The Boulder Theater Presents
SOLD OUT: BAD SUNS
Fri Mar 8
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$22.00 - $25.00
This event is all ages
Ages 15+ without a parent
All tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable following purchase
Listed price does not include tax and service charge
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While many would consider the vast history and densely populated musical turf of Los Angeles intimidating, Bad Suns rose to the challenge. As Bowman recalls, "I can recount many instances where we'd play the Whisky a Go Go along with five terrible glam-rock-wanna-be bands. It made us want to do something different and work towards a new era of the Los Angeles sound." While finding their place in LA's scene wasn't easy, Bowman is also thankful for the innumerable opportunities that come with living in one of the nation's musical capitals. "Our band was discovered because we drove to KROQ and dropped off a demo in their mailbox," he says, "At the end of the day, nobody's going to care about your band unless you've got some good songs for them."
The song that caught the ear of KROQ DJ Kat Corbett was "Cardiac Arrest," the band's first and breakthrough single, on her Locals Only radio show. From there, the band earned the attention of Vagrant Records, who signed Bad Suns in 2013 and introduced the band to producer Eric Palmquist (Night Riots, MUTEMATH). Together, Palmquist and Bad Suns polished up the demos to create TRANSPOSE, their debut 4-song EP which was released later that year. On the strength of the EP Bad Suns began to tour throughout the US alongside acts like Geographer, The 1975, and The Vaccines.
Less than a year later, Bad Suns returned with their debut full-length, Language & Perspective (2014/Vagrant). The shimmery alt-rock album, also produced by Palmquist, showed off the young band's wide array of influences, which Bowman often says include The Cure, The Clash and Elvis Costello. "Cardiac Arrest" began to pick up steam at radio nationally and climbed the Alternative chart (#14) and AAA (#11), and earning the band their debut Late Night television performance on Conan. With the success of "Cardiac Arrest" and a heavy touring schedule, Language & Perspective rose to #24 on the Billboard 200 and was included on many critics' best of 2014 year-end lists. "Salt," the band's second single, followed suit and quickly climbed the Alternative chart and earned Bad Suns their first mtvU Woodie nomination for Video of the Year, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and their debut at Coachella.
Just a few years into their budding career, Bad Suns had achieved no small amount of success with their debut record, something which can often be daunting for a young band staring down the barrel of a sophomore album. Instead of shying away or playing it safe, Bowman began to refine a set of songs which would become Disappear Here, Bad Suns' 2016 sophomore album (Vagrant/BMG). Disappear Here shows the maturation of a band on the brink of fully realizing their identity and poised for a breakthrough. "Language and Perspective was four teenagers trying to figure out how to make an album as a way to avoid college and real jobs," Bowman explains, "With this album, it was our real job, and we were not gonna half-ass it. We love the work."
Bowman was reading the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero, a book about the distorted lives of young adults in Los Angeles, during the time the band was beginning the recording process for album number two. "Maybe the second or third time the 'Disappear Here' billboard appears in the narrative, it sort of just hit me like a ton of bricks. It encapsulated absolutely everything. What a prompt, 'put on this record, put on these headphones, and just disappear here for a little while,'" Bowman explains.
"It's a roller coaster ride between pessimism and optimism," he says. "I wanted these real moments of darkness to be represented and discussed, because we all go through it, but it's really about hope and saying that you don't have to succumb to that darkness. There is a light."
Recorded over two sessions in the Summer of 2015 and Winter of 2016, the album begins with the title track and first single "Disappear Here," a cut that immediately engages listeners. The first song released in anticipation of the album was the opener, title track, and first single, "Disappear Here," followed by the album's second song, "Heartbreaker," which debuted on Zane Lowe's Beats1 Radio Show. "Off She Goes" holds a strong emotional connection for Bowman. The track came to life as just melodies and chords on the piano before he wrote the lyrics and he remembers, "just being moved to tears the whole way through."
Conversely, "Love Like Revenge" started off as an electronic laptop demo recorded on a plane back to LA from London. Bowman was excited to share the track with his bandmates, "I gave Ray my headphones, looking for his opinion, and I still remember his face of approval as he listened to it in the seat next to me on the plane. That's the best. We're always aiming to impress one another." The unique instrumentation makes it a standout on the record.
