Do you need a cultural fix but can’t wait until First Friday next week? The Trunk Space can provide you with some entertainment this Friday.
Yes, you read that correctly: A record about our infamous sheriff. Each band wrote a song about Sheriff Joe for the record, which will be on sale that night.
The 7″ was put on eBay and proceeds were given to No More Deaths, a coalition that works to end the suffering and death of migrants. Still not intrigued in going? Hear about the lineup.
Andrew Jackson Jihad is a Phoenix-based band that has made quite the name for themselves beyond our state.
Members Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty have made a genre of their own with their folk-punk sound that seems to have gotten bigger since the band’s inception in 2004. They have released more than 15 CDs, EPs and splits. They’ve been featured as “one of the bands to look out for” in Alternative Press and have definitely lived up to that standard. When you hear Andrew Jackson Jihad’s lyrics, it isn’t surprising that they are appearing on an Arpaio-themed record.
Treasure Mammal is a one-man band with a crazy, funky-techno sound that meshes with the hijinks of Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show. Abe Gil’s stage outfits are as crazy as his music, with unicorn costumes and a wide range of unitards.
Father’s Day is a four-piece punk/thrash band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Douglas Patton, Frank Brando, Juan P. Mendoza and Andy Denver, like Andrew Jackson Jihad, have made a name for themselves by playing at the Trunk Space.
Not only will the music be something you’ve never heard before, but the show will also be something you’ve (probably) never seen before, with folk-punk, crazy techno and thrash all playing under one roof.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is a whopping $5. The Trunk Space is located at 1506 Grand Ave.
“WE ARE PARAMORE!” Hayley Williams yelled at last night’s Honda Civic Tour stop at the Dodge Theatre. Like any of the audience needed a reminder.
The Honda Civic Tour, featuring Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha is soon coming to an end after a summer of crisscrossing the nation, but the mood was hardly tiresome in the nearly packed house.
Filling up the lobby of the Dodge were hundreds of people getting ‘Paramore’ stenciled on parts of their bodies or buying merch that came with a special red Paramore bag or a free download of Sainthood, Tegan and Sara’s most recent album.
Inside the venue was a nearly sold-out crowd anxiously waiting for the night’s biggest stars. Girls and women, tweens to middle age, filled the seats along with parents and boyfriends dragged to the show, children and some hip old people.
There was a screen covering the stage wall showing the “Honda Civic Tour: Paramore TV” with videos of the band along with music videos by Death Cab for Cutie, Led Zeppelin and TI. In an interactive twist, the crowd could text whatever they wanted onto the screen for everyone to read what was on their mind about the show.
At around 8 p.m., Tegan and Sara stepped on the stage to Animal Collective’s “My Girls.” With guitars armed and ready to play, Tegan and Sara played a 14-song set list, including “Walking with a Ghost,” “Back in Your Head,” and “Nineteen.”
Before playing “On Directing,” Tegan exclaimed that someday the song will be on the show So You Think You Can Dance.
“There’s something you for sure won’t be seeing on there: These two fools,” Tegan said as she pointed to her sister and herself.
The 10-year road veterans put on a show Phoenix has been waiting for too long. They were dancing what they call “the Canadian shuffle,” which consists of moving side to side (looking a little awkward), and having fun on stage, as well as joking with the crowd.
Tegan announced that the two sisters will be turning 30 in three days, but Sara looks as if she’s 12. Sara replied saying it’s all because of her Justin Bieber haircut.
“We going to get so rich with Justin Bieber in this band,” Tegan said. The two definitely showed that age is just a number.
Once the lights came up after Tegan and Sara, everyone was on edge, anticipating when Paramore would appear on stage. Twenty-five painful minutes later, a drape fell on the stage and screams began. If you were there, you would have felt that you were about to witness a Justin Bieber concert.
The band was slowly revealed and the crowd went even crazier when they jumped right into “Ignorance.” Williams was a ball of fire with her fire engine red hair, orange microphone and yellow shirt. She ran all over the stage, dancing, head banging and getting everyone in their seats to stand up.
Paramore was fun, energetic and explosive, and songs were sung by the crowd nearly louder than Williams. During the fourth song, Williams stopped singing and went to the edge of the stage, moving her finger side-to-side, anger in her face. Once the band was done playing, she explained to the crowd that there were people fighting in the pit.
