Benefit for Conscious Immaturity featuring A House for Lions,...
Aug 13 2013
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
A House for Lions
"The modern rock genre is in serious need of some fresh new faces. Enter A House For Lions." --L.A. Times "L.A.'s A House for Lions showed off a robust rock sound at Rusty's on Wednesday, adding garage ferocity to the softer, '90s-influenced alt-rock of debut EP 'I Want Us to Be Remembered'. --Billboard.com "Purveyors of gorgeous anthemic rock" –-Kevin Bronson, BuzzBands.LA Daniel Norman, singer/songwriter of A House for Lions, was a music lover who never intended to become a musician. But while hitchhiking through Germany, a melody and a few words popped into his head and never left: "we'll write a book worth reading!" - the first line of what would become the first song Daniel ever wrote and A House for Lions' statement of purpose, "Let Back". In that moment, he realized it might be possible to get off of the fence and create a project of his own; at least, it would be fun to try. Daniel had played guitar since he was a kid, but had no experience playing in a band. So he'd have to get better, ("we'll pass the test, no cheating!") but he'd also need to seek out kindred spirits to flesh-out the sound of his bare bones experiments. In early 2010 he found just that in an unlikely group of strangers. Adding guitarist and designer Mike Nissen, bass player Eric McCann and drummer Joe Luisi, A House for Lions has developed a sound that according to The Deli Magazine "manages to blend the sleeker side of angsty 90s rock with the laid-back instrumentation and heart-string pulling melodies you might expect from an alt-country band". Within six months, the band had recorded their first EP I Want Us To Be Remembered, with LA producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and were off and running. From there the band garnered rave reviews from the LA Times and Billboard.com, made impressive debuts at CMJ and SXSW and established themselves as one of Los Angeles' most promising young bands. A House For Lions recently completed work on their debut full-length album with Grammy Award-winning producer Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Fiona Apple, Elliot Smith) after completing an innovative DIY crowdfunding campaign to fund the making of the album. By successfully bypassing the traditional crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, et al) and building their campaign from scratch, they've impressed the indie music world at large and attracted flattering press including an interview on NPR, articles from Digital Music News, Hypebot and many others. Not content to rest on any laurels, these brothers-in-arms remain dedicated to creating and sustaining a distinct vision in an uncertain musical landscape. "To all the new beginnings/to all the screws unspinning!"
Formed in 2009 in San Francisco, Vandella draws their music from Motown, classic rock, Southern rock, folk-rock, blues, and modern-day sounds of indie pop/rock. It's like if Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown) was backed by The Band, or Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) stepping in for the late-great Gram Parsons with The Byrds, or Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) taking over for Jay Farrah and Jeff Tweedy in Uncle Tupelo. It's 1970s country-rock via 1990.
Brown Shoe is made up of four brothers - Aaron, Bryson, Ryan and Landon Baggaley - and Chandler Clemons who might as well be a brother. Their previous three albums received broad radio play, charted on CMJ, and garnered numerous TV placements. In recent years Brown Shoe has crisscrossed North America a number of times playing festivals, clubs, and colleges, winning over a diverse fan base across the country. After touring in support of Jackalope, Brown Shoe decided it was time to get back in the studio and begin recording the manically expansive and treacherous tale, The Gift Horse (unreleased, 2011).
"City Tribe have a great talent for music that wraps the listener in a relaxing blanket of sweet harmonies and lush guitar tones, yet the underlying intricacies in their songs make for a very interesting listen. With unexpected cadences, and varied rhythmic/harmonic structure in the vocal lines, City Tribe accomplish a strong hybrid of catchy and intriguing." -Buzzchips.com