And The Kids

Lost Lake Presents

And The Kids

The Kinky Fingers, Monocle Stache

Saturday, 11/18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $13.00

This event is 16 and over

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AND THE KIDSFriends Share LoversGrowing up, often the safest haven to plot your dreams and get a handle on your identity is within the confines of trusted friendships. For the musicians in the critically acclaimed band And The Kids, these bonds have been a life raft. But as friendships evolve from adolescence to young adulthood, sometimes the lines between friends, lovers and all that comes in between can grow murky. On the Northampton, MA-based band’s latest, Friends Share Lovers (out June 3rdon Signature Sounds), And The Kids examines blurred boundaries in close-knit relationships. “The friends we grew up with were troublemakers, lost souls, dropouts, and mother figures,” says And The Kids guitarist and vocalist Hannah Mohan. “The title references the incestuousness of friend groups and how things get messy.”And The Kids channel existential crises into pop euphoria. With this sleight of hand, the quartet manages to conjure chunky indie rock, blissful new wave, chamber folk, jarring avant-garde, and brawny classic rock. Mohan navigates this expansive creativity with aplomb. Effortlessly she swoops heavenly for high tones, digs deep for swaggering rock n’ roll low tones, and manages to mash up sweet sass with new wave bliss for a vocal feel that masks sage wisdom beneath sweet innocence. In addition to Mohan, And The Kids is Rebecca Lasaponaro on drums, Megan Miller on synthesizers and percussion, and bassist Taliana Katz. The quartet’s beginnings couldn’t be better scripted: Mohan and Lasaponaro met in band class in seventh grade. A few years later, the duo dropped out of school and found themselves at a learning center that provided them with a free rehearsal space. There they practiced everyday, inspired by such diverse artists as Modest Mouse, Rilo Kiley, The Doors, and The Police, among others. Those formative moments in friendship and music have been everlasting. In 2012, the fledging duo met Meghan when the three were interns at the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen, MA, and soon after welcomed her into the band. Recently, Miller has battled visa problems as a Canadian citizen and has been forced out of the United States for five years. To show the strength of their bonds as friends and artists, And The Kids chose to record Friends Share Lovers in Montreal so that Miller could participate. Recently, the trio added bassist Taliana Katz, a close and trusted friend who also attended IMA, to maintain a full sound live in Miller’s forced absence from American touring. For four years, And The Kids has worked tirelessly to nurture its artistic vision and finesse its live performances. The band has gone from basement shows, open mics, and gigs at pizza joints to becoming an “on the verge” artist. And The Kids has released two EPs, two full-length records, and shared the stage with Rubblebucket, Sallie Ford, Lake Street Dive and Mother Falcon. Recent and upcoming live performance highlights include SXSW and a tour with Ra Ra Riot and PWR BTTM. The band will head out on a headlining tour in June bookended by summer festival dates. Along the way, And The Kids has garnered acclaim from NPR Music, The Wall Street Journal, andThe Boston Globe, among many others. Indie tastemakers Pitchfork enthuse: "And the Kids are among the Western Mass. indie scene’s brightest creative lights." Friends Share Lovers is an epiphanic entry in the band’s catalog as it showcases the group’s roiling emotionality in wider artistic palette settings. This album explores the power of sound sculpting with studio effects like reverb, majestic keyboard passages, and stacks of pillowy vocal harmonies.

Ironically, the songs on Friends Share Lovers began as compact compositions with spare instrumentation. With keyboardist and percussionist Miller stranded in Canada, Mohan and Lasaponaro workshopped their new material as a duo. But, when it came time to record, they chose Canada as a show of solidarity to their bandmate Miller. With Miller on board and their sights set on Canada, they tapped producer Jace Lasek, a member of The Besnard Lakes who has produced albums from Suuns and Land of Talk, and has mixed and recorded for Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and Patrick Watson. Lasek came on as a co-producer, collaborating with And The Kids and helping the band realize its sonic aesthetic on the album.Friends Share Lovers bursts forth with the pent-up emotionality of the opening track, aptly titled “Kick Rocks.” Here drum climaxes interlock with hypnotic harmony vocals, building a tension that crashes like a wave cresting, leaving in its wake glassy flowing melodies. The thematic thread of relationships imbues the new wave elegance of “Friends Share Lovers”and “I Can’t Tell What The Time Is Telling Me.” The title track evokes a Smiths-like juxtaposition of balmy musicality set against poetic turmoil as Mohan wrestles with the complexities of a friendship sliding into a romance. The stunning “I Can't Tell What The Time Is Telling Me” envelops the listener with chiming guitars, oceanic synth textures, and sidesteps into classical melodic motifs. “That track is about getting through tough times with a new partner. It’s about being true to yourself after you’ve fallen in love,” Mohan explains. Closing the album is the ethereal “Pennies, Rice.”It’s a meditative track that rolls out slowly with measured grace. In some ways, it’s something of a conceptual centerpiece. “This track is about having all the freedom in the world, but the only thing holding you back is your indecisiveness,”Mohan reveals. Friends Share Lovers is that pivotal release, the follow up to a well-received album from a promising young band. The new album showcases And The Kids’ considerable powers manifesting into a triumphant record that justifies the earlier praise.However, for the members of And The Kids, the impact that matters the most to them is the bonds they make with their audience. To that end, Mohan says: “What’s been most meaningful is realizing what a big influence a small band can have. We see women at the shows who say they want to play music and that we inspired them to do what they love.”
The Kinky Fingers
In what has been a blur of Mexican boarder towns, unmentionable surf havens, barbecued "Bible Belt" ribs, a mid winter spent on the great white wave, and a wet hot American summer vacation in a sticky New York, The Kinky Fingers continue onward while 'WORST OF' (a compilation of EP's past and present) has been the soundtrack to the those first years. The missed opportunity and burning bridges years, the broken down on I80 and stranded in Brooklyn years, the I have no clue what we're doing but we're doing it, the worst years...or were they the best?
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"The Kinky Fingers might not reside anywhere near the coast, but their beachy album, Worst Of, leads us to believe otherwise. The Denver locals infuse numerous genres into their Tarantino inspired sound. Tayler Doyle, The Kinky Finger’s frontman, has a unique voice that lends to the group’s authenticity. The band’s ability to draw from multiple musical influences, including Cumbia and outlaw Country, while staying true to their roots keeps 'Worst Of' inspiringly raw."

