Show Preview: Bad Suns w/Kiev (Dallas)
This show had been rescheduled from the original date at Trees due to the bad ice storm we got back in early March and has been moved to the newly built/reanimated The Bomb Factory; original tickets purchased for this event will be honored. Doors open @7PM and show starts at 8PM. Tickets are still available for this show, even though it sold out for the Trees venue.
Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since inception, have managed to be musically beyond their years. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) the four piece ranges from ages 19-22 yet has a sound reminiscent of rock stalwarts from generations past. “I grew up with a lot of world music playing in the house. When I was 10, I started getting heavily interested in the guitar, and my dad began introducing me to his records from the 70’s and the 80’s. Initially Elvis Costello, then to The Clash, The Cure, and so on,” notes Chris. “All of these artists and bands had a big impact on me, at a young age, as far as song composition goes. “ Influences are apparent on the band’s upcoming EP Transpose, where angst-ridden riffs and ethereal yet charismatic vocals pay tribute to post-punk legends of the early 80’s. “ I started writing my first songs at that time,” Chris continues, “Though we can now reflect on that era of music, those artists were ahead of their time in a lot of ways. That’s what’s most inspiring.”
Transpose was recorded in the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk) and serves as a prelude to the band’s debut full-length slated for 2014. “The writing and recording process is always exciting, because it’s constantly changing and unique to each song. Inspiration comes and goes as it pleases, so a night when a song gets written is a very good night,” says Chris. Comprised of four tracks, Transpose flows effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the band’s stadium ready anthems and undeniably catchy hooks. “Music has the ability to evoke certain feelings in people, a way that not much else can. The pairing of words and sounds can be an extremely powerful tool, when done right. I think the ultimate goal for this band is to make music that causes people to really feel something.”
Aside from writing a record, Bad Suns’ 2013 was a busy one, complete with multiple CMJ showcases as well as sharing the stage with the likes of The 1975 and Vaccines with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Transpose was released everywhere in the early months of 2014. It was followed up last summer (2014) by the band’s debut full length Language and Perspective.
“One day I just decided to be a musician, and I never strayed away from that goal. Being in a band is the only thing I can do.”- Chris Bowman
Kiev‘s full-length debut, Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth (co-produced/engineered alongside Chris Shaw from Wilco, Super Furry Animals, and released by Suspended Sunrise Recordings) follows two independent EPs: 2010’s Ain’t No Scary Folks In On Around Here and 2011’s, Be Gone Dull Cage & Others (co-produced by Darrell Thorp from Beck, Air, Radiohead), which was reviewed as “trippy and cerebral AT THE SAME TIME, occupying that sometimes-exhilarating, sometimes-discomfiting space between left and right brain.” The singles, “Crooked Strings” and “Falling Bough” have received extensive airplay on KROQ’s Locals Only show, while Kiev was named “Best Indie Band” consecutively at the 2011 and 2012 Orange County Music Awards (cited for “intricate, eclectic music and big live sound”) and EARNED an emerging artist spotlight from RollingStone.com.
Formed in Orange, California, Kiev was a slow burn, extracting inspiration from improv while carefully adding members over the years. Working in cohesive insularity in their creative space, a 1940s avocado warehouse, Kiev organically metamorphosed into a fully realized multi-dimensional collaborative by 2009. Between the five members, an intricate, tight-knit web of post punk, psychedelic funk, indie, jazz, jam, and minimalist styles are conjured through meticulous musicianship and mastery of electronics. Adding to the musical imagery on Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth are guest players contributing French horns, bass clarinets, bassoons, trombones, oboe and ARP synthesizers. A strong visual element is an integral part of Kiev’s live shows; the quintet often adds a multi-faceted, tightly choreographed 3D projection element, which earned them the “3DFF Pioneer Award” for their performance at the 2011 Los Angeles 3DFF Theatre Fest.
As the two-part album title indicates, the hour-plus aural JOURNEY that is Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth mines more than one source for inspiration: The cover painting, titled “Falling Bough,” by revered contemporary artist Walton Ford and ’60s minimalist music pioneer Steve Reich. Despite the band’s heady levels of musical, lyrical and visual creativity, Kiev creates inclusionary music that can be appreciated at any – and many levels. Fans of contemporary artists like Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, and Jaga Jazzist will find a familiar sense of sonic adventurism, technical prowess, and emotional intimacy in Kiev. “It’s all a result of a deep connection the band has that we hope extends to the audience. Any given song contains each guy’s fingerprint,” Kiev concludes. “The cohesiveness speaks to how much time we spend together and how well we know each other.”