Kat Myers & the Buzzards with special guests

The Satellite Presents

Kat Myers & the Buzzards with special guests

Wed, November 22, 2017

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

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

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Kat Myers
Kat Myers
In 2012, Kat Myers had a solid, stable job in New York City, a steady, long-term relationship, a great apartment, a dog. She thought she might even get engaged before too long. “This is about to be my life,” Myers thought. For many people, checking off these boxes would be enough. But Myers wanted something more. She ultimately ended the relationship, quit her job, packed everything she owned into her parents’ Ford Explorer, drove back to her native Ohio, and from there bought a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia. "I had to figure something else out,” she says of her mindset at the time. “I wasn't sure what was next, but I knew I wasn’t happy, and that I had to make a major change in my life.”
Music—something Myers had always loved but never pursued professionally—turned out to be the answer. “A friend from high school had told me, ‘If you don't put music into your life and make it part of your daily ritual, then you're going to be deeply regretful,’” she recalls. “I just started crying. I was like, ‘That bitch.’ She was right.” 
Upon returning from a life-changing six months in Asia, where she “realized that you don’t have to do what your parents think you should do; that there are other paths,” Myers landed in Los Angeles on an extended layover, and decided to stick around and start chasing her dream. She was unemployed and uncertain of the future, but she had a notebook full of sincere, quick-witted tunes and started playing solo gigs around town. In the dive bars of L.A., and on the road in California, Myers assembled an undeniably simpatico collection of musicians to support her—guitarist Elliott Beenk, drummer Johnny Elkins and bassist Jeff McElroy—and Kat and the Buzzards were born, an indie-Americana quartet anchored by Myers’ spirited, bell-clear alto. The Buzzards—named for Myers’ favorite classic-rock station, growing up in Cleveland, WMMS “The Buzzard”—cut their teeth playing a residency at kitschy-but-cool downtown L.A. beer hall, The Escondite, and have since played more than 200 shows.
The band’s forthcoming debut EP, Owe Everybody Money, was produced by Nashville heavyweight Vance Powell (Jack White, Old 97’s, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson). The anthemic choruses, sun-dappled harmonies & rolling guitar hooks of opening track “Reluctant Love” make for some classic, country-tinged Laurel Canyon rock & roll. “Under the Rug” is a shuffling, endlessly groovy, psych-tinged West Coast two-step, and “The Things I Love” a roadhouse rowdy, highway-cruising alt-country anthem that begs you to mash the gas and speed off toward the horizon. Myers’ voice is as expressive as it gets on the latter, howling in impassioned conversation with guitarist Beenk’s wailing, space-echo slide guitar. Owe Everybody Money wraps with a pair of gems, too—“So Kind,” a pedal-steel-dusted, heart-on-sleeve Americana ballad about falling in love with a goodhearted scoundrel (“You’re rough around the edges but you’re so kind to me”), and the deep, countrified soul of “Another Town,” which was recorded live at Los Angeles radio station KCSN, and ably showcases just how potent Myers & the Buzzards are when stripped-down to the basics and rocking out together in a room.

Myers says the new EP is about “coming of age, questioning the things you were taught to believe were normal, falling in love, acting out, and just trying to create your own path and happiness.” Lyrically, she pulls from her past, offering some biting commentary on her Catholic upbringing—its inherent hypocrisy confronted on “The Things I Love,” which is written from the perspective of a Catholic school girl, and “Under the Rug.” “It’s so bizarre how certain things were just never discussed growing up in that kind of environment,” Myers says. “Nobody would talk about anything. Like in the song, it was all just swept under the rug.”
The experience of playing with The Buzzards, and making the new EP has been an empowering and satisfying journey for Myers and her rock & roll cohorts. “I know it’s my name on it,” she says, “but we’re definitely a band. I write the lyrics, but we come up with most of the music together. Over the last few years, we’ve definitely grown in our craft—each of us has our own distinct style that has emerged, and best of all, we’ve really learned to play together as a band.”
Kat Myers & the Buzzards’ Owe Everybody Money is out Nov. 17. 
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027