The BMR Holiday Soirée with Moon Taxi – Tickets – Iron City – Shows – Birmingham, AL – December 18th, 2015

 
 
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The BMR Holiday Soirée with Moon Taxi

Sold Out: The BMR Holiday Soirée with Moon Taxi

Kopecky, Civil Twilight

Friday, Dec 18th 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Iron City - Shows

Birmingham, AL

$30.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

Moon Taxi
Moon Taxi
For the members of Moon Taxi, their third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, represents the idea of exploration – searching both the world and themselves for new experiences. The Nashville rock group, who had honed in on a notably compelling aesthetic with their previous album Cabaret, focused on extending the sonic landscape they'd created in earlier recordings, but this time around they amp up the speed and turn up the volume – creating an overall bigger sound.

The album was self-produced by Moon Taxi's own guitarist Spencer Thomson with the help of keyboardist Wes Bailey and was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Fleet Foxes).

"One thing we didn't want to do was stray too far from what we did before," Wes says. "We really knew that things for the band had shifted in a good direction and we were growing because of our last record. We wanted to continue the energy we created from that record."

"Like Cabaret, this project started with rough demos that slowly evolved into a statement from not just the initial songwriter, but evolved into a representation of what each of us individually have experienced in this band and how we've grown over the years as players," Tyler adds.

The band, which was founded in 2006, toured extensively in support of Cabaret, appearing at Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and Lollapalooza. Additionally, they have opened for such artists as Matisyahu, Dr. John, and Dirty Heads, and ended 2012 selling out multiple theaters on their own. While on the road, the musicians began to stockpile song ideas and demos, inspired by the trials and tribulations of traveling around the country to play shows. In early 2013, the band went into the studio to begin recording Mountains Beaches Cities with these touring experiences in mind.

Much of the recording was done in Spencer's apartment with only a few days of drum and bass riffs laid down in Nashville's Sony Tree studio. Although Mountains Beaches Cities feels like an extension of Cabaret's aesthetic, the new album is explorative, and its lyrics recount a new narrative for the musicians.

Each song on the album, and even the album title, generates its own story and imagery, but all come back to that idea of exploration and searching. "Beaches," a surging, borderline experimental track Spencer calls "risky and ambitious" transports the listener with its haunting, emotive melody while jangling acoustic song "Young Journey" encapsulates the eye-opening experience of travel. "Morocco," a propulsive, hooky track about a place none of the musicians have ever been, seeks adventure in the idea of going abroad. The album as a whole is grandiose and invigorating, each track revealing a new chapter in the LP's overall story. This record, in particular, is important for Moon Taxi, who has been known in the past for its boisterous live
appearances, but with Mountains Beaches Cities, it highlights the nearly perfected balance between the recorded material and how it translates to a live stage.

"We made a conscious effort with the last record to write meaningful songs and produce them in an exciting way," Trevor says. "That is still the ultimate goal. We strive to produce something that will outlast us as a band. I can see this record reaching an even broader range of people because the song themes are universal. "

The sound of Moon Taxi pulls from the many different facets and interests of its members. Trevor, who got his start in music playing trumpet in school, is driven by his love for reading, cooking and yoga; while Tyler, who spent his younger years jamming on a drum kit with friends, is driven by an immense appreciation and knowledge of pop culture. Spencer, who used to record himself in his parents garage, has transformed his knowledge of film into producing videos for Moon Taxi's music. Wes, meanwhile, developed his musical process from classical composers like Mozart and spends his time on tour searching for golf courses while Tommy
spends his free time going to concerts and carefully following Nashville's local music scene.

"I think the exploration aspect of the album came from trying to understand and explore ourselves," Tommy says. "Personally and musically. As we get older we tend to know ourselves better, but there is always more to understand. You try new things, but continue some of the good habits you've learned. As we explored our music, we learned more about ourselves and matured as a band. I think it's a concept that won't stop at this record, but will carry on to our live shows and other records down the road."
Kopecky
Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. 'The Family' began creating music together in Nashville, Tennessee in the Fall of 2007. What began as late night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has led to numerous tours, including adventures to CMJ, SXSW and Bonnaroo, three EP releases, a recent full length album release (Kids Raising Kids) and friendships across the country.

"Family" is a word that encompasses a variety of definitions. With that in mind, let this introduction to Kopecky Family Band be taken with an open mind and with a grain of salt. This family is connected not by blood or by heritage, but by circumstance. No, this is a family bound by the miles on their odometer and by the songs they have crafted over the years. These six young musicians have created a family through their commitment to each other and to their craft. Crack open your dictionary, if you need to.

The Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. And the musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes – ranging from clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string arrangements, and triumphant horns. These six band-mates – siblings, if you will – swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage.

In late 2007, founding members Kelsey Kopecky and Gabriel Simon became united with four friends who shared a mutual vision. They planted seeds that have been nurtured for the past five years through persistent touring and recording – and those seeds are rapidly reaching maturity. With thousands of miles traveled, and surely thousands to come, the Kopecky Family Band is only just beginning their adventure – and they want to bring you along for the ride.
Civil Twilight
Civil Twilight
"What am I to build, if my hands are broken, if I'm not the chosen one?" sings
Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight on "Story of An Immigrant", over a lush, dynamic beat
that evokes the sounds of his native South Africa while steeped in the band's everevolving
present. The foursome (Steven, his brother and guitarist
Andrew, drummer Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey on keys and guitar) are living proof
of what happens when you stop worrying about being the chosen one and make music
built on both the roots that grew you and the love that keeps you thriving every
day. Civil Twilight's songs embrace every corner of human emotion, balancing delicate,
poetic lyrics with sweeping arrangements that touch all the senses: a phrase to make
you think; a rolling drumbeat you can feel in your bones; a guitar vamp as illustrative as
a picture; a shimmer of keys whose light can nearly be seen and heard. Produced by Ben
H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cut Copy), their third record on Wind-Up
is built on this vibrancy, on the permanent dust of a Cape Town youth; on the
connection that unites them all as brothers beyond blood and on their new home in
America where they pull from the innate, thriving musicianship of Nashville, where they
live. When you listen to Civil Twilight, from their self-titled debut, to
2012's widely lauded Holy Weather to now, it's easy to understand why the band has
topped five million YouTube views and reached historic success with film and television
syncs – because it's music you can't shake, that translates experience into moments
and creates melodies that become imbedded deep under the skin. We're all immigrants,
in some way, and Civil Twilight's singing our national anthem.