Thu Oct 5 2017

6:00 PM (Doors 5:00 PM)

Bottom Lounge

1375 W. Lake St Chicago, IL 60607

All Ages

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Alt Nation Presents Atlas Genius

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  • Atlas Genius

    Atlas Genius

    Alternative Rock

    Warner Brothers Records has just released Inanimate Objects, the new album from Atlas Genius. "The euphoric first single "Molecules" is available now! Get the album at iTunes.

    Produced by Atlas Genius and Frederik Thaae, Inanimate Objects is the follow-up to the band's 2013 full-length debut, When It Was Now, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a "spritely, melodic debut album" and featured the Gold-certified hit single "Trojans." After being discovered by the blog Neon Gold, "Trojans" gained momentum online and on the radio. The band was signed to Warner Bros. Records and began 18 months of non-stop touring, including two national headline tours, opening for Imagine Dragons and Silversun Pickups and playing festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sasquatch, Firefly and many others. They also performed on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show With Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Inanimate Objects was recorded in Adelaide, Australia and Studio City, CA. It was mixed by Andrew Maury in Brooklyn and Manny Marroquin in Los Angeles. It was mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound in NYC.

  • Flor


    Alternative Rock

    With their nuanced songwriting and inventive sensibilities, flor use their songs to explore feelings of longing and heartache, anxiety and self-doubt. On their debut album come out, you’re hiding, singer/guitarist Zach Grace, bassist Dylan Bauld, guitarist McKinley Kitts, and drummer Kyle Hill alternately magnify and brighten those feelings by dreaming up an intensely cinematic take on synth-driven alt-pop. But for all its transportive melodies and triumphant mood, come out, you’re hiding was born from a place of painful vulnerability.

    “Making this album has really been about me coming out my shell and getting over whatever block I have about letting people know what’s going on in my head,” says Grace, who serves as chief lyricist for the L.A.-based, Oregon-bred band. “A lot of people probably struggle with believing in themselves that way, and the album’s a testament to overcoming that.”

    Mostly recorded in Bauld’s bedroom studio, with its title nodding to Grace’s reclusive tendencies, come out, you’re hiding achieves its intimate feel thanks partly to a process that flor adopted soon after moving to L.A. “I’d started experimenting with different production styles, and I ended up coming up with these sounds that weren’t anything like what we’d done before,” recalls Bauld, flor’s main producer. “Ever since then, I’ll make a basic track and take it to Dylan, and he’ll build it from there,” adds Grace. “Starting out on my own makes writing a little easier,” he continues. “I can get it all out in a very journal-like way, and then pull back and process things a bit before putting it all out into the world.”

    Not only essential in instilling come out, you’re hiding with unfettered honesty, flor’s creative approach has shaped their singular sound. Mixed by Andrew Maury (Atlas Genius, Panama Wedding), come out, you’re hiding infuses its crystalline textures with the heavy guitars and fierce drumming that flor’s long brought to their live show. “We used to hold ourselves back and try to keep it simple, but now we’re doing whatever we can to make these big moments within our songs,” says Bauld, who’s also produced records for such artists as Halsey.

    With its airy beats and soaring melodies, “Guarded” starts off come out, you’re hiding by offering a confession of insecurity. “‘Guarded’ is about building up this castle around me and having it torn down, and trying to deal with losing that feeling of comfort,” says Grace. On “Where Do You Go,” shimmering guitar tones match the song’s tender romanticism.
    “It’s about a couple with this unspeakable joy about them,” explains Grace. “It’s asking, ‘Where do you go to find love like that?’, because it’s so undeniably special.” Also on come out, you’re hiding, flor bring their dreamy introspection to songs like “Overbehind,” whose determined self-assurance makes for a sublimely uplifting closing track.

    Growing up in the tiny town of Hood River, Grace, Bauld, and Kitts first created music together as teenagers. Once they’d brought Hill into the fold and begun making their name as a captivating live act, the band pushed forward in their career by relocating to L.A. Taking on the name flor—a word that translates to flower in Portuguese—the band soon landed a deal with Fueled by Ramen, who released their debut EP Sounds in February 2016.

