American Royalty, Barcelona, Born Ruffians, JJAMZ, Choir of Young Believers, Rah Rah, Snowmine

Baeblemusic Presents THE LAUNCH PAD

American Royalty

Barcelona

Born Ruffians

JJAMZ

Choir of Young Believers

Rah Rah

Snowmine

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Free

American Royalty - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
American Royalty
The lovechild of a studio experiment that was never meant to make it out into the wild, Los Angeles' American Royalty constructs an unlikely yet glowingly functional blend of dark garage rock and poignant electronica. This creative soundscape is topped off by the two vocal leads of Marc Gilfry and Billy Scher, whose pipes both seem to fall somewhere in the realm of where eerie and soul meet back on the other side; altogether resulting in one of the most innovative sounds to haunt independent music today.

The psychedelic blues-rock three piece has already begun making their mark on the road over the past year, turning heads in the touring circuit with their unorthodox stage set up, a penchant for sprinkling in reworked bits of both the classic and obscure, and an explosively energetic and entrancingly unique live performance.
Barcelona - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Barcelona
The Seattle trio imbue personal, pensive stories into lush, hypnotic harmonies. Since their 2009 major label debut, Absolutes, Barcelona—Brian Fennell [Vocals, Keys], Chris Bristol [Guitar, Vocals], and Rhett Stonelake [Drums]—have accrued more than just a little fodder for this intimate and infectious follow-up.
This time the band joined forces with producer Kevin Augunas (Gotye, Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe) and engineer Mark Neill (Black Keys) on this self-released album, which is available digitally on May 8th with a physical release on the same day via NotQuiteYours.com.

"Traditionally, we would record songs isolated from each other," says Fennell. "We would normally do each part separately, and we became very comfortable with digital recording. Kevin pushed us to play live all at once though. With his encouragement, we literally recorded everything in the same room facing each other. It's just like a live show. When you hear the music, it feels like you're in the room with us."

It's easy to get close to Barcelona on songs like the first single, "Slipping Away". Fennell's voice resounds potently alongside organic acoustic strumming. About the song, the singer enthuses, "It's one of our favorite songs to play live. It has a really different energy and set of influences from our older material. I feel like it stands out for us."
Born Ruffians - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Born Ruffians
Toronto's Born Ruffians feature Luke LaLonde (vocals/guitar), Mitch DeRosier (bass/vocals), and Steve Hamelin (drums). Formed in 2002, the indie rock trio creates a jaunty mix of shifty guitar riffs and hyper-chic vocals for a Pixies-esque shredded kind of sweetness. An appearance at the annual Pop Montreal festival and U.S. tour dates with Hot Chip and Shy Child coincided with the release of Born Ruffians' self-titled debut EP for Warp Records in October 2006. The band's first full-length, Red Yellow & Blue, arrived in spring 2008. They returned with 2010's Say It, which the band recorded in two weeks with producer Rusty Santos.
JJAMZ - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
JJAMZ
"What does your band sound like?" The most common, and unavoidable, question asked of a musician. One friend said we sound like Smart Pop. Another likened us to the West Coast Blondie. When people ask, I usually say "Have you ever been to Venice Beach late at night, when the cops have stopped patrolling, and you're not sure which shadows the drug dealers and pickpockets are hiding in, but the Ocean is loud and the Air is wet and you feel safe because you're with someone you know? It sounds exactly like that feels!"

I don't actually say that, but it's definitely more fun than "A really good rock band. I think you'd like it."
Choir of Young Believers - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Choir of Young Believers
When listening to Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers, it’s hard not to imagine an army of white-clad singers with arms outstretched, their voices raised in holy polyphony—in fact, the Danish group is the brainchild of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. For years, Jannis moved in the underground circles of the Copenhagen indie scene. After the breakup of his old band in 2006, he moved to the Greek island of Samos and began developing his own solo material. Jannis returned to Copenhagen and, gathering musicians and friends around him, formed Choir of Young Believers, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, and a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb.

The songs on Choir of Young Believers’ 2008 debut album This is for the White in Your Eyes mixed modest folk arrangements with ambitious, grandiose indie pop, cooled with a stoic Nordic distance and glowing with an inner light. The album was critically acclaimed by the press and received a dozen awards, among them a Danish Music Award (new artist), National Radio (talent of the year) and two critics’ awards (composer of the year, new artist). Choir’s tracks have featured in several TV shows and feature films including large parts of the score for Thomas Vinterbergs Submarino.

On their sophomore album Rhine Gold, Choir expands on their debut in every way. Now a proper band, the collaborative dynamic has imbued their sound with more authority and daring, as Choir inhabits a wholly unique space where intimate folk, classic Krautrock, big-sky Americana, avant-garde composition and bombastic theatricality seamlessly serve the same master.
Rah Rah - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Rah Rah
Originally formed as a trio in 2007 in Regina, SK, the now expansive rock sextet Rah Rah, will release their new record, The Poet's Dead digitally on October 2, 2012 and physically on October 23, 2012 via Hidden Pony Records. Recorded in the fall of 2011, under the production guidance of indie-rock recording experts Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Preistess), Rah Rah have fine-tuned the band and refined their sound. Lyrically, The Poet's Dead showcases some of the finest songwriting from the band and the strongest collective step forward to date.

Known for their energetic, enthralling live shows, where constantly swapping instruments and lead vocal duties is the norm, their shows also feature a parade of balloons, confetti canons, and the constant presence of the band's white, persian robotic mascot cat.

Rah Rah was crowned "Best New Canadian Band" and "Best New Alternative Band" by iTunes Canada in 2009. The band's songs have also been featured as iTunes Single of the Week and Starbucks Pick of the Week in Canada. The band has toured incessantly behind their previous two albums, sharing tours with the likes of Minus The Bear in Canada and USA, Wintersleep in Europe and Canada, and label-mates Said The Whale.
Snowmine - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Snowmine
"Formed back in 2008, Snowmine claims to gain their inspiration from love found and lost, forest trips, and circuit bending. While I’m not sure of exactly what they mean by the last entry, I can certainly see the influence of the first two. The songs on their EP Laminate Pet Animal, despite having electronic embellishments, have a very natural texture. The samples featured on the EP, though, are more than welcome and add a great deal to the fullness of each track." - The Wild Honey Pie