Big Search, Bart Davenport, Wild Cub

The Satellite presents

Big Search

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
Big Search
Big Search is the alter ego of Los Angeles songwriter Matt Popieluch. Harnessing loose echos of Fred Neil, Lindsey Buckingham, and various Beatles solo albums, Big Search's aim is to create strolling, meandering escapes best suited for headphones at home, or high travel.

To date, Big Search has released a limited edition pressing of the home recorded Lay of the Land as well as singles for "Middle Man" and "Distant Shore". Due to his short attention span, his latest, Role Reversal, was on its way to lost album status when Popieluch was encouraged by a few friends and Jaunt Records to bring it to light.

Role Reversal was recorded after his working hours at White Iris studios between 2009 and 2011, a time of personal upheaval and uncertainty. This period simultaneously saw the dissolution of his former band, Foreign Born, as well as a long term relationship, but also included the meeting of the woman he would soon marry. As a result the album surges with emotional cross currents, working in tandem and, at times, against each other. It is reflective of Big Search's large-scale embrace of all incoming forces, and their interconnectedness. Often blending points of view, time, memories, dreams and autobiography within the same song, he says he was pushing for "new levels of both self examination and natural channeling".

Role Reversal has a deliberately bare sound, with sparse, unembellished rhythms lending to the power of the intense and straightforward subject matter, exposing sensitive truths to the elements. That being said, the album is sprinkled with harmonies, horns, woodwinds, and synthesizers, including contributions from Garrett Ray, Luke Top and Brad Caulkins (Fool's Gold), Jason Quever (Papercuts), Sandra Vu (SISU, Dum Dum Girls) and some guest vocals by Cass McCombs and Jack Name.

Since the release of Role Reversal, Big Search has recorded a new album (based around his 12-string guitar) that has yet to be released and continues to play with various members of the Big Search organization across the country and abroad.
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.
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