Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes


Tue · April 25, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Gaz Coombes
Gaz Coombes
Formerly of Supergrass. New album, Matador, out now
When her father selected a deck of cards as his prize at a carnival shooting gallery, Simone was stunned by his boring choice. "It's a MAGIC deck of cards!" he told her. "I got it for you." Noting her enthusiasm for magic on television, he hoped to encourage her interest with this prize. And encourage it did. Using the deck and its instructions, Simone performed her first magic show at school assembly, aged 9, cementing her love of magic and performing from an early age.

Years passed and magic faded away to make room for music fandom and seeing rock shows around the world which would be her focus for the next 20 years. But once the bands she followed had washed up, broken up and reunited again, so did

Simone with magic. With a husband and child under her belt, what better time in one's life to pursue the not-at-all lucrative path of a magician?

Now living in Los Angeles, a far cry from Australia where she started, Simone was able to take classes at the world famous Magic Castle, a private club for magicians. She soon passed her audition to become a magician member and began performing as part of a rare female magic duo, Mystiki.
Marjorie Fair
Marjorie Fair
Back in the mid-1970s, the Hayden Planetarium in New York City used to host a show called Laserium. It was where astronomy met FM rock. Under the Hayden's starry dome, multi-colored lasers would dance and duel to a soundtrack of Pink Floyd, Genesis, Supertramp, Procol Harum and all those bands that had one foot in the prog world but still knew how to deliver a wondrous, widescreen chorus.

The beautifully dreamy songs on Marjorie Fair's second album, I Am My Own Rainbow, would be perfect laser show candidates. Even the titles are suitably sky-rotechnic: "Black Holes," “Northstar" "Wandering,"; and "Found." The elements of lead singer and songwriter Evan Slamka's songs – minor-to- major key melodies, chord changes with a funhouse tilt, aerial choruses, contemplative lyrics - have a classic sound that's grounded in the past but also reaches up and out towards something new.

“I tried to do what I attempted on the first record which is to find a balance of textures and tones that the things that have inspired me have shaped,” says Slamka, “while allowing the songs to remain fully open, vulnerable and as free as possible within that framework.”

Marjorie Fair's critically-acclaimed debut, Self Help Serenade, released domestically in 2005 (and a year before in the UK), was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Kurt Vile), with co-production by Jon Brion (Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple) and featured such studio heavyweights as Jim Keltner and Billy Preston. Marjorie Fair toured Europe and the US multiple times, opening for Modest Mouse, Phoenix, The Doves, The Shout Out Louds and The Church. They performed at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, and in 2006, opened amphitheater shows for a double bill of Sheryl Crow and John Mayer, including a performance at Red Rocks.

In the ten-year gap, Slamka played on sessions, toured with singer-songwriter Carly Ritter, wrote a screenplay, began restoration on an old school bus that he plans to use as a mobile home / touring vehicle, did odd jobs, and most importantly, helped raise his young daughter. “One of the major factors in delaying this record's release for years was wanting to spend as much time with her, so I decided to stick as close to home as possible.”

For the new album, he collaborated with drummer and producer Joey Waronker (Beck, REM, Atoms for Peace), Grammy-winning engineer Darrel Thorpe (Outkast, Air) and bandmate/collaborator Nic Johns. Mike Andrews (Donnie Darko, Inara George, Greyboy Allstars) contributed his talents on ‘Songbird’.

Slamka says, “Joey was the producer- He, Nic, and I played a majority of the instruments. Many of our local friends and co-conspirators joined in along the way. Good memories, great times!”

As the band plans to do some selective touring (maybe in that modified school bus) behind I Am My Own Rainbow, he has modest, but hopeful expectations for the record. He says, “I just hope that whoever listens to any of the album gets a kick out of it somehow”
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042