Half the Animal, Livingmore, Rosechild

The Wayfarer Presents : March Wednesday Residency

Half the Animal



Wed, March 22, 2017

8:00 pm



This event is 21 and over

Half the Animal
Half the Animal
“This is the beginning of a new era for us,” says front man Chase Johnson. “We’re Southern California kids that grew up surfing and skating our entire lives which inspired our desire to be creative and start playing music together. There’s a real story to tell between the four of us and I feel like we’ve finally hit on something really special.”
Having originally met in Laguna Beach, singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross found success early together, thrust into the spotlight as featured characters on the MTV hit series, Laguna Beach. This led to countless sessions with acclaimed producers, successful touring, and notable TV appearances including one of the last performances on TRL. Bassist Evan Smith joined the equation only a few years’ later, bringing countless years of touring experience with Silversun Pickups, Chromeo, and Big Data. Classically trained guitarist Alex Asch quickly completed the quartet in early 2016.

“We’ve been best friends for decades.” says drummer Nick Gross. “I remember the first time I met Chase. His mother taught the church class we would go to after school together and I remember seeing this twelve-year old kid with a beard, and thought he was the coolest kid I had ever met. When he mentioned he also happened to be a singer, I was hooked. From that moment forward we rehearsed every day in our family garage. We always talked about our musical influences and created our identities as people through the band.”

The school friends that formed a band 12 years ago have now seen a cycle reborn- but this time not through the hands of major labels and agencies that brought years of raised hopes, broken promises, and false starts.

“After we signed our major label deal to Sony/Epic we spent the next four years touring and reflecting on where we envisioned our careers and our music going.” says Nick Gross. “This entire time we’ve played together there has always been a greater vision, a completely new brand with a clear identity that would mold itself over time through our experiences. Some of these experiences have been agonizing; but they have been crucial to the evolution of the band and our new identity.”

That identity, HALF THE ANIMAL, came alive in 2016- with an epic, enlightening, and invigorating message to tell. Together with the support of fellow hit songwriters J Kash (Maroon 5, Kesha) and Ammo (Jason Derulo, Katy Perry), the group’s debut EP, ‘SHAPES’ is a bold opening statement unleashing timeless pop melodies, atmospheric guitar tones, and dance-your-face off drum grooves.

“Babylon”, the alternative pop rock act’s first single, is an emotionally charged and cinematic tale that tells Chase’s story of youth and his struggle to kick old habits. Songs like “Saturday Night” toil with reoccurring unhealthy relationships carried by an uplifting hook that reminds you of your favorite four-on-the floor secret late-night weekend obsession.

“We love the concept that everything in life is made of shapes, and that on their own a shape doesn’t necessarily stand for anything, but when you combine them you can get an amazing piece of art that has a message,” says guitarist Alex Asch. “Kind of like a band, as an individual you create sounds, but as a group you create music.”

Utilizing a non-linear approach to their songwriting and production that captivates audiences, the band embraces diversity throughout the EP. ‘SHAPES’ embodies the emotional spectrum of a storied past and introduces us to the multidimensional sound we will come to know. “We believe that no single song should or ever have to feel the same, and we want to establish that tone early on,” says bassist Evan Smith. “We hope that this first release will give listeners an understanding of what the future holds for this band.”

Perhaps the name of the EP describes just that- an idea that an alternative pop rock band can take on multiple forms and multiple shapes– leaving an intriguing anticipation for what lies next around the corner.
Livingmore is the collaboration between songwriters Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston with Mike Schadel on drums and Rodrigo Moreno on bass. Alex and Spencer met in Los Angeles in 2014, both playing in different bands at the time. They quickly realized there was something special happening when they met one day to collaborate for a writing session so they decided to join forces. They started consistently writing together and playing around town as a duo over the course of the next few months. Drummer Mike Schadel met the duo one night at a performance at The Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles and asked if they needed a drummer. After one jam session with Mike it was clear that Livingmore had found their new drummer. Since then Livingmore has released one self titled EP in 2014, a single with a music video in 2015 "Little Bird" and are currently getting ready to release their first full length album in 2017 produced by Brian Rosemeyer. The first new single "Really Mean It" was just released in January with a vibrant stop animation music video by Dillon Moore.
As the dust picked up in the desert, the moon set behind the mountains and the ocean made amends with land it was here, at this place, we found ourselves.
A few months after moving to Los Angeles, by the way of The Rocky Mountains, frontwoman singer-songwriter Haile Meirow met Joshua Martinez. The Native Californian boy had the right remedy to blend with Haile's artistic style. Being a subterranean duo for a year, without a trace, the two saw eye-to-eye and began calling themselves 'Rosechild'. The like-minded two knew what was next on their musical voyage. Adding a drummer to the mix and being a trio for a while exposed the group of its capabilities. On the brim of satisfaction the trio opened a door and found Dan Boos (bass). He was the skeptical chance taken on the good ole' Craigslist. Things started to move fast when many positive enhancements were realized. Shortly after the partnership with Dan, a new drummer, Oscar Silva stepped into the picture.
"I love to take a step back with my role in the band to listen to where the boys are playing from. More than anything I want to understand their tendencies, influences and the past they carry with them," says Haile.
The web of Rosechild is a strong one, however the delicacy is in every strand. Josh and Dan carry a heavy drive as well as a euphoric tone with them that accentuates the places Haile gives hints to in her rhythm. You can find traces of 90's alternative rock, Psychedelic rock, folk and singer-songwriter that creates a vivid array of attitude and soul in the music.
Just outside the Silverlake neighborhood in a town called Glendale is where the band has their studio. No bigger than an obnoxiously priced studio apt in NYC and undeniably louder than the basement you played in as a kid, ear plugs are highly recommended.
The midsummer of 2014 Rosechild began the self recording of their first EP. Choosing to hold onto a few songs from the mysterious Josh and Haile days to linking them with a couple new songs leaves one with a timeless story. Spending every window of available time working on the EP and tracking everything step-by-step, the band wrapped up five songs by the end of September. The tracks were sent to engineer, Pete de Boer, World Famous Studios, from Haile's hometown in Colorado to be mixed down to analog tape.
Anxiously awaiting the Final Masters of the EP in combination with cover artwork designed by our dear friend, Rex, the EP title Remedies made its way to the forefront of the groups voyage. You may have a hint at the EP title taken from a line in the song, "You".
We are Rosechild. Stirring up Remedies in a chaotic world through the mind, body and soul of the one thing we know how to do best... music.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627