The Passenger CD Release Show

The Passenger CD Release Show

Formed in the summer of 2011, The Passenger, is an alternative rock band hailing from the state where old people go to die: Florida. Mentally rooted in the mid-nineties Saturday Night Live/”Grunge” Era, The Passenger, and their music, intend to inspire you to dust off your Doc Martens and tie a flannel around your waist. Their self-produced debut album, “Here Today. Gone To Maui.,” mixed by Ed Rose(Get Up Kids, Motion City Soundtrack, Appleseed Cast…), embodies a well-rounded, full bodied, super catchy rock sound reminiscent of bands like Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, Foo Fighters, Weezer, etc… The album lyrics describe vivid memories that run the gambit from Sex to Drugs to Rock and Roll, as evidenced in their lead single, “Easy Come. Easy Go.” The song depicts the true story of a broke touring band, far away from home, getting ripped off on an illicit transaction, playing a show and then easing their troubled minds with a late night trip to an adult massage parlor(please reference album track for R rated details). The band is here to work hard and win over fans one at a time. Thank you for reading this, and we hope to meet you soon!

Luke Davids

A London-born singer songwriter with piano based songs reminiscent of The Beatles and Ben Folds.

At age 6, alternative-pop songwriter Luke Davids attended London’s esteemed music academy The Purcell School. For five years the music prodigy immersed himself in the institution’s rigorous curriculum, studying the mathematics of music to one day unlock the pure expression within. After an epiphanic encounter as a studio musician, Davids learned to compose from the heart. His self-titled debut is a sharp, accessibly sophisticated, and refreshingly sincere pop album.

Luke Davids was working on former Bad Company singer, Brian Howe’s, solo album (Howe is best known for his work on 1990’s Bad Company album Holy Water [ATCO] which sold one million copies and yielded five top-15 singles). “We were out to dinner talking about songwriting. I’ve been the ballad king, and I said to him that I felt I needed to write fast songs. He told me you can’t write what you don’t feel. After that, I convinced myself the only music worth writing is the music I truly feel.”

The London-born artist started writing songs at age 8. “The first song I wrote was called ‘Nobody Cares About Me,’ it was a ballad. I don’t think my parents were too impressed,” he says laughing. His writing grew as his innate abilities on the piano developed. After his formative years at Purcell, his family relocated to Orlando, Florida where Davids continued to grow as a songwriter. “At 17 I would write songs with these elaborate interludes but that got overbearing,” Davids explains. “Ultimately, music theory and technique don’t matter when it comes to songwriting. I learned it gets in the way because it makes you think in a framework that doesn’t apply to songwriting. When you just let yourself play, you stumble upon the best ideas.”

“Luke Davids” is a lush and crisply produced debut from an artist with pop smarts, refined chops, an angelic voice, and a powerfully honest lyric approach. The album is a piano-based collection of nine songs with inventive arrangements that evoke the refined hooks of The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello and Ben Folds Five, while maintaining a contemporary and stately pop flair that’s all Luke Davids.

The breezy charm of “Better Days” unfolds with sweet grace. The track is richly detailed with soaring lead vocals, airy backup vocals, organ, strings, horns, and guitar, but with each instrument and embellishment expertly mixed for nuanced dynamics that bring out the song’s uplifting spirit. The song was part of David’s recent period of creative revelation where he’s learned to be more instinctual and emotional in his writing. Part of this growth was discovering the highly influential but under-the-mainstream-radar 1970s folk-pop songwriter Harry Nilsson. “I felt liberated when it came to format, usually in pop there is a verse, a pre-chorus, and then the chorus. Harry didn’t think like that, it freed me, and I threw out pop conventions. ‘Better Days’ basically has two main parts. I started doing that approach a lot more.”

This feeling of inner freedom, creating and living from an uncontrived place within, also imbues the ebullient “Losing Ground.” The song’s ease, its flowing and silky melodicism perfectly scores the lyric. Davids sings: “You’ve noticed I’m a man of my word/You’ve seen the reaction/So now I plan to be a man of my heart/And put my head out of action.” “That song is written from a real personal perspective. I have a tendency to plan everything out,” Davids admits. “Lyrically the song is about letting go.”

When Davids and co-producer Brooks Paschal tried to write something preconceived, they spent a whole day frustrated on the couch. “Later that evening we took a break. Brooks sat down at the piano and played something that ended up being the first verse of ‘Remarkable Plans.’ I picked up a guitar and started playing the chorus. We finished the song in over an hour,” Davids says. The duo kept the song’s production treatment essential, keeping the four-piece band feel for an elegantly paired down approach.

The album was produced by Brooks Paschal and Luke Davids, with the two playing all of the album’s instruments, a staggering feat considering the layers of refined, detailed, and varied instrumental parts. It was recorded at Mockingbird Studios in Orlando, Florida with an innovative tactic. “We finished each song individually. Usually you do everything in one shot with an album, like all the guitars in one. By focusing and completing one full song at a time, you allow for each track to have its own identity,” Davids explains.

“I used to try to write for a certain genre,” Davids says, assessing his newfound creative wellspring. “The thing that helped me was to forget about that and just write what I feel. These are my most honest songs.”

Lions After Dark

All of members have unique musical backgrounds and training. Maddie and Curt Pfeiffer are siblings with varsity choir and jazz choir under their belts. Maddie took piano and vocal lessons, while Curt taught himself the drums. Abby has been playing bass in different bands since she was 13. After a couple years without a guitarist, Lions found Andrew the BAMF and lived happily ever after.

They strive to put on performances of epic proportions with a variety of songs that catch, harmonies that soothe and beats that make you dance.

Maddie puts your soul on edge with her heart filled vocals and lyrics but carefully picks you back up and lifts you to where you wish you had all your friends around you to help you celebrate the glory of the sound of their songs.

They've opened for bands such as 100 Monkeys, Automatic Loveletter (Juliet Simms of The Voice), Smile Empty Soul and GroupLove and recently hit the studio to work with producer Matt LaPlant.

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