KONGOS, MERGENCE, THE TECHNICOLORS

KONGOS

MERGENCE

THE TECHNICOLORS

Fri, November 16, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

This event is 21 and over

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KONGOS
KONGOS
KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers — Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel Kongos. They grew up in London and South Africa and now write, record and perform in Phoenix, Arizona. With multi-million-seller British singer-songwriter John Kongos as their father, they have been surrounded by music, studios and different cultures all of their lives.

Their debut album was released in 2007 on iTunes worldwide and received glowing reviews. Written, produced and engineered by themselves, it demonstrates their wide range of influences culminating in the KONGOS sound. They were named Best Rock Band of Phoenix by the Phoenix New Times.

Their single In The Music reached No. 9 on the influential TuksFM top 40 in South Africa. Other airplay includes Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles, Q101 in Chicago, 98 KUPD and The Edge 103.9 in Phoenix, XFM in the UK, Motor FM in Germany, KNRK 94.7 in Portland, WXPN in Philadelphia and many more. They’ve played extensively in Arizona and California, including five successful shows at The Viper Room, the most recent being Indie 103.1 sponsored. Their Spring ’08 West Coast tour featured a KNRK sponsored show in Portland, interviews and performances on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles, 98 KUPD in Phoenix, KNRK 94.7 FM in Portland, and a video interview/performance for GoTV Networks.

KONGOS is currently recording their second album and will be releasing a monthly single, starting with It’s a Good Life.


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Pronounced “KONGOS” – KONGOS is spelled like this:

“K” for Cool, ”O” for Awesome, ”N” for Knowledge, ”G” for Jenius, ”O” for Artistic, ”S” for speling

There’s no “The” in KONGOS.

There is however a “the” in “THEre.”

It’s not KONGO’s, it’s not Congos, congas, kongus, kongas, or Jeff.

No relation to Cheick Kongo, the conga drum, the Kongo people of Africa, Donkey Kong, Kongos Norman, Kongos pizza, Kongos Club in Oklahoma, twitter.com/kongos, Kat Kongos, Lasse Kongos, the japanese class of battleship or Kevin Bacon.
MERGENCE
MERGENCE
Mostly derived from the several reviews, articles both in print and on the web:
Blues, indie, classic rock, all coexisting as one in the passion-, soul-driven four-piece band Mergence — a band that will not only draw you in, but keep you on your toes and soles, while you sway with every note.
Compared to the likes of The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, it is undeniable that Mergence's distinctive trait is the passion and soul infused in the performance of each track.

The bands meditative lyrics are as raw as its sound, threading themes of life, love, sex and death. Their tracks evoke a strong reaction from their devout, diverse following, from young to old and from all walks of life. With an earthy, catchy sound, Mergence is as real as it gets. Their live shows and performances are an unequivocal match to the quality of their tracks and album — because they're recorded mostly live, too — packaged into a lustfully smooth sound, collaboratively and effortlessly produced by the band's diverse members, including vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Adam Bruce, Yod on guitar, Brandon Shupe on bass and Jason Roedl rounding out the rhythm section on the drums.
THE TECHNICOLORS
THE TECHNICOLORS
Brennan Smiley – (vocals / guitar)
Kevin Prociw - (drums)
Mike "Nico" Nicolette - (bass)
Mikey Fanizza – (guitar)

The Technicolors are a musically sophisticated young rock band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, who blendgrand gestures of rock-n-roll with elements of classic acoustic rock. Their ambitious new album Listener is set for release on June 19th, 2012.

The album was produced by 22-year-old lead singer, Brennan Smiley. Smiley grew up playing on records his father produced and had plans to move to Nashville to join the elite as a session musican, but fate had a different plan.

Listener was recorded over a span of ten days in January at a new studio in Phoenix called Studio at the Farm. Fresh off the road, The Technicolors had found a new energy and were anxious to make their debut album as a band. Although Listener is technically the second album under the band name The Technicolors (The much lighter Who Are Youwas released in 2010), it is the first album with band members Mike "Nico" Nicolette (bass), Mikey Fanizza(guitar) an Kevin Prociw (drums).

"The first record was not meant to be a band record," states Smiley. "I had recorded it before the band had really formed. I was getting ready to promote it and had no band, so I called some buddies to come play with me. After that first show together, everything clicked and that's when it all really began."

The Technicolors spent 2011 hitting it hard, tirelessly touring the nation and finding their sound as a band. With driving electric guitar riffs and a flair for the dramatic, the band started gaining a reputation of being loud...in a good way.

"We would show up to these tiny bars with a lot of gear and get really loud. We love big songs," says Smiley.

Soon they were selling out small clubs in their hometown of Phoenix and packing out shows at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and their showcase at SXSW was over capacity as a group of fans was forced to watch from outside the venue.

Citing influences like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, and the Travelling Wilburys, The Technicolors focused on creating a dynamic album of expansive songs that can be musically complex and artistic and still reach a vast amount of people. Listener weaves ambient electric guitar beds with searing solos punctuated with Smiley's ernest vocals reminiscent of Oasis andWolfmother.

"Even though we focus on keeping our musical integrity, we don't want to take ourselves too seriously. We wanted to create an album that mirrored the dynamics of our live shows."

The result is a mature collection of effervescent rock songs that echo late night summer drives as a young vagabond who doesn't focus on the destination rather choosing to enjoy the journey at hand.

"Touring needs to be a lifestyle if you're going to keep up in this business", says Smiley. "And during the time that we're not touring, we'll be making records. It's just the minimum of what's expected this day and age, and we wouldn't have it any other way."
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