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.
Los Angeles duo, Livingmore are ready to emerge from their cocoon with their debut record, Ok To Land. Taking cues from acts like Rilo Kiley, Mitski and Jenny Lewis, and adding their own eccentric and optimistic touch, the indie two-piece have channeled the ultimate feel good album, Ok To Land, just in time for summer.
The band, comprised of songwriters Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston, who met in Los Angeles in 2014, have already begun to generate buzz from the HypeM blogosphere with the release of their self-titled EP in 2015. Drawing inspiration across several genres and from acts such as Garbage and The Kinks to Belle and Sebastian, Moore and Livingston write dreamy, optimistic songs that sound like, in their own words - “a mixture of Blondie and The Everly Brothers.”
From the childlike essence of trying to decide what to do when you grow up in ‘Cocoon,’ to the upbeat and straightforward ‘Never Slow Down,’ to the slow and dreamy ‘Transition,’ Livingmore’s first full length record is a lush collection of indie pop tracks with an underlying theme of optimism.
Their first single from their new record, “Cocoon,” is slow-burning, guitar heavy track, with flourishes of western-tinged riffs layers over Moore’s crooning melodies. On the inspiration behind the track, Moore notes: “You realize growing up isn’t just like, you’re a kid and then you’re an adult. There’s all these things in the middle, and it’s easy to get stuck in a phase in your life where you feel cocooned, in a way.”
The record’s anthemic title track, ‘Really Mean It’ is accompanied by an animated stop motion video created by Moore’s brother, Dillon. “We really just wanted to make a video that was totally organic and back to basics but at the same time unique and fresh. That’s kind of what this band is really about when you get down to it,” he explains.
“We never really plan when we’re going to write, we just wait for it to happen,” Livingston notes, while explaining the band’s songwriting process. Each song has a totally organic approach - sometimes born from Livingston playing a melody and Moore composing accompanying lyrics on the spot; other times with both of them writing songs separately and meeting in the middle.
“We can be reborn in all kinds of different ways, where now we feel like butterflies again. We’ve regained confidence in ourselves and are ready to move to the next chapter, whatever that may be,” Moore explains defiantly. Livingmore are certainly ready to emerge from their own cocoon - look out for Ok To Land, coming this summer.
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