Hangar 13 & Beat Devil Music Presents
Smile Empty Soul
Acidic, The Breton Sound, Rise Laveau, First Decree
1511 South Rendon St.
New Orleans, LA, 70125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Smile Empty Soul
Smile Empty Soul was a heavy alternative trio formed while its three members were still in Santa Clarita, CA, high schools. Led by singer/guitarist Sean Danielson, the band also included drummer Derek Gledhill and bassist Ryan Martin. After honing their sound with numerous hometown gigs, Smile Empty Soul began venturing to the Sunset Strip, and eventually passed a demo to Todd Parker of the Los Angeles indie ThroBack. That exposure led to a deal with Jason Flom's Lava imprint, which was expanding in the wake of early signee Kid Rock's white-hot success. The trio hooked up with producer John Lewis Parker, who was at the helm for their self-titled debut, issued by Lava in May 2003. With its screeching guitars and Danielson's rage-filled vocals, the album was indebted to the alternative sounds of the early '90s.
The hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California - ACIDIC - is at it again! They've just wrapped up a major career milestone with a hit two-month national tour with the multi-platinum-selling Seattle-based powerhouse Candlebox. The tour through the East Coast and Upper Midwest including the Florida Music Festival was their biggest and hottest yet! This crowns a hugely successful Spring touring season that included their smash Midwestern tour with Fuel, and featured appearances at SXSW '12, which confirmed their stature as a national touring band.
ACIDIC, which Alternative Press said "Rocks like Funeral Party, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant," consists of lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski, guitarist/backup vocalist Michael Thompson, and drummer Matt Whitaker.
Last fall, ACIDIC unleashed their latest album, the highly-anticipated "Chronic Satisfaction," to wild and enthusiastic response! The CD, produced by multi-platinum award-winning producer John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, etc) of Chicago Kid Productions. The strength of "Chronic Satisfaction" inspired Music Reviews to name ACIDIC one of its "12 Bands To Watch in 2012," and the steamy video of the single "Uninspired" has become a Youtube sensation. They've also toured with Alien Ant Farm, Hawthorne Heights, Filter, Marcy Playground, and The Higher. They've also toured Kosovo and Germany, rocking US troops with Armed Forces Entertainment.
In addition to their smash tours, ACIDIC has also played such prestigious gigs as the 2012 Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, SXSW '10 and '11, two Sunset Strip Music Festivals, and Bamboozle Left. ACIDIC won the Alternative category in the 18th Billboard WorldWide Song Contest in 2011 for their power rocker "Strata Red," off their 2010 CD "Getting Lucky."
The Breton Sound
You could accuse the Breton Sound of creating awfully high expectations for itself if you assume that the pop/rock music audience knows its Aristotle. Eudaemonia was his term for the highest human good, but more people will likely learn that as I did (by Googling it), so the album title signals little more than these guys don't feel obliged to dumb things down. They certainly don't feel an obligation to keep it tight; on two of the EP's four songs, the tracks are six minutes long or longer. "No More Worries" and "Lines" don't seem baggy, though. The surplus of pop ideas that bounce around through the former are united in a "Champagne Supernova"-like instrumental conclusion centered on Stephen Turner's lead guitar melody. "Lines" has a prog vibe for me cued partially by the number of distinct sections in the song and partially by Jonathan Pretus' vocal, which echoes Phil Collins circa Trick of the Tail-era Genesis.
The ghost of Oasis makes its presence felt on occasions, more in the band's clear love of melodic pop/rock songs and big rock 'n' roll guitars than in a self-conscious Anglophilia. The band makes immediately accessible music that's designed to be the catalyst of a big crowd experience, even though the Breton Sound have played few gigs so far. Still, the shorter "Crisis or Carnival" and "Sunshine & Ragtime Pt. 2" would have benefited from more careful think-throughs. The first, like the EP title, has a whiff of cleverness that takes the edge off an otherwise punchy track, while the latter uses the very familiar "bore us/chorus" rhyme, resolving verses with a lyrical commonplace.
It's evident throughout Eudaemonia that Pretus and Turner have ideas to spare; it will be interesting to see if that means they'll continue to write stuffed and sprawling songs, or if they'll deploy their ideas more judiciously in the future. Both possibilities have promise.
Together they have crafted a collection full of memorable choruses, and heavy rhythms invoking the classics.
Rise Laveau is a 4 piece driving, "Heavy Rock" band from New Orleans playing original, "Doom Blues" with a modern sonic attitude.
Dicky Smith (Guitar) and his brother Michael (Drums) formed the band in late 2010 along with founding Soilent Green bassist Marcel Trenchard and Texas based veteran vocalist Adam Wade Mayo.
Artists We Also Like
Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Queensryche
We are First Decree. Our name comes from what we have lived in life. Its basically putting all the unwritten laws and rules of life into song.
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