Michael Davis With Lions "Real Love" record release + Merry Christmas / Soviet Red

The Echo, 88.5 KCSN, and Buzz Bands LA Present

Michael Davis With Lions "Real Love" record release + Merry Christmas / Soviet Red

Merry Christmas, Soviet Red

Wed, January 2, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

This event is 21 and over

Michael Davis With Lions
Michael Davis With Lions
Baseball is a game of patience. It is a game of details. Michael Davis is a die-hard baseball fan (his team is the St. Louis Cardinals in case you were wondering). Like the sport, Davis' musical career has been much about patience and trusting his instinct. While living in St. Louis, Michael recorded his debut album It is your corner, an introspective record that seemed to find the perfect balance of calm and tension. The album was followed by Brothers And Sisters EP, a batch of songs that eventually led to his move to Los Angeles. While on the West Coast, Michael learned not to "call his shot" too early in the game. He honed his craft playing a handful of shows with the likes of Dawes and A.A. Bondy, trusting that a slow and steady build was more important than a quick rise-and-fall from the top. His songwriting can be at times haunting, and recent solo performances caught the attention of some of the top musicians in the LA, including Nik Freitas, an esteemed songwriter who is also known for his work in Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band, and as a touring member of Broken Bells. With an excitement for his new batch of songs, and Freitas in the producer's chair, Michael hit the studio to record what would become Real Love, his first release as Michael Davis With Lions. The album finds Davis' wonderfully honest songwriting taking a sonic leap, resulting in his best and most dynamic work. With Real Love on the horizon, and a slew of upcoming LA dates, it appears that patience may be paying off, the bases are loaded, and Davis is up to bat.
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
One would like to believe that Merry Christmas was formed after last call at a dive bar, as an excuse to get another six pack and keep on going. Their music always sounds like a late night celebration among friends, full of fuzzy-pop that is sometimes epic and sometimes a little sad.

At the core of the band are Jeff Enzor and Justin Conway, who have been playing in bands around Torrance, CA since they were in their early teens. Having grown up with a healthy dose of SoCal pop-punk and 90‘s indie rock, the two found themselves living in Long Beach in their early-20’s, drinking late-night Budweisers together, and writing the music that has become Merry Christmas.

When listening to the Her Exceptional Kindness EP, it not hard to hear Guided By Voices, Superchunk, and 90’s era Weezer played urgently with plenty of sing-along choruses. It’s also no wonder that they are friends and at times have shared members with other L.A. bands Joyce Manor and Summer Vacation.
Soviet Red
Soviet Red
“There’s music in my head where conversation used to be,” Jaysun Rickards wrote on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. And while you could argue that music is a conversation, it’s a good thing we can overhear what he’s saying as Soviet Red. Rickards moved to L.A. about three years ago from Idaho and has been playing a couple local bands, including up-and-comers James Supercave and Vs. Colour. But Soviet Red is an outlet for his solo explorations, and his second EP “Transient Desire” mixes acoustic music and effects-laden electronica in fever-dream fashion, at times recalling the subversive whimsy of fellow L.A. experimentalist David Shane Smith and at others simply embracing the spirit of a guy who is fine with having a conversation with himself. - Buzz Bands LA
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com