Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the brain behind Brooklyn band San Fermin, sat down with Richie T before their show at Salt Lake's Twilight Concert Series. He explains what San Fermin means, (how to pronounce it), and if Richie can join the band as the 9th member.
--- Classical Music Training ---
I was a music/composition student, classical music mostly…Most people in the band have the similar sort of thing going on...I think there’s a lot of different ways to write music and they’re all equally valid as long as you’re being honest. For us, there’s a lot of training, there’s a lot of intention in how we go about writing.
--- From One Man to Full Band ---
I wrote the record right when I graduated and then I took a while to record it. I just got my friends and random people to play on it. We got a record deal before ever really playing…We played one show with 15 people or something at Pianos, this tiny place in New York. Once we got that record deal suddenly it was like, “Oh, this has to become a band”…Allen and I, Allen’s the singer - the male singer, he and I have been best friends for years, since we were really young. Everyone else it was word of mouth or people maybe I went to college with or just, if you’re a musician in New York there’s a lot of through-the-grapevine sort of recommendations.
--- The Band Name ---
It’s the name of the running of the bulls festival. It’s the patron saint in Spain…I liked the idea of people putting themselves in danger for really no reason. It sort of feels like performing...["San Fermin"] was a lyric before it was a band name. So it was in the song “Torero” I think. Torero is Spanish for bullfighter as well. I was thinking about that and once I finished the record I was like, “Well, we gotta have a band name.”
--- Coordinating an 8-person Band ---
There are upsides and downsides for sure. I mean getting 8 people to Europe is a pretty costly endeavor. But when I wrote the record it was for like 20 something musicians, so I figured if you go any lower than 8, you’re starting to do a disservice to the music. Honestly, I chose the musicians as we were putting the band together such that I knew that they were good enough players that they could actually each do a number of things, in terms of the sax lines now sort of encompass sax and trombone and tuba. I’ve sort of smushed them all together into one player. It was an interesting compositional exercise to do that.
Summer may be coming to a close, most of the summer concerts are coming to an end, but that only means that it is time to get ready for fall tours. Some of the best concerts in Salt Lake City happen in the fall and we’re not just saying that because the Big Ass Show is happening in the fall this year. Here is a taste of what to expect for the rest of the year:
1. Fall Out Boy & Paramore: Monumentour Where: UCCU Center When: Wednesday, August 13th Pop-punk giants Fall Out Boy and Paramore have joined forces to present the Monumentour with their friends New Politics. The tour started June 19th in Connecticut and will end August 17th in Concord, California; which makes Salt Lake City one of their final stops. Expect big things from this tour since both bands are coming off of the biggest album releases of their careers. Fall Out Boy with Save Rock and Roll, which contains one of the highest played songs of 2013 “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark(Light Them Up).” And Paramore with their most commercially successful album yet, Paramore, with the two massive singles “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun”; with the latter song spending seven straight weeks as #1 on Billboard. You can get tickets here.
2. The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, & Stiff Little Fingers: The Summer Nationals Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: August 26th Back in 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored the Summer National, a three day soldout event at the Hollywood Platinum. This event was led by The Offpsring, who at the time just released the monstrous album Smash, alongside Bad Religion and Pennywise. Now the boys are back at it again, but instead of doing a three day stint in southern California, they are taking the Summer Nationals across the nation. And they are bringing their friends Stiff Little Fingers along for the ride. The Offspring will be playing their iconic album, Smash; which features the hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem” and still holds the record for the highest selling independent album. They will play their other classics as well. You can get your tickets here.
3. The Aquabats! 20th Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Depot When: September 5th The Aquabats are back in action and saving the world this year with their 20th year anniversary Tour. The band will be celebrating 20 glorious years of their special brand of world-saving, cartoony, ska/punk music. The last time they were in Utah was on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, in which they spent the better part of their set beating up dudes in cactus costumes on stage and throwing water balloons at the crowd. If you are looking to get into the ska scene, then this is the perfect show for you. You can get tickets here.
4. Coheed & Cambria Neverender IKSSE:3 Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: September 12 This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Coheed & Cambria’s sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. They will be playing the album in its entirety, from start to finish. The tour start September 5 in Riverside, California and end October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. They will be bringing Thank You Scientist as support. You can buy tickets here.
5. X96 Toyota Big Ass Show Where: Gallivan Center When: Saturday September 27th You didn’t think we’d skip over the Big Ass Show did you? The Big Ass Show bands are Neon Trees, A Day To Remember, Phantogram, Capital Cities, Broods, Nightmare and The Cat, and Priory (with more bands to be announced). When A Day To Remember came to Salt Lake City last year on their House Party Tour, the band went across the crowd in a giant hamster ball, had giant pillars of smoke going off behind them, shot giant cannons of confetti into the crowd and pulled off many of theatrics. There’s no telling what kind of shenanigans they will pull of at the Gallivan Center this year. Neon Trees have also upped the production value of their shows on their last tour, the Pop Psychology Tour, with a crazy colorful stage and elaborate lighting designs. Capital Cities was also a favorite of last year’s show, amazing the crowd with their choreographed dance moves. You can get more details on the bands here and where to purchase the $9.60 tickets that go on sale Friday. You can purchase normal priced tickets here.
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember last fall on their "House Party Tour"
6. Anberlin: The Final Tour Where: The Complex (Rockwell) When: Friday October 17th Yes, unfortunately, Anberlin is calling it quits this year. The band announced this news earlier this year, saying that 2014 will be the last year of Anberlin. However, they aren’t leaving without one last world tour. Salt Lake City will be on the last leg of their world tour, but only because they are saving the best for last, right? Do not miss out on Anberlin’s final show in a city that they have heralded as their favorite city for years. The band has stated there will be one special guest in certain cities. So, there is a possibility that this will be an Anberlin only show. Tickets go on sale Friday. You can purchase them here. Richie T just spoke with the guitarists of Anberlin, during Warped Tour, you can view it on Meet The Bands.
