Feb 2, 2013
Door Time: 8:00 PM
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Day: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Door Time: 8:00 PM
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Vacationer & Brick & Mortar

Vacationer’s Relief, the Philadelphia group’s second LP, is clear in both title and intention. If Gone, the sunny electronic-pop act’s 2012 debut, was about escape – whether through travel, photography or toasted sonic bliss – Relief unspools the strings of our wound-up existence with a cinematic wallop of positivity-oozing pop.

A collaboration between Kenny Vasoli and Body Language’s Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler, Vacationer returns tighter and more powerful after spending the last two years touring with groups like Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Naked And Famous, Tennis, and Niki And The Dove, as well as making numerous festival appearances.

“Playing so many shows is probably our biggest influence on this album,” says Vasoli. “Being out there every night with our wonderful fans and on the road everyday with Matt making beats next to me led to a deeper, more immediate energy in our music.”

Relief, which was primarily recorded at Body Language’s Landau Audio Design (LAD) studio in Brooklyn over the last year, is Vacationer gone widescreen. The kaleidoscopic, sampledelic world that intoxicated fans on original singles like “Trip” is still there, but the orchestration has become more muscular and expansive. Lead single “The Wild Life” mixes the influence of The Beach Boys, J. Dilla and LCD Soundsystem into a sonic mai tai. Animal Collective meets Hollywood’s golden age on “Heavenly,” while “Paradise Waiting” catapults the soulful chop of De La Soul into a club-ready summer anthem.

“Whether through love, exploration or relaxing, we all strive for relief,” says Vasoli. “It’s just a quick flip-of-the-switch away, and think it’s good to be reminded of that.”

Brick & Mortar:
Brandon Asraf and bandmate John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals) formed Brick + Mortar in 2010 to immediate critical buzz that's now rapidly approaching fever pitch, no doubt buoyed along by the excellent video for their song "Bangs" which premiered on Noisey last summer. The song's bass hits like a massive punch to the face and the narrative of the ultra-violent accompanying video, based on the life of Asraf's father, is likely one of the more brutal stories you've ever bore witness to. "This video opened the door for us to be more than a band. People seem to wait for that song to sing their hearts out at shows," explains Asraf of the impact the single has had on the band. "Bangs" was released on Mad Dragon Records as part of Motion City Soundtrack's Making Moves series, where the band featured their personal favorite rising artists in special 7" releases.

Aside from touring Brick + Mortar will also be busy with several other projects this fall, including putting out a fully animated music video created by artist Richie Brown and focusing on writing for their debut full length. "The goal is to make our album an audiovisual experience. I feel like the songs we are working on are our best yet. We are ready to make a full length record."



We Like Monsters
We Like MonstersThe history of the band is rooted in a nearly decade-long collaboration between veteran Colorado musicians Timothy White (vocals and keys) and Joe Crowley (guitar). The two began writing songs together as teenagers and maintained a creative partnership over the years. In their newest collaboration, Crowley weaves shadowy verses of rhythmic melodies that build to anthemic choruses. White seamlessly harmonizes on keys and cuts through the miasma with distinctive baritone vocals.

The duo is joined by native New Zealander Somchai Peri (bass) who brings a sharp rhythmic sense to the group. With roots in the DJ realm, his years behind the decks can be heard in the band’s infectiously danceable sound. We Like Monsters is rounded out by trigger-man and accomplished jazz performer, Brian Campbell (synthesizer, samples and trumpet) whose understanding of arrangement and improvisation pull the quartet’s varied skills together into a unified voice.

The band got their start in a deserted downtown factory turned state-of-the-art music studio and performance space. The aptly renamed Factory was renovated by White and Crowley, and repurposed as a haven for musicians and artists to create and collaborate. Part visual art gallery, part indoor skatepark and multimedia playground&emdash;stages, screens, speakers, cables and myriad instruments abound. If the Factory conjures up images of a Warholian-style artist collective, it should. Much like Warhol’s once was, this Factory is a breeding ground for new ideas and emerging talent. For months, the band sequestered themselves there to write, record and hone their sound; all the while gaining a steady following through impromptu, dynamic live performances. (Watch "Secret Frequency", live at The Factory). The birthplace of We Like Monsters speaks volumes to their identity as a band that’s motivated by reinvention and isn’t afraid to carve out their own place in the annals of pop culture.

As a group, We Like Monsters defies easy genre-categorization. The band’s songwriting blends pop sensibility with hard-hitting rock riffs and pulsing, dance-worthy beats. Each song is an elegantly crafted composition, layered with White’s lyrics that take journeys through heartache and redemption and go on flights of the imagination that land in unexpected places. The sound is accessible but hardly predictable, and with nods to Joy Division, LCD Soundsystem, the Gorillaz, Echo and the Bunnymen, and the Talking Heads, they aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves, but there is bold innovation waiting around every melodic turn.


Kissing Party
Kissing PartyBand from Denver, CO