Escondido + KOLARS

Escondido + KOLARS

Sammy Brue

Thursday, March 29, 2018

8:30 pm

Soda Bar


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Escondido - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
"One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred" - Vogue

"I was listening to the radio, KCRW, and Escondido were playing and i heard this and I just love it, it went right in me." - David Lynch

“If Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name stepped into a vintage El Camino and turned on the radio, Escondido would come blaring out of the speakers." - Garden & Gun

“Escondido the band is steeped in Southwest fantasia, with swirling trumpets, guitar twang, acoustic guitars and slow-motion reverb. Escondido’s debut album, “The Ghost of Escondido” stands on the strength of its songwriting” - Chicago Sun-Times

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Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Their David Lynch approved sound became the soundtrack to multiple films and TV shows including HBO's Girls and Sex Tape and led to appearances on CONAN and ABC's Nashville. Following tours with the likes of Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, and Wild Cub, the duo released their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger, on Feb 5, 2016.

The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio. “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen. I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room. Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’” They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s. “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros. “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”

While Escondido’s sophomore album retains their southwest fantasia, swirling trumpet, and slow-motion reverb, the approach has changed. “Our first record was lightning in a bottle,” says James. “This time around was a hibernation so we could dig into the arrangements and sounds.” After fleshing out the demos, the band returned to The Casino studio in Nashville and recruited drummer Evan Hutchings and guitarist Scotty Murray to help them lay the records foundation. The duo then spent the following months hunkered in James’ bedroom studio, with James adding guitars, bass, trumpet, and keyboards. They then recorded vocals in a rented cabin south of Nashville and made final tweaks at Wax LTD. Studios in Hollywood, CA. The result is a complex landscape ranging from the aggressive noir of “Footprints” and “Heart is Black” to the love lost ballad “Try”. “We weren’t as precious about all the tracks being stylistically cohesive,” says Maros "We just focused on writing good songs that come from an honest place”.

The making of their new record plus extensive touring did eventually take a toll on the band’s relationship. The two agreed that they needed some time apart so Maros moved to LA while James stayed in Nashville. “There was a time where writing music was the only way we communicated.” says James. That distance is reflected in the songs on Walking With A Stranger. “This record’s lyrics describe the loneliness you feel when with you’re with someone everyday,” says Maros. “The natural tug-of-war between a man and a woman.” The band eventually worked through their differences months later on a camping trip to Death Valley. They drove to the middle of nowhere to find what inspired them in the first place. “It took us being apart to appreciate our differences,” reflected James. “Music helps us forget the very conflict it grows out of. My favorite songs embrace that dissonance." The result is their follow album, Walking With A Stranger, out now via their own label, Kill Canyon.
KOLARS - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
When it became clear that glam folk act He’s My Brother She’s My Sister was heading towards a hiatus, band members Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown decided to go off and find their own beat. What they learned from their previous outfit was that even folk fans want to find music that makes them move. That’s the dictum that’s guided the duo into the creation of KOLARS.

As KOLARS, the pair create a kinetic brand of disco-inspired rockabilly they loving dub glam-a-billy. Kolar provides the soaring, fuzzy guitars while Brown pounds and literally stomps the percussion — she actually stands and tap-dances on a bass drum. Far from a gimmicky trick, the clacking feet add familiar moments one might expect from a hi-hat or the clapping of hands. Even without Brown’s unique method of performing, the band’s sound remains uniquely driving. Take their latest single “One More Thrill”. Crafted like a grooving ’70s country song carved out of the gleaming vibrations of modern rock, the track pulsates right into your chest. It takes your heart by the hand and leads you to the dance floor, daring you to not feel motivated to dance, shimmy, just escape the mundane. “‘One More Thrill’ is about someone who wants to break free from the monotony in their life to pursue their dreams,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “The video uses imagery and creatures to symbolize that struggle and the excitement of taking that chance.
Sammy Brue - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Sammy Brue
Sammy Brue released his debut album I Am Nice June 16th, 2017 via New West Records to widespread critical acclaim, including a 4-star Mojo review that states, "...songs ranging from troubadour folk (I Know; Once A Lover) to unashamedly dreamy '60s pop balladry (Was I The Only One; I Never Said). Just the right blend of innocence and maturity, well-produced by Civil Wars' John Paul White and Alabama Shakes' Ben Tanner." The 12-song set was recorded at White and Tanner's Sun Drop Sound studio in Florence, Alabama. Already hailed as an “American prodigy” by Rolling Stone, the just-turned 16-year-old is a remarkable young talent. His catchy compositions embody the sort of wisdom, empathy and insight that is usually associated with more experienced songwriters and has caught the attention of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Fader and more.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104