The Absurd, NEW EViL, Cairo Knife Fight, Westerner

In the summer of 2013 at Michigan State University, Ben Foerg and Josh Loney hardly knew each other. Through mutual connections--and because no one else but these losers stays in town over summer break--Josh wound up at Ben's apartment one lonely Fourth of July. Because Josh didn't have Ben's phone number, he threw a rock at his window and shouted, "Hey man, you wanna do some acid?"

Though it would be a few years until The Absurd (formerly "Ben Foerg & The Absurd") became a thing, the ensuing drug trip made the pair an inseparable duo. While Josh finished college, Ben went to Colorado to bum around and write folk songs. Josh noticed the potential for a rock band to form, and the seeds of The Absurd were planted. The two moved to Los Angeles late 2014.

After five failed drummers (one wound up homeless, another broke his chest--literally), they found current drummer Colin Jensen, an ex-Mormon from Utah searching for his soul while playing Jazz for cash on the streets. The three hit it off, writing enough music to play (poorly) live, and record a few early EPs.

Since then--and only after a few grueling years of playing every grungy dive LA has to offer multiple times a week--The Absurd have made their way to becoming regulars at LA staples like The Satellite, Harvard & Stone, The Bootleg, The Viper Room, Silverlake Lounge and many, many others. One of the hardest working bands in the industry, they recently performed on the main stage at Long Beach Gay Pride 2018, and made their third consecutive appearance at Echo Park Rising, LA's premier local music showcase.

They are currently in post-production for their debut full-length album, "Build the Wall."

NEW EViL is a rock band from Los Angeles, CA. We aim to empower and inspire you through our music, lyrics, and stage performance.

"Making music that inspires, energizes, and barricades itself at the perpetual fringes of society."

"New Evil was a very physical act, kicking you in the stomach and the butt, but before anything it was seducing everyone with an ultra-violent-girl-power central character.” -Alyson Camus ,

Cairo Knife Fight is Nick Gaffaney, a man who has drummed his way around the place for many of New Zealand’s leading songwriters, and George Pajon Jr., a Grammy award winning songwriter and guitarist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the international music business including Black Eyed Peas, Fergie (2), Carlos Santana, Macy Gray, John Legend, Sting, Nas and Damian Marley. Forming as a duo in 2009 Cairo Knife Fight try to redefine what two musicians can create live with Nick combining the responsibilities of playing drums, keyboard bass, creating live loops and lead vocals with George’s seemingly limitless guitar soundscapes and incendiary riffs. The bands long history of dedication to pushing the boundaries of music video content has also seen them achieve viral status with their 2014 single Rezlord being viewed 11.7 million times as of May 2017.

Westerner is a neo-psychedelic rock band from LA. They're a ballsy, cocktail mix of psychedelic rock, disco, and trip-hop who "seem to have appeared from nowhere to emerge as one of the best bands in Los Angeles" (Music Connection Magazine). Think Pink Floyd meets Massive Attack meets late-'90s electronica. Their songs are at once danceable and mesmerizing. You're bound to get swept up in this most unusual, confident sound.

Westerner has been featured in Music Connection Magazine's annual Hot 100 list for two years in a row, and their music video for Soft Playground was featured at The Other Venice Film Festival. They recently appeared at the Satellite, the Viper Room, and Sayer's Club.


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