Bootleg Theater Presents
Smokey Brights / Shelby Earl
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Smokey Brights make music that taps into history and stretches out a kind of visionary rock that rolls relentlessly forward while recombining iconic sounds - from funk to Fleetwood Mac, Bowie to Blur, disco to Dire Straits, and splashes of Floyd psychedelia - crafting something urgent, fun, and utterly surprising. The band’s driving rhythms, lusciously tight harmonies, and swirling guitar lines lay down a sumptuous, expansive 70s landscape that invites the listener to lay back, turn up, and dive deep into the depths of inner space.
Smokey Brights are fronted by husband and wife songwriting duo Ryan Devlin (guitar, vocals) and Kim West (keys, vocals). Their North Seattle home, crammed full of thrift shop treasures and instruments, is a constant bustle of songwriting, demos, BBQs, and band practice. Song ideas are shared over coffee, sketched into notebooks strewn throughout their home, and flushed out on guitar, piano, and voice before making their way downstairs to the band’s wood-paneled practice room.
Smokey Brights’ rhythmic bedrock is laid down by the mind-melding duo of Jim Vermillion (bass) and Nick Krivchenia (drums). Best friends and brothers in rhythm for over ten years, their sonic connection is the palpable pulse that runs through the signature, Smokeys sound.
Floating deftly above this rock foundation are the unpredictable and experimental lines of guitar hero Mike Kalnoky (guitar). Pulling from a seemingly endless bag of six-string tricks, Kalnoky brings a level of experimentation to the world of Smokey Brights that makes the music both deeper and stranger, but never at the expense of song integrity.
In the six years Smokey Brights have played together, they've come to focus on the familiar and the bizarre - the spaces where the light just starts to shine through the darkness. Their music evokes that feeling of discovering a dusty record in your parents’ attic that somehow sounds new, made just for the moment you are in. Delighting in the experimentation of groove and sound, but always building upon a sturdy framework of song, Smokey Brights creates what, at times, seems lost in modern music: real songs with real meanings that elicit real feelings.
"...Burn the Boats in 2011 and Swift Arrows in 2013—were vehicles for Earl’s voice, a rich and expressive instrument capable of substantial power. The Man Who Made Himself a Name is less a vehicle than a co-conspirator riding shotgun and reaching over to stomp on the accelerator." - Paste Magazine
Izaak Opatz is a mountain man (from Montana)! He works in National Parks, cutting trails through the woods, probably wearing a vest or a funny hat and crapping in holes in the ground. He goes weeks on end without seeing another single person. When he does finally wander into town, he usually comes back with a pack-mule-donkey-satchel-thing chock full of songs about women that he’s been dreaming of, places where he used to be happy, situations he screwed up… really dipping into a well of memories that are probably better left alone.
His songs teeter on the edge of sentimental-songwriter’y-sad-n-lonely stuff. This is a tough area for a songwriter to inhabit, because it’s easy to get lumped in the with the rest of the middle aged losers at the open mic night BUT IZAAK DOES IT SO WELL that you’re convinced almost immediately that he’s the real deal and he doesn’t need to prove it. You hear the songs and you’ll be won over immediately. You watch him play and you’ll wish he’d never stop. You talk to him for a minute and you’ll offer up your prettiest daughter and welcome him into your family. But if you turn your back on him for even a minute, he’ll probably wander back up the mountain and give up whatever you offer him, no matter how sweet the sitch or pretty the daughter. He’s got his own agenda and it’s frustrating but also so admirable. My advice is to catch him whenever and however you can and celebrate this sensitive mountain man while he’s around. ~Jonny Fritz
$10.00 - $12.00