MEZZANINE & LIVE 105 KITS SAN FRANCISCO LIVE105.COM Present
Club NSSN 2015
+ DJ Aaron Axelsen
8PM // 21+ with valid ID
Los Angeles: a city of contrasts. On one hand, a metropolis of aspirations, a place which offers the transient a tantalising glimpse of glamour and permanence. On the other, many dreams drift away, deserted within an urban personification of unfulfilled ambitions. It might not seem like the most obvious place around which to theme an album for a band rooted in Liverpool (albeit via Norway in the case of bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen, or onto London for frontman Matthew 'Murph' Murphy), but that's precisely what The Wombats have done with their third set "Glitterbug," a collection which follows their top five hit "This Modern Glitch."
Completed by drummer Dan Haggis, The Wombats have a long association with Los Angeles. They've played in and around the city numerous times since the release of their debut "A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation," and even recorded their second album "This Modern Glitch" there too. For the band's core songwriter Murph it also proved to be a fount of inspiration, which gradually mutated into a magnetic attraction.
For L.A.-based four-piece Saint Motel, every song holds the possibility for a spontaneous party. “That perfect moment in time where it feels like anything is possible. The kind of party where anyone is welcome but only a select few are invited,” says frontman A/J Jackson, whose bandmates include guitarist Aaron Sharp, bassist Dak Lerdamornpong, and drummer Greg Erwin. “It’s all kinds of people mixing together, and looking for these perfect, organic moments of beauty and danger.”
But while soul, R&B, and funk music might have helped inspire Saint Motel’s own sound, it’s hard to pigeon hole them to any genre. “So much of why I love music has to do with that beautiful mystery of not knowing why I love music! I’m constantly drawn to particular sounds—it could be a melody in a calypso song, a lyric in folk song, sometimes these little pieces hit you so hard and excite you and inspire you and you don’t even understand why,” says Jackson. “To us everything has potential, so we try it all.”
Jackson Phillips has only been creating music under the moniker Day Wave since Fall 2014, and in just under six months the 25-year-old has become one of the most buzzworthy and refreshing artists to burst onto the DIY scene. A departure from his synth-heavy work as one half of electro-pop duo Carousel, Day Wave crafts dreamy, lo-fi, guitar-driven indie-pop that is already turning heads.
With a modest but top-quality catalogue of just three released singles, Phillips – who writes, produces, and performs all of his songs, and tracks each instrument himself on an old reel-to-reel, no less – is currently working on his debut LP and live show.
Having already claimed the #1 Artist slot on Hype Machine twice, in addition to play list adds on Alt Nation, KCRW (including Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic), WXPN, and more, Day Wave shows no signs of slowing down.