"Defeated," a track that Bowman penned when he was only 16 years old, had been cyclically recorded and abandoned over the years. "It was a huge relief to finally get that song where we wanted it," he says, "It's one of the simplest songs on the album, but was the most difficult to work through." "Daft Pretty Boys" is a song the band is particularly proud of, one that they might point new listeners to as an introduction to their sound. Disappear Here closes with "Outskirts of Paradise," a track that feels like a breezy, late summer day in Los Angeles. With the simple refrain of "separate yourself / integrate yourself / when the time comes," Disappear Here fades out, with all the certainty and uncertainty of a coming of age tale.
Crafted for the live show, Bad Suns can't wait to take the album on the road. After serving as main support on massive tours for The Neighbourhood and Halsey in the past year, Bad Suns embark on their biggest headlining tour yet this fall. "Our fans are so warm and loyal. A lot of them will go through some shit in order to make it out to one of our concerts. I'm talking flights, busses, 12-hour car drives, you name it. That will always be very special to me," Bowman says, "We're really grateful to be in this position where we can sell out clubs across the country, and we still feel we have so much to prove."
Four lifelong friends from Northern California grow up obsessed with the sounds of AC/DC, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, The Bee Gees and Michael Jackson. Living within a block of each other since kindergarten, they began playing anywhere and everywhere with a stage by the age of 16, taking over supper clubs, parties, and backyard barbecues. After their single “Make It Real” cracked 2 million Spotify streams, they made a collective decision to forego college and trade their small Sacramento suburb for Hollywood, forming Vista Kicks in late 2015. Living together in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, the quartet—Derek Thomas, Sam Plecker, Trevor Sutton, and Nolan Le Vine—quietly ignited a buzz throughout L.A. and beyond with two full U.S. national tours under their belts and recording with Tommy Lee behind the board.
Back in L.A., they’d sell out local shows and host intimate (and raging) booze-soaked “Vista Kick Backs” in the studio where they resided for four months. Within a year, the band’s independent 2016 Chasing Waves EP and additional singles generated over 5 million cumulative Spotify streams and 3.2 million YouTube views. However, everything set the stage for the release of their 2017 full-length, Booty Shakers Ball—self-produced by the musicians themselves and engineered by their guitar player and vocalist Sam Plecker.
Best described as a smoked-out collaboration between James Brown and Jimmy Page, it bridges eras.
“This is ‘Booty Shaking Rock and Roll’,” says Trevor. “We’re so far behind that we’re ahead; I don’t think there’s anything else like us out there. Every song is different and eclectic.”
“We’re old soul millennials,” exclaims Trevor. “We’re young and wound up like everybody else our age, but our roots go deep. We’ve found an audience that’s just like us. It’s rock music that you can shake your booty to and party.”
That’s exactly what the first single and album opener “Gotta Get Away” offers. Hinging on bluesy and ballsy riffing as well as a simmering, soulful groove, the track opens up the world of Vista Kicks, treading a fine line between rock and funk.
“Lyrically, it’s about how ambition can get in the way of love,” reveals Derek. “It happens at any age. Art gets in the way of contentment and ambition—or vice versa. It’s a conflict.”
Elsewhere on the record, “Fight The War” turns into a rallying cry for anyone chasing a dream soundtracked by bold guitars and brash vocals.
“It was about our struggles in the business,” sighs Sam. “A couple of years ago, we were doing a lot of songwriting sessions. We’d go into these sessions, and we’d be told these songs aren’t good enough. We had fans saying just the opposite. We didn’t have respect from the industry; however, the people did respect us. We sided with our fans.
“We put in our 10,000 hours since we were 16- and 17-years-old, that’s what makes our live show our strongest asset. It’s also where we have the most fun.” - Sam
In the end, they will be heard in a big way as they invite everyone to the Booty Shakers Ball.
“I hope people know these songs are there for them,” Nolan leaves off. “Hopefully, the music is useful. We’ve benefitted so much from the music of others. We want to give something back with what we do.”
“We don’t make an effort to be cool; we put all our efforts into being honest,” concludes Derek. “When you hear us, we just want you to be yourself and enjoy the moment and the ride.”
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