Drunkin Punkin Idiots
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
The Sam Chase
San Francisco, CA
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Date and Time
Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 9:00pm
the SAM CHASE
DOORS: 9 PM / SHOW: 10 PM
COME OUT & SUPPORT D.P.I. BEFORE THEY ENGAGE ON A TOUR OF NIHILISM ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST ALONG WITH THESE TOURING BANDS ON THEIR WAY TO SXSW!
D.P.I.: Ocean Beach locals D.P.I. (DRUNKIN’ PUNKIN IDIOTS) are bringin’ it back to Shakedown in the name of booze, skateboarding & general reckless abandon. Banned from various local San Diego venues because of the chaos from their shows, Shakedown welcomes them back with open arms & beer bottles.
COSMIC SUCKERPUNCH: When your band is called Cosmic Suckerpunch, you had better be prepared to back that name up with some pounding, stellar rock and roll. Good thing songwriter Ari Welkom and company deliver on spacey licks and heady songs, rooted in blues and funk, and indebted to imaginative fantasy rock music in the spirit of Led Zeppelin. With a driving rhythm, Cosmic Suckerpunch has invaded the L.A. scene, and with their self-released debut, Good Morning, the band plans on waking up the rest of us with a primal scream. There’s a reason L.A. has become synonymous with making your dreams come true. Hollywood and the Sunset Strip having been cranking out stars for more than a century, whether purposefully or coincidentally, and new discoveries come every day. Take the case of Welkom, discovered as an actor before teaming up with guitarist Fabien Hameline on a movie set. The two realized their shared interests and respected talents could lead to a different kind of artistic avenue, and they first formed the musical act Ghost Robot in 2009. While that moniker’s cuteness dried up pretty quick, they eventually recruited drummer Adam Timmerman and bassist Sebastian Hameline, Fabien’s twin brother, for the full line up of what is now Cosmic Suckerpunch. At first holed up and honing their chops in coffeehouses and small clubs, the band’s popularity grew in the city of angels and they soon graduated to historic venues like The Viper Room and the House of Blues. Their eclectic and tightly packed sound easily brings in a wide fan base of both geeks and casual listeners. The group plays up a sparkling tongue-in-cheek science fiction vibe throughout their otherwise straightforward music, with themes like robot love and time machines popping up regularly and Welkom often adopting a Ziggy Stardust like swagger when he endearingly croons and stutter-starts his lyrics. Combining that nod to the original space oddity, the group zeroes in on perfectly timed effects and a nonchalant, happily head banging rhythm that never fails to produce a sing-along/jump-along kind of atmosphere. Cosmic Suckerpunch is expanding their universe, starting by self-releasing their debut record, Good Morning. Even with the understated album title, the band transforms their live sound into a classic rock album, full of the same glimmering exuberance they’ve become known for. Having recently found themselves opening festivals and seeing bigger stages, the group is now ready to rock on a level of, ahem, cosmic proportions. -Charles Swanson (MySpoonful) 12/27/11
the SAM CHASE has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool. His backing band, The Functional Alcoholics are descended from Norse Warriors known as The Berserkers. Old Norse literature and historians note that Berserkers fought with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. They would work themselves into a rage before battle, consuming drugged foods, and dressed in nothing but their enemies blood. The Functional Alcoholics follow their ancestors ancient practices before every show. Little is known about the night he was conceived because, frankly it is nobodies damn business. However, there are at least two people who had the foresight to procreate at just the right moment, when all of those dimly lit specs of light in the sky held a position just long enough to time stamp a genetic code and shoot it down from the cold, empty heavens to create another poor soul, destined to live and die out here on this cold rock, twirling violently in the vast emptiness of space. Then he was born. He should have been born at the top of a mountain during a lightning storm. Where he actually was born was incredibly un-exciting so let’s all pretend that he was born on the top of a mountain during a lightning storm. It is good to start your life story with an epic moment, even if it is entirely fabricated. He began to write music at the age of 14. He still has every scrap of paper he scribbled his terrible lyrics on and on occasion can even recall the infantile melodies and riffs that accompanied them. The release of his first album in 2009, HELLA SOLO, was an amalgamation of many of the songs that he wrote and recorded in his room from the ages of 19 to 25. Most songs were recorded late in the night. Most times there was alcohol involved. What came of those 19 lonely, depressing songs became the jumpstart to THE SAM CHASE and the many live shows that followed. In 2010, he came out with his second album, TESTICULAR FORTITUDE, which was more of the same. They were songs that sat rotting on his hard drive that probably shouldn’t have ever seen the light of day, or the soft underbelly of a burnable compact disc. Now, in 2012, comes the release of his long awaited first studio album, THE SAM CHASE WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY. It’s aim is to blow your mind. It’s goal is world peace, where everyone wins, where victory is a basic human right. If all goes according to plan The Sam Chase will lead you there.
POCOCURANTE was formed in 2010 at UC Riverside, culminating from the musical partnership and camaraderie between Hovig Sarkissian, Stephen Fong, and Eric Hyman. Formulating various music tastes and backgrounds, Pococurante strives to mix many genres ranging from alternative psychadelic/math rock to funk, metal, and jazz rock. After winning UCR’s Battle of the Band competition in 2011, the band has continued to write and create new material. Since then Poco has also performed and appeared on and near campus, along with the addition of a new member and fellow music major, Nathan Guze.
LOSER RIDE: From the depths of Hodad’s born out of hatred, loathing and mid-20′s angst emerged Loser Ride. Sharky, the unspoken leader, was writing some pretty cool songs on the acoustic guitar but he needed a rhythm section. So he selected the two most talented musicians he knew, but there’s a twist, they were worst enemies…enter Dave and Old Man Time (Sean). Finding a common ground for their man crush on Sharky, they settled their differences and began playing together. Fast forward one year, Loser Ride has 7 shows under their belts and a demo to boot.