“You’re at a Paramore show, not a Terror show,” Williams announced. “You look stupid fighting here.”
She proceeded to tell security to kick them out. Once the trash was taken out, the show went on.
They played a 16-song set list, including a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take my Man” and an acoustic set with “Where the Lines Overlap” and “Misguided Ghosts.”
They exited the stage with the slow hit, “The Only Exception” and left the crowd begging for more. After a couple minutes, the band came back to play two last songs.
During their last song, “Misery Business,” Williams invited three kids on stage from the pit to sing and dance with her. She showed it doesn’t matter how big you are, you can still make someone’s night with a small gestures.
Sea Wolf‘s Alex Brown Church has been a busy man for the past year. In fact, he has only been home in LA this past summer, and he is already jumping back onto the road for a solo acoustic tour.
The Sea Wolf following is growing, whether it be from touring with French indie rockers Phoenix, or landing a coveted spot on last year’s New Moon soundtrack. But the growth has been steady from humble beginnings. Church attended film school at NYU before even trying out music.
“I was in LA for about a week right out of film school,” Church recalls. “There were two things I wanted to do: One was start a band, and the other was work in the film industry and see if I liked it.”
Within the first week of working in the film industry, Church found members that would soon form his first band.
“I realized that music was something I felt a stronger connection to,” Church says.
Soon after his first band, he created Sea Wolf, named after the Jack London novel. If you love Bright Eyes and M. Ward, Sea Wolf is definitely your cup of tea. Like Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and M. Ward, Church has lyrics that paint a picture for you, but in Sea Wolf’s case, it feels as if you are looking through a lens. His words are full of imagery, a dramatic story and a script you wish would never end.
Sea Wolf released a sophomore album, White Water, White Bloom, in September 2009. Church describes the sound as a “folk/pop-rock extravaganza.”
“It’s more dynamic than the first record,” Church says. “There are sort of peaks and valleys as always with whatever I do, but for the most part, there are more drums on this record.”
Church spent a lot of time in Montréal during the making of the White Water, which he admits had a huge impact on the imagery of the record. But just because Church was in a state of writing, doesn’t mean writer’s block didn’t happen.
“All the time,” he laughs. “I constantly have writer’s block, and then every once and a while, a song pops out. I have no idea how it happened and then I have writer’s block until the next one.”
A month after releasing White Water, Sea Wolf was on every teenage girl’s iPod with the release of the New Moon soundtrack. Yes, that vampire movie that everyone has been talking about. However, compared to his other songs, Church doesn’t feel that special connection with “Violet Hour.”
“Every single song I’ve ever written is just for me, where as for ‘Violet Hour’ I wrote with the movie in mind,” Church confesses. “It didn’t come from the same place as the rest of my songs, which is perhaps why I haven’t really played it.”
Songs that are permanently among Sea Wolf’s set list are “Black Dirt” and “You’re a Wolf.”
“’You’re a Wolf’ is one of my favorite songs,” Church says. “To me, that’s kind of the Sea Wolf anthem, so I love playing that song.”
Although he’s been playing some of these songs for years, Church still has brain farts on stage.
“Every single show I forget lyrics… I’m kind of notorious for that,” Church says. “When I’m singing the song I’m like, ‘Which one is this again?’ and then by doing that I forget entirely.”
While playing a homecoming show earlier this year, forgetting lyrics was the last thing Church had to worry about. The show was at the Autry Museum of Western History in LA’s Griffith Park, which had never held a concert before. The stage was so small that only the drums could fit, so that meant the band had to play right in front of the crowd.
“It was strange singing like 2 feet away from people who were just standing there staring at you,” Church says.
There was also a problem of being able to see the crowd at all.
“During that show, the power blew out like two or three times completely and we had to stop and wait for the power to come on,” Church says. “I had to yell out to the crowd to keep them entertained.”
Don’t worry though, Sea Wolf won’t have to work to keep you entertained at the show tomorrow. Church will play a solo acoustic show at The Rhythm Room with Patrick Park and Sera Cahoone. And Church admits that he doesn’t know when he’ll do another solo acoustic tour, so this is a chance you won’t want to miss!
