Big Search (7" release show), Bart Davenport, Wild Cub

The Satellite presents

Big Search (7" release show)

Bart Davenport

Wild Cub

Thu, February 7, 2013

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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Big Search (7" release show)
Big Search (7" release show)
If there was a rainbow-bridge/time warp between the Los Angeles of the 1970's and the present day, Matt Popieluch's band Big Search would be its resident players, carrying the banner of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Lindsey Buckingham into the 21st century. Best known as the singer of Foreign Born, and former part-time guitarist in bands Fool's Gold, Glasser, Papercuts and most recently Taken By Trees, Popieluch is now releasing his music under the Big Search name.
Big Search is more like a secret society than a band - a scrappy incarnation of an Elk's Lodge club with members stretching far and wide. Each instrumental specialist temporarily abandoning their posts at various jobs or homes to join Popieluch in playing his new songs. He is known to have an exhausting, but rewarding turnover rate. The band membership varies according to Popieluch's location. If his preferred four or five piece band is not available, he appears by himself or in a duo. Sometimes, in Scandinavia, he plays with Scandinavians as they are quick learners and know the terrain. That being said, he has yet to play with Canadians in Canada (but is open to the idea).

Since the demise of Foreign Born in late 2010, Big Search has released a collection of home recordings on Secretly Canadian's St. Ives label called Lay of the Land and the Middle Man/Getting Warm 7" on White Iris Records. In the Fall of 2011, he returned to his former city of San Francisco to record the new single "Distant Shore" with Jason Quever of Papercuts. The two friends spent a weekend on the song at Quever's home studio and their collaboration is something to behold. Popieluch carries the lead melody in falsetto, surrounded by his lower voices in harmony while soft drums and synthesizers carry them along. The song speaks to the abyss we all sometimes feel between ourselves and the outside world and of how challenging it can be to cross. B-side "Lost Coming Down" was a song Matt recorded with Foreign Born for 2009's Person To Person album, but is only now seeing the light of day. Lewis Pesacov's tropical guitar lines and hypnotic production help give the song it's drifting "haunted island" mentality.
In the meantime, Big Search has toured the US with Vetiver, Taken By Trees and Jens Lekman, while continuing to work on a steady stream of new songs to play for the unsuspecting. While Popieluch does take certain musical advice from the past, he maintains his gaze on an intuitive horizon, following the course as it is revealed to him. Big Search's music is intended to be raw, unhidden and up for interpretation. He does not like to bury his recordings or performances in effects, preferring to rely on the strength of the song and its delivery, imperfections included.
Bart Davenport
Bart Davenport
Bart Davenport is a singer, guitarist and pop artist from Oakland California. Earnest, reverential yet borderline satirical, his music celebrates the idealized fantasy of true love while simultaneously conveying a sincere yearning for a better world. Over the last ten years he’s released a steady stream of albums that contain songs for dancing, songs for crying and songs for cruising down the highway. He’s been mesmerizing audiences on tour in the U.S. and Europe along the way, earning loyalty from fans and the respect of musical peers.

Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first professional band, The Loved Ones released two albums on the Hightone label. The group performed a rawkus, high energy style of r&b, opening for the likes of Junior Wells and John Lee Hooker. In the 00s Davenport went solo and turned the volume down but not the intensity. Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience singer, Erlend Øye has called him the “best one-guy-and-guitar performer there is”. Bart Davenport’s decision to perform solo acoustic was born out of pragmatism as much as it was a love of 60s folksingers. Traveling light made touring possible and performing alone helped the artist to hone in on conveying subtle and meaningful material. The recording studio was another matter entirely.

Released in 2002, Bart’s self-titled solo debut was an indie pop layer cake filled with drums, organs and vocal harmonies. He quickly followed that with Game Preserve, released in 2003 on Antenna Farm. Tight, no-nonsense, analogue production and multi-layered backing vocals made the album a shimmering ode to 70s AM gold. Next came Maroon Cocoon in 2005, a carefully honed lo/hi fi record made on an 8-track tape machine. Several tours and side projects later, Bart Davenport returned in 2008 with the softrock opus, Palaces. Featuring production help from psychedelic main man, Kelley Stoltz, the album would be referred to by Sylvie Simmons of MOJO as “a fine example of San Fran’s vinyl and thrift shop culture, turning stuff people throw out into something new”.

