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March 12, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
DIRT FRIENDS (Tucson)
Tucson’s very own Dirt Friends.
“Life’s a dirt party — DIG IN”
Josh Cruce – Drums
Emery Mott – Bass
Nick Livak – Piano/Vocals
Nick Scala – Guitar/Vocals
Scott Sims – Guitar/Vocals
DUDE YORK (Seattle)
In the summer of 2014, pop enthusiasts Dude York changed. When their workspace was in use one afternoon, practice moved to singer and guitarist Peter Richards’ apartment, where they shared with each other a handful of songs in progress. Bassist and singer Claire England shared one of hers for the first time, and Peter and drummer Andrew Hall were immediately, viscerally moved by what they heard. Everything was reframed in seconds; if Dude York was once solely a vehicle for Peter’s energy, and one in which he was its main character, it suddenly became a true collaboration, a neverending venture between the three of them with stops along the way in DIY spaces, makeshift studios, and anywhere else it led. “Love Is” and “Lose Control” are the first in a series of singles to be released this winter and documented evidence of this growth.
Change was something they desperately needed. A year of obsessive writing and recording became a means by which to stay sane in the wake of lost friends, visceral mood swings, and the feeling of being an active participant in destructive repetition. A job spent analyzing thousands of hours of recorded music left Peter desensitized by the tropes and conventions of songs as he once knew them, but he found beauty in pop equilibrium. Writing with new insight and clarity in mind, more collaboratively than ever before, and in an attempt to create forward motion in the face of a series of disasters, the songs that emerged hit everywhere at once.
Claire describes “Love Is,” her anthemic side of the single, as an exploration into the boundaries between self-care and self-immolation: “It’s about the balance between turning experiences into art and the line one crosses when realizing someone’s a person and a participant in your stories as much as you are in theirs’.” “Lose Control,” Peter’s side, is a whisper into the ear of a driver swerving into oncoming traffic, a death-drive post-punk daydream.
NAKED GIANTS (Seattle)
Naked Giants are a threepiece garage rock wildebeest from Seattle, WA. Grant Mullen’s bluesy guitar solos, Henry LaVallee’s pounding backbeats, and Gianni Aiello’s juicy basslines combine to form a psychedelic whirlwind of fuzz. Their friendship ties together their various influences to curate a different take on the traditional garage rock sound. Unlike what you’ve heard before, their spontaneity and their stylistically diverse catalogue sets Naked Giants apart from the cutandpaste garage outfit. They bring together sounds influenced by the likes of Ty Segall and the Sonics as well as Pink Floyd and even Spinal Tap with an audible energy that gets any crowd doing the twist.
The band jumped into Seattle’s music scene by playing shows to hip teens in museums and to sweaty college kids in packed house shows, and have carried the same pure rock’n’roll energy regardless of the audience or venue.
FOREST FALLOWS (Tucson)
Forest Fallows (named after Forrest Fallows) is Mike Barnett and Alex Morton. After writing songs on acoustic guitars for two years we picked our favorites and recorded them in a bedroom.