Union Transfer


The Sounds

The Sounds

Natalia Kills, The Limousines, Kids At The Bar

Tue, November 1, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

The Sounds
The Sounds
Like its namesake, it’s easy to look forward to WEEKEND, the new album by Swedish indie rockers THE SOUNDS (Label:Arnioki Records/INgrooves; Release date: October 29, 2013). Sporting an urgency like that of a band fresh out of the womb, Weekend is the sound of a band rejuvenated and reborn. For The Sounds, they have been reborn in a sense… back to when they first started. “Weekend is more of a back to basics album,” says Jesper Anderberg (keyboards/guitar). “I was primarily looking for a groove when I started writing this album – a groove based on five members who have been playing music together for a long time. We weren’t looking to overthink the song writing, and especially wanted to make it sound like we just hit the switch on the amps and just started playing the songs.” To celebrate the release of Weekend, the band will be playing a handful of North American dates including stops in Brooklyn, Canada, Chicago and the West Coast, followed by a full European headline tour.

From the punky dance rock signature sound of the opening tracks “Shake Shake Shake” and “Take It The Wrong Way” that recalls the shuffling exuberance of their groundbreaking debut to the winsome and shimmery “Hurt the Ones I Love” to the 60s style rock of “Emperor”, Weekend takes their trademark danceable indie rock “sound” and expands in different directions. This musical journey is most noticeable in the chill-down title track “Weekend” and the cleverly disguised dance infused “Great Day”, which both start acoustically yet build and evolve to a frenzy of passion and instrumentation.

The Sounds collected and leaned upon all of the lessons they’ve learned from touring the world headlining clubs and festivals, owning a studio and self producing their last album Something To Die For when writing and recording this album. These experiences propel them forward on Weekend thanks in part to the production work of Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, City and Colour, Frank Turner, At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta) who moved with the band into the legendary Svenska Grammafon Studion far away from the bands hometown, and tied it all together capturing the magic in the studio that has delighted and captivated fans for a decade on the road. “While recording, we all lived in the SGS studios together with Alex, and we were all using the same kitchen and bathroom and so on,” says drummer Fredrik Blond. “That creates a certain vibe I think. And it forces you to deal with things, not just run away from them.” Adds Jesper, “It’s important to be able to try new approaches, and we’ve never been afraid of trying new paths in our songwriting. I think it’s important for bands to be able to change their sound and explore new ways. I believe we have great fans that understand the process of music making, that not every album will or can sound the same. Our fans are also the ones that give us exactly that privilege….to write and record the songs we want, the way we want them to sound…and for that we are very grateful.”

Formed in 1998 in Sweden, The Sounds exploded on the alt-rock scene with their wildly lauded 2002 debut Living in America and its breakthrough singles “Seven Days a Week”, “Rock’n Roll”, and the aptly named title track. Fronted by the striking Maja Ivarsson, The Sounds have continued to remain on the forefront of the music scene, releasing a handful of albums, each spawning single after single like “Tony the Beat”, “Painted By Numbers”, “Song With A Mission”, “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake”, “Beatbox”, “Something to Die For” and “Dance with the Devil”. “I think it’s a mutual love to music and to our fans,” explains Jesper about how they’ve been able to remain for over a decade and a half and maintain the same line-up and uphold their creative spark. “The key is to respect each other. It’s a weird thing to be together for that long. You might have disagreements but that’s the way it is sometimes, but if you can’t solve an argument, you shouldn’t start a band. But for us, it has always been us and it will only be the five of us.”
Natalia Kills
Natalia Kills
Sex. Love. Control. Vanity.

Lipstick. Lies. Tears. Tragedy.

Pretty simple plot lines, really. Or not. Just ask anyone who's followed the first season of Natalia Kills' self-produced "Love, Kills xx" episodic series - a surreal blend of dream sequences, free associative song fragments, and pure femme fatale poetry that'd leave Quentin Tarantino feeling a bit flushed.

"Some girls want to be a princess when they grow up," explains Natalia. "I wanted to be in a bad bitch girl gang."

She also wanted to be a pitch-dark pop star in the time-honored tradition of Kate Bush and Depeche Mode. So to strike a balance between it all, Natalia—a native of England's rugged Bradford area — left school and moved to London alone to pursue her desire to creatively express herself through music and film at just 14. After 4 successful years on prime time BBC television and radio, and several songs in box office film sound tracks, she set out on a mission to combine her love of music, film and the stage into one frame. Her initial songwriting forays were to develop into the pop gravitas of Natalia Kills' solo material - from the creeping keys and whip-cracking breaks of "Zombie" to the heaven-sent harmonies and Eurythmics-like head-rush of "Mirrors."