-Alexandra Graber (Space + Echo)

"The Kinky Fingers have all the grit of Santah and all the smoothness of Vacationer. The Denver three piece layers falsetto harmonies over reverb kissed guitar lines and punchy drums to create a sound that takes equally from heavy psych and saccharine pop. The Kinky Fingers straddle the line between aesthetics as well as any band might–skating down a meandering jam while crafting hook after hook. If you’re looking for a band that will give you the same feeling The Beatles gave the straight world when they returned from India, look no further than The Kinky Fingers."

-Brian Clifton (Mills Record Company)
Monocle Stache
Many moons ago, nestled atop a ragged precipice, a cell grew in a cesspool of embryonic fluid under the banner of a turbulent sky. The cell festered in its slimy domain, dividing and fusing with new cells, until eventually, a man grew out of the liquid that bound him. He reached for the sky and howled at the moon. At that exact moment, a stringed instrument slowly floated down from the heavens, landing squarely in his grimy paws. Lightning struck all around him, bathing him in a white light of epic glory. Without hesitation, he began to play dark lullabies as the storm unfolded around him. As the rage of the tempest increased, so did the intensity of his playing. Orbs of light began to spring from the wasteland below, rising out of the darkness until the entire landscape was illuminated. For thousands of years, the man played the instrument and kept the skies filled with light, until one day, he played no more. The hands of time passed him by. The man turned to dust, and the orbs vanished.
Hundreds of thousands of years later, another man by the name of Nikola Tesla was walking through a dense forest in the middle of a moonless night. A heavy fog covered the moist forest floor, marring the mysterious shapes that swirled in the darkness. As he slowly stumbled forward, he began to take notice of a soft glow emanating from some unknown location ahead. With a twist of the mustache and a quick polish of the monocle, he set out to investigate the source. The brightness began to increase as he got closer, casting large dancing silhouettes of the trees onto the fog around him. After what felt like an eternity, he finally came upon a clearing containing the source. The intensity of the light was too strong to warrant direct line of sight, but confronted with such a mystery, Tesla approached the source with great curiosity. Squinting, he reached out his hands and grabbed hold of an orb that was surprisingly quite cool to the touch. He could feel an energy from the orb that slowly crept down his arms and into his body. Simultaneously, the light began to dim from the object until it was no brighter than a cooling ember. He quickly became aware that he had control over the energy within the orb. He could dim the light or increase the light as he saw fit by channeling the energy within him back into the orb.
"It is a miracle," he thought. "How can such a light exist?"
He took his new found object back to his workshop and set out to try to understand its properties. Despite experiment after experiment, he could not unveil its secret. The object was impenetrable.
For the remainder of his life, Tesla strove to replicate the power he had found within the orb. He invented many astounding electrical devices based on his experiments with electromagnetism, including AC power, the Tesla coil, electric motors, wireless energy transfer, the first radios, and other amazing objects that we now take for granted, but he was never able to recreate the power within the orb.
For many years, no one knew what happened to Tesla's orb. In fact, many do not even acknowledge its existence.
In 2007, three young men were night hiking in the foothills of Boulder Colorado. It was a beautiful summer night with a full moon. The three men were taking it easy, playing some guitar, drinking whiskey, and telling stories, when suddenly they noticed a light coming down the path ahead of them. At first it seemed like nothing more than a flashlight, but as the light drew nearer, it became obvious that it was something much bigger and stronger. The men were unsure of the light, and initially thought they should leave before it arrived, but something kept them there, waiting. The light drew them in, captivating their attention, until finally it arrived at their location, illuminating the entire area like the light of day.
"What's the deal, man?" one of them said.
The ball of light was so intense that the men could not see who or what was holding it. After a short moment of no response, the light finally dimmed, revealing a man dressed in a black suit with a black top hat, adorned with a monocle over his eye, and a glorious mustache. In his hands was an orb that was now barely glowing. The men cautiously approached him until they were standing face to face. They stood silently for a moment, too stunned for words, when finally the monocle-stached man said,"Hold out your hands." The three young men slowly complied, and the man placed the orb in their hands. Almost immediately the orb illuminated, casting a blinding light that shot over the entire hill side. The men could not let go of the orb no matter how hard they tried. The light steadily increased, and the men could feel the power surging through their arms, when finally, the orb vaporized into a plasma ball of lightning. When their senses came back to them, they realized that the monocle stached man had, like the orb, disappeared - all except for his monocle, which lay at their feet.
For the next couple days not much was said between the three men. They tried to rationalize their experience, but ultimately, they could not push it out of their minds. Finally on the third day, they met at one of their houses. Without any discussion, they went to their instruments of choice: Josh Minor to the guitar, Arj Narayan to the drums, and David Accomazzo to the bass, and began to play music. From that moment on, they felt a power within them that transferred into their music. On that day they became a band. A band which they appropriately named: Monocle Stache.
Venue Information:
Lost Lake
3602 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO, 80206
http://lost-lake.com/