Big Sir / Softness / ESP / Blackbush

The Echo Presents

Big Sir / Softness / ESP / Blackbush

Softness, ESP, Blackbush

Mon, September 10, 2012

8:30 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)


Los Angeles, CA

This event is 21 and over

Big Sir
Big Sir
Big Sir is Lisa Papineau and Juan Alderete of Mars Volta. After a five year wait Big Sir has just finished their 3rd album and it will be coming out on RLP / SH in January 2012 with a lot of great special guest players including Cedric Bixler Xavala on drums.

Juan started his rock career with fellow students Paul Gilbert, Harry Gschoesser and Jeff Martin making up the speed metal group Racer X and Juan has been recording with them ever since their 1986 debut release.
However, four years after the creation of the band, Paul Gilbert left Racer X to form the band Mr. Big. The remaining members of Racer X decided to stay active in music and over the next ten years, Juan would be involved in several different bands including The Scream, DC-10, Big Sir, and Distortion Felix.

In 2003, while working as a radio producer Alderete received a call from Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta while on their European tour with an offer to audition for the band. He went on to record Frances The Mute in 2004. He has recorded bass on every Mars Volta album since, as well as a number of solo albums by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.

Beginning in multimedia performance art, Papineau's career has been filled with countless highlights. She relocated to Los Angeles from the east coast and soon began a collaboration with the composer Tyler Bates (soundtrack composer for Watchmen, 300). The project was lovingly dubbed Pet. Coming to the attention of Tori Amos and her manager/ collaborator Arthur Spivak, Pet was the first signing to their imprint label with Atlantic Records, Igloo. After considerable touring, critical acclaim and appearances on the soundtrack of The Crow II and, on the Rock For Choice benefit album Spirit of 73, Pet split up.

Papineau and Alderete formed Big Sir in ensuing months, issuing its self-titled debut album and a remix disc in 2000 and 2001 respectively. During this time, the two musicians continued their collaborations with other artists. Papineau lent her vocals to such diverse projects as the last two Air albums (10,000 Khertz, Talkie Walkie), P.O.D's The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, Scapegoat Wax's Okeeblow, Farflung's Belief Module and NinePin Body, and the Dimension Mix tribute album to electronic sound pioneer Bruce Haack (featuring Beck, Stereolab, Eels, etc.) with The Anubian Lights, while also rocking synths and mic for a Japanese tour of The Rentals. In 2005, Papineau sang two tracks on the M83 Before the Dawn Heals Us release.

Around that time, Papineau moved to Paris and there, began to write the songs that were to be the body of her first solo album Night Moves. The album made its debut in the USA in July 2006, on LunaticWorks (Sony/BMG). Back and forth between France and the US, the past few years have found Papineau hard at work on several projects, and spending a good deal of time on the road performing live. In 2007, Big Sir released Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer via Gold Standard Labs.
2011 signaled the birth of a new Los Angeles-based musical triumvirate whose classical training and enthralling sonic automatism drives an experimental and cinematic vision of popular music. Synesthetic, synth-laden dreamscapes, literally popping with hypercolored visuals, this is E.S.P, the sights, sounds and sensory overload of the West Coast cosmos.

The brother / sister combo of Aska and Seiya Matsumiya (keyboards / vocals & keyboards / electronics, respectively) are joined by dear friend Bobby Evans (drums & electronics). The catalyst and dynamics of the band as natural as the group's synergy and soaring late night anthems of E.S.P's debut EP.

E.S.P's hypnotic flow made bi-coastal live debuts in New York (at Saint Vitus) and Los Angeles (at Teddy's) alongside a mesmerizing session for LA's dublab radio. Showcasing the mystical yet earthy abstracts of 'Dark Panda', the awesome bubbling bass and tribal flow of 'Wonder Wonder' and the pounding drums and vivacious, new wave synths of 'Serenade'. The innate, anthemic energy of the band is embodied in the self-referential 'E.S.P', a stunning instrumental track whose syncopated drums and vibrant warmth conjures an inspired escapism that actually grounds the band into this reality.
Venue Information:
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026