SWIMM Presents: Love You Down

SWIMM Presents: Love You Down

The Gloomies, Vs Colour, Thumpasaurus, Cuesta Loeb, LA Font, Goldensuns, The Blindspot Project

Sat · April 8, 2017

6:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 18 and over

DJ Sets from Gardens & Villa, Jennylee (Warpaint), Aaron Byrd (KCRW); Live Visuals by The Blind Spot Project

SWIMM
SWIMM
From the SWIMM Fake Fan-Mail Series: 'From the Critic'

Dear SWIMM,

Excuse my indulgence but I’m feeling as though a preface is necessary in this letter to you. So here is the preface SWIMM. My dick hasn’t been hard since before Nü metal gave shirtless cock-rock a platform to pirate a once glorified stage of bravado and turn anything with a little meat and potatoes into a creatine shake. My proverbial pendulum hasn’t approached high noon in so long that I’ve considered leaving my job as the lead music journalist at Vegan Sprong. But just as I approached accepting that this industry is as hollowed out as its collective nasal cavity… I stumbled upon hope in the form of a misspelled oasis in thin font. What I’m getting at is this. Through the twists and turns of objectifying the subjective and hocking my own daily projections onto someone’s precious musing whilst transmogrifying my opinions into printed fact I stumbled upon something that made it matter again. It was SWIMM. And well Hallelujah is right, cause guys… I think it moved a little.

SWIMM is a band. Though truly it feels as though I’m slighting you to define it so irreverently. Sure… the semantics. It is a group of guys playing indie music. Genres, directions and influence oh my. The way I see it? You don’t blur genre lines as much as you weave in and around them. Like a dancer trained in the art of the pole, you wrap yourself around every angle of that steel, climbing to exhilarating heights, effortlessly spinning off in exciting directions but still poised and comfortable in the intimacy of an eye-locking ass-clap. Again… even thinking about it… It moved a little. The ambition to strive for a singular voice and sincerity in music is often the ‘unapproachable model sitting alone smoking a menthol at the bar blankly staring above her glass of sherry’. So the mirabilia in you finding that is not lost on me. But to this there is that and to that there is this! An innate humor that often detracts the listener from ever taking you too seriously. Well let’s say more seriously than you would ever want. And in that my SWIMM friends the truth you are tapping into does not beg for recognition nor does it parry those listeners with phlegmatic constitution. Cause let’s face it, apathy has near and far replaced ‘easy listening’.

Correct me if I’m wrong but the sound of distorted guitars and live drums is still a thing right? In some remote corner of the music world? Well when I walked into their warehouse in downtown LA, aptly named The Cube, and the entire place was transformed into a sexedelic space hub of wild abandonment, I started to believe again. Adam whipped his curly locks to and fro whilst pounding those drums and well you could color me convinced. Forgive me now if my musical latissimus dorsi are bulging like Henry Rollins without his shirt on but why does testosterone in music have to feel so barbaric? And to that, why does the term singer/songwriter make me want to barf sparkles and kleenex drenched in unrequited tears. Oh Ritalin Generation!!! I ask you! Must we choose? Must we either gaze or rock? Must we either sway or shimmy? Must we either make love or fuck? Must we choose? SWIMM I feel I don’t need to choose with you. And for that, from the bottom of my “not flaccid, not yet a hard cock” I thank you.

-Donni Leiberman,
Vegan Sprong
The Gloomies
The Gloomies
Following 2015 debut single “LSD,” The Gloomies are proud to announce the release of their first EP. Blackout finds the band in a very different state of mind, trading the sun-dappled Southern California beaches for the vast, barren expanses of the desert. Lead single “Bleached Out” perfectly captures the band’s newfound spirit—as ominously emblematic of the old West as tumbleweeds at dusk or a shuttered saloon at the edge of a ghost town. “A lot of people who heard ‘LSD’ first might be surprised by Blackout,” explains lead singer Andy Craig. “But it was important to me that these songs come out now and together on this record. It felt right.” Since the release of “LSD,” The Gloomies have shared the stage with Hinds, Public Access TV, Day Wave, and completed a month-long residency at the Soda Bar in San Diego.

