The Little Ones

The Echo & Moheak Radio Present

The Little Ones

The Lonely Wild, Saint Sea Hat

Fri, February 8, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

The Little Ones
The Little Ones
t starts with an itch. A warmth at the back of your calf, causing your right toe to start moving, leading its four loyal friends to march along. Your left foot, not to be ignored, begins to twist and slide too. You’ll observe your hands start rhythmically slapping on whatever is around you, a steering wheel, a desktop, the asses of co-workers. Then your own ass begins to bob and bounce; you twist slightly at the waist, as your arms flail above your head, two pythons slithering for the sky. Your eyes will close, your head tips back, and you will smile, and laugh to yourself, and maybe grab someone you love or someone you just met, or your unpaid intern, and hold them close. You will dance all night, make out, and get a parking ticket the next morning, ‘cause it was street sweeping day.

This can happen anywhere, at any time. But it will only happen with the music of the Little Ones.

The group’s new album The Dawn Sang Along is powered by sun-crisped energy, a warm blast of rock songs that lean toward 1960s international pop, sampling from wherever Pan Am flew: from West African guitar strums to Caribbean beats to Brazilian bossa nova cool. The Southern California band are motion merchants who dish out dance-in-your-underwear jams, upbeat anthems to forget about the troubles of an increasingly annoying world.

You know what they say. When the world gets tough, music goes pop.

“We love pop,” says Brian Reyes, the Little Ones’ bass plucker and backup singer, “the way 60s songs were crafted: there’s a hook, vocal layerings, harmonies.” His older brother Ed sings lead and conjures playful guitar riffs, and together they’re California guys who sing buoyant harmonies like a couple of Filipino Beach Boys. “Catch the Movement” begs for a sing-a-long, as tumbling drums guide along Ian Moreno’s rolling guitar licks and Lee LaDouceur’s keys. “This record has nuance and headphone moments,” says Moreno. “Compared to past recordings, there are more hills and valleys to it, but in the end it’s really just us trying to improve on the fun parts.”

“Shake Your Sign” reverberates and echoes with tightly wound power pop. polyrhythmic drumming of Kevin Lenhart and subtle textures by multi- instrumentalist Ryan Wilson (both from electro-tinged rock group Division Day) propel this record, giving the album opener “Argonauts” an infectious march behind the “oohs” and “ahs” crooned by the Brothers Reyes. It’s music for credits of a teen adventure film, a heroic end to epic treasure hunts and bicycle-ridden debauchery.

For the band, this album is an adventure of its own, a self-financed effort following their critically-loved 2008 record, Morning Tide. Recorded between day jobs with legend Dave Newton, a storied producer and founding member of the Mighty Lemondrops, The Dawn Sang Along is a celebration of the DIY spirit. “We’re always the underdogs,” Ed says. “We’re not hired guns; we’re all friends and that keeps us dynamic. We’re always having fun!”

The Little Ones have the preternatural power of delivering amnesia, that forgetfulness of the world that happens when a song wraps you up in its rhythms. When you dance and sing along at the top of your lungs. When a moment can extend into infinity. It’s all part of the Little Ones’ plan. As Ed sings in the effervescent “Forro”:

“Let’s make something out of nothing.”
The Lonely Wild
The Lonely Wild
Rarely does a young band emerge with a combination of skills, talents and vision fully developed. But the LA-based quintet The Lonely Wild is that true gem who’s writing and arranging talents are only surpassed by its members’ ability to work seamlessly as a singular, dynamic voice.

Formed in 2010, The Lonely Wild is the brainchild of Andrew Carroll who had moved to Los Angeles to study writing, music and film. Carroll and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Ross met in school and quickly discovered that their skills as composers and arrangers complimented one another’s abilities. The two added lead guitarist Andrew Schneider, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jessi Williams and drummer Dave Farina to round out the mix – each a friend or fellow LA performer bringing their own unique background and talent.

Picking up solid momentum from their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dead End, The Lonely Wild quickly made a name for themselves in and around greater LA with fans such as Nic Harcourt (KCSN), Chris Douridas (KCRW) and Kevin Bronson (BuzzBands LA) on board. The band continued to hone their dynamic live performance through a series of high-profile shows opening for John Doe, Damien Rice, The Elected, Laura Marling and Lord Huron in addition to their highly successful residency at Silverlake’s famed Satellite.

In early 2012, the band holed up in The Hangar in Sacramento for a weeklong recording session. Working through consecutive 16, 18 and 24 hour days to produce what would ultimately become The Sun As It Comes, an album filled with gut-wrenching emotion, fragile beauty, and explosive energy. “It was a true labor of love,” Carroll says, “and a sheer force of will, that allowed us to finish this record. We all knew it was the most important artistic statement we had ever made, so we had to pull out all the stops.”

The epic single “Buried In The Murder” is a sonic voyage that perhaps best showcases The Lonely Wild’s unique and genre-defying sound. Carroll’s lyrics act almost as a confession of guilt for playing a part in corruption, greed and entitlement. With an arrangement reminiscent of a classic western, the song allows The Lonely Wild to truly showcase their unique ability to perform each part with bombastic confidence as a singular unit. No one voice outshines the other; no member more important – collaboration rarely found in a developing band.

Slated for an April 2013 release via their own Ursa Major Recordings (distributed and marketed by Thirty Tigers/RED), The Lonely Wild’s The Sun As It Comes is a record that reflects upon the times in which we live while taking the listener on a sonic journey of impressive heights.
Saint Sea Hat
Saint Sea Hat
Matt Salas grew up listening to oldies, working on classic cars, playing his guitar, and writing songs under the warm Southern California sun. Summer of 2010 he decided to take a birthday road trip up the west coast with a group of his closest friends. Since many of these friends are musicians the idea of performing Matt's songs as a band on this trip came naturally and Saint Sea Hat was born. One year later the band is still playing shows with new friends from the LA and Long Beach music scene contributing their talents. The songs have evolved from the laid back folky guitar jams they once were to rock songs with infectious pop melodies, hooks, and riffs heavily influenced by the oldies and classics of Matt's youth. Even though the band and songs have evolved, the original concept still remains the same...great friends playing feel-good tunes for friends, family, and anyone who wants to participate in the fun.

This show celebrates the release of Saint Sea Hat's much anticipated debut EP.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026