Neon Hymns

Neon Hymns

Chasing Kings, Attaloss

Fri, June 8, 2012

9:00 pm

$8 Advance/$10 at the Door

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Neon Hymns
Neon Hymns
The eponymous EP from LA based alternative rock band Neon Hymns is a strong and confident debut from a band teeming with youthful aspiration. Unafraid to wear their hearts (and influences) on their sleeves, Neon Hymns play a personal brand of folk infused rock with a true sense of honesty and conviction often lacking among their modern rock peers.

At the soul of Neon Hymns music is a strong sense of mate ship thanks therein part to the bands small town Australian roots. More than just a band, the four members of Neon Hymns are somewhat of a brotherhood. Originally conceived in 2008, the group began as the culmination of three old friends coming together during downtime from touring and recording with their then current musical projects. Night after night, the trio of front man Josef Cruickshank, bassist Simon French and drummer Rob Ellmore, discovered an affinity for cheap whisky and Bob Dylan records played on wax. On one particularly cool winter evening after experimenting with some song ideas that had been casually thrown around, they collectively realized that what had happened was more than just a good notion or two. Fast forward to Fall 2009, now free of other commitments the boys made their way to the vibrant and artistic community LA’s Silverlake, a far cry from the idyllic seaside suburb they once resided in Sydney’s northern beaches.

Almost immediately after touching down in their new home, the band made a reconnection with child hood friend and guitarist James Bowen. Rounding out the group on lead guitar, James officially joined the group in early 2010. Finally adopting the moniker Neon Hymns later that year, the band was eager to cut their teeth and began to create buzz for them selves within LA’s always pulsing live music scene. This self created buzz eventually lead to a production deal with independent upstart, Layer Cake records. After a number of rousing performances across Southern California, the band entered the studio with production duo Daniel James and Leah Haywood (Sam Sparro, Melee) along with engineer extraordinaire Doug Bohem (Guided By Voices, The Vines) at the helms. What came about can be heard on the undeniably ambitious six-song self-titled EP released this past June. It showcases a band that can confidently showcase their influences but refusing to fall victim to the fodder of derivatives that so many of their peers do. Littering each of the six tracks are shades of Bowie, Dylan, Springsteen, the Replacements and War-era U2.

Although comparisons are welcome, make no mistake; Neon Hymns is a band poised to carve out their own place in todays sonic landscape. With a live show to match and at times surpasses their recorded output, Neon Hymns plays with all the youthful potential that separates the good from the great.
Chasing Kings
Chasing Kings
Chasing Kings is an indie-pop four-piece hailing from Los Angeles. The band's self-released debut EP "The Current State Of Our Future" was produced by Tony Berg (Pete Yorn, Aimee Mann, Phantom Planet, Simon Dawes) and its infectious melodies, danceable vintage grooves and unique quirkiness have caught the attention of fans and critics alike. Deli Magazine has named the group one of LA's top 20 indie bands. Chasing Kings has toured throughout the US in support of the EP including several high-profile shows at SXSW in Austin and is currently continuing to tour as they work on writing and recording new material.
Attaloss
Attaloss
Los Angeles modern rockers Attaloss are hitting the road for a national tour to promote their upcoming release on April 10th, 2012 via Rock Ridge Music/Warner Music Group/ADA. Their new record showcases two sides of the band, the high energy blown out rock side and the stripped down acoustic side. Although the band name is a play on a common phrase many of us hear every day, there is an underlying message of optimism: "Even in these tough times, we must have hope for a better tomorrow," states singer Danny Aguiluz.

Danny, Chris, Lorenzo, and Dakota all left their respective hometowns and moved to Los Angeles to chase their rock and roll dream. Once they decided to join forces together they began the arduous task of trying to come up with a band name. After kicking around hundreds of potential names, they got news that their rehearsal studio was broken into and all their music gear was stolen. "Getting news like that was such a kick in the gut that we literally were at a loss for words. We realized in that moment that we had our band name," said guitarist Chris Johansen who immediately began tracking down the thief. After an exhaustive search, along with Chris’ help, police apprehended the suspect a couple of months later and the band’s gear was recovered mostly intact. Instruments in hand, they recorded the first five songs on the album in early 2011 and set out on tour around the country playing shows with such acts as Neon Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Realizing they weren’t quite capturing their recorded sound live, they added guitarist/vocalist Matt Geronimo and headed back into the studio to record the acoustic half of the record as a five piece.

With a high energy live show the band is excited to get back out on the road and bring their new music to the thousands of fans that have been constantly tweeting for them to play in their city. "The fans have been amazingly supportive. This journey has been a real roller coaster ride but we have come out of it stronger than ever," continues Danny. "Hopefully that message comes across and inspires people to continue chasing their dreams. Today is an Open Door."
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/