The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd. in Midtown. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $13 online or at the door.
With a name like The Constellation Branch, it’s hard to guess what kind of sound the listener should expect.
The Phoenix-based band has just finished recording and making its new EP, Mirage, which is set to release September 17. Yet compared to its previous full-length, The Dream Life, The Real Life, The Empty Glass…, the band has gone in unexpected directions. For example, Downtown folk songstress Country Marie Andrews is screaming at the top of her lungs on the EP’s finale.
“It’s not a concept like the first album was,” vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jordan Cruz says of Mirage. “It’s really diverse. The first song is instrumental and ambient, but then it leads to dancier stuff.”
Cruz likens the theme and lyrics of this album to a mirage.
“Something in your life that you believed was something for so long, but then realize it’s nothing like what you had planned it to be,” Cruz reveals.
Although The Constellation Branch — Cruz, Bryce Hill (guitar, keyboard), Aaron Motley (bass) and Stephen O’Sicky (drums) — is just now getting its name out, the band has been around the Valley for quite some time. They debuted in 2006 with only Cruz and Hill, and Motley and O’Sicky came on a year later. The result is a sound that is a dark indie experimental combination along the lines of math rock like At the Drive-In, yet the keyboard adds softness to the mix.
Over the years, The Constellation Branch has played at places like the Modified Arts, The Trunk Space, The Rhythm Room and Yucca Tap Room, but they’ve had their fair share on the road as well. They have traveled all over the West Coast and played at South By Southwest, but never got the opportunity to play a highly sought-after showcase at the festival.
“The people we did meet were all fantastic, and we did gain new fans and made some really great contacts,” Hill says of SXSW. “But in the end, I am not sure we would play again unless we were playing an official showcase.”
As with many other bands, The Constellation Branch hit a speed bump on the way home.
“We were pulled over for speeding,” Hill recalls. “Apparently it’s a crime to drive 65 at night in Texas.”
The police ended up searching the van and came back empty-handed, except for O’Sicky.
“The most memorable quote would have to be when the cop was searching Steve and he found his drum key in his pocket,” Hill says. “The officer pulled it out and said, “What’s this? Some sort of cocaine separating device?”
Police must find some interesting paraphernalia in Texas…
Back in Arizona, the band has signed a digital distribution deal with Downtown-based River Jones Music. They’ll stay busy in September, playing at Holga’s on First Friday at around 9:30 p.m., before embarking on a brief California tour to promote Mirage. They’ll be back in Arizona in time for their EP release show with Small Leaks Sink Ships at the Sail Inn in Tempe on September 17.
Want to check out The Constellation Branch on First Friday? Holga’s is located at 821 N. 3rd St. in Evans Churchill (light rail at Roosevelt Station).
Alwun House kicks off its 39th season
Not far from the bustle of Roosevelt Row is one of the original Downtown arts spaces, the Alwun House. Tucked away on 12th and Roosevelt streets, the historic home opens the fall season this First Friday, September 3, with an art-jazz performance of Aebi-Coulson Jazz + The Beautiful Show on its garden stage. Linda Cushma flirts on the edge of interactive dance and runway fashion in this performance art show. Inside, artist Jenny Ignaszewski’s solo exhibit of paintings and portraits will “reflect a whimsical and charismatic outsider aesthetic.” Not to be missed!
Alwun House is located at 1204 E. Roosevelt St. in Garfield. The First Friday opening party is $3. Light refreshments will be provided.
Arizona Theatre Company 2010-11 season tickets on sale next week
The renovations on the Herberger Theater Center are nearly complete, and a full lineup of performances extending through spring 2011 are set to go on sale next Tuesday, September 7. This season’s performances include “Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical” (October), “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (November), “Romeo and Juliet” (November), “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” (December-January), “Ten Chimneys” (February-March), “Lost in Yonkers” (March-April) and “The Mystery of Irma Yep” (May). Tickets start at $30 depending on performance and seat location.
The Herberger Theater Center is located at 222 E. Monroe St. in the Downtown District — light rail station at 3rd St and Washington/Jefferson. For full ticket and show information, see the Arizona Theatre Company’s website.