Monday Night Residency with A House For Lions

The Echo, Moheak Radio, and Blue Microphones Present

Monday Night Residency with A House For Lions

Blonde Summer, The New Limb, Soft Swells

Mon, February 11, 2013

8:30 pm

Echoplex

Los Angeles, CA

This event is 21 and over

A House for Lions
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!”
Blonde Summer
Blonde Summer
Eleganza is the debut EP from Blonde Summer. Chris Pope slipped away from Los Angeles and found inspiration in 60's surf rock and the desert rat locals of Joshua Tree while crafting Blonde Summers collection of drifter-esque indie rock songs, along with guitarist Matt Reid. Blonde Summer teamed up with Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart,Admiral Radley) at The Ship studio, and created "indie rock bliss" -Hmag
The New Limb
The New Limb
Captivating audiences with an incredible live show, catchy hooks, four part harmonies and a creative approach to songwriting, The New Limb pull from a century's worth of influences to make music that appeals to a wide range of listeners.

Named "Best Live Band" by The OC Weekly, KROQ raves "The New Limb's lush, organically evocative indie-pop channels yearning as it feels in any moment you've had true desire," going on to say the bands "gorgeously intense" music "sweeps you in with ecstatic Swede-couture electronica reminiscent of The Knife and moody indie twang like The Shins. Both the lyrics and Joey Chavez' voice call to mind the boyish, literate theatrics of Rufus Wainwright." LA Buzzbands says The New Limb "crunches hooky indie-pop into intricate arrangements with boy-girl vocals, strings and some tender piano work."

The New Limb is currently working on a new full-length album with producers Nolan Sipe and Ryan Petersen.
Soft Swells
Soft Swells
Sharp and sensible, new musical duo Soft Swells nails the canny pop sensibility of today's indie landscape on their forthcoming self-titled 'Soft Swells' LP making full use of an arsenal of sounds, including stuttering and snapping drums, handclaps, a ringing xylophone, and subtle electronics. Soft Swells is the collaborative effort of longtime indie songwriter and gifted storyteller Tim Williams and the talents of Brooklyn's Phonograph mainstay Matt Welsh.

Soft Swells was named for and inspired by Williams' beachy surroundings in California where he relocated after leaving NYC in 2009. Williams, who had released two very well-received albums under his name for Dovecote Records, met Welsh as he was gearing up to work on his third album. Welsh, who gained much acclaim with his own Brooklyn outift Phonograph, asked Williams if he needed a guitarist, and both gents knew it was a sure fit. Recently, Welsh also made the move from the East Coast to West Coast to join his new bandmate. "His band had done quite a bit of touring with Wilco so I knew Matt would be up for the challenge," says Williams.

Now ready to release their 'Soft Swells' debut LP to the world, Williams is excited to showcase new songs that he and Welsh recorded under tight constraints. "I would say 'control' is the main theme for this record. Really, what you can and can't - and how that affects your life." Soft Swells' self-titled debut was recorded in the tiny town of Lewes, England, by longtime friend and producer Dave Lynch (Ed Harcourt, Clearlake, Liam Finn) at Bat Box Studios. "Matt and I spent a little over a week recording 13 songs as quick as we could before our return flights home. I think we nearly drove Dave mad during this process as we could have really used a solid month for a record this size. Dave had also just had his first baby boy - Monty Moog - and probably only had 5 hours of sleep the entire week. He is a true saint," says Williams.

The band released a hot 7" late summer 2011 which featured new tracks "Every Little Thing" and "Lifeboats" which gained airplay at KCRW and KROQ and started a Soft Swells buzz on the West Coast. Both songs were remastered for inclusion on the crushingly perfect upcoming 'Soft Swells' full length which Austin-based Modern Outsider Records will release at the end of February. Stay tuned for new tour dates and new beginnings from Soft Swells in 2012.
Venue Information:
Echoplex
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026