Young Rising Sons - Let the Kids Riot Tour
Night Riots, The Mosers
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Young Rising Sons
Fueled by a fierce chemistry and brother-like camaraderie, Red Bank, New Jersey-based foursome Young Rising Sons deliver anthemic alt-rock that's uplifting and infectious but unshakably honest. As heard on their debut single "High," lead singer/guitarist Andy Tongren, lead guitarist Dylan Scott, bassist Julian Dimagiba, and drummer Steve Patrick give serious depth to their stylish, summery sound through fearless recognition of life's less-than-sunny moments -- a dynamic that inspired SiriusXM Alt Nation and tastemakers across the globe to greet "High" with lavish praise and BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe to name the song his "Next Hype" track upon its release last spring. With Tongren's voice showing a dizzying range and undeniable sweetness, Young Rising Sons' upcoming self-titled debut EP channels that spirit into songs marked by both supremely melodic hooks and a rare soulful intensity.
"Young Rising Sons" builds off the band's pop-perfect sense of songcraft with left-of-center touches like fuzzed-out basslines and deep electro beats. A blissed-out, whistle-laced track, "High" shows off Tongren's acrobatic vocal skills and gives a nod to the fact that, according to Scott, "as a band we were low for a long time, and now the highs are finally happening and it's a really cool feeling." Honoring Young Rising Sons' blue-collar background, songs like the piano-driven epic "Red and Gold" hone in on "that hunger to get where you want to be in life and knowing that you need to just grind it out and write your own destiny," as Tongren explains. The percussion driven, "King of the World" perfectly captures the joy and power of shaking off negativity, while the slow-burning "Turnin'" starts out tense and moody before bursting into its chorus and bridge's glorious gospel-esque harmonies.
Founded in 2010, Young Rising Sons came to be when Scott, Dimagiba, and Patrick (all New Jersey natives who had played music together throughout high school) saw Tongren performing an acoustic set at a New York City bar and approached him about singing for their newly formed band. "They asked me to jam with them and everything just clicked right away -- we were friends first and bandmates second," recalls Tongren, who grew up in Ohio and studied music at The New School. Bound by a love of melody-minded songwriters like Tom Petty and high-energy punk bands such as Green Day, Young Rising Sons struggled to find considerable success with their music over the next few years, but continued to push forward with their songwriting and playing. "We were really just going on faith and the fact that we're best friends and wanted to maintain that, regardless of whatever ended up happening with the band," notes Scott.
Then, in late 2013, mutual friends introduced Tongren to New York based producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, who were immediately floored by the scope of Tongren's voice and quickly got to know the entire band. "They all had such a great connection and we felt an instant chemistry with them too, so we started collaborating and guiding them to help take the band to the next level," says Goodman. "We love that they're making music that's got some heavy qualities to it, but in the end is so positive in a very real way," he adds. After signing with Dirty Canvas Music (Goodman and Accetta's New York-based production company) and recording a batch of new songs, Young Rising Sons released "High" along with an accompanying black-and-white, laid-back, sweetly playful video shot in their home turf of New Jersey. Following the post-"High" buzz, Young Rising Sons soon landed a deal with Interscope Records, then started working on their EP.
With plans of devoting the rest of the year to touring and creating their full-length debut, Young Rising Sons are continuing to come up with songs that expand their sound and mine their many eclectic influences. True to the band's brotherly vibe, Young Rising Sons take a decidedly collaborative approach to the songwriting process, with Tongren and Scott serving as the main melodists and lyricists but all four members contributing ideas. While that all-for-one-and-one-for-all mentality forms the core of the band, just as essential to Young Rising Sons is instilling their songs with a certain down-to-earth optimism. "We all got into music because of the way it makes us feel, so now that we're in the driver's seat we're going to try to make other people feel good and passionate," says Tongren. "We really believe in that give-and-take between us and the listener," he adds, "and we want to do what we can to help people harness that hopeful feeling and create something for themselves out of it."
Long before he formed Night Riots with a group of childhood friends in Templeton, California, vocalist Travis Hawley spent his earliest years moving around Europe. It was a rainy, foggy place to grow up, filled with grays, greens and blues. Those colors left a permanent mark on Hawley, who came to California years later with a head full of moody melodies and atmospheric arrangements.
A sleepy town located 25 miles east of the California coast and possessing a single traffic light, Templeton offered up few distractions for its residents, making it the perfect place to start a band. "Music was our focus," Hawley says, "and everything revolved around that. That's what the activity was. Every time you got out of school, you were racing home to play music with your friends."
Those "friends" were drummer Rico Rodriguez, who grew up in nearby Fresno, and three of Hawley's classmates from school: bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw. Armed with synthesizers, Stratocasters and a gaggle of razor-sharp hooks, the guys began crafting a sound that was rooted not in the sunshine and sea spray of California, but in the gloom, grit and glamour of some make-believe country in Eastern Europe. It was a sound that transported its listeners to another place, a sound that conjured up memories of the 1980s while still pushing toward new, uncharted territory.
In other words, it didn't really sound like anybody. It just sounded like Night Riots.
Maybe "uncharted" is the wrong word. In early 2015 -- less than two years after Night Riots made their debut with 'Young Lore,' a crowdfunded EP that was released independently and earned them a slot on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 16 Unsigned Bands in North America -- the band climbed to No. 1 on SiriusXM's Alt Nation chart with their single "Contagious," the lead track from their EP, 'Howl.' Released by Sumerian Records, "Contagious" is a call to action, an anthemic song about finding your own place in the universe.
"The song uses words like contagious, flesh and plagues," says Hawley, who wrote the song during the early-morning hours between midnight and dawn, "but the lyrics are about realizing how small you are in the universe, and knowing you can still find a place in it. You can take action and be a part of this world."
The band is definitely making its presence felt, sharing stages with the likes of Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, The Strokes, Hozier, Awolnation, Vance Joy, the Pixies, Death Cab for Cutie, Panic At The Disco, Meg Myers, OK Go, The Mowgli's, Wild Cub, Angels & Airwaves and many more, while garnering praise from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk, KCRW, MTV, Fuse, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, Nylon, AV Club and Filter, among others.
By spring of 2015, "Contagious" had amassed 1.5 million Spotify streams, the band had music featured on CW's "Vampire Diaries," and they were drawing comparisons to The Cure (by MTV) and the Killers (by Earmilk) and described as "new wavey bliss" (by Billboard).
They'll spend the summer on the Warped Tour, but playing for punk audiences one night and pop crowds the next suits Night Riots, whose members don't believe in the stark contrasts of black and white. They prefer to have their music toe the line, a combination of opposing factors that come together to form some new, unexpected color. It's modern rock music with retro pop influences. American music inspired by a foreign upbringing. An overcast soundtrack written in the California sunshine. Those extremes add depth and direction to 'Howl,' and Night Riots' best songs pitch their tent somewhere in the middle.
"Our songs are based in reality, but they've got a toe in the surreal," says Hawley, who was born in October and considers himself -- as well as most of Night Riots' music -- to be a product of the Fall. "There's a bit of gloom, a bit of atmosphere, some rain and some fog. It envelopes you and transports you. There are moments of inspiration, too. One of the reasons we took the risk to be in this band was to prove to people that if you want something, you can have it. You just have to work for it. That's what these lyrics say, and if we didn't live that message and believe it, we wouldn't be here."
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