The Choir

The Wayfarer Presents : The Choir (Wide-Eyed Wonder Tour)

The Choir

Stranger Kings

Sat, April 29, 2017

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

$20.00 - $50.00

This event is 21 and over

The Choir
The Choir
On the heels of a successful 2016 tour to celebrate their classic Circle Slide album, alternative music legends The Choir will usher in 2017 with another album-honoring tour. The focus of the band’s attention this time will be performing their best-selling 1989 release, Wide-Eyed Wonder, in its entirety, alongside other favorite songs, both new and old, from the band. The album will also see a re-mastered reissue of the project on vinyl and CD. And in what may seem like a dream to longtime fans of the band, Wide-Eyed Wonder's bass player, Robin Spurs, will reunite with the band for the tour.
Says the band’s Steve Hindalong, "It was a special season when we recorded Wide-Eyed Wonder. My daughter Emily was born prior to the recording and she just turned 28, so I know exactly how long ago it was! And it was the Robin Spurs era. She brought an energy that was wonderful and spirited. It's gonna be so fun to rekindle our friendship and chemistry out on the ol' road. Feels like a fine time to rewind the clock to 1989.”
Spurs weighed in on the occasion as well. "Wow.  What a unique opportunity to be able to revisit an era that was a true gift. The Choir is one of those rare, favorite bands that I was blessed to be a part of, even if for just 2½ years.  I am humbled and honored to be invited to join Steve, Derri, and Dan on the road once again for the upcoming Wide Eyed Wonder Tour...part deux!"
The album still ranks as one of the band’s best-selling projects, supported at the time by an innovative video compilation, and the most aggressive touring of the band’s career, which included a 40+ date national tour opening for then-labelmate Russ Taff. Two music videos and a short documentary on the band were released alongside the album. The clip for “Someone To Hold On To” as well as the documentary portion were directed by Linda Myers-Krikorian, then wife of avant grade rocker Tonio K. A video for “Robin Had A Dream” was produced by the late Mark Heard, who also produced two songs on the album, the title track and the George Harrison song, “Behind That Locked Door.”
The video gave insight to the band’s personalities, whether it be Hindalong’s lifelong penchant for creative writing, Dan Michaels’ love of collecting snow globes, Spurs’ passion for jewelry design or helping turn Derri Daugherty’s grandmother into a minor celebrity and best-selling t-shirt.
Wide-Eyed Wonder is often cited as the most commercial album of the band’s career, while still maintaining their signature sonic experimentation. Songs such as “Someone To Hold On To”, “To Cover You” and “When She Sees Me” showcased the band’s more straightforward rock writing, while “Robin Had A Dream” and “Car, Etc.” continued to showcase the band’s penchant for experimental composition. The title track, “Wide-Eyed Wonder” and “To Bid Farewell,” showcase a more sentimental side, albeit grounded in the band’s trademark lyrical honesty.
Adds band member Dan Michaels, "The Choir continues to move forward through creating new music, releasing indie albums as a band as well as solo projects. But we recognize the indelible mark that our classic albums like Circle Slide, Chase The Kangaroo and Wide-Eyed Wonder placed upon the hearts of individuals. I’m excited about the future and proud to celebrate the past in this fashion and thrilled to re-united with Robin for the WEW 2017.”
Stranger Kings
Stranger Kings
Finding a solution in dissolution, Stranger Kings was a fortunate accident. With the departure of guitarist Jeff Schroeder for the Smashing Pumpkins and vocalist Wayne Everett for solo work in New York, The Lassie Foundation breathed its last, and guitarist Eric Campuzano was left with an eight track recorder of unfinished songs. Unfettered by the unexpected new beginning, he turned to long-time friend and bassist Herb Grimaud Jr. to work on old songs and new ideas. Grimaud had completed three albums of dark ambience as The Sound Gallery after leaving Southern California alt-band The Violet Burning, and was looking for a new musical home. Early demos merged their Cali-gaze dream guitars and 80’s Brit post-punk melodic bass lines successfully enough to attract friends and contributors. Local solo artist Holly Nelson gave it a voice, and Brady Esquivel (Set To Sea) brought the drums to life, while Steve R (monorocket) and John Hertzberg added additional synthscaping.

The songs were largely recorded one at time from start to finish as they were written, each being released on the band’s Bandcamp site with original artwork. An EP collection of the initial tracks was announced, and then a full-length album was put into action by the band’s new label (SUBDIVISION), in a partnership with Northern Records (former home to The Lassie Foundation). Andy Prickett has been responsible for the majority of production, and all of the mixing, as he was for most of the Lassie material (including their seminal ‘California’ and ‘Pacifico’ recordings).

The album is truly an album, a collection of unique moments captured in time, all from the single great occasion of being a new band. Weeks and weeks of regular writing and practice produced a new coming of age, a new youth and innocence, as the music they always loved was resurrected in their hearts. With each member pulling from their own soul-imprinted 80’s, they found a point of mutual inspiration in the idea of “John Hughes movies,” which always featured great soundtracks of current bands, and Molly Ringwalds loving Jake Ryans. So you hear it here; bass like The Cure and New Order, clean, singing guitars and washes of Cocteau chords, synths and drums from Modern English and Simple Minds. Songwriting elements hail from Echo & The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, and The Psychedelic Furs, with the romantic angst in Nelson’s lyrical storylines balancing their sincere but measured delivery. Not a single note is sung or played in cool irony, or retro-tribute, but rather as if it were their first band in 1991, and not a moment has passed since.

While never intending to be a live performing band, local shows have been well-received, and as the album readies for release more are in the works. New songs are already being written, and multiple remixes of the album material have been completed by numerous people (including one by Schroeder), all of which will be released simultaneously with the album.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627