Vug Arakas

Vug Arakas

Butch Bastard, Devon Williams

Sat · September 9, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is all ages

Vug Arakas
Vug Arakas
Vug Arakas is a resident of Los Angeles; a songwriter who left Columbus, Ohio in 2012 to see what the other side of the country had to offer.
While Los Angeles is full of sunshine and endless "goodtimes", it's also full of broken dreams, harsh realities, psychic vampires, and vapid mysticism. Not to mention those endless "goodtimes" often come with a hell of a price. After settling in to LA Vug quickly experienced all of the above and did what any songwriter worth his salt would do: he wrote about it.
They tend to throw around the term "old fashioned" these days for anybody who "just" plays rock 'n roll and while this band does play rock 'n roll there is nothing "old fashioned" about this. It's absolutely timeless without being regressive or retro or falling into cliché. It's simply good.
Butch Bastard
Butch Bastard is Ian Murray, formerly of Sub Pop band Poor Moon, a side project of members from Fleet Floxes. In 2014, Murray moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, and began Butch Bastard in his bedroom. Here, he meditated on (or slept through) various existential questions, creating the songs on his forthcoming album, “I Am Not A Man.” Murray recorded almost everything at his house and played most of the instruments. He polished things off at Jonathan Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Echo Park, where Mitch Rowland and Father John Misty’s Josh Tillman added drums.
Devon Williams
Devon Williams
Following up two brilliant albums (2008's Carefree and 2011's Euphoria), Slumberland and Los Angeles' Devon Williams are very proud to present Gilding The Lily. Williams' shimmering pop combines his broad musical tastes with exceptional song-writing and arranging skill, and an unerring ear for melody - all of which are in ample evidence on Gilding The Lily.

Devon started recording Gilding The Lily with long-time associate Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Violens, Ariel Pink) immediately after completing Euphoria, and over the intervening two years the songs steadily evolved, mirroring changes in Williams' life that include marriage and multiple intercontinental relocations.

From album opener "Deep In The Back of Your Mind" through first single "Flowers" and the lushly romantic "Will You Let Go Of My Heart?" Williams has honed his trademark blend of power-pop, orchestrated soft-rock and layered, melodic jangle-pop to a perfect edge. The elegant "Games" is a great example of what Devon does best — complex emotions played against a driving pop tune that recalls The Church at their melancholic best. The aforementioned single "Flowers" is a masterpiece of orchestral texture, with rolling drums, chorused guitars and swelling synths backing a tune that hearkens back to the most delicate 60s soft-pop — while sounding totally of-the-minute. "Puzzle" is pure power-pop heaven, a great contrast to the dreamy "Rabbit Hole" and closer "Gilding The Lily."

It's these contrasts that enliven Gilding The Lily and the consummate skill with which Williams arranges and executes his beautiful songs that mark him as a truly unique talent who, with this album, has reached a new peak of craft and creativity.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042