Jake McMullen, See How They Run (closing set), Melville

Jake McMullen

See How They Run (closing set)

Melville

Sun, August 27, 2017

8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Jake McMullen
Jake McMullen
Jake McMullen had to leave California in order to discover it.

"I was in Nashville the first time someone introduced me to Jackson Browne and all those Laurel Canyon songwriters," remembers McMullen. "I was 18 or 19 years old, and I don't think I'd fully realized the power of songwriting up until that point, that it could carry such weight. I knew what songs did for me as a listener, but I hadn't realized that I could create that myself as an artist."

Now in his 20's, McMullen is still a young man, but one well beyond his years when it comes to harnessing the power of songs. He writes with a deep emotional sophistication, blending light, airy melodies with rich, vivid imagery. On his new EP, 'Giving Up,' the Nashville transplant pushes his sound into decidedly un-Nashville territory, crafting immersive, percussion-and-synth-driven soundscapes that showcase both his unique vocals and his off-kilter musical instincts.

'Giving Up' follows McMullen's 2015 debut EP, 'Always,' which delved into a rootsier side of his artistry. Praised by Paste for its "emotional melodies that…tug on the heartstrings," the EP racked up more than three million streams on Spotify and earned love from tastemaker NPR stations like WXPN, which fell for McMullen's "tenderly sung and played" brand of introspection. Consequence of Sound hailed the arrival of McMullen's "mature voice," while Pop Matters extolled his "surreally beautiful" songwriting, and Culture Collide said his "pure timbre is a warm embrace."
See How They Run (closing set)
See How They Run (closing set)
See How They Run is a brand new band, long in the imagining. Musical soul mates have a way of finding each other. Between teenage jam sessions in basements to mini-van tours across the country, from coffee shops to music festivals, the paths of Adrian Bourgeois and Paige Lewis seemed destined to cross again and again, always illuminating their shared devotion to creating music that meant something, that was built to last, that could stand against the test of time, in contrast to the ephemeral nature of most of the music of their age, and the potential of what joined forces could amount grew to be an irresistible itch. That potential is now being tested and realized as both singer/songwriters have converged in Los Angeles. The music of See How They Run is like stepping into a kaleidoscope but one that tells a good story. Glockenspiels, sleigh bells, accordions, guitars, banjos, violins, and flutes intertwine with precision against a bed of lush Beach Boys/Fleetwood Mac harmonies. And the lyrics seem almost embarrassingly intimate and personal, until you realize you're singing along to them because they tell your story too, not to mention they're catchy as hell. For two artists who individually have been carving out a lifetime of music, playing thousands of gigs, and releasing six albums between them, it's strange to be at a sort of beginning again, but it's been a glorious beginning so far, playing to rapturous audiences across California and Texas who also can't seem to get enough. Yes it's a new beginning but isn't that what we all need, a chance to fall in love with music all over again? See How They Run's debut ep "The Strength of Strings" was released in June 2017 on Freeman Records and is now available for streaming and downloading everywhere.
Melville
Melville
Portland band Melville’s initial offering, the EP entitled Maquette, was exactly what the title’s definition would lead you to believe: a small, preliminary model. However, when the churning opening riff of their debut full-length album, The New Zero, explodes to life, it’s clear that this prior model has been blown up in order to make room for what’s to come.

The concept behind The New Zero represents a starting point – the culmination of past events into the beginning of something new. Melville’s first full-length record comes after the band spent time honing their sound from lower-fi alt-country to the current template of visceral, shoot for the stars, high-energy rock ‘n roll. The results do not disappoint. The songwriting is markedly tighter and more focused on this album. When combined with lead singer/songwriter Ryan T. Jacobs’ fiery vocals, the album’s abundance of hooks and singable choruses proves nearly irresistible.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/