Between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Bart Davenport released three records, including a covers album, Searching For Bart Davenport (Tapete Records, Germany). There’s also With All Due Respect by Incarnations, a side project featuring Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Daniel Collas and Bing Ji Ling. The three Americans are practically a Spanish band, recording in Tarifa on the southern coast of Spain and releasing the album on Madrid based Lovemonk Records, culminating in a prime spot at Primavera Sound Fest in Barcelona. Another European based side project is Honeycut featuring Herve Salters (aka General Elektriks). Although recorded in San Francisco with drummer Tony Sevener, their album titled Comedians saw its first release on Discograph in France. Both projects are soul music based but Davenport stirs in an inevitable pinch of melodic pop. He spent much of 2011 touring Spain, France and Germany promoting the three albums.

In 2012 Bart Davenport’s Someone2Dance b/w Cheap Words saw the return of longtime compatriot, Sam Flax as Producer. The Flax production opens a new chapter in the Davenport saga, with drum machine, synth and guitar lines reminiscent of early 80s new wave and power pop. Davenport relocated to Los Angeles and gathered a new band lineup including Jessica Espeleta, Paul Burkhart, Nathan Shafer and Wayne Faler. The new band, along with producer Luke Top (Fool’s Gold) went into the recording studio, resulting in a full length album scheduled for release in fall 2013 on Lovemonk Records.
Wild Cub
Wild Cub
Youth is a collection of captured moments...
like moving photographs: late night drives, the limitless feeling of falling in love, the freedom of finding a true friend and co-conspirator in an immense world, the cool ocean meeting your toes on a hot summer's day. A simmering mix of bass, synths, drums, and frontman Keegan DeWitt's low and soft, yet urgent vocals, lead track "Shapeless" sets the evocative and cinematic tone that permeates the album. The taut dreaminess of "Straight No Turns" and "Hidden In The Night" evolve into sensuous, dancefloor-ready electro-pop, while "Jonti" – with its soaring, cathartic chorus "I see it now, it's brighter when the lights are out" – and "Wild Light" – all quirky, staccato organ and lyrical guitar-led charm – are playful art pop sing-alongs. The rich, melancholic soundscape of "Drive" highlights Youth's moody romantic atmosphere. Produced in collaboration with musician (Tallest Trees) and photographer Dabney Morris, and mixed with Ephraim Nagler (You Are Plural, The Velvet Teen), the album combines live takes and programmed sounds, and was recorded digitally before the files were run through a TASCAM 4-track tape recorder, often used for intimate home demos.

Wild Cub is centered on film composer (Cold Weather, Dance Party USA) and singer/songwriter (2009's LP Islands, 2010's Nothing Shows EP and Two Hearts/Reluctance 7") DeWitt, and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock (Pico vs. Island Trees, Jessie Baylin, Madi Diaz). They toured most of 2011 under DeWitt's name, who'd gotten good press attention from AOL Music's Spinner, FilterMagazine.com, My Old Kentucky Blog, Paste ('Best New Solo Artists of 2010'), Popmatters, and Vogue.com, among others: hitting SXSW, New York Fashion Week (for designer Billy Reid), and the CMJ Music Marathon; and touring with Jeremy Messersmith and on the 4th Daytrotter Barnstormer tour alongside artists including Sondre Lerche and Guards, among other shows. Wild Cub was officially born upon returning home last fall, and Youth was written and recorded over two months in Bullock's house, which was turned into a multi-room studio.

After already catching the eye and ear of their hometown press (Nashville Cream has praised Wild Cub's "intricate melodic pop": "…don't ask how, but the Chris Martin-meets-'Bastards of Young' melody on the first of three new songs hit that elusive sweet spot of melody plus sing-along that every pop-based band should aim for"), the band is now beginning to catch attention from national press including American Songwriter, Paste, and RCRD LBL ("Straight No Turns" song premiere), and also performed at Bonnaroo in June.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/