SKI LODGE, THE BELLE GAME

Psyko Steve Presents

SKI LODGE

THE BELLE GAME

MAX AND THE MOON

Tue, March 18, 2014

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

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

THE BELLE GAME
THE BELLE GAME
The Belle Game´s debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit, begins with bashful guitars, a soft wave of cymbals, and a pair of ambiguous phrases. `Ritual´, a sweetly haunting soundscape, lasts only a few moments before fleshing out a procession of wild and witchy tunes, full of melancholy, mythology and symphonic power.
Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, The Belle Game take intricate guitar and keyboard lines, anchored by dark pop rhythms, and weave them into gorgeous, graceful melodies, the end result still retaining the rawness of a boozy confessional. Canadian indie authority Exclaim! describes their music as “…indie-rock at its best: texturally layered, with echoing guitars, infectious rhythms and horns, and lavished in hooks”.

“Ritual Tradition Habit” is a journey through 12 beautifully layered tracks, interrupted by the occasional chant, hymn and instrumental rumbling. Among them the spooky blues ballad, ‘River’, a song Pitchfork deemed “best new track” and referred to as a “showstopping, extroverted piece of musical theatre”.

Over the past two years, The Belle Game has toured throughout North America and Europe, quickly earning a reputation for their emotion live shows, prompting Paste Magazine to name them one of the “10 Great New Bands from CMJ 2013”.

During this time they signed with hometown label, Boompa Records and released the ‘Wait Up For You/Wasted Light’ 7″ through Bella Union (UK/EUR).

The Belle Game is Andrea Lo, Adam Nanji, Katrina Jones, Alex Andrew and Rob Chursinoff
MAX AND THE MOON
MAX AND THE MOON
Emerging out of the combustive indie music scene of southern California in 2012, Max and the Moon and their relentless gig playing have created a buzz that rides on its own frequency. The four piece band display a talent for intricate songwriting and sounds that resemble the classic harmonies of the Beach Boys and early Coldplay to the catchy dance beats of Passion Pit. Substance magazine writes, "their music has a way of pulling you in with their starry guitar echoing in combination with John's soothing vocals and superb upper register."

Laden with strong guitar licks, steady piano and punctuated vocal harmonies—the band makes full use of two primary vocalists. Max and the Moon's "The Way I See," showcases the band's songwriting and experimentation with new sounds, expanding their scope and offering a significant contribution to the ever-changing music scene in Los Angeles. "Out of My Head" opens with cleverly conjured sampling of Matt's unique voice to make us feel the irony of having someone stuck in your head.

Guitarist John Velasquez earned a degree in music at Cal State University, Fullerton, and began collaborating with longtime friends Matt and Dillon Couchois in the two brothers' small garage studio. Joined by Zachariah Weaver on bass, the band has come a long way in the few short years since their formation, challenging themselves everyday with booking shows or heading back to the drawing board on a new song that doesn't quite capture the right vision. In the present age of endless hype around new music, Max and the Moon stay true to passionately personal songwriting. That isn't to say these guys are low-key, though; the band revels in putting on energetic rock shows.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/