Ages and Ages

Ages and Ages

The Sound of Ghosts, The Brevet

Sun, February 12, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Saint Rocke

Hermosa Beach, CA

$12 - $15

This event is 21 and over

This is a General Admission ticket.

For seating upgrades, call us 310-372-0035

Ages and Ages
Ages and Ages
If Ages and Ages’ debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and self-consciousness plaguing a generation; and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss; Something to Ruin addresses the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), the band’s fourth album is still full of their infectious and joyful melodies while also reflecting on several serious existential themes.

Early on in the writing process of this record, band leaders Tim Perry and Rob Oberdorfer traveled to Central America and visited indigenous ruins partly engulfed by surrounding forests – a tangible reminder of the impermanence of human civilization and the resilience of nature. Back at home in Portland, Oregon, their community was being engulfed by something entirely different. Like so many other cities around the country, rapid growth and development were changing both its landscape and culture.

Something to Ruin came out of this reflection, exploring what it’s like to watch your surroundings implode in a frenzy of real estate development and lifestyle branding. Songs like “Kick Me Out” and “My Cold Reflection” describe an existence where almost everything is monetized and loses it’s meaning. The album’s first track “They Want More,” deals with the struggle to live an honest life in this type of superficial cultural landscape.

To set the stage for this narrative, Tim and Rob embraced synthetic sounds and artificial textures– a marked difference from the organic and documentarian approach on their previous albums. The record is also more groove-laden, with electronic experimentation pushed to the surface. Tim’s vocal melodies and the richly layered harmonies of Sarah Riddle, Annie Bethancourt, Colin Jenkins and Oberdorfer mirror themes about the power (and impotence) of the individual and the need for community.

Isaac Brock’s unmistakable, marbled baritone and guitar jumps out on “So Hazy” and traces of old Modest Mouse can also be heard in the discordant and mechanical noises that bubble to the surface on the album’s title track and “All of My Enemies.” If there is an anthem on Something to Ruin comparable to “No Nostalgia” and “Divisionary (Do the Right Thing),” it resides in the album’s final track “As It Is” which contains the trademark exultant vocals that endear the band to its fans.

What’s most perplexing about Ages and Ages is their ability to address themes of isolation, obscurity, and rejection of the well-paved path while still infusing their songs with an infectious hope and earnestness that brings even the most cynical listener into the fold. It could be why President Obama felt compelled to add their song to his personal reelection campaign playlist, or a high school choir in Burkina Faso posted a video of them singing an Ages song, and why NPR claims their music “could actually change your life.”
The Sound of Ghosts
The Sound of Ghosts
The Sound of Ghosts is an LA-based Indie Americana Rock band that began as a collaboration between husband and wife James Orbison (bass, vocals) and Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele) and Ernesto Rivas (guitar). The band now consists of the Orbisons and Rivas as well as Jon Sarna on drums, Christian Robinson on trumpet and Phoebe Silva on fiddle and mandolin.

Drawing from folk, bluegrass, country, blues and rock the band has created a completely unique and eclectic sound that's been described as "gypsy folk-rock magic." Their brand of high-energy, rollicking, performance and catchy tunes have quickly made them an act to watch on the Southern California scene.
The Brevet
The Brevet
The Brevet, comprised of Aric Chase Damm
(vocals, guitar), Michael Jones (backing vocals,
piano) and David Aguiar (backing vocals, drums),
is a young American band from sunny Southern
California. They have a mutual love for making
powerful music in their mobile home park studio
that hugs the 405 freeway. By combining Americana
rock, sweeping orchestral tracks, gang vocals,
unforgettable choruses and connective emotional
lyrics, The Brevet passionately spills their hearts
through cinematicsounds which has led to fans and
critics labeling them as one of the first in the 'Epic
Americana' genre. The band released their debut
album"Battle of the Heart" on April 30th, 2013 and
are gearing up to release their sophomore album,
"American Novel". The band plans to release the
album in the form of "Chapters" – three in total.
The entirety of the album will be releasing
November 11th, 2014.
Venue Information:
Saint Rocke
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254
http://www.saintrocke.com