Sat May 26 2018

7:00 PM Doors - 11:00 PM

The Fox Cabaret

2321 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9

Ages 19+

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Timbre Concerts proudly presents Gang of Youths With Guests Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones.

 

For more info on Timbre Concerts and their upcoming concerts visit www.timbreconcerts.com.

 

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Gang of Youths, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

  • Tonight's show has been cancelled. Ticketweb will issue refunds shortly.
  • Gang of Youths

    Gang of Youths

    Indie Rock

    The holiness of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds, these are what drive Gang of Youths. A five piece from Sydney founded in the confines of their religious youth, enchanted by the spectacle of worship and deliverance, it's no wonder their music burns with the desperation of apocalypse. With singer Dave Le'aupepe's lyrics drawn from some of the most miserable life experiences available to humanity, and the band's music taking cues from rock history's most ambitious and theatrical preachers, Gang of Youths drag the beauty out of everything from hell to high heaven.

    Debuting in 2013 with smoldering single "Evangelists," they were met with instant radio play and praise. Only just out of high school, Le'aupepe was already planning to marry his girlfriend, settle down, and leave his dreams of music behind, but the band's first brush with recognition suggested there could be more to life than the path that had seemed so obviously laid before him. Things moved quickly: the band started their own record label, Mosy Recordings, got snatched up for really great support slots with Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit. But as soon as the band let themselves get their hopes up, Le'aupepe would begin the worst period of his life.

    Le'aupepe's soon-to-be wife was diagnosed with lung cancer after a melanoma on her ear metastasized. He began writing the songs that would eventually become their debut record so she had something to listen to in hospital. After they married, the band went into a studio in New York to track the new record. Working with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans, Rhett Miller, Titus Andronicus) and with Peter Katis (The National, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit) mixing, they'd assembled a dream team - just one of the peaks that would contrast against the tragedy unfolding in Le'aupepe's life.

    Le'aupepe's wife survived, but the relationship had other problems. Struggling to balance his commitments to the band - his closest friends - against his commitments to his marriage, unable to enjoy success with one while the other was breaking down, and feeling unworthy of happiness, Le'aupepe was dragged into self-destruction. "I was secretive, unkind, abusing drink and drugs," Le'aupepe says. The breakdown of his marriage and later attempted suicide were where Dave finally bottomed out, but the rest of the band were there to help him climb back up. "I don't ever wanna be unkind again," Le'aupepe says. "I'll spend the rest of my life repaying them for sticking with me."

    Out of all that trauma and regret, Gang of Youths drew The Positions. Praised worldwide for its sincerity and nuance, blending the melodrama of rock's greatest traditions with piercing, hyper-literate lyrics, The Positions demolished any lingering notions of a pop/alternative dichotomy. Dave was also finding a new lease on life, finding strength in the band and the women in his family, including his young niece whose middle name, Magnolia, was taken from the title of The Positions' most triumphant song.

    Debuting at #5 on the ARIA Charts and embraced by Australian youth tastemaker triple j, The Positions became the soundtrack for the Australian winter in 2015, with the band embarking on a national

    tour to support the record. It was the first time much of the country was seeing Gang of Youths up close, and they were charmed in every state. Reports praised their thumping live sets for living up to their songs' stadium-sized ambitions, stating that the band were a guaranteed success.

    A year later the band released Let Me Be Clear EP, following on the success of their 2014 five-ARIA-Award-nominated debut album The Positions. Addressing similar themes of loss and heartbreak trumped by togetherness, the EP also showed the band expanding their scope with sweeping string arrangements and renewed dedication to songs as epic declarations of feeling. The band hoped to achieve admirable and genuine things with this new release, as said by Leau'pepe, "I want to make the most hopeful, life-affirming music possible. We want listeners to feel affirmed, to feel hopeful, and feel more. That's the most important thing we want to accomplish."

    Once again scoring glowing praise across the board, Let Me Be Clear cemented Gang of Youths as mainstays of the Australian music landscape. After the success of their UK, European and USA tour, Gang Of Youths came back to Australian shores and rocked crowds and critics alike with stellar performances at Byron Bay's Splendour In The Grass and St. Jerome's Laneway, featuring songs from Let Me Be Clear, and also teasing fans with a taste of their highly-anticipated sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness.

  • Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

    Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

    Rock

    Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are fronted by a 20-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. The South Carolina-born artist, who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of skills and makes it clear that the future is hers to conquer. On their new self-titled album, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones (available everywhere now) the band — who’ve played over 2,000 shows — digs to their core and leaves it all on the floor. The album is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, all of which establish Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer. The album’s producer, Sadler Vaden, says: “Once we started writing some songs, I saw that she had a real, raw talent. I was inspired to work with her by her love of classic rock music and blues. I wanted to honor that in making this album, but also add a little modern edge to it.” On the 10-track album, Wicklund taps into the fury of loneliness (“Ghost”). She resurrects specters of Hendrix and Joplin (“Looking Glass”) as well as power ballad intensity (“Strawberry Moon”). Then, just as she’s supercharged you with about as much raw energy that you can handle, she lets you down gently with the acoustic intimacy of “Shadow Boxes”— all the while her vocals achieving a raw intensity that is rarely found elsewhere. It all comes together in a perfect blend of old-school rock ’n’ roll as viewed through the eyes of a new generation’s urgency. That impression is doubly emphasized in the video for the album’s first single, “Bomb Through The Breeze,” a performance video featuring a hurricane of swirling color interspersed with black bunnies and slithering snakes creating an eerie visual environment. “Sadler and I wrote the song “Bomb Through the Breeze” as a response to feeling backed into a corner by someone who doesn't get the hint,” says Wicklund. “This is the type of song to hopefully inspire some self-confidence when it comes to standing up for yourself and others. Unfortunately, when someone's volume is on loud for so long, the only way to get their attention is to do something even louder.” The buzz about Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones continues to grow globally. Guitar Player Editor-In-Chief Michael Molenda (posting at GuitarPlayer.com on 9/13/17) has heralded Wicklund “not simply as a shredder or a tonal colorist, though she certainly has chops and can go for some buzzy and less-than-organic sounds. What’s impressive to me is how she uses her custom Tom Anderson guitar and Orange halfstack to drive the emotional context of her songs with a combination of spiky rhythms, slow lines, fast runs and cagey riffs. It all adds up to a thrilling ride.” Within 1 week of release of the album, it has been selected to appear on many of the Spotify tastemaker playlists, including Fierce Femmes & New Noise along with the “Bomb Through The Breeze” video being the first ever independent artist featured in the Top 10 on the Rock This playlist! Hannah credits her father with instilling the lesson of never losing the intensity that music requires. Her first guitar was a present from him, as a kind of atonement for getting rid of her backyard trampoline. That very night, he taught her to play “Rockin’ In The Free World” and Tom Petty’s “It’s Good To Be King.” (Creativity runs through the family: her mother, a talented artist, painted the latest Steppin Stones album cover.) The band will continue to tour for the remainder of 2018 with past appearances including major events such as the Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar. She grew up knowing that her life would be consumed by music. And somehow it feels as though it is only the beginning... 

www.timbreconcerts.com

Gang of Youths, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

Sat May 26 2018 7:00 PM Doors - 11:00 PM

The Fox Cabaret Vancouver BC
Gang of Youths, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones
  • Tonight's show has been cancelled. Ticketweb will issue refunds shortly.

Ages 19+

Timbre Concerts proudly presents Gang of Youths With Guests Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones.

 

For more info on Timbre Concerts and their upcoming concerts visit www.timbreconcerts.com.