Late Show w/ Anoraak & Above Waves (Inside Stage) – Tickets – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO – July 1st, 2017

Late Show w/ Anoraak & Above Waves (Inside Stage)

Late Show w/ Anoraak & Above Waves (Inside Stage)

Above Waves

Sat, July 1, 2017

Doors: 11:00 pm / Show: 11:00 pm

The Riot Room

Kansas City, MO


This event is 21 and over

When Frederic Riviere says something along the lines of "the sun and the sea are really important to me," it's easy to think, 'Oh great, another chillwave artist who enjoys long walks on the beach and sitting on the dock of the bay all day.

If only things were that simple. While he's certainly into laser-guided synth lines and sepia-toned nostalgia trips, Riviere's debut album as Anoraak (Wherever the Sun Sets) is more indebted to Italo disco, Motown-schooled funk and sepia-toned pop music—think: M83 on Ecstasy—than anything that's lo-or-glo-fi. Which makes sense. After all, it's not like the French producer/singer/multi-instrumentalist picked up his first battery-powered keyboard yesterday. Truth be told, Anoraak began as a bedroom-based project about eight years ago, as Riviere searched for sound engineer work and found nothing but bar gigs.

"Everyone is an engineer in Paris," he explains. "It's like coming to L.A. and trying to be an actor."

Riviere reached a breaking point soon enough, after his role in several indie rock bands started to feel like "just another job." Determined to find his calling in the West of France, Riviere joined his old friends in Nantes (a city Time once called the most livable spot in all of Europe) and helped launch the Valerie collective/blog. Before he knew it, Riviere was channeling his childhood on the Nightdrive With You EP, a buzz-stirring attempt at everything from moon-lit club music (the title track) to Boards of Canada-inspired IDM ("Endless Summer").

"They make really deep music," Riviere says, referring to the legendary Warp duo, "songs that make you feel good and bad at the same time."

Similar traces of melancholy slip into Wherever the Sun Sets (see: the richly-layered instrumental loops of "Midnight Sunset") as well. But let's be honest—it's a feel-good full-length for the most part., a seamless blend of live and programmed elements that's essentially an electronic take on the SoCal rock LPs (Weezer, That Dog) that Riviere loved as a kid growing up in the South of France (the Medieval city where Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was filmed, if you must know). SoCal in spirit, at least, as standout tracks like "Try Me" and "Long Hot Summer Night" absolutely nail the essence of being on a beach without a care in the world. And then there's "Don't Be Afraid" and "Dolphins & Highways," a pair of from-dusk-'til-dawn ballads that feature an alt-disco diva (Sally Shapiro) and Scottish folk singer (Siobhan Wilson) respectively.

"It's a back-to-the-'80s vibe that has no boundaries," Riviere explains. "if something's cheesy, it's cheesy. I have no problem with that, so long as it moves you."
Above Waves
Above Waves
With members hailing from Chicago and Kansas City, Above Waves is a Pop/Alternative powerhouse embracing their opportunity to step into the international spotlight. Consisting of Ryan Bradley (lead vocals), Lance Bennett (drums), Creighton Bibbs (guitar) and Bryan Walker (bass), the musical journey of what would become Above Waves began in grade school, as the members performed in different bands, absorbing a wide variety of influences along the way.
Above Waves is the first band signed to independent powerhouse record label, Strange Music. Late last year, The Wall Street Journal reported, “Strange Music’s business is booming” and that Travis O’Guin, CEO of Strange Music, decided to expand the company’s repertoire. “When producer Michael “Seven” Summers and I had the idea to venture into popular music, we reviewed multiple submissions. At first listen to the demo from Above Waves we knew immediately that it was the one”, says O’Guin, “We brought them in as soon as we could and it turned into our first band signing.”
Ryan says Strange Music showed him they were the right fit early on, “We had some label interest, but nothing was really moving as fast as we wanted it to. I got a call from Lance, back in late 2013, telling me he had sent some of our music to Seven. The label ended up flying me in that week and it was apparent they were serious about the project. What it ultimately came down to is that, as an up and coming artist signed to a major label, you are a tiny fish in a big pond. You are also competing with 50+ other artists in the fight for attention and budget. Strange Music showed us they really wanted to invest in our careers. For us, it was a no-brainer.”
O’Guin and Strange Music are building a touring and promotion infrastructure around the release of their highly-anticipated debut album, Fugitives, which is slated for a September 2017 release. With contagious pop gems like “Simple Things” and “Closer” working seamlessly alongside haunting vocals in songs such as the title track, “Fugitives”, it’s clear that Above Waves is a highly-stylized flag being planted in the terrain of Pop music.
Venue Information:
The Riot Room
4048 Broadway
Kansas City, MO, 64111
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