Seven Saturdays, Auditorium, Pretend Electric, Western Lows

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Seven Saturdays, Auditorium, Pretend Electric, Western Lows

Wed, December 5, 2012

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

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA


This event is 21 and over

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Seven Saturdays
Seven Saturdays
Mulholland Drive, malt scotch, Edinburgh Scotland and Christmas trees may not seem like they have a lot in common, but in the case of Jonathan D. Haskell, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist for the band, Seven Saturdays, they are the landscape for his cinematic orchestra.

A native Angeleno, Jonathan D. Haskell has spent years working and re-working the subtle melodic nuances that have become the headphone-centric Seven Saturdays. Conceived walking the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh while sipping scotch, Haskell accepted his inescapable fate of never leaving Los Angeles and his impending return. With that, Seven Saturdays embody his love / hate relationship with said city.

"I became more interested in how music made me feel and became a bit more selfish in the type of sounds I wanted to record. I mostly listen to music in my car, and the sounds that moved me the most occurred late at night while driving around the steep slopes and sharp curves of Mulholland Drive. There's nothing like that winding road at midnight... the ebb and flow of swirling tones pouring out from all angles leaves you with a renewed sense of focus and direction."

Seven Saturdays is a direct result of this renewed energy and a reaction to growing up and feeling trapped in Los Angeles. "There is no escaping this city. If you're born here, even if you move away, its impact is always brewing just below the surface."

Seven Saturdays was recorded, produced and mixed by Haskell and Daniel Farris (St. Vincent, The Black Pill) in the shadowy confines of downtown Los Angeles. And contributing everything from heart-pulled strings, down tempo beats, delicate keyboards and distant voices, Seven Saturdays comprises an impressive list of talented musicians including: Lester Nuby (Verbena, Terra Naomi), Morgan Grace Kibby (M83), Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins) and Eric Heywood (The Pretenders, Ray LaMontagne).

Initially Seven Saturdays was Haskell's side project, to be kept completely separate from his intricate baby — FIRS, the moniker under which the 10" single "New Hope In Soft Light" was released earlier this year. But as both projects began to mirror themselves in sound and scope, combining FIRS with Seven Saturdays proved to create a more defined vision. Seven Saturdays' eponymous EP is the first release, combining the two projects into one cohesive sound.
Western Lows
Western Lows didn't form. Not all at once anyway. The project came into being slowly, in fits and starts, over the course of 2011 - a year that found Jack Burnside at loose ends, bouncing between a collection of Los Angeles practice spaces, apartments and home studios as he wrote and demoed the material that would eventually make up Glacial, Western Lows' debut LP.

Spring of 2012 saw Burnside travel to Athens, GA to record with Andy LeMaster (Now It's Overhead, Bright Eyes, R.E.M.) at Chase Park Transduction. Tasked with creating a sound, as opposed to capturing one, the pair spent weeks working into and oftentimes past the small hours of the night. Finish lines inched slowly backwards as the scope of the recording expanded.

Glacial combines the hushed intimacy of Burnside's compositions with the wide screen panoramic sweep of LeMaster's production to striking effect. Echoes of Yo La Tengo, Mazzy Star and even The Cure are present; the record's sonic space seems almost physical, a sort of gauzy dreamworld - dawn or gloaming, depending on how you look at it.

Live, Burnside is joined by Julien Bellin (Polls) and Michael Orendy (Frankel, Meow Meow).
Auditorium's critically acclaimed debut album, 2011's Be Brave, clocked in at a lean 31 minutes and change, yet managed to pack more jaw-dropping melodies, achingly beautiful harmonies, and intricately woven arrangements into its 14 tracks than most artists' entire catalogues. Buoyed by the response, a new 4-song EP, Nights Worth Living, was released in February to similar acclaim; Radio Free Silver Lake declared that it "contains four songs that could each individually be seen as the best song of the year."

All of Auditorium's recordings are the sole creation of Los Angeles-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Spencer Berger. Berger didn't have to look far when putting together the live incarnation of Auditorium. "My sister Elizabeth has a gorgeous voice, my wife (Daya Berger) played bass in NYC bands for years, my pals Jon & Justin Hogan literally live at the end of my block, and I've known our drummer, Scott Jarmel, since high the whole thing sorta just fell into my lap."

When Berger was nine years old, he bumped into Pavarotti. Not on the street. On The Metropolitan Opera, where Berger performed from the ages of nine to twelve. "He was enormous," Berger remembers. "Like walking into a pillow the size of a mountain." While growing up in Queens, NY, a friend of the family had heard Berger singing, and urged his parents to have him audition for The Met. They balked. "They weren't stage parents," Berger explains. "And they knew I had no idea what an opera even was. But I guess this family friend pestered them enough, so finally they asked me whether I wanted to audition. And I didn't know any better, so I said yes."

After graduating with a music degree from Vassar College, Berger made his way out to Los Angeles, where he recorded Be Brave in relative secrecy over a three year period. Meanwhile, Berger found success as a screenwriter and actor when a film he wrote and starred in, Skills Like This, won the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival Audience Award. It was released in art-house theaters across the country, including The Angelika right here in NYC.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027