Wild Riot Presents
Jane Machine - LP Release Show, Sherif Serag and the Time Travelers, NÉONHÈART
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
This event is 21 and over
The name “Freedom Fry” – a satire on French/US relations during the Iraq war – is well known to any frequent visitor of The Hype Machine. The French & American duo have racked up over 50 appearances on the music blog aggregator, including SEVEN Top 10s and THREE #1s. While independent, they’ve amassed over 50-million track streams on Spotify and received radio spins across airwaves from tastemakers at ALT 98.7, KCRW, KEXP, KROQ, WXPN, SIRIUS XM (Alt Nation & The Coffee House), BBC (Radio 2 & Radio 6), RTL2, and beyond.
Freedom Fry’s music, which heavily bleeds the warmth and sunshine of their home state of California, skirts the lines between pop, folk, and alt rock – always blended with danceable rhythms and a sing-a-long chorus. Catching the ears of music supervisors, they have licensed songs for more than 40 spots, including placements in the Netflix original series “Love,” in Showtime’s “Shameless,” in TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, and in high-profile ads from fashion labels such as Lanvin.
Following a 2015 tour with Belgian sensation Stromae and the success of their 2016 single “Shaky Ground” – a song that made Spotify’s “Best of 2016: Ultimate Indie playlist” – Freedom Fry performed in Madewell stores across the country as part of the brand’s Fall 2016 Denim Forever campaign. In 2017 they released a new single followed by a b-side every other week for five months leading up to the “Remixes” EP, a collection of their biggest singles remixed by the likes of Sofi Tukker & Penguin Prison. Freedom Fry closed out 2017 with the release of the “Strange Attraction” EP and Indie Shuffle named them “Best Indie Rock of 2017.”
Freedom Fry will release their long-awaited debut album, “Classic” June 1, 2018.
Jane Machine - LP Release Show
Jane Machine lies somewhere in your subconscious catharsis. Erica von Trapp, keyboardist, vocalist, and brainchild of the group, explores past and present demons and desires through a mix of effected synths, vulnerable vocals, and head-nodding electronic percussion. The result is a haunting sad pop, vacillating between sensuality, gloom, and mania. Drawing sonic inspiration from her years spent in Paris, where she started producing electronic music, to her childhood spent in the California Bay Area, Jane Machine lies somewhere between modern Scandinavian electro and hip hop.
Von Trapp started writing songs for the debut LP “Back Seat Driver” in France after she left the United States following family losses and a simultaneous break-up. It was there she met her partner Jules de Gasperis, who is the drummer and mixing engineer of Jane Machine. The two record, produce, and mix everything out of their studio in Northeast Los Angeles.
The debut LP “Back Seat Driver” is a moody dance of loss and desire, and is scheduled to release at the early 2018.
Sherif Serag and the Time Travelers
Sherif Serag is a singer/songwriter residing in Los Angeles, CA preparing to release his debut EP, “Look How Far We’ve Come”. It’s a genre defying album that touches upon garage punk, pop rock, and acoustic ballads without losing his signature lyrical style. Sherif’s influences are deeply rooted in the great folk-rock troubadour’s of the last fifty years, but he blends that with timeless music that never sounds dated. His unique voice beautifully paints images through personal, heart-felt lyrics. Sherif spent the last year honing in on his sound with Producer and multi-instrumentalist Omer Avni at RiotVan Productions.
Together, they have sculpted and EP that has flares of the Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan, and Hozier while still be 100% Sherif Serag. Throughout the recording process he continued to perform acoustic and full band shows throughout LA to build his fan base and refine his songs. Has has played the Viper Room, Molly Malone’s, Club Moscow at Boardner’s, and many more, always drawing a strong crowd of fans and supporters.
Sherif was born in Cairo, Egypt and migrated to the United States with his single mother at a very young age. After picking up a guitar at the age of twelve, he fell in love with songwriting. He knew early on he was going to pursue music full time. Sherif has fronted multiple bands before deciding to strike out on his own. Once Sherif went solo and took full control of his music, he found a new creative spark which has lead to the songs on “Look How Far We’ve Come”.