 to critical acclaim. They followed the release with a national tour with Unwed Sailor. Native Lights influences range from Slowdive to Echo & The Bunnymen to The Jesus Lizard. The band stirs up this sound combination in a way that promises to infiltrate the listener with a driving, rythmic wall of sound that leaves your mind and body wanting more.

Believe it or not, Indie rock's best kept secret is the small close knit community of bands and artists from Oklahoma. In the wake of bands like The Flaming Lips, Starlight Mints, and Other Lives, ADMIRALS is emerging as one of the premiere bands in this region of the country. Hailing from Stillwater Oklahoma, Colton Tucker (Guitar/Vocals) Andrew Bair (Keyboards/Piano/Guitar) Cory Brewer (Drums) and Brett Murphy (Bass) make music that has been described as "What is missing from modern rock music (Aaron Legrands-Producer Nashville). Drawing comparisons from Radiohead, The Verve, and Dallas favorite Black Tie Dynasty, ADMIRALS recorded their debut self titled EP with Grammy award winning producer Trent Bell (Flaming Lips, Chainsaw Kittens, Starlight Mints, Chemical Brothers) The album brings elements of new wave, folk, blues and jazz, industrial, as well as roots and classic influences in to their repertoire.
In February of 2012, ADMIRALS signed to Idol Records (Old 97's, Sponge, Flickerstick) and re-released the self titled EP and completed a successful US tour to support the release. The band is currently back in the studio with Trent Bell working on their first full length release which promises to focus more on extensive instrumentation, sampling, and unique production values alike. The record is set to hit stores in February of 2013.
With melodic guitar and keyboard lines paired with sweeping synths and driving drums and bass, Admirals creates an ethereal performance both sonically and visually in a live setting. Put together, the groups sound has even been described as "Space Rock and Sex-Wave" (oskizzy.com). With fan-base and national support growing so rapidly, the future for Admirals looks anything but dim.

The Low Litas

Three ladies shamelessly making a ruckus

Low Litas, originally the name given to the musical brain child of Mandii Larsen (lead vocals/guitar). Larsen performed solo with her laptop and guitar until adding Liz Wattoff (drums) to the project. They played as a duo for a bit before adding bass. The current line up is Larsen on guitar, Wattoff on drums and Penny Pitchlynn on bass.

Heavily influenced by the mind altering sounds of My Bloody ...Valentine and the likes, Larsen's visceral guitar is dripping wet with effects that both pierce and pulsate. The listening experience is out of body.

With plans to record this summer (2012), Low Litas will release a debut full length LP on Horton Records out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The original EP self released by Larsen in 2008 was a collaboration between her songwriting and the production of friend Aaron Hamby, also of Tulsa. The upcoming record will be live-tracked featuring all three of the ladies. This band is just getting started.

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Native Lights with Admirals, The Low Litas

Saturday, December 14 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 9:45 PM at The Vanguard