Music City Booking presents:
The Downtown Fiction, For The Foxes, Echosmith
2219 Elliston Pl.
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Formed in 2008 and having played along side artists such as Mest, 3OH!3, Flatliners, Fireworks, Valenica, Lostprophets, The Blackout and The Wonder Years, these Sydney pop punkers have sold in excess of 20,000 copies of their debut and self-funded EP, 'All Shapes and Disguises' (released June 2010) solely in Australia and Japan.
November 2010 saw the release of their 3 track Vinyl EP 'Consider This' (also available on iTunes) and their national headline tour with Sienna Skies.
The band are currently in Los Angeles recording their debut album with Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line) before returning to Australia to hit the road again throughout February to support The Getaway Plan on their Australian tour. Already listed as one of the top 10 Aussie bands of all time on the legendary rock radio station KROQ in the US and reaching the #1 position on iTunes alternative charts and US Pure Volume charts,
the album will be released in mid 2011 with plans already underway for international release.
The Downtown Fiction
The Downtown Fiction (TDF) of Fairfax, Virginia have taken their love of music, friends, and a darn good time and created something really special. Citing influences ranging from Green Day to The Rolling Stones, the pop-rock trio has a sound comparable to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, and The All-American Rejects. With fans across America and even in South Asia, TDF proves to be on a musical mission.
Formed in the summer of 2008 by Cameron Leahy (vocals/guitar) and Eric Jones (drums), the two posted three demos on their MySpace and were blown away by the response. Soon after, they recruited friend David Pavluk on bass and backing vocals to round out the trio. With Cameron's majestic stage presence, and the band's witty lyrics and catchy chords, it's no question why label president Matt Galle quickly signed them to Photo Finish Records in 2009.
On March 3rd, 2010, TDF released their first EP "Best I Never Had" to a long climb up the iTunes chart. With a blossoming number of dedicated followers on multiple social networking sites and a YouTube channel currently boasting 5,000 subscribers and surpassing a whopping 1,000,000 views, TDF is well on their way to taking over the media world.
The Downtown Fiction has been building a reputation for working hard and touring constantly alongside their contemporaries; making appearances on this past summer's Bamboozle Road Show with headliners Boys Like Girls and All Time Low, as well as the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. With a loyal fan base that just keeps growing, TDF has created a perfect experience for their fans and for music lovers everywhere, providing an entertaining live show in addition to their high-energy music. And not only has The Downtown Fiction made it their goal to road trip across America with their catchy tunes, but they've also made a point to travel the globe; hitting up Japan in the fall of 2010 with We The Kings before embarking on a full US tour as the main supporting act with The Summer Set.
In addition to their world travels, (including rocking cities with The Ready Set on the Glamour Kills Tour) and popularity-gaining EP's, TDF's music has been circling the world in another form – by being featured on some of the most popular TV shows around. Besides their debut video for "I Just Wanna Run" premiering on MTV Hits, MTV2, and MTV U; their music can be heard throughout the second season of MTV's Jersey Shore, and has been featured on other shows like The Hard Times of RJ Berger, The Challenge: Fresh Meat II, The Hills, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. And since infiltrating your cable channels just isn't enough, The Downtown Fiction has three downloadable tracks featured in the latest edition of Rock Band!
And of course, soon enough, the hard travelin' members of TDF will be doing a bit of settling down in the studio;will be releasing their debut full length on Photo Finish Records by Spring/Summer 2011.
For The Foxes
Only four years into its young life as a band, For The Foxes has never known what it means to move slow. Everything has moved at a breakneck speed for the Barnegat, NJ natives since their inception in 2008, and the group's latest EP, The Revolution, is another catalyst in the process.
Nicholas Dungo (vocals/keyboard/bass), Jimmy Brindley (guitar), and Danny Vassallo (drums) began writing songs together right out of high school and before they knew it, they were playing local shows and developing a repertoire of songs. Dungo, in school for a degree in music business, asked the others if they would leave school with him to pursue For The Foxes as a full-time project. "I realized performing and writing music constantly was my favorite part of the day," Dungo reminisces. "We booked our own first two tours begging for any gas money and had the time of our lives. After getting a little taste of freedom, we decided we needed to be doing this every night. We never looked back."
