CYMBALS

The Echo & IHeartComix Present

CYMBALS

Wunder Wunder, Strangeheart, Roses

Tue, July 22, 2014

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

CYMBALS
CYMBALS
The long-awaited new album from CYMBALS is named after a book by Princeton academic, Daniel T. Rodgers, which addresses the fragmentation of ideas towards the end of the last century and how collective meanings have become uncertain. Singer and guitarist Jack Cleverly writes: "It hit me that I often feel paralysed by the feeling that everything is 'too complicated', and that many people I know feel that paralysis. I realised that this way of thinking can be traced through these songs."

Produced by Dreamtrak (Swim Deep, Chad Valley, Hot Chip) in his Hackney studio and written collectively over the last 12-months, the group have taken their time to carefully piece the album together, song-by-song, in sequence. The album was completed following a final mix from Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Everything Everything) and the result is testament to the band's attention to detail: a cleaner, brighter sound than their brattier early recordings, edging towards the European sophistication of the end-of-the-century French house Jack grew up around. Singles 'Like An Animal', 'The End' and 'The Natural World' are characterized by an upbeat disco cool and all push the 7-minute mark, whereas 'Winter 98', 'This City', and 'Call Me' are brooding, stark synth-led numbers reminiscent of early-New Order, with some lyrics sung in Jack's native French.

The literary inspiration runs further through the album. The track 'The 5%', more obviously making reference to the themes of the album's namesake, declares "Time can be erased, you're stupid if you try and stay in place," over a pulsing bassline and swirling electronics. 'Like an Animal' is inspired by the intellectual and moral confusion of the main character in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. The album has even garnered literary responses of its own by British poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine.

"I told Joe about the book and the way the album was kind of a reaction to it, and he threw my rationalisation of it back at me through a short story inspired by the album." says Cleverly. "It helped reveal the emotional territory of the songs. He showed me how I had been dividing things up artificially – desires and priorities, getting older and not being able to stop writing music…"

Through the writing of this album, CYMBALS have inevitably matured. "We've never been in it just for a laugh," says Cleverly; "but things got confused when we said we wanted to keep it fun – we just didn't want to end up bitter, having chased a hollow dream. But this album is less about us; it's more outward looking, more aware of the world at large."

Despite the weighty literary influences, the band are keen to separate themselves from the over-earnestness that can sometimes accompany such associations. "I hate the whole 'serious earnest-singer-songwriter-thing,'" says Jack. "With this album I really wanted to get away from that and make music that makes people want to dance and feel joy. Neil's kick drum is the most important thing we have to say as a band. Is this all "fun"? Yes, of course, but at the same time, not just that."
Wunder Wunder
Wunder Wunder
Wunder Wunder is the creative conception of Australian music producers, Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant. After many years producing and writing electronic music, the duo have given birth to a new project that adventures into their love of colourful psychedelic ‘60s and ‘70s pop.

Having spent the last two years relocated in Los Angeles, an overflow of inspiration left them with a combination of everything from soft, blissed-out dreamscapes to the hot Californian sun burn’s that will be felt with their first single ‘Coastline’.

With an amalgamation of lo-fi squelch, dreamy guitars and warping synths, Wunder Wunder is a true aural trip into the west coast sun. Through a kaleidoscope of melodies, they provide the sonic colour and boldness that most music seems to forget.

Their first single Coastline will be released in November through New York based label, Dovecote
Strangeheart
Strangeheart
Strangeheart is an indie pop band based out of Los Angeles, Ca. Singer/songwriter Jeff Thompson, started the project after the break up of his former San Francisco band, Young Digerati. Thompson and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Queen officially formed the group in December of 2012, and quickly created a buzz while receiving plenty of recognition for the release of their first single, "In Another Life." Released in early 2013, "In Another Life" topped the Hype Machine popular charts (no remixes) going as low as #29 and peaked on We Are Hunted's 99 Hottest Tracks at #25.

In October 2013, Strangeheart released a second single, "How to Feel Right," on iTunes. The track was written with LA producer Ran Pink at Fonogenic Studios. Due to the success of the collaboration Strangeheart decided to finish their debut album at Fonogenic Studios, co-produced by Thompson and Pink. Furthermore, the hiring of drummer James Longstreet to play on the tracks brought a cohesive sound to the band that they felt was missing. This led to Longstreet's membership in the band.

Strangeheart, who draws upon influence from modern bands such as Crystal Castles and Empire of the Sun, to 80's bands like The Cure and Pet Shop Boys, is known for their pure electro pop sound. They have signed to Paradigm for tour/booking and LA Artist Manager Matthew Aure for Management.
Roses
Roses
ROSES is the brand new jangly dreampop project of Juan Velasqeuz from Abe Vigoda (& friends). For fans of (The Stone) Roses, mid-period Felt and other early creation catalogue jangly things...
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
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