Satellite Nights with Monogem, Kiven, Castro, The Red Paintings

The Satellite presents

Satellite Nights with Monogem, Kiven, Castro, The Red Paintings

Thu, January 8, 2015

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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Ethereal and distant, but somehow wistfully familiar, MONOGEM is a mystery ready to be revealed. With a sound that idles somewhere comfortably between CHVRCHES and Solange, blissfully combined with just a potent hint of throwback disco, the project's new EP, The Glow, is a collection of soulful synth pop anthems, as infectious as they are affectionate.

Fronted by singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh, the project is a collaboration with producer/songwriter, Scott Smith, with the two accompanied live by Peter Dyer on synth/keys, Thomas Drayton on bass/synth bass, and Nate Lotz on the drums, the group take us on an intoxicatingly refined journey through delicate vocals, dizzying harmonies and dance ready synths.

The first single and title track off the EP, The Glow, debuted on Paper Magazine, who aptly noted that the project, "makes disco and funk-tinged synth pop that will make you want to groove, gurl." And rightly so – the video for the track is a perfect montage of 1984 cult movie, Breakin', an obvious nod to MONOGEM's vintage roots.

"It's about letting go and transporting yourself into another realm," Hirsh muses of the forthcoming release. "Everybody can relate, or at least I hope so, to that feeling you get on the dancefloor." From the tripped out, almost Lorde-esque beats of, Wait And See, to the emphatic and uplifting, All We Have, MONOGEM's, The Glow arrives with incredible force, from another world where pop music still has sentiment and soul. And just a bit of funk.
Kiven is modern rock band currently based out of Los Angeles, CA. The band consists of members Tyler Demorest (Guitar, Keys, and Vocals), Matt Cohen (Bass), Danny Schnair (Guitar), and Jake Reed (Drums).

In February 2014, Kiven released their debut self-titled album ‘Kiven’, which features production by Tony Hajjar of At The Drive-In/Sparta and includes the single “In The Fire,” which went Number 1 on KROQ Locals Only and sat in the Top 5 for nine straight weeks. Soon after the debut release, Kiven made their second appearance at SXSW this past year, followed by a KROQ Presents Los Angeles Residency, and rounded out 2014 with two more tours across the NorthWest. Between “In The Fire” and the follow up single “I Can Take It,” Kiven maintained a Top 15 spot on the FMQB Submodern Album Radio Charts and received airplay on 200+ stations nationally. There are big plans already set for 2015.

“It’s heavy when it needs to be, delicate and atmospheric when it should be, very catchy without being mundane, and extremely diverse without feeling disjointed in the slightest. It’s just good, really good.” - Riley Breckenridge, Thrice

“The band seamlessly melds driving percussion and the occasional screaming vocal with complex jazz-indebted guitar lines for a product that’s uniquely Kiven.” - BMI

“A remarkable marriage of furious prog-metal and grooves so precise you could dress them in Armani.” - Entertainment Weekly
The Red Paintings
The Red Paintings
After suffering a near-fatal seizure, visionary performer Trash McSweeney now sees colour in his music and has set out to share with the world all the ideas about what he has seen and felt. By taking to his guitar, piano and notebook, The Red Paintings were officially born upon the dawn of the new millennium.

Based in Australia and Los Angeles – and having been fortunate enough to already tour much of the globe – The Red Paintings are a five-piece group (guitar, bass, drums, cello & violin) who incorporate additional orchestral, choral and performance art features wherever possible. With costumes, themes, painters and other artists their shows combine sound and visuals to create a living canvas that stimulates the senses and minds of the audience. A true and unique art experience. The Red Paintings' sound evokes everything from child-like lullabies of the future, to tearing, biting, alternative-rock numbers. They are sometimes compared to multi-faceted acts like Radiohead, Muse, and The Arcade Fire, and their appeal reaches baroque-pop steam-punks, metal-heads, indie-rock fanatics, and beyond.
Castro formed in Los Angeles during the winter of 2014, spawned from songs written by guitarist/vocalist Vincent Venturella and guitarist/vocalist Jack Guimon.

Venturella, a native of New York, and Guimon, a native of Chicago, originally met each other through a Craigslist post after both had moved to Los Angeles. Sharing a mutual appreciation for 70's post-punk and 80's new wave, the two began collaborating on original material that would eventually lead to a string of self-produced demos.

Eric Hehr, an old high-school friend of Guimon's, moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2014. Shortly afterwards, Hehr began collaborating with Guimon and Venturella on the material they had written and recorded at their rehearsal space in Glassell Park.

After auditioning a handful of drummers, the three musicians found a kindred spirit in Brendan McCusker, a native of Maryland who had moved to Los Angeles to pursue music.

With a solidified lineup and shared sonic vision, the group of Los Angeles transplants formed Castro and set about recording their material with engineer/producer Sean Guerin of De Lux at R2 Rehearsal Studios in North Hollywood.

The result is the CASTO EP, a short glimpse into a young Los Angeles band channeling a shared appreciation for The Cure, The Police, The Smiths, and The Clash. Although the CASTRO EP is currently unreleased, the material is already garnishing attention from the likes of Playboy.

Castro hopes to target a wider audience with their unique angular blend of rhythm, melody, and harmony.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027