Nick Shattuck, Adam Topol
Sat, April 8, 2017
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Hermosa Beach, CA
$20.00 - $23.00
This event is 21 and over
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Like certain other Southern California songwriters before him, Matt Costa has drifted through a strange and varied lifein music, pushed toward pop music at a young age, selling hundreds of thousands of records and touring the world onthe strong back of a simple, direct, and freewheeling debut. In the last few years, Costa took heavy stock in his work,and made unexpected turns into more progressive and thoughtful territories. This new direction has found himwandering; an outlier between the worlds of his own development as an artist, modern Orange County, his formerlabel Brushfire Records, and cutting through the center of a now hidden and older California mystique.Prolific at every turn, Matt has taken on the aura of a classic California drifter, spinning records in the midnight hoursof his local Laguna Beach radio station, writing by day cataclysmically varied music, from fingerpicked John Faheylikenumbers, to cut up poetry, to howlers harkening back to an otherworldly sound; complete with a range of writinginvoking a Kinksian sensibility, early rock & roll Eric Burdon and the Animals, Van Morrison's Them, and the guitarplaying and arrangements of Brian Jones.The last years have been eventful ones. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Costa met some filmmakers hard at work ona documentary entitled Orange Sunshine detailing the story of the Brotherhood of Eternal love; a coastal churchcentered on psychedelics who became the largest manufacturers and distributors of LSD in the United States. Mattcomposed the entire score, beginning to tap into the underlying myths and secrets of his hometown. The musicstands on its own and this year sees the release of the film, to rave reviews at its premier at SXSW, and showings atCanyon Festivals in Sedona, Maui, San Francisco, and in October, the illustrious British Film Institute in London, among others.The soundtrack LP of Matt's original score will be released in companion later this fall.Concurrently with the film, Matt Costa began to write so much music that it threw off label schedules. Exhausted bytalk of record and touring cycles, and the economics of the music industry, Matt quietly self released a total of 5 EP'sof music from 2015 into Spring of 2016. Leaving his label behind, he played some one off shows before turning homeand getting back to work on new music.An enthusiastic fan of John Steinbeck, who once lived and wrote in a cottage near Costa's home in Laguna Beach, themusician modeled his new music on Steinbeck's early short story collection "The Pastures of Heaven," written inLaguna and of which Costa owns a rare first edition. "All the stories in that book are very different, but they'reinterrelated as they all come from one place," he says. "This project was conceptually more on that level than a musiclevel."This music, now carefully being compiled on a forthcoming double vinyl, as the collection Ghosts in the Room willfeature the majority of Matt's nonsoundtrack output and unreleased BSides from the last 24 months. It is a wild andvaried exploration of artistic intent and a singular document of what is to come next.Autumn 2016l will welcome the release of the Orange Sunshine Film Soundtrack, complete with a unique companiontour combining screenings of the film with a special performance by Matt Costa and his band. It is music that hints ata songwriter cutting through to something greater and stranger; an artist arriving at a new incarnation. "The endpicture is yet to be discovered," says Costa
Born and raised in the blue collar Mississippi River communities of Western Wisconsin, Nick Shattuck adapted a bare bones, blues influenced honesty in his singing and songwriting from the start. Relocating to Southern California in the fall of 2011 with a bag full of folk/soul songs that liken him to a pleasant combination of Ray LaMontagne and John Mayer, Nick has quickly made a name for himself in the cut throat singer/songwriter community of L.A. With his new EP, "Up Late, Dreaming" in hand, Nick has spent the last year building his rapidly growing fan base while supporting such talented acts as Eddie Money, Howie Day, Ben Taylor, Meiko, Tyler Hilton, Mark Ballas, and Josh Krajik. While he now calls Southern California home, Nick continues to use his inspiration from the Midwest to write songs from the soul, intimate and often emotional depictions of his day to day encounters and experiences.
He’s sat behind the drum kit for everyone from Eddie Vedder, Joey Santiago, Ziggy Marley and Jack Johnson to legends like Jimmy Cliff and David Gilmour. He has explored Afro-Cuban rhythms and percussion via Ritmo Y Canto, dabbled in dubby electronic reggae with Culver City Dub Collective and to the far edges of soul-jazz with “Blue Painted Walls In Faraway Places”. He has never made the same record twice. So is it a surprise that Regardless of the Dark is his first album as a front man? Stepping out from behind the drum kit to create a collection of songs that can stand alongside those of his peers? At least a little bit, because it nearly didn’t happen. Playing alongside so many great musicians had made coming up with his own material all the more challenging. He threw his own first record out because he wanted to go back and do it again until it felt right. The final result is this ten song voyage from “Brazil” to “Reno”. It took nearly three years to record the album – on the road on a laptop, in random studios on off days, and at home in Topol’s garage in Venice, CA. Focusing less on rhythmic based songs as in previous projects, Regardless of the Dark aims at narratives and lyrical storytelling about life in the northern Nevada and California mountains. Traveling the world with great songwriters and artists also helped plant the seeds for this batch of songs to come to life. The sound of the feel of the album is influenced heavily by hours spent on the road reading books and listening to music, hearing other people tell their stories over and over. The literary influences can be heard throughout. The works of Junot Diaz, Cormac McCarthy and Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle all provided their own kind of inspiration here. The album opens with the Lee Scratch Perry/Congos inspired groove of “Brazil,” about people living their lives on auto-pilot, a song partially inspired by Vonnegut’s Timequake. “Crystal Bay” is a murderous allegory about the circular nature of life, warning that things we do will always catch up to us. The ramshackle sea shanty of “The Captain” describes the remorseful title character as a man who willingly sinks his own ship but refuses to go down with it without an attempt at forgiveness. Always buoyed by the presence of good friends and collaborators, Topol has assembled a number of talented musicians to flesh out the instrumentation here. “Hollow,” was recorded in Barcelona with The Pinker Tones, and sparkles with castanets and melodica. Dengue Fever’s David Ralicke lends his horn work to “Lemon Yellow” and “Brazil,” while “Crystal Bay” was recorded in East LA with the help of Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco. Mason Jennings lends his talents to a number of Topol’s songs including additional vocals, guitar and keyboard work on “The Captain” as well as the album’s closing track, “Reno.” At its base, Regardless of the Dark ruminates on a sense of place, and how leaving your roots behind can help you discover that they were what made you unique in the first place. Likewise, as his own musical roots stretch out well below the surface, on this record Adam Topol has shown he can tell stories and weave melodies alongside the best of his mentors and peers.
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254