Trophy Eyes, Seaway, Microwave, Can't Swim, Hot Mulligan

Fri Dec 7 2018

6:00 PM (Doors 5:00 PM)

Bottom Lounge

1375 W. Lake St Chicago, IL 60607

All Ages

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Riot Fest Presents
Trophy Eyes & Seaway, Microwave, Can't Swim, Hot Mulligan

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  • Trophy Eyes

    Trophy Eyes

    Pop Punk

    Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, Trophy Eyes stitch together emotionally driven lyrics with aggressive pop based punk in a style that is uniquely their own. The five-piece quickly outgrew their sleepy harbour city in 2013 after the release of their debut EP, Everything Goes Away, which caused a ripple in a scene that wasn’t ready for them. Powered by vocalist John Floreani’s deeply personal lyrics, Trophy Eyes’ message quickly spread outside of Australia and connected with a loyal following worldwide.

    In late 2013, Trophy Eyes took their message on the road, supporting UK pop-punks Neck Deep on their Australian tour as well as being chosen by triple j to play Soundwave Festival in 2014. Soon after, the band were picked up by USlabel Hopeless Records, home to New Found Glory, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, The Used and more. They kept up the momentum with a slew of their own headline tours and impressive support slots, notably touring with Australian rock giants Violent Soho.

    Their highly acclaimed debut album, Mend, Move On, was released in late 2014, which earned them Blunt Magazine’s “Best Newcomer Award” in their annual Readers’ Choice Awards and set the stage for a massive 2015, playing 130 shows across 21 countries. Fans across the globe got to witness Trophy Eyes energetic and impassioned performances with Neck Deep in the UK, during a headline tour of mainland Europe with As It Is as well as a full North American Vans Warped Tour across the ocean. Eventually the band went home and did several laps of Australia before returning to the UK and Europe for Warped Tour and supporting Anti Flag later that same year.

    Trophy Eyes kicked off 2016 by setting off a dust storm at Unify Gathering 2016 with Australian Heavyweights Parkway Drive, Tonight Alive and Hands Like Houses. The charge is set to continue as the band were recently announced as the main support on the sold out The Amity Affliction Australian tour.

  • Seaway


    Pop Punk

    Evolution often happens at just the right time. Six years deep into their career, Seaway progress the patented pop punk prowess that put them on the map with sharper songcraft and a nod to the nineties on their third full-length record, Vacation (Pure Noise Entertainment). The Ontario, Canada quintet—Patrick Carleton (rhythm guitar, co-vocals), Andrew Eichinger (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ryan Locke (lead vocals), Adam Shoji (bass), and Ken Taylor (drums)—confidently step up their game across the board, while maintaining the spark that ignited a fervent fan base. 

    The new music still sounds like Seaway, explains Andrew. It's got that party vibe, and it's fun, but some of the songs are more mid-tempo. There are some more rock aspects influenced by bands we love like Weezer and Third Eye Blind. I felt like was just a matter of time before those influences came out. It's pop punk at the end of the day. However, it's just a little different. We sat down and talked about it. We had more time to put into this than in the past. It's the first album where we weren't juggling full-time jobs or school. It was a natural progression.

    It's one the boys have been working towards since their formation in 2011. Along the way, they released two energetic and explosive records—Hoser (2013) and Colour Blind (2015)—and churned out hits such as Best Mistake and Sabrina The Teenage Bitch, which both cracked the 1-million mark on Spotify. Consistently averaging over 160K streams per month, they toured with the likes of Simple Plan, Neck Deep, and Four Year Strong between landing acclaim from Alternative Press and more.

    Coming off the road, they switched up the recording process by alternating extended pre-production sessions with different producers for the first time. After working with longtime collaborator Derek Hoffman in Canada during January, they retreated to Massachusetts for a week with Four Year Strong's Alan Day before holing up in a Los Angeles studio to record with Mike Green (All Time Low, Sum 41, Pierce the Veil) and Kyle Black (Senses Fail, Five Seconds of Summer).

