Finish Ticket, Cemetery Sun, First In Flight

Tue Sep 10 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Beat Kitchen

2100 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60618

$15.00

Ages 17+

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Finish Ticket, Cemetery Sun, First In Flight

  • Finish Ticket

    Finish Ticket

    Alternative Rock

    Finish Ticket is a band of brothers and friends from the San Francisco Bay Area. The group was formed in 2008 by twin brothers Brendan and Michael Hoye and good friend Alex DiDonato in high school. Influenced by bands like The Killers and The Strokes, they shared a vision of blending dynamic, guitar-driven rock with upbeat, melodic and pop hooks, with an emphasis on a thrilling, high-energy live show.
     
    “In the early days, no one would take us seriously because of our age,” says guitarist Alex DiDonato. “We were playing shows in bars every weekend with bands of people in their mid-to-late 20s, and we were only 16-17. We realized that our live show had to be awesome to change everyone’s perception, and that became our driving force. Our goal was to prove to everyone that we were serious about our music, that we were more than just a high school band."
     
    They quickly honed their skills and rose through the ranks of the local music scene, winning a competition to open a local radio station’s annual arena show, and eventually opening for bands like Phoenix and The Black Keys. After the independent release of their self-produced 2013 album, Tears You Apart, the band toured nationally and has sold out every Bay Area show since, including the iconic Fillmore. They also played main stages at several popular music festivals, including Outside Lands and Bottle Rock.
     
    “It took time to find our sound,” says lead singer Brendan Hoye. “We were trying really hard to become part of the local scene – it was an inspirational community with so many great bands – and it was important for us to find our own voice. We practiced all the time, and a big part of our band has always been playing live. Playing shows constantly over the years really helped shape us. We always want the recorded version to be incredible, but we want the live show to be even better.”
     
    Tears You Apart caught the attention of Elektra Records, who signed the band in 2014 and immediately re-released the album. They toured nationally the following year, playing well over one hundred shows in twelve months.
     
    Their EP, “When Night Becomes Day,” opens a new chapter for the rising Bay Area alternative rock band. Recorded and produced in Oakland, CA and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons), the EP’s surging tracks, which veer from buoyant pop to propulsive rock, pulse with live energy, giving the listener a tangible sense of the musicians. “The songs all feel like you can picture them live when you hear them,” notes Brendan. “They’re some of our best live songs, and we recorded them with that goal.”
     
    Many of the songs off “When Night Becomes Day” evolved out of the band’s frequent trips to the Stein brothers’ family cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. “The cabin is like our sanctuary, a place where we can be free from any external pressures or distractions and just write music and jam out all day. We make each other breakfast, we go on walks through the forest whenever we want to take a break -  it’s the perfect environment to be creative together,” explains Alex.   
     
    The lyrics on the EP are deeply poetic, tracing questions of morality and the self. Brendan, who consciously avoids more common topics in his songwriting, pushed himself into other lyrical subject matter. “Wrong,” a boisterous number that was originally written as an acoustic song, investigates how reaching adulthood never meets your expectations, how growing older doesn’t necessarily offer a clear path to anywhere. “Color,” the EP’s flagship radio single, emerged as a surprise while in the studio, showcasing the band’s skill for layered, soaring rock melodies and introspective lyrics that connects the group to their fans.  
     
    “A lot of our fans are transitioning to adulthood just like we are,” Brendan explains. “I want my lyrics to help them get there. Some of the lyrics talk about dealing with the future, but in a way that any age group can relate. We talk about real things that everyone is going through. It’s important to us that we’re not just writing songs about love and girls, because that’s what’s expected.”

    Following last year’s tour supporting Fueled By Ramen recording artist twenty one pilots on their sold-out nationwide Blurryface Tour, Finish Ticket kicked off 2016 with Live Nation’s “Ones To Watch” tour, which they co-headlined with Vinyl Theatre.  This summer sees them supporting Fitz & The Tantrums on tour, as “Color” makes waves at alternative radio.
  • Cemetery Sun

    Cemetery Sun

    Alternative

    Employing a lethally catchy blend of pop-punk, alt-rock, and electro-R&B, Northern California's Cemetery Sun split the difference between the sonic might of Thirty Seconds To Mars, the beachfront affability of WALK THE MOON, and the emotional intensity of Twenty One Pilots. Based out of Sacramento and featuring the talents of Josh Doty (vocals), Matt Scarpelli (lead guitar), Elliot Polokoff (guitar/producer), the band came together in 2013, but instead of hitting the road, they honed their chops in the studio, amassing a huge arsenal of songs. In 2016, the bands music caught the attention of Mikey Flom (the son of Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records). The band enjoyed label success and toured on and off for two years. With 2019 ahead of them, and their single Fake Love catching fire on Spotify, the band returns to their independent roots and plans on releasing new music and touring all year.
  • First In Flight

    First In Flight

    Indie Pop

    Like all great recipes, First In Flight contains a list of dynamic ingredients. In November 2015, best friends Richard (Guitar) and David (Bass) looked at each other during a concert and said “We can do this.” David had the attitude, the long black hair, and the focus. Richard had the energy and a deep love for guitar. A foundational duo to say the least. Their musical roots in heavy metal served as the first ingredient.

    After weeks of writing in their gear stuffed bedrooms, it was time for the next piece. They needed a drummer, and the choice was simple. Max, described as a “child prodigy” and “bottle of sunshine” brought a certain brilliance and dependability to the group. The second ingredient was found. The sound and musicality of a neo-80s rock band was there, but it needed to be brought into the modern age. 

    Craigslist: Where you might find a worn in couch or a questionable used car, was where the final ingredient was found. Pat had moved from the Windy City with a pocket full of backflips and stories, and since his plane first touched down, he spent his time searching everywhere he could for a new band. Max exclaimed “You’re In!” the moment Pat finished his audition. The recipe for their sound was finally complete: Imagine eating cotton candy in the middle of a mosh pit. A sweet urgency that pushes you forward. That was First in Flight. 

    Since their inception, First in Flight has seen airplay on the Kevin Klein Live Morning Show, ALT105.3 Radio, toured 3x through the West Coast, and released their newest EP “Dalliance” in April of 2018 to positive reviews. And thats just the beginning.

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Kickstand Productions Presents

Finish Ticket, Cemetery Sun, First In Flight

Tue Sep 10 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Beat Kitchen Chicago IL
Finish Ticket, Cemetery Sun, First In Flight

$15.00 Ages 17+

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