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BRONCHO

BRONCHO

The Shelters, Pearl Charles

Wed, Nov 18, 2015

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

$13 ADV - $15 DOOR

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

BRONCHO
BRONCHO
It makes sense then, that BRONCHO, born out of out a film project, its initial incarnation sparked when founder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music, “to set to an early 80s punk film.” “That’s all I knew about it,” he remembers, “they were looking for songs that touched this era. And songs kept coming to me and turned something on inside of me artistically.” Lindsey found himself in the midst of prolific run of songs and he liked the idea “of starting out there and seeing where it could go.”

What’s evolved from those first tracks there has been a steady run of success, critical accolades and two full-length albums; 2011’s Can't Get Past the Lips, 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all – the music has been constantly mutating and ceaselessly experimental. From that first inception as a soundtrack in 2010, BRONCHO has taken on a life of its' own – initial inspiration still there, but now pushing far beyond the stiff confines of score. And what began as an ode to ramshackle, high-energy early punk has become something deeper, weirder, and much more nuanced. The undercurrent of early 1980 punk is still there, but The Ramones pogo has been replaced more often by a kind of Love and Rockets inspired, honeyed, cotton-mouthed drift.

Double Vanity is Lindsey and band mates Ben King, Nathan Price and Penny Pitchlynn steadily moving ahead, transforming the raw angst of the first record into a sound decidedly more layered and complex. Tracks like “New Karma" or “Two Step" riff off the later explorations of punk, culling up refracted images of John Hughes prom nights, love songs echoing from a boom box held high. "Jenny Loves Jenae" and "Speed Demon" strut with an when 80s met 50s swagger, discord transformed into a jagged, frenetic pop. "Señora Borealis" is all bad boy sneer - sensual, moody, with a sly and predatory swagger. "I Know You" is simultaneously infectious and brooding, somehow both exalting and heartsick.

The result is a record that veers gleefully from BRONCHO’s roots, moving from graffiti spray backrooms into a sleeker, plusher sound, a place bright with the polished gleam of chrome and bleached white sunlight. Close your eyes and what you feel is the raw wound pulse of adolescence, what you see behind your lids is suburban shopping mall wastelands, glazed eyes, dead grass, lips glossed in bubblegum pink. There is the burst chest thump of teenage longing, the smell of hairspray and cigarette. There is glow of neon and the glint of streetlight rolling across hood.

Double Vanity evokes a shared nostalgia, for the past and for the unknown future, as BRONCHO takes a turn off the wide freeways and into a world of intimate, intricate - but always universal - emotion.
The Shelters
The Shelters
The Shelters’ upcoming show at The Independent on Wednesday, August 30th has been moved to Thursday, August 31st.

This move has been made due to changes in Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ tour schedule, on which The Shelters are currently the opening band.

All tickets for Wednesday will be honored on Thursday. Special guest The HA will still open the show.

The Shelters and The Independent apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.

Chase Simpson (vocals/guitar)
Josh Jove (vocals/guitar)
Sebastian Harris (drums)
Jacob Pillot (bass)

The Shelters released their debut LP in June 2016 via Warner Bros. Records, a blast of Southern Californian rock and roll from a four-piece like they used to make them, when the factory was still up and running. Co-produced by Tom Petty, this album comes at you from behind, nothing you were expecting.

The Shelters had just banded together when Petty heard them and got a gut feeling about what they could be. He gave the Shelters the keys to his home studio and showed them a few things. Though mostly he left them alone, Petty had enough sense to leave the gear powered up. Maybe they were determined to show him he hadn’t made a mistake. Maybe they just liked the way those old tube amps sounded. They seized the moment and got to work, insistent on becoming a band. A real band.

One listen to their singles “Rebel Heart,” “Gold,” or any other of the ten songs on their debut, and you’ll know they pulled it off. Led by the songs, harmonies and twin-guitar sound of Chase Simpson and Josh Jove, and powered by drummer Sebastian Harris’s and bassist Jacob Pillot’s groove obsession, the band has put together a collection of recordings that have an immediacy, an emotion, and a musical intelligence that suggests these boys are beyond their years.

People are going to reference some of the great rock and roll bands of yesterday and today. But this is no tribute show. The sounds they’ve made seem to have been dragged from the vaults and forced to fit the present. It’s all a beautiful reminder that rock and roll may have slipped out of view for minute, but it’s still out there, alive in the hands of the ones who need it the most.

The Shelters are in the middle of a busy 2017 touring schedule. They just finished touring the US East Coast with Royal Blood and have upcoming tours confirmed in the US with Kaleo and The Head and The Heart - plus in Europe with The Lumineers – and upcoming festivals like Lollapalooza, Forecastle, British Summertime Hyde Park, Spain’s Azkena festival and Poland’s Open’er Festival.

Past tours have been with the likes of Band Of Horses, The Struts, The Kooks, Gary Clark Jr, Mudcrutch, The Wild Feathers, BRONCHO, Atlas Genius, and more, plus major festival appearances across the US.

The Shelters toured the nation at the end of 2016 as a co-headliner on the SiriusXM Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour before returning home in December 2016 to headline sold out shows in their native Los Angeles and San Diego.
Pearl Charles
Los Angeles native Pearl Charles' smoky, psych-folk footprint treads somewhere between a gentler, silky Jefferson Airplane and more fiery sides of Joni Mitchell. Her debut EP was recorded with the help of a crew of local producers who've aided similarly roiling records from Rooney, Cherry Glazerr, and La Sera. That release's first single "You Can Change" was a soulful pop track where Charles commands and deplores ("you can change what you want, but I just can't change your mind) with feisty harmonic woos. But the simmering "I Ran So Far," debuting here, pairs rootsier lyrics ("I run to the river/But the river run dry") with a western twang and grave, moaning guitars.

Although only in her early twenties, Pearl Charles already has a strong résumé. She's earned a BFA in music from CalArts and in her free time has toured with the Growlers, Father John Misty, and Thee Oh Sees aside from working on her own projects, the Driftwood Singers and the Blank Tapes. Her next tour will be a small venture around California. Listen to "I Ran So Far" and take a look at her tour dates below. Pearl Charles is out on July 28 via Burger Records. - Spin
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