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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Tonight 3/13 @snstmusic (CHI/LA) @caveofswords & @hopeandtherapy play @firebirdstl
Tonight at the Firebird brings the debut tour for Chicago/Los Angeles based duo Sunset (feat. Chris Broach of Braid) This is also a record release for Sunset (members of Braid and The Firebird Band). Also feat. Sean Husick (x-Milemarker) on drums, and Harrison Clark (The Hallow) on bass. Sharing the stage are St. Louis acts Cave Of Swords plus Hope And Therapy. This is an all-ages show and is $8.00 for 21 and up, $10.00 for under 21. The doors open at 5 pm and the show starts at 6 pm. It will be over by around 10 pm. Tickets are available online and any other info. is in the official Facebook event HERE. On 3/3 Alternative Press debuted the new Sunset video HERE and is also posted below. You can also stream Sunset's debut of the song "Remember How It Ends" via Impose Magazine HERE. The debut album is also produced by Will Yip (Nothing, Circa Survive) and is officially being released on April 7th by Broken World Media.
"The album Sigils by Cave Of Swords feels like a succession of slow burns that keep a constant peak, with sinewy riffs riding atop a bright rhythm section. Sunyatta sings with depth, conveying clear melody while concealing a propensity for wilder rock leanings. The beats feel concrete, owing to a busy mixture of booming bass and soft snares. Each song shares distinct tweaks, helping the album to feel greater than the sum of its parts — a whole built with special care to each and every piece."
-Joseph Hess, Riverfront Times
Visit Cave Of Swords on their website HERE and follow them online at Facebook or Twitter.
Broken World Media and Sunset, the newly-formed outfit featuring Chris Broach of Braid & The Firebird Band and Steve Znavor of The Firebird Band & Life At Sea, are proud to announce the band’s debut full-length album titled Turn Out The Lights (pre-order). Produced, recorded, and mixed by Will Yip (Nothing, Circa Survive, Pity Sex) at Studio 4 and set for release on Friday, April 7, Turn Out The Lights represents a new beginning for both Broach and Znavor – a fresh body of work that seamlessly blends electronic and organic instrumentation into a unique amalgam of music that's as apt to make you dance as it is to make you think.
The album’s lead single, “Remember How It Ends,” advances the album’s release and is a song that chronicles Broach’s continued internal struggle with sobriety and coming out the other side. “I still had a part of me that was telling me that maybe it was okay to go back to drinking,” he says. “It was like a switch that would flip once in a while, and I'd have to tell myself to always see through that lie that I was telling myself.”
Chris Broach is a lifelong musician in the truest sense. He started as a member of the influential indie act Braid as a teenager and for the past two decades he's released under the name The Firebird Band. In 2015 Broach and his longtime collaborator Steve Znavor launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising money for a new album for The Firebird Band – but Broach quickly realized that these songs demanded a new moniker. “The Firebird Band was just my thing for so long and Sunset is really what Steve and I created together,” Broach explains. “It's a true collaboration in that sense.”
The duo wrote the songs that would become Turn Out The Lights at each other's respective residences in Chicago and Los Angeles, but a true turning point occurred when producer Will Yip (Circa Survive, Pity Sex) stayed at Broach's house while he was producing Braid's No Coast. From the club-worthy, synth-driven groove of “Get Over Yourself” to the stripped-down perfection of “'76 – '78” and angular post-rock feel of “Running From The Girl,” Turn Out The Lights is an album that's difficult to categorize because it doesn't have an allegiance to any one genre – and its strengths lie in the liberating nature of that freedom. “Steve and I both approached this recording in terms of what's best for the song,” Broach explains. “We both have a similar aesthetic but we're coming from different places musically and I think that allows us to combine all of those ideas into something cohesive.”
However just because Turn Out The Lights is infectious that doesn't mean that it isn't intellectual and the duo tackle topics ranging from deeply personal to passionately political within the course of the album. “I felt like I was a little more free with what I wanted to sing about on this album,” Broach explains. And songs like “National Monument” are evidence of that. “That song is about and what was happening in the United States pre-election and I felt like it was important to write about it because it was so upsetting to me.” Alternately, “Don't Forget” was partially inspired by his two young children and the emotional bond that Broach shares with them. “A lot of these songs are just me experimenting with finding a different voice that I haven't expressed in the past.” Yip was integral to helping to finding that voice as the vocals were written and recorded with him over a twelve-day period.
Broach may be a professional musician with over two decades of experience but you wouldn't guess that judging by the childlike excitement that’s palpable when speaks about Sunset. “What I love about this band is that Steve and I are able to do whatever we want without trying to hold ourselves to someone else’s idea of what we ought to be doing. For example, I don't think we're going to have bongos on a Braid song anytime soon but there are on this album,” Broach admits with a laugh. “There's no limit to what we can do with this band and that makes it an important piece of my life,” he summarizes. “As an artist you don't often get a chance to express yourself in this way -- especially at this stage of your career, so I'm just so happy that this project finally came together the way it did.”
Pre-Order Sunset's debut HERE and follow them online at Facebook and Twitter.
Hope & Therapy is a driving force of spacey, rhythmically and dynamically intelligent indie rock. The band is lead by a fiery front woman belting her soul and pounding the keys. Ethereal soundscapes, synth-y bass guitar, and angular drumming from the school of math rock.
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