"I'm really influenced by the way music is applied to films, because it creates drama and suspense," says Natalia. "If you mute a film, you don't know when the
killer is coming and without that tension there is no feeling of curiosity or fear. But when you have the pulse of the music, it provokes an emotion. That's what I'm inspired by—creating a full-on experience."

And since "Love, Kills xx" is like a backstage pass to Natalia's restless mind, the artist/actress has created an entirely different film as an extension of her debut album, Perfectionist. Co-directed by the same French filmmaker as Love Kills (Guillaume Doubet), it's the perfect pairing for an album that features such Technicolor producers as Fernando Garibay (U2, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears), Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys), Ron "Neffu" Feemster (Dr Dre, Michael Jackson), Akon and Cherrytree's label boss and Lady Gaga-collaborator Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum (who has also worked with t.A.T.u., Frankmusik and Far East Movement) A-list assistance aside, Natalia's ultimate vision shapes the direction and sound of her debut album, Perfectionist. "Good producers find a way of enhancing an artist," says Natalia. "They don't give you their musical sound, they give you your own.' My album was definitely a joint experience of creativity."

That is exactly what made will.i.am want to sign Natalia to his label jointly with Cherrytree: the shape-shifting performer/writer/director that is Natalia Kills knows
exactly what she wants, whether it's a stone-faced "Love Kills xx" scene or an all-out assault on what it means to be an all or nothing pop star.

"I like the way radio music used to be—really direct, wild and expressive," says Natalia. "It wasn't like ‘I love you baby' or ‘let's party all night'; it was songs like Queen's ‘Love Kills.' She continues, "You know, ‘Drills you through the heart/Scars you from the start'? Artists used to say whatever they were feeling. There was a real freedom of expression. And you know what? It's important to be brave in music, because if you can't be brave there, where can you?"
The Limousines
The Limousines
The Limousines are an Electropop band based in the Bay Area, California. The band consists of songwriter and vocalist Eric Victorino, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Giovanni Giusti. The band has had comparisons drawn with MGMT.

Victorino, who had previously performed with rock band Strata, stated that he was "tired of band politics" and "needed another outlet, one that wasn't quite as dark and heavy". Giusti and Victorino started the Limousines after communicating online and exchanged lyrics, music and recorded vocals online.

The band played at Live 105's BFD concert, Treasure Island Music Festival 2009, opening for Duran Duran's show at Mountain Winery. In 2009, the band received local and some national radio airplay and chart success on Sirius/XM's Alt Nation with the song "Very Busy People". In late 2009, they independently released their first physical record, The Scrapbook EP, on dual 7" white vinyl. It features four songs originally available only as MP3 demos: "Scrapbook 1998", "Plans Are Just Coincidence", "New Year's Resolution", and "ithinkican".

The band released their debut album Get Sharp on July 27, 2010 through iTunes and Hot Topic on indie label Orchard City Books and Noise. The album most notably features the songs "Very Busy People" and "Internet Killed the Video Star".
Kids At The Bar
Kids At The Bar
Hailing from Oklahoma City, Kids At The Bar is the musical project of Producer/DJ duo Chad "Rad" Raunborg and Matt Buckley. Since their debut remix for friends Trash Yourself, Kids at the Bar have quickly become one of the hottest emerging acts in electronic music. In 2010 alone, they have played SXSW, Burning Man, booked a 12 city coast to coast "So We Can Party" tour and shared the stage with the biggest DJs in the world at ULTRA music festival. They have been featured in RCKSTR Magazine's October 2010 Hypes Section (www.rockstar.ch/), been played on Kissy Sell Out's BBC Radio 1 show, and have had their tracks featured on endless DJs mixtapes such as Tiesto's Club Life 189.

They have been praised by countless blogs and have reached the top five on Hype Machine's popular list numerous times (reaching number one with their "Walking On A Dream" remix).

After gaining popularity from their remixes (including official remixes for Ellie Goulding, Kill Hannah, Les Savy Fav, Harlem Shakes, Trash Yourself, Toxic Avenger, and Morning Benders to name a few) the duo caught the attention of Eli Smith (So Sweet Records co-founder). So impressed with their work, he jumped at the opportunity to release their debut EP "Exile" on his brand new label KillPop Records, co-owned with Frankmusik.

With the success Kids At The Bar have garnered in 2010, 2011 sees them expanding their domination even further with a tour lined up for europe and many more bone-shattering remixes and originals.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123