    Despite his initial shyness about sharing his lyrics on come out, you’re hiding, Grace says he’s ultimately emboldened by flor’s lavish arrangements. “As soon as my lyrics are in the songs and they’ve got that beautiful production on them, I love that people are learning who I am and what flor is about,” he notes. “Hopefully they’re finding something in it to make them feel some kind of companionship—like we’re all going through these things together.

  • Half The Animal

    Half The Animal

    Alternative Rock

    “This is the beginning of a new era for us,” says front man Chase Johnson. “We’re Southern California kids that grew up surfing and skating our entire lives which inspired our desire to be creative and start playing music together. There’s a real story to tell between the four of us and I feel like we’ve finally hit on something really special.”

    Having originally met in Laguna Beach, singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross found success early together, thrust into the spotlight as featured characters on the MTV hit series, Laguna Beach. This led to countless sessions with acclaimed producers, successful touring, and notable TV appearances including one of the last performances on TRL. Bassist Evan Smith joined the equation only a few years’ later, bringing countless years of touring experience with Silversun Pickups, Chromeo, and Big Data. Classically trained guitarist Dan Graham quickly completed the quartet in early 2016.

    “We’ve been best friends for decades.” says drummer Nick Gross. “I remember the first time I met Chase. His mother taught the church class we would go to after school together and I remember seeing this twelve-year old kid with a beard, and thought he was the coolest kid I had ever met. When he mentioned he also happened to be a singer, I was hooked. From that moment forward we rehearsed every day in our family garage. We always talked about our musical influences and created our identities as people through the band.”

    The school friends that formed a band 12 years ago have now seen a cycle reborn- but this time not through the hands of major labels and agencies that brought years of raised hopes, broken promises, and false starts.

    “After we signed our major label deal to Sony/Epic we spent the next four years touring and reflecting on where we envisioned our careers and our music going.” says Nick Gross. “This entire time we’ve played together there has always been a greater vision, a completely new brand with a clear identity that would mold itself over time through our experiences. Some of these experiences have been agonizing; but they have been crucial to the evolution of the band and our new identity.”

    That identity, HALF THE ANIMAL, came alive in 2016- with an epic, enlightening, and invigorating message to tell. The group’s debut EP, ‘SHAPES’ is a bold opening statement unleashing timeless pop melodies, atmospheric guitar tones, and dance-your-face off drum grooves.

    “Babylon”, the alternative pop rock act’s first single, is an emotionally charged and cinematic tale that tells Chase’s story of youth and his struggle to kick old habits. Songs like “Saturday Night” toil with reoccurring unhealthy relationships carried by an uplifting hook that reminds you of your favorite four-on-the floor secret late-night weekend obsession.

    “We love the concept that everything in life is made of shapes, and that on their own a shape doesn’t necessarily stand for anything, but when you combine them you can get an amazing piece of art that has a message,” says guitarist Dan Graham. “Kind of like a band, as an individual you create sounds, but as a group you create music.”

    Utilizing a non-linear approach to their songwriting and production that captivates audiences, the band embraces diversity throughout the EP. ‘SHAPES’ embodies the emotional spectrum of a storied past and introduces us to the multidimensional sound we will come to know. “We believe that no single song should or ever have to feel the same, and we want to establish that tone early on,” says bassist Evan Smith. “We hope that this first release will give listeners an understanding of what the future holds for this band.”

    Perhaps the name of the EP describes just that- an idea that an alternative pop rock band can take on multiple forms and multiple shapes– leaving an intriguing anticipation for what lies next around the corner.

Alt Nation Presents Atlas Genius

Thu Oct 5 2017 6:00 PM

(Doors 5:00 PM)

Bottom Lounge Chicago IL
Alt Nation Presents Atlas Genius
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