Blackout EP is available on April 1st courtesy of Thrill Me Records.
Vs Colour
Vs Colour
VS Colour (Echo Park, LA) fuse different styles ranging from Hip Hop to Rock bottom. Formed in 2012; the band consists of singer/instrumentalist Joe Bates, guitarist Alex Belmonte, bassist Wolfgang Woodcock and drummer Ivan Wayman.

Their debut album "9-9-D9" was recorded and mixed at Redstar Studios and has been described as dreamynightmarepunk-psychedeliafunkyassr'n'bin-betweentomakeyoudancecomeandscream!
Bubbly in a "loosing innocence" kind of way
Thumpasaurus
Thumpasaurus
In the beginning there was Thump.
Cuesta Loeb
Cuesta Loeb
NYC native, Christina Cuesta Loeb (who dropped the "Christina" for her debut solo project) comes from a family of musicians. Born to world-renown jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb and Spanish singer-songwriter/actress Carmen Cuesta, she grew up between the US and Spain, studying classical flute and bassoon. While she really enjoyed performing and playing in orchestras, Cuesta Loeb was unable to find her voice in classical music. In 2015, she moved to Los Angeles and began experimenting in her own songwriting and production.
LA Font
LA Font
LA Font's new LP Diving Man is out November 19 on New Professor Music, the boutique label that's home to Body Parts, Gothic Tropic and many more of L.A.'s best underground bands. The California indie rock quartet's full-length album was produced and recorded (on 2″ tape!) by Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Aloe Blacc, Trash Talk) available for pre-order now. The album is all wry love songs and tales of failing your way through shitty friendships; guitar heroics that recall legends like Pavement, Built to Spill and Sonic Youth; windows-down garage grooves nodding to peers Deerhunter, windows-down garage grooves nodding to peers Deerhunter, King Tuff and Speedy Ortiz; and the bold, witty, unfuckwithably hooky songwriting that belongs uniquely to Danny Bobbe, who on this album establishes himself as the best indie rock songwriter working in Los Angeles right now.

LA Font singer and guitarist Danny Bobbe, who was born in Alaska, raised in Utah, and went to college in Montana, brings an outsider's perspective and a razor wit to the chaos of facing Real Life in a big city for the first time. The album opens with the buoyant "Sensation," a love song in the language of cheap hucksterism ("I was a card shark in your school yard / I came up with something"), then barrels into the anthemic, wind-in-your-hair rock groove of "Onshore," a cautionary tale about a relationship in decline that features an instant-classic Malkmus-esque opening lyric ("Loose lips sink relationships / bailing out water on the Titanic / what's it like at the bottom of the sea? / you become friends with Leo DiCaprio") and a chorus that is likely to lodge in your head for several years.

But as impressive as Bobbe's lyrical wit is, he's just as keen when he's facing down fear and insecurity. Those feelings are rawly displayed on tracks like the brusque "Diving Man," a failing-your-way-from-bar-to-bar anthem about homesickness ("my homesick prescription's got me in a real sick condition / I'm wondering how all of this will end / 'cause I moved out to L.A. to impress the ones that loved me / I'm wondering, will they love me once again?"), and on the gentle "Blood Orange," where he bemoans the perils of talking about a friend behind his back ("my words, your lips, their ears, context removed"). At times the characters he inhabits in songs are flip about relationships (on "Pretty in Love," "I never keep track of my debts / just move to a new city / next girlfriend, I bet, she'll be just as pretty"), but at others they're tender, even needy (on "Plan B," "what if you closed your ears dear, pulled up a chair, kicked off your shoes and settled here with me? / that's a pretty good plan B"). It's complicated.

Diving Man is a high-energy album of relentlessly catchy rock songs, searing guitar playing and head-nodding grooves. Guitarist Jon Perry's dexterous leads shine brightly throughout, with your RDA's-worth of tasty licks stuffed into each song. Bassist Greg Katz and drummer Harlow Rodriguez lay out bold grooves that recall many of 90′s alternative radio's heroes, from uberlegends like Nirvana and The Pixies to one-hit wonders like The Toadies and even Camper Van Beethoven. And in that vein, Bobbe shows himself to be a deft melodic craftsman as well – he leaves no song without an indelible vocal hook, from the soaring choruses of "Diving Man" and "Sharks" to the sublime hooks in "Blood Orange" and "Apollo 10."

