Bootleg Theater Presents
Bart & The Bedazzled, Remambran
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Southern California duo Parting Lines is the new project of Tim Ramsey and Trevor Beld Jimenez, longtime members of the bygone Los Angeles folk-rock outfit, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, and sidemen to bands Vetiver, Little Wings, and DIOS.
After the abrupt ending of Tall Tales and feeling liberated by the possibilities of new horizons, Ramsey and Beld Jimenez made a pact to finally make the music they always wanted to hear. At the encouragement of friend and producer Thom Monahan, who having heard their demos suggested the two were onto something special, Ramsey and Beld Jimenez set off on a year-plus journey, recording from the summer of 2016 to the fall of 2017. What began as two friends getting together to work on songs soon turned into a full-length album, resulting in Night Bloom Records’ August 24th, 2018 release of the duo’s debut LP, See You On The Other Side.
Written by Beld Jimenez and recorded and produced by Ramsey in his basement studio on a hill overlooking the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, See You On The Other Side is an existential pop record dealing with everything from feeling displaced in the consumer culture (the hypnotic loop of "Caught On the Outside"), true love (the tender musings of "Under Your Spell"), confronting a childhood trauma (the anthemic "Black Tint Sunset”) and turning to love in the face of the end of the world (“Climb”).
Though nods to Petty and Springsteen can be heard, there are also more oblique influences including the guitar stylings of Lindsey Buckingham.
With See You On The Other Side, Beld Jimenez and Ramsey don’t try to reinvent the rock n' roll wheel, but rather remind the listener of the power of strong melodies, a shared language, and a few simple chords.
Bart & The Bedazzled
Bart Davenport might be a multitude of things, depending on whom you ask. He’s been a mod, a blues singer and a softrock troubadour. He’s an eccentric guitarist and singer with the timeless voice of a real crooner. He lives and writes songs in Los Angeles. His work transports us to an imagined past or future that is curiously both the 80s and the 60s. Like most speculative fiction, Davenport’s stories might just be a reflection of now, taking place in a fantasy world but conveying personal and universal truths. He performs and records with his band The Bedazzled, featuring bassist Jessica Espeleta, guitarist Wayne Faler (Dream Boys) and drummer Andres Renteria. The group recently spent 11 days at a studio in Boyle Heights with producer, Aaron M. Olson (L.A. Takedown) recording ‘Blue Motel’ the latest Bart Davenport record scheduled for release in April 2018 on Lovemonk Records (Spain/US) and Burger Tapes (US).
A native of Oakland, California, Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first band, The Loved Ones performed a rawkus style of r&b, opening for the likes of Junior Wells and John Lee Hooker. In the 00s Davenport went solo and turned the volume down but not the intensity. Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience singer, Erlend Øye, has called him the “best one-guy-and-guitar performer there is”. It made pragmatic sense to tour “solo” but Davenport’s heart was always in ensemble band arrangements and his recordings often reflect his affection for collaboration.
Released in 2002, Bart’s self-titled solo debut was an indie pop layer cake filled with drums, organs and vocal harmonies. He quickly followed that in 2003 with ‘Game Preserve’ on Antenna Farm Records. Next came ‘Maroon Cocoon’ in 2005, a carefully honed lo/hi fi record. In 2007, a side project called Honeycut released ‘The Day I Turned To Glass’ on Quannum Projects. Their tune, ‘Exodus Honey’, was featured on an iMac ad campaign as well as the installation disc for Mac OS Leopard and Snow Leopard. Bart Davenport returned in 2008 with his fourth solo album, ‘Palaces’. Featuring production help from psychedelic main man Kelley Stoltz, the album would be referred to by Sylvie Simmons of MOJO as “a fine example of San Fran’s vinyl and thrift shop culture, turning stuff people throw out into something new”.
Between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011, Davenport released three European records and spent much of his time touring the continent. There was a covers album, ‘Searching For Bart Davenport’ (Tapete Records, Germany) and two from side projects; ‘With All Due Respect’ by Incarnations (Lovemonk, Spain) and ‘Comedians’ by Honeycut (Discograph, France). In 2012, Bart Davenport’s ‘Someone2Dance’ b/w ‘Cheap Words’ saw the return of longtime compatriot, Sam Flax, as Producer. The Flax production opened a new chapter in the Davenport saga, with synthesizers reminiscent of 80s new wave. Following that, Davenport relocated to Los Angeles where he gathered together the band that would eventually record ‘Physical World’, released on Lovemonk and Burger Records in March 2014 to some critical acclaim. Indeed, Pitchfork described it as “sophisticated and cheap-sounding at once, it’s likeable within five seconds of hitting your ears”. In 2017 Bart & The Bedazzled recorded a follow up album titled, ‘Blue Motel’ produced by Aaron M. Olson whose signature sounds give the new album a darker, cinematic atmosphere.
Remambran is the songwriting project of Mallory Watje. The band is a collaboration with various friends over the past 7 years. Currently based out of Glendale, CA. Remambran has released 4 albums, the latest, "peace child music" was released in October 2017.
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