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Stu Larsen

Stu Larsen

We Are The West

Mon, August 7, 2017

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

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$25.00

This event is all ages

Stu Larsen
Stu Larsen
These days, Stu Larsen lives out of a suitcase. You might find the nomadic musician somewhere between his native Australia, Spain or Japan, before he picks up and sets off for the next destination. In support of his 2014 debut album Vagabond, Larsen brought his music to the masses with a spate of global tours which gained him international recognition. Along the way Larsen began collating ideas for his 2017 follow up album Resolute, due for release July 21st. The album then came together in various locations around the globe, from a cottage in Scotland, an apartment in Spain, and an old army bunker back in Australia. Larsen shares an important message in Resolute. “I hope everyone can…” he leaves off. “Too often, we just switch off and don’t think enough. Hopefully, these songs can spark something positive in listeners. Live simply. Don’t worry about the excesses. I hope everyone can come together around this music.”
We Are The West
We Are The West
We Are The West is a convergence of sound and space both rare and compelling. Over the past three years, the Los Angeles-based group has steadily made a name for themselves with their intimate and hauntingly beautiful songs, and their uniquely organic approach to performance, bringing new meaning to the terms “underground” and “garage band.” Equally at home in concert halls and improvised spaces, We Are The West has cultivated a loyal following, in large part through their ongoing and immersive concert series in the underground parking garage of an office building, the Saturday before each full moon.

Brett Hool [voice/guitar] and John Kibler [bass/voice] formed We Are The West during a period of time spent between The Netherlands and Brooklyn, before moving back to California. Originally described as "a two-man orchestra of stunning vocals, meditative guitar, and exploratory double bass," the group now includes an extended family of musicians with Elizabeth Goodfellow [drums/voice], Sylvain Carton [clarinet/saxophone], Ben Tolliday [cello], and Paul Cox [organ]. Often seeking out nontraditional and acoustically inspirational spaces in which to perform and record, their national tours have included performances in natural desert amphitheaters, mine shafts, barns, tow lots, abandoned convents, Masonic temples, and shipping containers, in addition to traditional theaters, festivals, clubs, and galleries. Onstage they have supported Lord Huron, Pete Yorn, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, as well as chamber artists Kinan Azmeh and Real Vocal String Quartet. Their recordings have been featured in compilations for organizations such as Textura, Sound and Motion, and the Surfrider Foundation.

Quietly known as the LA music scene’s best-kept-secret, We Are The West’s underground parking garage concert series presents a recontextualized and genuinely deep musical experience. The Saturday before each full moon, the band transforms an everyday office parking garage into an extraordinary performance space. Different guests open each night, from established artists and acclaimed younger bands, to chamber groups and avant-garde sound experiments. The garage itself provides an unusually welcoming environment, a perfect setting for We Are The West’s transporting and dynamic sound. As the local Santa Monica Daily Press puts it, “If the parking garage is an instrument itself, Hool and Kibler are virtuosos.”

Over the past two years, We Are The West has released the first three installments of a four-part, self-titled album, each recorded in a different improvised locale. November 2014 brought the release of ‘Regards’ via the Touch Tapes label, a complement to the ongoing self-titled series. Work on the fourth and final installment commenced in January in Joshua Tree, Calif., for release later in 2015.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com