7. Relient K: Mmhmm 10 Year Anniversary Tour Where: The Complex (The Grand) When: November 5th This year also marks the tenth year of Relient K’s breakout album, Mmhmm, which took the band from obscurity and launched them into the spotlight with hits such as “Be My Escape” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been.” They will be playing this record in full, from start to finish and are bringing Blondfire and From Indian Lakes as support. You can get tickets here.
8. Black Keys Turn Blue World Tour When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: Maverik Center
It’s not often that giant grammy-winning rock acts stop by in Salt Lake City. However, The Black Keys have made sure to put us on their map. They will tour in support of their new album, Turn Blue, and Jake Bugg will be playing as their support. They announced the tour as a mock-infomercial via a Mike Tyson tweet. You can get tickets here.
9. Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire When: Wednesday, November 12 Where: The Complex (Rockwell)
You don’t see two bands from entirely different genres co-headline a tour together very often, but pop-punkers Yellowcard and post-hardcore rockers Memphis May Fire are determined to make it work. Yellowcard is out to support their new album, Lift A Sail, which they are claiming is their most ambitious and hardest albums yet and Memphis May Fire released the biggest and best selling album of their career, Unconditional. They are bringing Emarosa along with them, who is also coming out with a new album, titled Versus. Richie T sat down with the boys from Yellowcard during the Vans Warped Tour to talk about their new album, you can listen to it on Meet The Bands. You can get tickets here.
There are, of course, many more concerts coming to Salt Lake this fall. You can check it out by clicking the concert tab here on our website. What shows are you looking forward to the most?
Reggae Rise Up takes over Liberty Park this weekend on the 12th and the 13th, so we thought we would pass on a handy users guide for the show.
Line-Up: Saturday the fest goes from 1pm - 11pm and Sunday, 2pm - 10pm.
Gates open at noon on both days. If you just want to go on Saturday the price is $30. A full, two-day pass is $50 and if you want to make the most of your experience the 21+, VIP pass is $100.
Tickets can be purchased here.
If you are wicked-smart and ride a bike, scooter or motorcycle or skateboard there will be 2-Wheel Valet parking for only $2 a day.
Car parking will be VERY limited so carpool, take Trax, Lyft, Uber, have your mom take you or walk.
If you need it, there is more info to be had at the official Reggae Rise Up page here. Oh, follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well for any updates.
On Tuesday, June 24, The Neighbourhood came to the Complex along with Rapper, Travis Scott, and Indie Rock band, White Arrows. For those who are unfamiliar with The Neighbourhood, they are a rock band from Newbury Park, California, who combine elements of hip-hop with elements of Indie/psychedelic Goth rock.
The first band was a psychedelic pop-rock band from Los Angeles that go by the name of White Arrows. They had a very contagious pop sound that was driven by synthesizers and guitar. Similar to bands like The Killers, The Bravery, and Depeche Mode. The members seemed confident in their ability and, technically speaking, they performed very well. However, all the band members, except for the singer, stood still while playing. They were led by a very energetic and quirky frontman who, at one point, put on a dark purple wig that made him look like Jack White (or a character from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).
(Is that Jack White on stage?)
White Arrows has one full-length album titled Dry Land Is Not a Myth. They are releasing their second LP, In Bardo, in the fall. They were also named by SPIN magazine as an “Underdog To Watch.”
Next, Travis Scott came on stage. This Houston rapper definitely compensated for the lack of energy from the White Arrows performance. He first had his producer come out and play some hip-hop/EDM music to get the crowd excited and ready for Travis. After a few tracks, Travis Scott came out swinging, yelling at the top of his lungs and throwing his water all over the crowd. Travis Scott proved that he is one wild performer. He has previously co-produced Kanye West’s album, Yeezus, and Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z. Now the rapper is looking to make his own musical career. He may have seemed to be an interesting choice to open for The Neighbourhood, but considering their hip-hop influences and the fact that Travis Scott got the crowd wild and ready for headlining band, he fit perfectly in the line-up.
The Neighbourhood came out dancing and swinging with a lot of energy on their opener, “Female Robbery.” Even though their music isn’t necessarily up-tempo dance music, the band performed and moved around the stage as though they were.
The guitars and vocals were put through massive amounts of reverb and delay effects, adding dramatically to the “black & white” Goth atmosphere that the band wanted to portray. They had a projector screen set up behind them, that they used to display images from black & white movies, cartoons, and other images to entertain the audience and even add depth to their songs. For one song in particular, “Wires”, they had a short film play on the screen. The film showed these college graduates falling of a conveyer belt into a giant cardboard box and then being made into puppets by this giant omnipotent being in a suit and tie. There was something very dark and eerie about the imagery of The Neighbourhood’s performance, but it only added to the experience and gave the audience a lot more to take away from the show than just a handful of songs. The band ended up performing most of their LP, I Love You, along with a few B sides ("West Coast", "Leaving Tonight", etc.). The other stand-outs to me were when they performed their new song “Jealousy” from their new EP(or "mixtape"), Black & White.
And, of course, when they performed their double-platinum hit, “Sweater Weather.” The band closed their set with “Afraid” and the reverb from their guitar and vocal effects kept ringing long after the band left the stage.
While seeing The Neighbourhood, I couldn’t help but think of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and The Cure. I suppose that Goth rock is making a comeback with bands like The Neighbourhood, The 1975, and Phantogram. The Neighbourhood may not sound like this glamorous or grandiose rock band, but they perform with this loudness and focused chaos that makes the dark things in life look and sound beautiful.
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern) (Twitter:@mcentirezach)
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