Movements w/ Can't Swim, Super Whatevr, Gleemer
Wednesday, March 21st
@ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
$14 ($12 adv) / 7:00pm Doors / All Ages
Tickets On Sale Wednesday 1/10 at 12:00 PM: http://ticketf.ly/2CUzZ1x
Music and emotion share a timeless physiological, psychological, and spiritual bond. A chord, a melody, or a lyric can lift spirits and inspire. Movements achieve that sort of reaction on their full-length debut, Feel Something [Fearless Records]. Threading together spacey guitars, evocative and introspective lyricism, ponderous spoken word, and tight songcraft, the Southern California quartet—Patrick Miranda [vocals], Ira George [guitar], Spencer York [drums], and Austin Cressey [bass]—immediately connect by opening up…
“We want our listeners to hear our music and feel something deeper than the everyday run-of-the-mill emotions,” exclaims Patrick.
“We want our listeners to know that no matter what they’re going through there’s someone out there who understands. We want them to know they aren’t alone in their struggles, and no one should have to suffer alone. We don’t care if our music makes you feel sad, happy, angry, confused, or anything in between. All we care about is that it makes you Feel Something.”
That musical empathy quietly launched Movements on an upward trajectory in 2015. Formed by longtime friends, the group landed a deal with Fearless Records after just one local gig. Produced by Will Yip [Tigers Jaw, Title Fight, Turnover, Citizen], their debut EP, Outgrown Things, became a fan favorite. Acclaimed by the likes of Alternative Press and New Noise Magazine, songs like “Nineteen” and “Kept” each respectively amassed over 800K Spotify streams and counting as they have toured nonstop.
Along the way, the boys started working on what would become Feel Something before returning to the studio with Yip in February 2017. In the sessions, their signature style crystallized and coalesced.
“We wanted to define what Movements is on the record,” he goes on. “There were a lot of different styles on the EP, because we were still trying to figure out who we wanted to be. For the full-length, we were all on the same page. Everything matured. We solidified our identity as a rock band. Our guitar tones are more complex. The spoken word parts are there, but there’s hardly any screaming. We wanted to write a cool fucking rock record with a song for everybody.”
Bolstered by intricate instrumentation and explosive vocal delivery, these 11 tracks signify the musicians’ evolution.
On the first single “Colorblind,” hummable clean guitars volley between arena-size rhythms before snapping into a vibrant admission, “Cuz you were gold, but I’m colorblind.”
“It’s a relationship song,” says Patrick. “I’m colorblind, and I use that as an analogy for love. After going through some bad breakups, I’d meet people and fail to connect on a deeper level. I’d lose interest and walk away. Even though these girls had so much to offer me, I couldn’t see it. No matter what, I couldn’t see these relationships through, and I didn’t know why.”
“Deadly Dull” explores the effects of Alzheimer’s from a powerful firsthand perspective that’s nothing short of tear-jerking. “My girlfriend’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s,” the frontman sighs.
“When his wife died, he was distraught, screaming, and crying. Twenty minutes later, he didn’t know she died. He keeps asking to see her. The family tells him that she’s gone, because he doesn’t remember. That crushes me. Every time, he gets sad, cries, goes outside, and sits on the back porch and doesn’t talk to anybody. He goes to bed, it’s all erased, and he wakes up with the same questions. I wanted to tell that story.”
Meanwhile, “Daylily” offers up a musical reminder that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s about my current girlfriend,” he reveals. “We connect so deeply because she understands what I’m going through. She’s had severe anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder. Her therapist would call good days, ‘Pink cloud days.’ No matter how many bad days you have, you will have more ‘Pink cloud days.’”
Ultimately, Movements bring emotion to life in each note.
“When people hear this, I want them to think it’s impactful,” Patrick leaves off. “I want them to hear the record, feel it, and continue to experience it.”
Based out of Keansburg New Jersey, Can't Swim was founded by singer Chris LoPorto in the spring of 2015. After spending most of his life playing drums in various bands, Chris decided to step in to song writing. The songs were contagious from the start and grabbed the attention of his good friends Mike Sanchez, Danny Rico, and Greg McDevitt.
Before even playing their first show, the band announced their signing to Pure Noise Records in December of 2015 and released their debut EP, "DEATH DESERVES A NAME" on February 24, 2016. They spent all of 2016 touring with bands such as; Four Year Strong, Hit the Lights, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Moose Blood, Boston Manor, Set Your Goals, and Valencia.
When it came time to begin recording their first full length, "FAIL YOU AGAIN" they called upon their own drummer Danny Rico (who produced DDAN) to engineer and produce this as well. Once the project was complete, they found that the songs required a much more full sounding live performance and their longtime friend and New Jersey native Andrea Morgan was a perfect addition to the band. Danny moved to third guitar/vocals and Andrea took his place on the drums.
Fail You Again was released on March 10th, 2017. Listen: https://www.cantswimmusic.com/
For SUPER WHATEVR, sincerity is a surround-sound experience.
It’s what’s guided the Orange County, California trio—singer/guitarist Skyler McKee, bassist Thomas Waale and drummer Luke Mensink—to this point, and now, with their debut full-length Never Nothing due January 19 on Hopeless Records, it’s a trait they’re not about to abandon.
On its surface, Never Nothing is the sound of an up-and-coming band developing their style, bursting with nervous energy, buoyant rhythms and earworm melodies. But spend some time with the songs, and you’ll begin to uncover the weighty themes the band has expertly hidden inside them.
Super Whatevr’s songs don’t seek to push away the darkness. Instead, they invite it in, realizing the only way to move past life’s problems is to tackle them head-on. They’re songs that force listeners to confront the ugliness in ourselves (“Telelelevision”) and those closest to us (“For You”). They come from a dark place, but they’re undercut with a ray of hope.
“All my songs are happy,” McKee explains. “They have a sad tone, but it’s all in a positive manner. I want to help people grow and be vulnerable. If it’s got to be dark, then it’s going to be dark. It doesn’t hurt me, because I know it’s going to help me grow and help other people grow.”
Super Whatevr was born as a vehicle for McKee’s poetry in 2013. The frontman, who up to that point had only played bass, began studying the craft of songwriting with the help of a friend and penning songs of his own. Armed with a trio of influential albums (Cage the Elephant’s Thank You, Happy Birthday, Tokyo Police Club’s Champ and Manchester Orchestra’s COPE), his songwriting foundation took roots in emotive, dynamic rock—all undercut with hyper-personal lyricism. 2016’s Good Luck EP introduced Super Whatevr to the world, and Never Nothing is poised to help the band become a force in the underground.
From the album’s title (“The concept of the album title is that [what might be wrong with you] is never ‘nothing,’” McKee says) and symbolic artwork (a piece called “Out Of You Becomes Me”) to the songs themselves, Never Nothing is a comprehensive, cathartic work about pushing past your demons on the way to self-betterment. Above all else, the band hope it’ll serve as a conduit for happier lives—and not only their own.
“I plan on starting an online therapy session with the therapist who got me through what I was dealing with,” McKee says. “I’ll be directing anyone who needs help to that. I can be the surrogate that helps you get to a place that gets you comfortable. I don’t need to be your savior, but I can be the person who can push you to the place where you can get better.” XX
Ft. Collins, Colorado’s Gleemer is rooted in the micro, the tiny parts of life that feel insignificant until you look back on them later and realize how much you've changed. Listen: https://gleemer.bandcamp.com/ .