Much has been made in the last year or so of rote 90′s revivalism, but LA Font's album "Diving Man" isn't that. Sure, they learned to play by listening to the radio hits they grew up with. But thanks to smart lyrics and inventive musicianship, LA Font is a band with a fresh, vital perspective.
Goldensuns
Goldensuns
There is an unspoken connection that exists between brothers. When this bond manifests during the creative process, it could be the best evidence the world currently has to the existence of telepathy. Case in point, the Los Angeles trio of Goldensuns, which consists of Wes, Jantzen and Chase Meier. On the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, that unspoken fraternal synergy has resulted in something ambitious and beautifully cohesive that will most certainly elevate the band to a much larger platform upon its release this spring.

Goldensuns was founded in the Meier’s hometown of Salt Lake City in 2013. However, it’s hard to justify the term ‘founded’ in this instance, as the three have been playing music together their entire lives. Still, despite their decade-long history of collaborating in other bands, this current Goldensuns incarnation is the first time that Wes, Jantzen and Chase ever comprised the full lineup for a project. As one listen through the EP will tell you, this has resulted in a scenario where those unspoken bonds were able to create some of the most innovative, self-exploring tracks of the band’s career.

Another major contributor to the direction of this EP was a move to Los Angeles in November of 2014. The greater possibilities that LA had to offer and the new friendships with other like-minded musicians played a huge role in helping Goldensuns really hone in on their vision for the project. When it came to the actual recording of the EP, the band felt the sound they were looking for would be best captured in the studio they had built at their home in Salt Lake City. The original plan was to be back in SLC for a week, but riding the synergistic flow that they were experiencing and allowing for a meticulous attention to detail ended up keeping the Meiers at their parents house for over a month while they perfected the sounds that would end up on the EP. During this time all three brothers would switch back and forth in terms of instrumentation, seek out the smallest adjustments to get the sounds perfect, and surprisingly fight very little over direction. The lack of arguments is even more surprising when you take into consideration how the band spared no detail or effort in making sure each track on the EP sounded exactly as they wanted it to turn out. As Jantzen put it, the band “really took more care on this one knowing it would be their first release in 4 years”.

The Meiers self-produced this EP and Jantzen handled the mixing and mastering duties, so it comes as no surprise that there is much more of the Meier’s personality than you see in anything they’ve recorded previously. The result is something much more mature and, in a lot of ways, completely different from anything that any of the brothers have written before. It’s almost a totally different genre than the alternative rock that they had been involved with traditionally. As the band puts it “Most of the songs paint a very nighttime/dark reddish romantic feel. Sort of a nighttime drive in a city or maybe a sensual candle lit club”. Overall, this EP is a much more honest interpretation of the music the guys are into and the way they want to progress creatively.

So far the band has released two singles from the current EP, and the buzz around the band is already growing quickly. “I Feel This Place” premiered on IndieShuffle.com, where it quickly rose to number 1 on their “Most Popular” chart and subsequently ended up charting on Hype Machine as well. All Things Go called it “a sun-soaked journey through pop-psychedelia” and Buzzbands LA adds “the self-produced track is swathed in hazy reverb, evoking the languid pleasures of “this place”. The band followed up with the premiere of “Give It Up” on Nerdist, who said the track “showcases their acumen for smart songwriting. Jabs of guitar wash in and out like the tide, simple percussion and bass provide enough room for the vocal hooks that are the heart of this song”.

Overall, this EP is overflowing with the great strides the band has made as songwriters, while also pointing towards the endless creative potential they hold. As more and more people realize how special of an act Goldensuns is, make no mistake that this self-titled EP will be a cornerstone of their discography and a pivotal moment in what will be a long and successful creative journey for the band.
The Blindspot Project
The Blindspot Project
THE BLIND SPOT PROJECT IS A LIVE, LIQUID LIGHT SHOW PRODUCTION SUPPLYING VISUALS TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSIC SCENE
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042