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Lila Rose

Record Release Show

Lila Rose

LYNX, Mariee Sioux

Thu, May 7, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 ADV - $18 DOOR

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

LILA ROSE
LILA ROSE
If a certain psychic had her way, Lila Rose wouldn’t have made WE.ANIMALS. right now.

The Toronto­born, California­based singer­songwriter has grown up with two great passions in her life: music, and an interest in protecting our planet and the millions of creatures big and small that call it home. But with those loves have come pains as well. She was born with a form of hyperacusis, a sensitivity that makes some natural sounds unbearable, and some music even more intense to listen to. Too, there was the seeming indifference of a great many people to the plight of our environment.

Rose has already found a way to push back against her discomfort with sound to make some beautiful and challenging music. But she has long wanted to use that same fighting spirit to dare us humans to be better stewards of our planet with an album that vents her frustration and expresses her affection. What she wasn’t sure of was whether she could, which is why she sought the services of a clairvoyant, seeking the answer to whether it was time to bring this album to life.

“She said, ‘No, you have another album in you before the animal album,’” remembers Rose.
“Well...she was wrong.”

It’s a tidy metaphor for Rose’s drive to make WE.ANIMALS. in the first place: rather than listen to the voice of a human, she decided to listen to the cries of our home planet and the countless number of animal species that are endangered or extinct due to mans’ mistreatment and disregard. And what came out as a result are 11 songs which match her dismay and distress with music that is loud, brash, and unavoidable.

Recorded at both a small studio in the woods outside Santa Cruz and at world famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, WE.ANIMALS. uses the music to reflect its thematic concerns as well. Rose and her producer/bandmate Daniel Garcia moved away from the electronic­based sound that marked her acclaimed 2012 album Heart Machine, using mostly live instrumentation to complement the edgy, in­your­face tone of the lyrics.

“Daniel helped me understand that I had some dark rock in my soul,” Rose says. “He definitely brought that out in me. That dark organic weird heavy sound like Nine Inch Nails, Tool, and Radiohead. We also definitely wanted to hold instruments in our hands as opposed to sitting in front of a computer.”

There’s plenty of electronic elements ­ the thrumming drone of synths and some programmed beats ­threaded throughout WE.ANIMALS. but what you’ll hear foremost are those big booming drums, the horns and strings, and Rose’s versatile, impassioned vocals.

Of course, Rose has been getting attention for her pointed lyrics and stirring voice since she started making music back in Toronto in the late ‘00s. But the majority of the raves have come since she relocated to California. It’s there that she was able to record her first EP (Osmos Your Sonica) and Heart Machine, as well as being named Best Bay Area Musician in 2014 by the East Bay Express.

As great as all this attention has been, Rose has bigger aims in mind, especially when WE.ANIMALS. is brought into the world this April, and she is able to bring them to audiences on her upcoming tour, which kicks off in May.

“I want people to see the interconnectedness of all life,” she says. “I want the music to allow people to feel the expansiveness of their emotions, and to feel passionate and angry and inspired to make change in our lives for the greater scope of things.”
LYNX
LYNX
Lynx, is an innovative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, beat-boxer and producer from the Bay Area by way of Colorado. She has been breaking new ground in both the live and electronic music scenes playing events all over the world including the US, Asia, Europe and Canada. Performance highlights include appearances at Coachella, Austin City Limits festival, BOOM festival, and improv collaborations with Matisyahu, Beats Antique, John Popper, Bassnectar and more.  Lynx's music combines elements from multiple genres including electronica, folk, and indie pop. Her new album On the Horizon intertwines powerful vocals, lyrics that are universal and intimate, timely and timeless, and a sound that switches from folky to cutting edge with bumping beats that melts to raw, melancholy melodies and resolve with infectious pop hooks. On the Horizon is now available on Cartesian Binary Recordings.
Mariee Sioux
Following the release of her collaborative Bonnie & Mariee EP with Bonnie Prince Billy, Northern California's Mariee Sioux released her sophomore full-lengh Gift for the End. Recorded in the summer of 2011 at Placerville's Moonsoon Studios and Nevada City's Sun Dial studios, the new song-cycle breathes as easily and resonates as warmly as 2007's Faces in the Rocks but brims with audible shifts in ambiance and perspective. Impressionistic narratives are underscored by thatchwork guitar patterns that showcase Mariee's voice, an unadorned, naked instrument that rings clear and high above airy atmospherics and mellow percussion. Gift for the End is dream logic at play: a fluid procession of personal and natural imagery that moves from place to place and symbol to symbol but ultimately never loses its cohesive dimensions or emotional shape.
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