The Wayfarer Presents


Blanco Nino, Cosmo Gold

Thu, May 9, 2019

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Denver based quartet Flaural is an outfit with its eclectic roots of influence lodged as firmly in the fertile grounds of psychedelic pop as in the less-often associated soils of shoegaze, new wave, and contemporary experimental. Only seeming to look back as a means to gaze into the future, Flaural walks the tightrope that often separates originality and accessibility with uncanny ease.
Flaural is the unified sum of four equal parts. The hypnotic pulse of Nick Berlin’s kraut rock drum grooves crystalize as the backdrop atop which sprawls the band’s ethereal pop-songwriting pallet. Connor Birch’s expansive synths and keys, the unique virtuosity of Noah Pfaff’s guitar playing, and the resonant croon of Colin Johnson’s vocals over his driving bass lines all coalesce into the rare type of experimental music that warmly invite the uninitiated listener into the unknown.
Formed in 2015 the band has released two EPs. 2015’s ‘Thin King’ established the parameters for Flaural’s exploratory vision and 2016’s ‘Over Imaginary Cigarettes’ pushed further their already immense scope. Gold Flake Tapes described the latter as a “humdrum flood of sound, colour, and exquisite vision.”
The band’s rigorous tour schedule has taken it on six total tours totaling fourteen weeks and 75+ dates along the west coast and through the Midwest. The burgeoning act has shared the stage with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thee Oh Sees, Built to Spill, Wand, Wild Nothing, Gardens & Villa, Quilt, Diane Coffee, Methyl Ethel, Mild High Club and others. Appearances at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest, Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, San Francisco’s Hickey Fest, Chicago’s Tomorrow Never Knows, and other high profile festivals have further grown the band’s national reputation.
It sometimes feels rare that a band founded on pushing boundaries is conscious of not alienating the listener. This is not the case for Flaural. Their music, in effect, feels like the spoils of a deep space exploration, brought back down to earth for all to observe. The band is currently writing and recording their debut LP rumored to be slated for release in 2018.
Blanco Nino
Blanco Nino
“Two brothers (Nate and Nick Bennett) formed Blanco Niño in early 2018. The two have been playing together since childhood and when they sing in harmony their history of playing and songwriting becomes truly apparent. Sonically, Blanco Niño is best described as haunting, bright, and dreamy, with very pleasant melodies & harmonies, ethereal keyboard work & ambient tones. Growing up they were influenced by late 60’s and early 70’s rock/pop mixed with contemporary, garage and psychedelic sounds. The multi-instrumentalist duo started this new project to explore their unique sound and expand the voice they had developed. The brothers dropped their first EP “Bundle of Joy” in early 2018 which includes four driving, yet melodic tracks. Picking up Ben Tinsley (Hindu Pirates) to take care of all things percussive, the three dropped their new self-titled EP “Blanco Niño” on all platforms. With the addition of Kris Miller (Mellow Grass), the final four continue to write, record, and tour new material. They’re focusing on new songs and videos dropping in the very near future.”
Cosmo Gold
Cosmo Gold
LA’s Cosmo Gold debuted live at SXSW 2017 as a trio led by front woman Emily Gold under the moniker, Velvet. The former outfit released two singles in 2017 (“How Do You Know” (PLAG Records), “Even If I Tried”). Since the bands inception, Gold has recruited Maffei (Sugar Candy Mountain, Electric Magpie) , Burns (Triptides), and Deluccia (Valley Queen). The group now writes and works as a collective, and are finishing their debut EP which will be released under their new name, Cosmo Gold, June 2019.

“The collaborative process is working beautifully. [Their] sound is equal parts Veruca Salt and Rilo Kiley — tough, crunchy rock & roll with super-sweet melodies. The band fits in comfortably with the current alt-rock scene in L.A., and beyond. This is a group tailor-made for summer festivals but equally at home in spit ’n’ sawdust dive bars.” -LA Weekly
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627