Bootleg Theater Presents
Brian Hill & The Noh Starrs Residency
Drinking Flowers, Okey Dokey, Black Sea
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Brian Hill & The Noh Starrs
Brian Hill is testing the boundaries of what has come to be known as “rock” music. Drawing inspiration from the downtown/experimental scene of NYC, as well as the worlds of glam, drone, no-wave, rock and roll, punk, and krautrock, he manipulates the craft of songwriting to create something familiar yet undefinable. His lyrics are fluid, defined by his experience of this world (as well as what is beyond it) and informed by his examination of it. Hill's process is heavily influenced by contemporary visual art (work is often influenced by artists, both friends and non-musical collaborators) and indebted by a deep love of the stage.
The Noh Starrs present an innovative approach to conventional rock and roll in both recording and live shows. The band consists of close friends and collaborators Robbie Wood, Joo Joo Ashworth (Froth), Jeffrey Fribourg, Laena Geronimo (Feels), Tomas Dolas (Mr. Elevator), and more as the band is constantly evolving—changing members and instruments with every show.
In the studio, the recording process often involves incorporating many versions of live takes and editing live jams in the studio ala-CAN, as well as experimenting with studio- as-an-instrument production techniques, and often one-take-vocals to illustrate the urgency and lyrical content of the songs, which are equal part feeling and talent. The final outcome is an entirely new take on a classic form.
Live, Hill manifests an entirely original persona: exuding confidence as he mimes on stage as easily as he runs through the audience. He kisses his band members and sings entire songs mid-backbend--playing or disregarding his guitar as he goes.
The band has recently finished recording their first full-length album in Los Angeles and New York City. They have no plans of slowing down with the recording process for their second record already underway in New York City and Philadelphia. They plan to tour internationally and consistently throughout 2017.
Brian's debut LP will be released August 18, 2017 via Beijing imprint Modern Sky.
Minimal Wave, Shoegaze, Wall-Of-Sound-Pop
You can't fully appreciate the long history of recorded music without taking the time to look at the breakups. Whether it's for good or for the season, Okey Dokey is the product of that natural reformation that occurs when musicians part ways. Fronted by visual artist Aaron Martin and The Weeks' guitarist Johny Fisher, these two former band mates made the rare decision to revisit creating music together in Fisher's small cabin about 20 miles outside of Nashville, TN. What they created was a well blended mix of everything they loved about classic Motown combined with a dash of their psychedelic storytelling roots. With the record and touring band including a revolving group of musicians from bands such as Wild Child, The Weeks, Rayland Baxter, Desert Noises, Sol Cat, Ron Gallo, Diane Coffee and Warren Givens, their upcoming debut album 'Love You, Mean It' has a little bit of treasure for every type of listener.
Black Sea is a four-piece Dream-Pop/ Post-Punk group from Los Angeles, fronted by sole songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cole Devine.
With 2 cassette EP's out on Southern California labels Burger Records, and Trabajo Press, Devine is currently working on the first Black Sea full-length LP.
The bands sound has truly developed since their last release, "Keep Smiling/Optimistic Sigh"(Burger Records), moving forward from its minimalist, noise-pop beginnings, into a new, bright, and almost alternative version dream-pop.
Many fans refer to Black Sea's music as shoe-gaze, though Devine calls it "Dream-Punk".
"an infectious, pounding celebration of summer revelry."