FLAURAL

Slow Brood & Psyko Steve Present

FLAURAL

PHANTOM PARTY, NEW CHUMS, BELLJAR

Wed, March 16, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

FLAURAL
FLAURAL
Denver based quartet Flaural is an outfit with its eclectic roots of influence lodged as firmly in the fertile grounds of psychedelic pop as in the less-often associated soils of shoegaze, new wave, and contemporary experimental. Only seeming to look back as a means to gaze into the future, Flaural walks the tightrope that often separates originality and accessibility with uncanny ease.
Flaural is the unified sum of four equal parts. The hypnotic pulse of Nick Berlin’s kraut rock drum grooves crystalize as the backdrop atop which sprawls the band’s ethereal pop-songwriting pallet. Connor Birch’s expansive synths and keys, the unique virtuosity of Noah Pfaff’s guitar playing, and the resonant croon of Colin Johnson’s vocals over his driving bass lines all coalesce into the rare type of experimental music that warmly invite the uninitiated listener into the unknown.

Formed in 2015 the band has released two EPs. 2015’s ‘Thin King’ established the parameters for Flaural’s exploratory vision and 2016’s ‘Over Imaginary Cigarettes’ pushed further their already immense scope. Gold Flake Tapes described the latter as a “humdrum flood of sound, colour, and exquisite vision.”

The band’s rigorous tour schedule has taken it on six total tours totaling fourteen weeks and 75+ dates along the west coast and through the Midwest. The burgeoning act has shared the stage with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thee Oh Sees, Built to Spill, Wand, Wild Nothing, Gardens & Villa, Quilt, Diane Coffee, Methyl Ethel, Mild High Club and others. Appearances at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest, Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, San Francisco’s Hickey Fest, Chicago’s Tomorrow Never Knows, and other high profile festivals have further grown the band’s national reputation.

It sometimes feels rare that a band founded on pushing boundaries is conscious of not alienating the listener. This is not the case for Flaural. Their music, in effect, feels like the spoils of a deep space exploration, brought back down to earth for all to observe. The band is currently writing and recording their debut LP rumored to be slated for release in 2018.
PHANTOM PARTY
Rebuilding from the ashes of dead local Arizona bands comes Phantom Party. Born in the spring of 2015 by vocalist and guitarist Joshua Capati and bassist Matthew Slusser, they roared out of the garage with indie and surf punk songs taking influence from Wavves and The Libertines. Nathaniel Levine and Austin Cooper round out the current lineup on guitar and drums respectively. The distinctive voice of Josh Capati, as well as the clean guitar tones energized by bass and pounding drums helped to make the band easily discernible among their musical contemporaries.

The following month, they released their debut EP, Stellar, for free on their Bandcamp, produced and mixed by the band themselves. It was recorded in multiple bedrooms around the band's hometown of Chandler, Arizona.
NEW CHUMS
Tuolumne (pronounced to-wall-a-me) is not just the northern California County where front man, Seth Boyack, grew up. As he developed his love for music, learned to play guitar, and sang in the choir, he also began to set his sights on fronting his own band. Now as the singer/guitarist/songwriter for New Chums, it was only fitting to name the band's debut EP, Tuolumne (released September 2015) for the place where it began.

New to the Phoenix, Arizona music scene after playing guitar for indie rock bands in Salt Lake City, Austin, and assorted northern California cities, Seth began the inevitable Craigslist search to build his own band. From the Philadelphia music scene came bassist Greg Winters – a songwriter himself, with a knack for writing melodic guitar and bass parts. After going through a handful of drummers, New Chums hired Bostonian Ben Hedlund, a solid indie rock drummer with a nice resume, and plenty of song arrangement ideas.

With the band solidified, they began sifting through Seth's catalog of songs to get a set together, and start playing shows around Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. It would be from this selection of songs that New Chums would choose the first five to head into the studio and record the aforementioned EP. With Curtis Grippe (Dead Hot Workshop) producing, the band quickly recorded their indie rock debut in a week's time during the summer of 2015. While spending the next couple of months mixing and mastering the EP, the band continued to work on solidifying their live show taking any dates they could get.

After only a couple months since the release of Tuolumne on CD, iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora, the New Chums began to gain some traction with online radio play, excellent reviews, and the growth of their fan base. With an eye on larger shows, the band brought in guitarist Chad Bergman, from Minneapolis, to fill out the sound with clever guitar leads, and help the band win some trivia matches.

With comparisons to Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, the Strokes, and others, new fans of the band should keep an eye open for New Chums in Arizona clubs. The band plans to begin touring the east and west coasts, as well as playing festivals.


"'Come On, Come On' is an ideal power pop song in no uncertain terms."
– Phoenix New Times, October 29, 2015


"…an impressive debut fresh out of the box."
– Java, November 2015


new chums:
Seth Boyack - vocals/guitar
Greg Winters - bass/backing vocals
Ben Hedlund - drums
Chad Bergman - guitar
BELLJAR
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/