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.
Tuesday June 18 2019
8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• ALL AGES
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
indie rock world music
Steven van Betten - Guitar/Voice
Gregory Uhlmann - Guitar/Voice
Marcus Högsta - Bass/Voice
Tim Carr - Drums/Voice
-from Los Angeles, CA
-"Their music is unique. Jagged, but also soulful and melodic. A noted West African influence surfaces in many of the guitar constructions, but I also hear fragments of sound reminiscent of Ian Williams and co. via Pittsburgh through Don Caballero, Chicago thru Storm and Stress and finally Brooklyn thru Battles. There are moments of abstract harmonic complexity (Cobwebs) and beauty (Fall Back) that are unmatched, to my ears, by any bands around today." — Jeff Parker (Tortoise, AACM, Brian Blade Fellowship, etc.)
At once understated and astonishing, Fell Runner's blend of a garage-cool attitude and complex virtuosity is declarative of a unique voice on the L.A. rock scene. The four-piece take guitar rock and infuse it with literary sensibility, vibrant vocal harmonies, and expressive polyrhythms borrowed from West African studies. Fell Runner executes these embellishments without ever breaking the uninhibited drive that serves as the band's foundation, keeping their sound edged and urgent.
Centered around the collaborative relationship between singer-guitarists Steven van Betten and Gregory Uhlmann as well as close friendships to bassist Marcus Hogsta and drummer Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM), Fell Runner formed in 2012. The band was conceived to satisfy a need to vent using the most primary and instantaneous effects of music. In it, its members found a space for visceral musical connection and honest lyrical exploration.
The band's self-titled debut was released on Orenda Records in August 2015 and it showed them crafting an exciting meeting point between bands like Dirty Projectors and TuneYards, tinged however with the dark moodiness of Deerhunter or Xiu Xiu. Of it, Record Rewind Play states, "what they've produced comes across as spontaneous and living, growing and evolving as the songs progress, with melodies and the rhythms that underpin them criss-crossing in a constant search for a stable center.” Lyrically, the album delivers cautionary musings and vivid Southern Californian landscapes which are bound up into introspective experiential snapshots. Fell Runner presents a picture of Los Angeles that minds the smog and clutter, maintaining an affinity for the organic.
Fell Runner has frequented Los Angeles clubs including appearances at The Troubadour, The Echo, The New Parrish and a month long residency at The Bootleg Theater. They have opened for artists Julia Holter, Big Thief, Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic), and Tortoise.
-from Oakland, CA
-Strangers to the touring life refer to it as “living the dream,” while generally the ones actually doing the touring see it more as living in a dream. The difference is subtle to the uninitiated, yet is intimate to Nate Brenner, AKA Naytronix, who has spent much of the past four years touring the world as bassist for the mighty tUnE-yArDs. Consider Naytronix’s second full-length, Mr. Divine (2015, City Slang), his treatise on the subject, which sees him turning from the disjointedly funky party dance anthems of his debut Dirty Glow (2012, Plug Research) to a surrealist stream of consciousness poignancy.
Brenner has digested a lot in the three years since introducing this world to Naytronix. tUnE-yArDs has turned into something of a perpetual motion machine, taking him to far corners of the Earth, as well as Carnegie Hall and the TV sets of Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Jools Holland, and Austin City Limits. He did some recording and performing with music royalty Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, got to collab and learn from Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda, and even found some time to take the Naytronix band around the US and across the Atlantic from London to Istanbul. And while his music keeps its characteristic reflection of the ‘70s of Onyeabor and Bootsy Collins, there is too a new face of the sincerity and vulnerability of the ‘70s of Arthur Russell he shows here amid the psychedelia, as if wishing to land the Naytronix Mothership down to stay with us for a bit. Brenner returns to his adopted hometown Oakland (he’s originally from Bloomington, IN) to find friends lost one by one to the allure of New York City in “Living in a Magazine.” On the track “Back in Time,” he grapples with a fleeting youth, crooning, “Time is tricky ‘cause you only get a single play, not like a record you can throw on every single day.” As music and life become one for the touring musician living (in) the dream, the line between plays and days gets more and more blurred. And in the Naytronix dreamland, no one’s there to dictate which is which.
-from Oakland, CA
-vocals and instruments since beginning of 2017