Nation of Language (L.A. debut!), POW!, Dang, Bad Wave (DJ Set)

The Satellite Presents

Nation of Language (L.A. debut!), POW!, Dang, Bad Wave (DJ Set)

Tue, July 18, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

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Nation of Language
Nation of Language
Nation of Language is a band from Brooklyn that was formed by Ian Richard Devaney after rediscovering the post punk and new wave bands that had soundtracked his early childhood.

The band enjoys doing their own visual design and video production, and printing shirts and patches in a style that is in keeping with their love of unrefined simplicity. They’ve spent the last few months self-booking tours from the American Midwest to Europe and the UK, and released their first music video to accompany their second single, “I’ve Thought About Chicago”. They plan on heading back into the studio this summer to record another set of singles, while always looking for opportunities to get back out on the road.
POW!
POW!
Byron Blum and Melissa Blue make up the mysterious San Francisco-based garage-punk-with-synths outfit POW! After releasing a single in 2011 ("Pretend There") for Afterlife Records, not much happened for them until they were discovered by John Dwyer, the like-minded head of Castle Face Records and leader of Thee Oh Sees. He asked them to make a record, they did, and the resulting lo-fi, hi-energy Hi-Tech Boom was released in early 2014. The band also put out another single that year ("One Eyed Scorpion") for Glazer Records and added a new member, Seth Sutton (who had already played drums on some of their recordings and was in the band Useless Eaters with Blum). POW! toured, then hit the studio with producer Chris Woodhouse. The resulting album, Fight Fire, turned out to be a much cleaner, sleeker affair and was released by Castle Face in the spring of 2015. By the time they released their next album, which they worked on again with Woodhouse, they were down to the duo of Blum and Blue. Crack an Egg was released in early 2017, again by Castle Face. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi
Bad Wave
Bad Wave
Bad Wave are the band two best guy friends start when life's responsibilities become too great and they need to get nostalgic. Songwriter Tucker Tota and his production backbone Patrick Hart are really too young to be nearing midlife crisis but nevertheless started Bad Wave out of the trappings familiar to all 20-somethings in adulthood's early stages. “Patrick was randomly living with me and my girlfriend for about a year on and o in LA,” explains Tucker. “We really didn't know each other at all but he picked me up at the airport,” adds Patrick. “Then I was his roommate. Like a scene from Craigslist.”

Unlike most duos, Patrick and Tucker were not the yin to each other's yang. They bonded over similarities: a love for Weezer and other '90s alt rock bands they wore as badges of honor in Middle School – Patrick in Nashville, Tucker in Miami. They found comfort in each other's similar geekdom and love of isolation. So they worked together, separately, mostly via email. “Just to be clear,” says Patrick. “We live in the same building but we make Bad Wave over the internet. We're like the Postal Service.”

When physically together the pair enjoy building analogue synthesizers and talking about plug-ins. It's a tech-inspired bromance. Tucker found himself taken with Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home' and wanted to write a similarly brooding R&B number. His solo attempts failed miserably. Patrick knew how to make beats, so he gave him a helping hand. Before long, Patrick was writing more electronic tracks for Tucker to write melodies and lyrics to. Their first single 'Look Out' – released on LA imprint Crazy Heart – was born from there.

New singles 'Runaway', 'Good Girls', 'Extraordinary' and '3AM' continue in the same sonic vein; like pop-punk shot through the filter of glassy '80s electronica. The angst is disguised by bounc- ing basslines and warped choruses. It's a sound that has been most surprising to the duo themselves. “I like to play the mandolin, not electronic drums,” says Tucker. 'Runaway' is about a girl, obviously. The lyrics conjure a Winona Ryder in 'Girl Interrupted' type character, a heroic but confused object of action. “It's not supposed to be understood but yeah, there's a girl and she runs away. Where she runs from and for what reason... Let's just say there's a liberation in the darkness.” Tucker laughs.

The name Bad Wave itself is taken from the Spanish phrase 'mala onda', which literally translates as “bad waves” but you can take it as meaning “bad vibes”. “We're trying to spread good vibes though,” reassures Patrick. By releasing their own anxieties through Bad Wave, these two only have great intentions.

—Eve Barlow
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/