Royal Canoe

Royal Canoe

Begonia, Yip Yops

Wed · September 12, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Royal Canoe
Royal Canoe
Royal Canoe’s music has taken them a lot of places: around to world to play over 400 shows from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga and to Atlanta to work with Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter). Their records have received critical acclaim: a nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos, Best Independent Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards and love from music press and devoted fans the world over.

After all this noise, Royal Canoe settled back into what they know best - throwing everything out the window and building new sounds from the ground up. This time they set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies - less between them and the listener. An exercise in following the seed of inspiration to its end point before deconstructing and rebuilding. Songs emerged from a miraged-out place where the absurdity of modern life had become hallucinatory - and almost indistinguishable from some dystopian fiction. Royal Canoe will take these new songs on the road this fall with their musical sister and frequent collaborator Begonia opening the shows. Keep your ears open for a taste of that new music very soon…
Begonia (Alexa Dirks) has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet, it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. NPR Music called this space “the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy,” while CBC Music dubbed this fusion “her own brand of gospel.”

Dirks was joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), to record her debut, Lady In Mind, which the Globe & Mail claimed to be "an audacious adventure in modern soul, with gospel inspirations and updated takes on finger-snapping Motown pop and late 20th-century R&B." Penned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg the songs on Lady In Mind have already earned Begonia Western Canadian Music Award nominations for both Songwriter Of The Year and Breakout Artist Of The Year. While the song 'Juniper' jumped to the #1 spot on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 last September.

The layering of acoustic instruments with modern synths, and the duality found in both her songwriting and the name Begonia are very much informed by the way in which Dirks finds herself in everyday life. Bridging the gap between old and new, between fire and ice. Somewhere in the middle we find Begonia. Begonia’s follow up full length album is in the works and expected later in 2018!
Yip Yops
The Coachella Valley is where YIP YOPS were born and still call home. However, there’s an indefinable and indescribable urge that spurned the quartet- lead singer and guitarist Ison Van Winkle, drummer Ross Murakami, bassist Jacob Gutierrez, and keyboardist/ vocalist Mari Brossfield- to send their own kind of aftershocks through alternative music. The band’s singular sound could’ve been signed to Factory Records in 1981, but feels at home on your favorite Spotify playlist. That’s why the group achieved the seemingly insurmountable within a few years of crystallizing its lineup (and graduating high school). They went from gracing the stage at Coachella, Chinatown Summer Nights, and Echo Park Rising to building an organic buzz online. Counting New Order, The Smiths, and Pink Floyd among myriad influences, their sound tempers male-female harmonies over swooning synths, robust accentuated guitars, and hyper-charged beats. Rising out from the area’s monolithic musical shadow, they prove the classic possibilities of musicians jamming in a suburban garage. 2018 sees the four-piece release more music as they push the single “She” and hit the road supporting Lauren Ruth Ward on tour.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042