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.
March 31 2020
7:00PM doors -- music at 7:30PM
••• ALL AGES
$15 in advance / $18 at the door
Noise Pop presents...
pop rock new wave
post coital emo
new wave post-punk
Jason Yarger (vocals)
Jake Goldstein (guitar)
Kevin Grimmett (bass, keyboards)
Joey Anderson (drums)
-from Los Angeles, CA
-HUNNYJason Yarger (vocals) -Jake Goldstein (guitar) -Kevin Grimmett(bass, keyboards)Joey Anderson (drums)The full-length debut from HUNNY, Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.isan endless back-and-forth between heavy-heartedlyricsand bright-and-shiny melodies, lovesickconfessionand addictivelydancey rhythms. With the album centered ona narrativeYargersums up as “I love you and Iwant to die,” the Woodland Hills, California-bred bandwrote most of the songs on acoustic guitar, deliberatelychanneling araw vulnerability intoeveryline.But despitethat moody intensity, Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.embodies the wildlyfreneticenergyof HUNNY’s live show, a happily chaoticfree-for-all they’ve previously brought to the stage in touring with bands like The Neighbourhoodand Beach Slang.Produced by Grammy Award-winner Carlos de la Garza(Cherry Glazerr, Culture Abuse, Paramore), Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. came to life in November 2018, the same time as the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire that devastated96,949 acresof land in Southern California. At one point, fire fighters were in Grimmett’s backyardstopping the wild fire from encroaching onto the property, while the band was inside demoing and writing. “They blocked off all the streets and we had to sneak into my place through this apartment structure,” Grimmettrecalls. “Thankfully my house is still standing and the hills are a bright green.” In working with de la Garza, HUNNY spent weeks in the studio and embraced their experimental side more fully than ever before. “There was a lot of rabbit-holing and taking our time to find different sounds, especially with the keyboard parts and the synths,” says Yarger, namingclassicsynth-popbands like Depeche Mode among HUNNY’s maininspirations.With its fantastically unpredictable sonic palette, Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.opens on“Lula I’m Not Mad”—a bouncy pop track thatmatches its shimmerysynth lines with hopelessly crushed-outlyrics. “It’s about whenyou’re infatuated with someone, soyou just let them do whatever they want to you,” says Yarger.On “Saturday Night,”HUNNY slipinto amoremelancholybut still-romanticmood, embedding their storytelling with references to My So-Called Lifeand Echo & the Bunnymen. “It’s mostly about being emo in your bedroom on a weekend night, but being able to share that with somebody else,” says Grimmett. And onthe sweetlyself-effacing“Halloween,” Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.closes out by drawing some strangely affecting poetryfrom the mundane experience of paying a parking ticket online.“I was sitting on the floor in my apartment and working on this demo, and I decided to be super-literal about what was happening in the moment,” says Yarger.“It all goes back to trying to be more vulnerable on this album, and just putting whatever we’re feeling right into the lyrics.”Formed in 2014, HUNNY came up at the same time as various contemporary musicians, skaters, video directors, and other creatives from the same neighborhood. “There was a house in the Valley that we used to go to parties at, and we all ended up meeting there and eventually playing together,” says Grimmett. After playing their first
gig in a garage, HUNNYdelivered their debut single “Cry for Me” in January 2015, then self-releasedthe Windows IEP in May 2017. Soon after signing to Epitaph, HUNNY put out their 2018 sophomore EP Windows II, and quickly got to work on their first full-length.As they immersed themselves in writing for Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes., HUNNYpurposely strayed from their punk roots (“I definitely went through a phrase of being a weird little crust-punk kid,” Yargerpoints out), and dugdeeper into their love for ’80s new wave and ’90spop.In that process, the band ultimatelyinstilled a whole new sense of immediacy into their music. “We started to be less ethereal and cryptic, and focused on writing songs that people could really latch onto,” says Grimmett.Another key aspectof HUNNY’s newly revitalized sound: the hugely catchychoruses found ineach song on Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.As Grimmettexplains, the band introduced that element withtheir ever-communallive show in mind.“We really love the emotive aspect of playing a show,” says Grimmett. “The kids are always moshing and stage-diving and crowd-surfing, but they’re also singing our songs back to us the whole time. For this record we really took the time to think about what we were going to give them to sing, and made sure that it’s something with real feeling and meaning to it.”
-from Boston, MA
-We have officially entered 20ninescene and there’s never been a better time for Bay Faction to take the spotlight. Comprised of a trio of Berklee College of Music grads, the band’s 2018 debut album Florida Guilt is a blend of emo, jazz, and rock that smoothly goes down the hatch and leaves a cozy feeling to comfort you through bouts of sadness. By the time you’re finished listening, it’ll feel like a huge release of inner turmoil.
-from Montréal, Quebec, Canada
-MUNDY’S BAY is a band built on distance.
Lyrically, it’s deeply resonant for the 21st century, when we find ourselves with access to the entire world at the touch of a button yet still lonelier than ever. And while the band’s style, which pays reverence to musical movements of the ’80s while simultaneously pushing forward to break new ground, sounds like the kind of comfortable fit they’ve been doing for years, it’s ultimately the next chapter in a musical history colored by—of all things—hardcore music. From their previous experiences playing in that scene, the band kept their DIY ethics and developed an energetic live show. “One of the best things that’s come out of the streaming age of music is an openness to all genres,” says guitarist Victor Beaudoin. “We were still able to be part of the hardcore scene while reaching out to new people.”
Mundy’s Bay are poised to continue pushing the limits of their creativity and sound, adding in rockier elements as well as leveraging Mulders’ captivating lyrical style, which takes its roots in long-form poetry. And, no matter how far they end up from where they started, they’ve learned that welcoming this distance with open arms is ultimately the best way to continue moving forward.
“We just want to explore whatever inspires us,” Therrien says. “There’s no worry in our minds about being too much of something—or not enough.”