Ava Luna

Irrelevant and Speakeasy present...

Ava Luna

Fantasy Guys, Karaoke, Floral Print

Wed · September 12, 2018

9:00 pm

529

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Ava Luna
Ava Luna
The roots of Brooklyn-based indie art funk septet Ava Luna began in frontman Carlos Hernandez's high-school bedroom, where he would write and record songs under the name Ava. In college he met Julian Fader and Nathan Tompkins, and the three of them changed the band name to Ava Luna, figuring "Ava" was probably already taken by a more prominent act somewhere. Hernandez spent time as an engineer and working on various small-scale noise and punk projects after college, with Ava Luna coming in and out of focus as the years went on. With 2009's 3rd Avenue Island, a homemade CD-R release, the band congealed yet again, this time featuring Hernandez on vocals with a host of various singers and a minimal musical backdrop of drums and synthesizers. The band followed in 2010 with the Services EP, featuring a different lineup and a sound that continued toward the heavy vocal harmonies of bands like Dirty Projectors with increasingly obtuse neo-soul-inspired musical backdrops. A proper debut surfaced in 2012 with the release of Ice Level. By this point the band was more or less in a stable lineup, featuring Hernandez on vocals and guitar, Fader on drums, Tompkins on synths, Ethan Bassford on bass, and a trio of female singers, Felicia Douglass, Becca Kauffman, and Anna Sian. The group toured in support of Ice Level, opening some larger shows for Twin Sister. They returned with the less chaotic follow-up Electric Balloon in 2014 and an even more traditionally structured set of art funk and R&B-infused songs with 2015's Infinite House.
Fantasy Guys
Fantasy Guys
"Fantasy Guys is Inyo Galatea, Maddy Davis, and Mitchell Hardage's attempt to manifest beach magic inside of Atlanta. The project was spawned from the pineapple pulp of former band Distant Planet, and has since been claimed to gently place listeners on hammocks. The trio has asked many scientists for a genre, and after years of calculating the sonic combinations of spritely vocals, zesty synths, saucy bass, luscious guitar, and succulent vibraphone--all atop sexy rhythm tracks produced by imaginary drummer Hibiscus Chad (Hardage)--the results yielded "Tropical Dream Pop." Enjoy Fantasy Guys served frozen or chilled over ice."
Karaoke
Karaoke
The spontaneity and community intrinsic to the word karaoke is reflected in the band’s hypnotic debut EP How to Make You Boil. Over 6 tracks, the ensemble are consumed by whirling emotions but refract the chaos into glowing empathic pop. The title was drawn from a poem by vocalist and songwriter Grace Wayne, and is framed as a recipe for how to infect someone with obsession. This deviousness borne of desire channels the human struggle for acceptance and intimacy. It’s a journey which so easily strays down tangled paths of confusion, but Karaoke explore these sobering realizations with humor and poignancy.

The collaborative sound of Karaoke is drawn from each member’s wealth of experience. Wayne honed her icy vocals in Del Venicci alongside drummer Adrian Benedykt Switon, who also plays in Shepherds. Guitarist Tymb Gratz was a founding member of Mood Rings, and bassist Chris Yonker who currently plays in Omni also fronted Hello Ocho. Wayne channels Feist’s clear-eyed observations and Nico’s gothic flair with a surprising intimacy. This combination is perfectly suited for Karaoke’s spacious sound, which spans the fraught ground between comfort and discomfort, yet what truly sets the band apart is their ability to veer into unexpected melodies and tempo shifts, guided by Gratz’ sprawling guitar work and Yonker’s animated basslines.

Echoes of This Mortal Coil float through the most cavernous segments of the album, but Wayne’s earnest voice transmits a deep reflection all her own - that dreams are better than reality. How to Make You Boil is an ethereal lens which channels our grasping at the fleeting passions of life. It is an outlet for the smallest voices within each of us and an open-ended question disguised within fully-realized pop.

How to Make You Boil is due out Sept. 18th on limited cassette & digital via Irrelevant Music.
Floral Print
Floral Print
sissy rock/deconstructionist pop band from atlanta, ga
Venue Information:
529
529 Flat Shoals Ave
Atlanta, GA, 30316
http://529atlanta.com