Neumos Presents: Beat Connection with Sorne + ODESZA + Lila Rose
Saturday November 17th, 2012
All Ages, Bar with ID
In the first flush of freedom, new eras, and new lives, Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger met in 2008 as freshmen at the University of Washington. Their fate was sealed one night not long after they met, over a game of beer pong that turned into a discussion of mutual musical appreciation. In his younger years, Koplowitz had picked up the guitar so that he could play along with his favorite Metallica songs. Juenger had gone down a similar route with Nirvana, but found his friends cover bands to be boring and focused on bygone eras so he started learning how to create electronic music. In their new hometown of Seattle, Juenger and Koplowitz began crafting dorm-room beats on Garageband and venturing into DJing gigs, eventually working their way towards the sounds that would be become their first record, Surf Noir EP.
The songs on Surf Noir are at once dreamy and danceable, sophisticated and free, meant to evoke both golden sunsets and glittering city lights. Of the EP, Juenger has said, “This is an absolute indulgence, because the world is an incoherent jumble of perception. So in that spirit of cutting loose, let’s have a good time and not worry too much: Saturday night always becomes Sunday morning.” Two of the songs, the romantic pop tracks “In The Water” and “Silver Screen,” featured the duo’s roommate Tom Eddy on vocals; Eddy, a folk-rock singer-songwriter, nailed “Silver Screen” in one take. The rest of these songs are instrumental; cool, sweeping waves of synths, electric guitar, drum machines, and samplers. Beat Connection self-released Surf Noir in the summer of 2010; London’s Tender Age records, an imprint of the venerable Moshi Moshi would pick it up for an updated release in April of the next year.
In May of 2011, Beat Connection had toured the UK and Paris with such electronic luminaries as Holy Ghost!, Toro Y Moi, and Niki and the Dove. By June, in anticipation of their appearance at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party, they had added a live drummer, Jarred Katz, another musical roommate and a modern jazz aficionado. In September they embarked on their first US tour, opening for Starfucker. They made fans of the Seattle Times, Pitchfork, KEXP, and the Seattle Weekly, who named them the Best New Band of 2011. They closed out the year in Spain, opening for Real Estate.
2012 is poised to become an even bigger year for Beat Connection, who’ve again expanded, this time adding as their fulltime vocalist and guitarist Tom Eddy, the only man they considered for the job. This summer, the new four-piece will release their first full-length, The Palace Garden, a record that fines the band meditating on the idea of unattainable beauty, an idea that encases magical evenings, flooding happiness, heavy regrets, and sky-clearing epiphanies. They’ve left all genre constraints behind and now, as four, their music can only broaden, rise, and take them on to new adventures and new audiences.
SORNE is an Austin,Tx act, who last fall toured with acclaimed Grammy nominated Interscope recording artist TV on the Radio, after catching the ear of band leaders Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe at SXSW and being personally asked to join them on selective dates. In less than a year, SORNE has gained a loyal following around the world and in particular, the hypercompetitive Austin music scene. SORNE is known for their mind- blowing, multimedia live performances and the use of only the voice, homemade instruments and found objects in the recording of the self-released debut album House of Stone. The album is an epic tale of five siblings coming to terms with their suffering, seeking atonement, salvation, redemption, freedom and to defend what remains of their heritage, in the wake of their father’s untimely death at the hands of the First Born son. This story has captivated fans and critics alike and is just the introduction to the saga. A short film based on the characters and narrative behind House of Stone premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year. Most recently, SORNE completed a very successful tour including explosive sets at the festivals Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis and Desert Rocks 2012 and stellar performances with Kyp Malone’s side project Rain Machine at Mercury Lounge in NYC and with The Dust Rays (Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley of The Roots and Ricc Sheridan from Earl Greyhound) hosted by Questlove from The Jimmy Fallon Show at the Brooklyn Bowl. SORNE has played over 100 shows in 30 cities in the last year, including sharing bills with international acts TV on the Radio, James Blake, Little Dragon, Beats Antique, Dr.Dog, Gang Gang Dance, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, Kaki King, Bluetech, Lucent Dossier Experience, Maps & Atlases, CasioKids, Art vs. Science, Avi Buffalo, Keller Williams, Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, Dillon Francis and Rubblebucket.
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