Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Thursday December 20 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
Death Valley High
Vigil Of War
Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Punk, Melodic Metal
-from Berlin, DE/Los Angeles, CA
-an electronic rock duo formed in Berlin, Germany, consisting of members Jon Courtney (Pure Reason Revolution) and Sammi Doll (IAMX)
The band has since relocated the live element to Los Angeles, CA to spread the name throughout America.
“I LEFT LONDON, MOVED TO BERLIN, RENTED A DIRT CHEAP ROOM IN AN OLD DDR* BUILDING AND STARTED BATTERING OUT THE MUSIC THAT WOULD GO ON TO BECOME BULLET HEIGHT,” SAYS JON COURTNEY, SPEAKING ABOUT THE DISPERSAL OF HIS FORMER BAND PURE REASON REVOLUTION. “I WANTED TO PRODUCE SOMETHING DARKER AND HEAVIER THAN I’D EVER CREATED.”
PUSHING THE PLAY BUTTON ON THE DEBUT ALBUM, ‘NO ATONEMENT,’ THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT YOU GET. 10 UNPREDICTABLE TRACKS OF DARK, PRIMAL CONVICTION,PULPED WITH THE AVANT-GARDE, WITH INDUSTRIALIZED ELECTRONICA, WITH HEAVY METAL GUITARS. IN A DEEP BREATH OF THE LESS ORDINARY IT’S A RECORD THAT BOTH BLUDGEONS AND SEDUCES.
INDICATION THAT BULLET HEIGHT IS SET TO BECOME ONE OF THE GREAT COLLABORATIVE ALTERNATIVE DUO’S NOT SEEN SINCE THE LIKES OF THE EURYTHMICS OR THE CULT.BECAUSE COURTNEY’S ORIGINAL VISION IT MAY HAVE BEEN, BUT THE BAND IS NOW UNDOUBTEDLY HE AND SAMMI DOLL.
“I LEFT LOS ANGELES AND MOVED TO BERLIN,” SAMMI DOLL EXPLAINS; “TO JOIN IAMX ON TOUR. BUT WHEN THE SINGER; CHRIS CORNER FELL ILL, IT WAS CANCELED WHICH WAS WHEN I MET JON. WITHOUT A DIRECTION IN A NEW CITY, RECORDING THIS ALBUM GRANTED ME THE HEADSPACE TO CHANNEL A LOT OF PERSONAL DEMONS INTO SOMETHING SIMULTANEOUSLY POSITIVE, DARK AND ALLURING.”
A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH SUPERBALL MUSIC (PART OF THE SONY MUSIC GROUP OF LABELS) FOLLOWED SUIT AND WHILST PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE ALBUM, BULLET HEIGHT BEGAN GIGGING TO AN ENTHUSIASTIC BERLINUNDERGROUND.
“IT’S BEEN QUITE THE JOURNEY SINCE WE’VE COMPLETED THE ALBUM,” COMMENTS SAMMI DOLL. “EVERYTHING FROM THE MIXES TO THE FORMING THE LIVE ELEMENT. IT’S SHAPED INTO SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER THAN WE BOTH EXPECTED.” AND COURTNEY CONCURS. “NOW THAT WE’RE PLAYING SHOWS IT ALL FEELS REAL. WE’RE EXCITED AT THE PROSPECT OF EXPANDING OUT FROM THE BERLIN SCENE AND GETTING OUT THERE.”
LIKE THE BEST OF ARTISTS, FEAR IS THE ONLY THING THEY FEAR. FREE LIVING AND CREATING ON THEIR OWN TERMS IS THE FUEL IN BOTH THEIR TANKS.
SAMMI DOLL MOVED FROM THE UK TO LA WHEN SHE WAS JUST 4. SHE’S BEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND TOURED SELLING MERCH FOR THE GO GO’S, ALAN JACKSON AND KD LANG. IN 2010 SHE JOINED INDIE, SHOE-GAZERS ‘MY SATELLITE’ UNTIL SHE MOVED TO BERLIN TO JOIN DARK CABARET ACT, ‘IAMX’ FOR WHOM SHE STILL PLAYS.
INDEPENDENT OF THE LIKEWISE, SONY SIGNED, ‘PURE REASON REVOLUTION’, JON COURTNEY WAS ALSO IN THE PUNK BAND ‘GEL’, SIGNED TO SIRE BY SEYMOUR STEIN. NOW A DJ AND PRODUCER IN HIS OWN RIGHT, UNDER ‘KC BLITZ’, WITH MIXING PARTNER JAMIE KOSSOFF (K), COURTNEY (C) HAS DONE A NUMBER OF REMIXES, INCLUDING FOR ‘ASKING ALEXANDRIA’ PLUS ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION & REMIXES FOR ‘BRING ME THE HORIZON’.
AND SO OF THAT WEAVE AROUND THE PROVERBIAL BLOCK, IT SEEMS UNIFICATION ON, ‘NO ATONEMENT,’ IS THE CULMINATION OF THE PAIR’S, UNTIL NOW, SEPARATE THREADS.
SO SAMMI CONCLUDES:“IN A WAY IT SAVED ME FROM FULLY SUCCUMBING TO THE BLACK HOLE THAT BERLIN CAN BECOME WHEN YOU’RE A WANDERER WITH NOTHING TO LOSE.”
TOGETHER THEY’VE REACHED BULLET HEIGHT. A PRODUCT OF EX-PATRIOT LONDON, EVOLVED IN DISSIDENT BERLIN... SET TO CONQUER THE US VIA LOS ANGELES
Death Valley High
-from Earth A.D.
-Crafting the perfect soundtrack to a romp in the dark, Northern California’s Death Valley High artfully merges traditional goth magic and modern alternative majesty, co-mingling cinematic rock, new wave, and dance music on their 2016 full-length CVLT [AS FVK] (minusHEAD Records). Now, the boys always incorporated a gothic sensibility, but they fully embrace it on CVLT [AS FVK]. Since the release of 2013’s Positive Euth, Death Valley High logged over two years on the road, touring alongside everybody from Mindless Self Indulgence and ††† (Crosses) to Filter, Orgy, and Vampires Everywhere! That experience left an indelible imprint on the band. Teaming up with producer Ulrich Wild [White Zombie, Deftones], they ignite 12 nocturnal anthems that are impossible to shake and undeniably CVLT [AS FVK].
Vigil Of War
ALICIA VIGIL (She Demons/We Start Wars) - VOCALS/BASS
SHANE HUTCHISON - GUITAR/BASS/KEYS
CHRIS WILSON (Good Charlotte, JMSN) - DRUMS
LONDON STANCY (Farewell, My Love - GUITAR
-from Hollywood, CA
-Vigil Of War is a rock & roll, female fronted 4 piece from Los Angeles formed in 2017 with an edgy sound and a look to match. If Billy Idol, Joan Jett, and Brody Dalle were to mix their sound in a current day feel, VOW would fall close to this.
"For LA music fans, describing Vigil Of War in a word or two might be “Lynam For Boys.” I heard guys around me use terms like, “Sexy As Fuck!” but there’s a lot more going on here than flair. This is a rock band from Hollywood! They emulate the yesteryear appearance of leather clad metal heads and they bring a sound clearly reminiscent of the bands they draw influence from." Joe Dolan - SonicMag