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 February 28 2019
7:00PM doors -- music at 8:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Noise Pop Festival 2019 presents...
Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue
Alternative, Folk, Pop
All advance ticket purchases include a digital download of Travis Hayes’ forthcoming album ‘Sleepless’.
Download link will be delivered to the email affiliated with the ticket purchase on February 28th. Purchase tickets by 11:59PM PST on February 27th in order to receive a free copy of the new album. Any orders received after this time will not qualify.
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-from San Francisco, CA
-Cathartic. If Travis Hayes’ second album had to be summed up in one word, cathartic would be it. The San Francisco singer-songwriter established his emotive, unpretentious approach to songwriting with his 2014 debut full-length, Young Daze, but a period of personal trials and tribulations has since pushed him to new creative heights. If Young Daze captured the wistful optimism and possibility of youth, Sleepless is the sound of finding the strength to stand up after life has slammed you into the concrete one too many times.
This 10-tracker was always going to be a departure. In the last four years, Hayes has grown exponentially as an artist, receiving critical acclaim for both Young Daze (The Deli Magazine called it “fresh” and “modern”) and 2015’s Love Songs EP, featuring ex-Tsunami Bomb vocalist, Emily Whitehurst. (SF Weekly dubbed the record “heartfelt,” while Infectious Magazine called it “an indulgent, beautifully crafted EP.”)
Meanwhile, Hayes threw himself into touring and performing all over the country - both solo and with his carefully curated band. He made waves at festivals including SXSW, Noise Pop, Off Beat, Phono del Sol and Ocean Beach Music & Arts. In between, Hayes shared stages with the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff, Langhorne Slim, and The Record Company. In 2016, he beat his own record for number of shows played in a month (26), and, in 2017, he covered over 15,000 miles on tour. While his songwriting and structure now reflects the kind of maturity and depth that comes with hard-won experience and commitment to craft, the story of Sleepless really begins with tragedy.
“Two years ago, I had the wind knocked out of me,” Hayes explains. “One of my closest friends was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Her light passed on, all went dark, and I was left lying awake at night, sleepless and unable to make sense of anything. I didn’t know what to do or how to cope — so I wrote. I wrote, and I wrote, until I had exhausted all the fear, frustration and anger from my mind.”
This heart-wrenching collection then, truly encompasses what it is to be alive: the depth and joy of love, the agony of loss, the terror of embracing hurt, and the ultimate release of healing. Sleepless is the sound of shedding one scarred and fractured skin, in order to crawl into another, stronger one. For all its sadness, Sleepless is ultimately marked by a deep sense of hope; the will and desire to keep moving forward, even in the shadow of grief. The Bay Bridged has already noted that this creative process has transformed Hayes “from lone troubadour to swaggering bandleader.”
“Songwriting has always been this cathartic escape for me,” Hayes says, “but writing these songs was different. These songs gave me a place to be vulnerable, a place to be angry, a place to find hope. This album gave me a place to find my strength again. What started out as a laundry list of scary things that kept me up at night, became a collection of songs that detail the reasons that get me through each day. In the end,” he concludes, “they were more than just songs. They saved my life.”.
Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue
Madi Sipes // Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Nick Cunningham // Bass, Synthesizer
Caleb Koehn // Drums, Sampling
-from San Francisco, CA
-Madi Sipes and the Painted Blue is a band from San Francisco, fronted by singer and electric guitarist, Madi Sipes. With her captivating voice and mature songwriting, Madi started gaining fans at a young age in her hometown of Placerville, California.
While performing one of her songs at a summer camp talent show, Madi caught the attention of counselor and Los Angeles-based songwriter Andrew Heringer. The two began long-distance collaboration over the next few years, while Andrew was performing and touring in the band Milo Greene.
In the spring of 2015, Madi recruited longtime friends Nick Cunningham (bass) and Caleb Koehn (drums) to form her band. The band traveled to Los Angeles to finish writing and recording the final few songs for Madi Sipes and the Painted Blue’s debut EP: Sex & Sadness. Pulling from a diversity of influences -- including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Ocean and Fleet Foxes -- the Sex & Sadness EP showcases what The Sacramento Bee describes as “feisty and sultry indie soul pop."
-from Portland, OR
-Portland indie-folk songstress, MAITA, is hard at work on her debut EP, produced by Matthew Zeltzer, and engineered by John Askew (Neko Case). MAITA's songs are visceral experiences, tied together by intricate fingerpicking, unexpected melodies, and chord changes reminiscent of Elliott Smith. Also featured are Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie, Loch Lomond), & Matt Berger (Laura Gibson).
-from Los Angeles, CA/Oakland, CA
-If you’re a fan of indie rock in the bay area, chances are you’ve heard the vocal contributions of Alycia Lang without even realizing it. Whether providing lush vocals and instrumentation in Bay Area favorite, Waterstrider, touring with Trails and Ways, or sneaking in vocal cameos in any number of other bay area bands, she’s been lending her talents to projects since 2013 when when she re-emerged from a 3-year hiatus and landed in the vibrant music and art scene in Oakland.
After years singing classical music with the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music in her youth, her early recordings earned her praise from several notable producers and artists, which lead to the creation of her debut album in 2006 in the UK. In the years that followed, Alycia found herself writing original material for the first time and collaborating with Grammy Award winning producers, writers, and engineers to create two EPs of original music which were released in 2008 and 2011.
In part, due to her eclectic musical career, Alycia’s music now lands at the unlikely intersection of alt country, pop, jazz and indie rock, a combination which has earned her comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Justin Vernon. Driven by soaring vocals, yet centered around mindfully crafted lyrics, her music creates a synergy that is strikingly emotive, insidiously catchy and achingly poignant.
In 2011, in a dramatic departure from her musical past, Alycia wiped the slate clean by taking almost all of her music offline and going on a 3 year hiatus to focus on her visual art. Now, in a return to her musical roots, where the human voice and the words it carries reign, she plans to present new recorded material early 2019.