    We were very fortunate to work like this, Andrew goes on. The pre-production definitely helped polish the songs and make them what they are now. Because we had that time, being in L.A. was smooth sailing. We didn't have to write that much in the studio. That was nice.

    The lead single Apartment opens the record with galloping guitar, fiery percussion, and an undeniable chant. He reveals, I wrote that song about being at home when we're not on tour—because you're not there long enough to get a real job but you also don't have anything to do. It's the last couple of days before leaving for the road and spending time with a loved one or someone you're in a relationship with.

    Then, there's Neurotic. The skittering guitar splinters into a shimmering refrain that's impossible to shake. It's a straight nineties alternative pop song, he elaborates. Some people think we're rockstars living the rockstar life. We worked super hard to get to where we are. It's about two sides of touring. When you're gone, you wish you're home. When you're home, you wish you were on tour.

    Elsewhere, Scatter My Ashes Along The Coast Or Don't (featuring Caleb Shomo) snaps from a guttural groove into a bludgeoning stomp. We all contributed to the song lyrically, which was really cool, he states. That was a first. Because it was so collaborative, it felt right to put Caleb on the song. His voice was perfect.

    Ultimately, every element represents an evolution for Seaway as they arrive with their brightest, biggest, and boldest work to date. 

    I want people to feel that we've progressed as a band, Andrew leaves off. We think this is the best form of Seaway we've been able to put out there. We hope people see that and have a good time while listening to it."

  • Microwave


    Alternative Rock

    Blending elements of hardcore, emo, and indie rock in a melodic cocktail unmatched by scene contemporaries, Atlanta four-piece Microwave balances frankness with a penchant for wit, allowing personal confessions to make a striking impact. Owning the best of the punk continuum, lead vocalist Nathan Hardy will sing, scream and yelp amidst snarling guitar work. While often tipping into the heavier side of resonant punk, the band shines brightest in soft reservation.

    Their debut record Stovall is simultaneously dynamic and emotionally powerful while still maintaining a poetic edge. Its somber but optimistic mood is flawlessly encapsulated by the lyrics, “you should have known this day would come/I guess if you’re gonna be stupid, then you gotta be tough.”

  • Can't Swim

    Can't Swim


    Based out of Keansburg New Jersey, Can't Swim was founded by singer Chris LoPorto in the spring of 2015. After spending most of his life playing drums in various bands, Chris decided to step in to song writing. The songs were contagious from the start and grabbed the attention of his good friends Mike Sanchez, Danny Rico, and Greg McDevitt.  

    Before even playing their first show, the band announced their signing to Pure Noise Records in December of 2015 and released their debut EP, "DEATH DESERVES A NAME" on February 24, 2016. They spent all of 2016 touring with bands such as; Four Year Strong, Hit the Lights, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Moose Blood, Boston Manor, Set Your Goals, and Valencia. 

  • Hot Mulligan

    Hot Mulligan

    Pop Punk

    Michigan’s upper peninsula is trapped under what seems like permafrost for most of the year. This chilling effect makes the landmass more comfortable with stationary lives rather than lives spent outside its natural sprawl. Hot Mulligan may have been born in this green giant, but they escaped its clutches shortly after high school to beat pavement and their own neuroses-at the same time.

    Since 2014, the five-piece has gained ground for their earnest approach to songwriting, melding together the ferocious riffs of pop punk’s latest wave with the tenacious vulnerability of indie rock. The marriage is one shared by many bands, but on Opportunities - their latest EP earning a re-release via No Sleep Records - the courtship entangles itself in new territories, mostly in those characterized by cavernous percussion, hooks so buoyant they bob up and down, and guitar and synth interplay that belong to a much older, bolder band.

    The future is full of other excuses to keep moving, and for Hot Mulligan, they’re easily jumping at the chance to speed up.

Riot Fest Presents

Trophy Eyes & Seaway, Microwave, Can't Swim, Hot Mulligan

Fri Dec 7 2018 6:00 PM

(Doors 5:00 PM)

Bottom Lounge Chicago IL
Trophy Eyes, Seaway, Microwave, Can't Swim, Hot Mulligan
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