Sid The Cat & Bootleg Theater Present
Tomemitsu, Water Slice
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Steady Holiday is an appropriate name for an artist whose music feels like the soundtrack to your fondest memory. Or your deepest heartbreak. Or the dream sequence from a David Lynch film. There’s a nostalgia present in Dre Babinski’s songwriting that leaves you longing for the familiarity of a bygone era - just not one you can necessarily pin down.
After years growing up playing in bands around Los Angeles, Dre recently began writing and recording for herself - on her own, in secret, developing a body of work about hidden desire itself. Establishing a sound defined by her featherlight voice floating above sweeping strings, her 2016 debut Under the Influence led to opening for artists like Mitski, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Whereas the first record took us on a trip through the deeply personal, Dre’s sophomore album Nobody’s Watching zooms way out. What began as a concept record about two archetypal crooks developed into an exploration of universal themes like greed, fear and self-interest; the ugly and troubling edges of human nature. It’s a good time for that.
“I’ve been just as affected by our current politics as anyone, but it only takes one step back to realize these same figures have been present since the beginning of civilization. This record is sort of an anthropological way of unpacking all this discomfort for me.”
The narrative is most identifiable on album standout “Who’s Gonna Stop Us”, which creeps and charms like the characters it describes, as they set about turning trust into money. “Let’s teach them how to build a pyramid / Tell them if they keep it up, they can reach the top.“ However, judgement is reserved even for them, as hinted in the song’s bridge: “I used to try to be decent and kind / But time after time I would get eaten alive.”
Dre worked with producer Gus Seyffert (Roger Waters, Beck) to create a sound that echoes the narrative told on Nobody’s Watching. From the sunny and observant to the dark and critical, the tone ranges from levity to paranoia through layers of analog synths and chilling strings played by Dre herself. There are moments of cinematic intensity reminiscent of a James Bond score, yet the subtle tape hiss and creaking chairs remind us that this is an album made by people. It is warm and it breathes, in the way the human touch can both soothe and suffocate.
Nobody’s Watching is the natural next step for Dre and Steady Holiday, a project that builds worlds we wish to escape to or from. It’s an examination of the inner narratives we all share but keep in the shadows, where the characters may not always be likable, but they do what they can to survive - like we all do.
Martin Tomemitsu is a bedroom folk artist based in Los Angeles crafting dreamy lofi tunes that
run from sleepy and hazy to distorted and shoe gazing. Tomemitsu released two albums on Chill
Mega Chill records, 2013’s m_o_d_e_s and 2016’s Loaf Eye, and a split cassette with fellow
bedroom pop artists Alexei Shishkin on Forged Artifacts Records in 2017. 2016 saw the first
vinyl release for tomemitsu with a remix of “In Dreams” by German house ensemble, RSS
Disco, and a remaster of the single on Mireria Records. In 2017, tomemitsu began working with
Echo Orange Records in France. The singles “in dreams” and “runaway” have been featured on
episodes of the HBO series High Maintenance. The track “Thinkin” is featured on the new cult
sampler “Hotel Costes” in France. tomemitsu’s newest EP, The Cave, is out now on his very
own Sucks About Dinosaurs Records.
Water Slice is the brainchild of Echo Park
based singer-songwriter, Patrick Phillips, who has assembled a band around him that LA Magazine calls, "something of a supergroup of the L.A. scene."
Performing inside the aural vicinity
of power-pop and indie-psychedelic rock, those who listen to Water Slice’s songs can expect to become connected with the struggles, sorrows, and reflective nuances found in Phillip’s songwriting. At the same token, Water Slice’s music is greatly accessible,
remarkably groovy, and elicits a happier time and place for its listeners to travel back to. Songs like “Please Remember” touch upon the notion of one’s current state and putting yourself under the microscope. It’s embracing your flaws and learning not to
freak out about where your life is headed. Looking closer at “This Way”, it examines how if one’s past life is creeping up on them, then change lanes and head in a different direction. If one thing is clear, the record encapsulates the belief that life is
constantly shifting and only the beholder can control their own trajectory from completely going off the rails.
Water Slice’s self-titled debut EP hit the web in August 2018 on all major streaming services.
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Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
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