Campfire Cassettes / The Bardobees / Gruesome Twosome

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

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Thursday, April 27 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $5
Campfire Cassettes (Indie folk)
The Bardobees (Alt-rock)
Gruesome Twosome (Psychobilly/Garage/Primitive roots rock)

Campfire Cassettes is a Los Angeles based, indie folk band that was started in 2012 by Jonathan Buchanan. Inspired by bands like the Magnetic Fields and Neutral Milk Hotel, Jonathan bought himself a cheap acoustic guitar and once he learned to play the darn thing, started writing quirky, short songs often featuring his dark sense of humor.

Over the next 4 years Campfire Cassettes has played over 100 shows, touring the majority of the US releasing 2 EPs and 2 full length albums.

The band recently added Todd Daniels on bass to become a legit 4 piece.

The band looks forward to putting out another full length in 2017 featuring their new fuller sound, along with an experiment EP.

The Bardobees: Zach, Dom, and Brandon having been making music together in one outfit or another for over half a decade. From folk-rock funk bands, to open mic nights of Death Cab for Cutie covers, to a more ill-advised ska-rock project, any and all influences and styles were worthy of exploring, even embracing. In the winter of 2015 after a long period of separation, the three reunited and began playing again, but this time things had changed. They quickly realized that what was emerging from their first sessions was something new; a richer, more mature sound, a sound now known as The Bardobees.

The Bardobees’ sound owes itself to the varied influences and experiences of its members: The dark imagery and tenderness of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Antlers’ Peter Silberman can be found in Zach’s approach to lyric and songwriting; the bright, Beatlesesque tones and timbres of Dom’s guitar lines adds a touch of pop and innocence; and the influence of jazz, orchestral percussion, and drummers such as Steve Jordan and DMB’s Carter Beauford in Brandon’s playing lend the band a fine touch and a firm, driving groove. The result is a sound that is not lacking in sophistication, but remains true to their original motivation for making music in the first place: to create a feeling that is meaningful and to share that feeling with others.

In the fall of 2016, joined in the studio by Dave Fellows on bass, The Bardobees finished their debut EP, “Oh Mary,” a commentary on the everyday cruelty and confusion so common in modern society, illustrated in the 1916 hanging of an abused circus elephant named Mary.

“Oh Mary” was recorded and produced at Bardobees Sound Studio in Wyandotte, MI, in the summer of 2016.

The Gruesome Twosome is the skin on the musical soup that bubbles up and boils over onto the stove and burns, leaving a hard black and textural stain that is difficult to remove.

Hailing from the odd little college town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, this band is a mini super group (souper group?) that rises to the surface in the stew of their fellow artists and musicians around town.

Just like that sticky crust of soup on your local scene’s stove, The Gruesome Twosome and its music is difficult remove, staining your conscience about what rock and roll really is or was supposed to be.