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Thursday August 23 2018
  7:00PM doors -- music at 7:30PM
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
Super Whatevr
 Alternative Rock
Elder Brother
 indie rock
Beach Goons
 garage surf punk
King Shelter
 indie/alternative rock

Super Whatevr
Skyler McKee - guitar/vocals
Josh Gomez - Drums
Josiah Beason - Bass
Nate Wickander - Guitar
-from Costa Mesa, CA

-Kid left the old band started a new band telling stuff (using words and sounds) thanks for listening. Orange County emo-punk quartet Super Whatevr was formed in 2016 by singer/guitarist Skyler McKee. Raised in northern California, he started out in the hardcore scene there, acting as a bit player in several bands but secretly writing his own songs. Later he moved south to L.A., where he had a spell in the band THRDVSN, working with pop producer Rob Kinelski. The combination of punk and pop influences informed his own songwriting. Moving to Huntington Beach in Orange County, he found an open and accepting alternative scene tolerant to a blend of styles. There, a friend encouraged him to record his own songs, and he set about putting a band together, recruiting guitarist Robert Rutan, bassist Thomas Waale, and drummer Luke Mensink. Super Whatevr's self-released debut EP, Good Luck, had a raw, cathartic, yet tuneful sound with emotional lyrics and thrilling guitar harmonies, channeling the spirit of early-2000s indie rock. Together with the band's persistent live presence, it gained them a sizeable fan base and attracted the attention of Hopeless Records, which signed them in 2017 and re-released their EP. Their debut full-length for the label, Never Nothing, arrived early in 2018, preceded by the singles "Bloomfield" and "For You."

Elder Brother
Kevin Geyer
Dan Rose
-from Pleasant Hill, CA

-Pleasant Hill is the new Berkeley

Beach Goons
Pablo Cervantez
Chris Moran
David Orozco
-from San Diego, CA

-Three young goons from San Diego, CA

King Shelter
Taylor Hecocks
David Noble
John Harzan
-from Los Angeles, CA

-The more you listen to the music born of this California-quartet, the more a name like King Shelter feels like it’s slathered in irony. King Shelter shrug off social norms The more you listen to the music born of this California-quartet, the more a name like King Shelter feels like it’s slathered in irony. Their new album $HAME came out March 30th and features a biting collection of non-traditional punk-rock songs that constantly bounce between a hardened state of discomfort and the kind of anxiety that comes from a feeling of non-belonging in a world that’s seemingly complacent with a slow, steady march towards morphing into the kind of nightmarish hellscape that we believed could only be born of totalitarian governments and fictional dystopias.

The world’s first taste of the record came from “Pick Your Poison,” and on the song vocalist Taylor Hecocks stumbles over the line between feeling genuinely happen and caving to the societal pressures that seem to keep adding weight to his shoulders, which comes to a head after the bite of lyrics like “That is just the system/Tread along/Or be a victim” with the earworm-y hook of “Rise and shine/and pick your poison man” that soars over a wall-of-sound kind of riff that immediately sinks its teeth into you and makes a true believer out of all those who dare to brave it.

That kind of political commentary is baked into every song on this record, making each track feel like a violent reminder of our current climate. The powerful hooks that course through songs like “Blu Pigz,” “SHAME!,” and “Dust of LA” start to feel more like poignant premonitions of whats to come and I, for one, just can’t get enough of it. When asked about the record, Hecocks says: “$HAME is an album about what I’ve seen, it’s observational. And what I’ve seen is an extreme and isolated focus on topics I don’t deem worthy. I live In a world focused on socio-political games as opposed to a world set on finding a new planet before the sun burns this one up. How important will it all be when it no longer exists? But I don’t know anything, no one does.”