After extensive touring and experimenting with their sound, For The Foxes recruited Mikey Ballou (guitar) and Jonathan Brunner (bass) to complete the band's current status as a five-piece in live settings. Signing to Hopeless Records in 2011 was an easy decision. "We knew that it was the right choice for us because we weren't sure where we wanted to take our sound," Dungo says. "Hopeless is amazing at developing artists and really diving into the creative side of things and that's exactly what we needed." The band took about a year to write music and figure out the direction of its sound, then recorded The Revolution EP for an April 2012 release. The Revolution is six tracks of high-octane pop-rock that highlights Dungo's unique voice and For The Foxes' instantly infectious melodies.
The band premiered a live music video for "The Revolution" on MTV's Buzzworthy blog, with MTV writing that the song "rises from lullaby-hushed verses to a full-on scream-a-long chorus." The song's indie-infused, '80s-influenced feel is indicative of a wide range of styles on the EP. When the band again teamed up with Buzzworthy for a full EP stream, MTV was more to the point: "The first time's the charm for For The Foxes. [The Revolution] is six tracks of totally iPod-worthy pop-rock, full of big hooks and speeding-bullet guitars."
Swaying from intimate, piano-led moments to soaring choruses, The Revolution holds its own weight in the shuffle of today's pop-rock scene. Dungo says the band draws influences from pop pioneers like The Format to rock-and-roll legends like Bruce Springsteen, and the EP shows it. There are as many shades of modern pop bands like fun. and Hellogoodbye as there are tips of the hat to the stars of yesteryear. "This is where I want to be," says Dungo of the band's sound and creative mindset. "Hopeless truly gave us the time and freedom we needed to explore ourselves and that's how The Revolution formed. If I've realized anything through this process so far, it's that you can't rush honesty, and you can't rush good music."
With no sign of the momentum stopping anytime soon, Dungo says he's looking forward to the cycle of touring that will follow The Revolution's April 24 release. "We want to play for new live audiences, we want to tour with bands we love and learn from them," he says. "We want to show people what's inside the true heart of For The Foxes."
Echosmith might be just starting out on the newest chapter of their career, but that doesn't mean this Los Angeles-based four-piece are strangers to what it takes to make it as a band. In fact, they've known each other their whole lives.
"Music is just what we want to do forever, and we love being in a band with each other," explains singer/guitarist Jamie Sierota. "It's one the most natural ways for us to do music, so we want to stick with doing the band and touring and making records—working together for a long, long time."
The four siblings—Jamie (19), Sydney (15, vocals/keyboard), Noah (17, vocals/bass) and Graham (14, drums)—have been playing together as a band for several years, honing in on their sound and perfecting their collaborative song-writing process.
"There's definitely a lot of factors to balance in this life," adds Sydney. "Finding the balance of family and being in a band. But this is what we want to do."
"Musically," adds Jamie, "we all vibe really well, and as a band, the chemistry's already there."
With balance and chemistry in check, the alt-pop group has time to focus on crafting their songs and preparing their energetic, fan-focused live performances. The band is currently in the studio working on their debut album with producer Mike Elizondo (Tegan And Sara, Gary Clark Jr., Maroon 5), who signed them to Warner Bros. with WBR chairman (and famed fellow producer) Rob Cavallo. And while Echosmith have only been playing together as a band for about four years, they grew up in a musical house, sharing a love for playing instruments and listening to bands as varied as Coldplay, The Smiths, U2, Joy Division and Fleetwood Mac.
Now that Echosmith have refined that sound into what can be described as alt-pop influenced by a lot of early-'80s new wave, they have big plans to share that sound with new fans. Aside from a seven-date run with Owl City this winter, Echosmith will also be playing the first half of this summer's Warped Tour—a rite of passage for many young bands.
"We were super excited when we found out about [Warped Tour]," Jamie says. "So many bands grow from that and just come out of that with tons of fans. We'll brave the heat and it will be a really fun opportunity."
In the meantime, Echosmith will continue to write and record songs for their upcoming debut album. Fans can get a taste of what to expect with "Come Together," which is currently streaming on the band's site, an upbeat song that speaks volumes not only of the band's musical chops but also their attitude about the future trajectory of Echosmith.
"'Come Together' kind of says it all in the title," Jamie explains. "The song's really about coming together when a group of people—especially young people—are getting looked down upon and stuff like that. We can still do things and we can still matter and make a difference."