Andy Black – The Homecoming Tour: Curtain Call

Kickstand Productions Presents

Andy Black – The Homecoming Tour: Curtain Call

William Control, Palaye Royale

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Durty Nellie's

Palatine, IL

$23.00 - $140.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

Andy Black
Andy Black
The debut album from ANDY BLACK combines timeless American iconography like crisp leather jackets, vintage Hollywood, teen idols, and rebels of every stripe with the broadminded arena bombast of sophisticated pop, the devilishly romantic seduction of dark-wave devotion, and the biting style of music’s sharp-tongued and best dressed paramours, all within its ambitious sights and sounds.

ANDY BLACK’s music is a reverently classic yet defiantly modern shot of melodic adrenaline across the bow of pop music and pop culture. It’s reminiscent of the smartest and biggest hits of the past with a forward thinking observational heft, born from what is quickly becoming one of the most distinctive voices in modern rock music. Cinematic in scope, ambitious in concept, yet down-to-earth in execution, the ANDY BLACK album carves a brash new place for a bold new singer, using all the tools of pop craftsmanship and lush arrangements available.

Songs like “We Don’t Have to Dance,” “Put the Gun Down,” and “Homecoming King” are readymade anthems embodying all that it means to be young, to be an outsider, to champion oneself and one’s loved ones with a vulnerable but unashamed urgency. A living, breathing, walking tale of ambition and perseverance, the man behind ANDY BLACK (who fans around the world already know as Andy Biersack) grew up in the Midwest and moved to Hollywood at 18 to pursue his passions in the creative arts and the art of rock n’ roll.

Biersack has graced the covers of Alternative Press, Revolver, and multiple other relevant publications around the globe as frontman for the band he founded, Black Veil Brides. Across four well-received albums and countless tours, BVB has flown the flag for aggressive hard rock, earning multiple Kerrang! and Golden Gods awards, to boot. Created in Southern California with mega-producer John Feldmann, Biersack’s adventurous debut under the ANDY BLACK moniker features a rogue’s gallery of hitmakers and alt-rock icons, all united in substance and spirit upon a singular line of melodic assertiveness and stylistic daring.

Feldmann’s contirbutions to rock and pop have contributed to close to 40 million in album sales, working on Modern Rock and Active Rock classics from Panic! At The Disco, The Used, Good Charlotte, and Hilary Duff, to name a few.

Seamlessly finishing each other’s creative sentences and fluent in one another’s artistic shorthand in the studio, the pair labored to execute Biersack’s ANDY BLACK vision with exhilarating swiftness. Many of the folks the duo enlisted to contribute are veterans of previous Feldmann records, including Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds Of Summer), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) and Rian Dawson (All Time Low). Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump were among the album’s participants, as well.

The ANDY BLACK album is as decidedly personal for Biersack as his work in Black Veil Brides is outspoken, taking a further step outward with its intimate confessional vibe and galvanizing populism. Having toured the world, battled personal demons great and small, lost a good friend to sudden death, and grappled with the highs and lows and everything in between of his young career, Biersack has more to say than ever and it’s even more relatable than before.

The mixture of the Golden State and the Heartland pumping through the veins of the man who assembled the ANDY BLACK persona and his resulting dark pop rock album – music which lives somewhere between early U2, the most pensive yet spirited work of Bruce Springsteen, and English proto-punks-turned-pop-icons like Adam Ant and Billy Idol – is something truly unique and powerful. It’s not unlike the best of America itself: charismatic, creative, and dedicated.
William Control
William Control
William Roy Francis was born January 8, 1982 in Seattle,Washington. In wiL's younger years he took an interest in drugs and alcohol but after leading police on a high speed car chase (and subsequently spending time in jail), wiL decided it was time to turn his life around. He started playing guitar again as a form of therapy and rediscovered music. He mainly provides vocals for post-hardcore band Aiden but can also play guitar, bass, and piano. wiL has said that William Control is basically the struggles he faces everyday and the battle going on inside of him to use drugs and drink. William Control is classified as Electro/New Wave/Rock. His music tends to be very dark and focused on controversial themes. Aiden bass player Nick Wiggins also plays for William Control.
Palaye Royale
Palaye Royale
On 2016’s full-length debut, Boom Room Room (Side A) [Sumerian Records], Palaye Royale—brothers Remington Leith [vocals], Sebastian Danzig [guitar, organs], and Emerson Barrett [drums]—bring their theatrically charged fashion-forward art rock to life in vivid and vibrant technicolor.

“It’s fast-paced dirty rock ‘n’ roll that makes you feel a certain way,” Remington proclaims. “It’s been a long time since bands really put on a show. When you saw the Rolling Stones on stage, it was huge. We want that element of fashion and spectacle to come into play again.”

“It’s got a creative side which we love from classical music,” adds Sebastian. “At the same time, we grew up in Vegas, so we love to get theatrical.”

“We want to inspire the new culture of youth to indulge in rock ‘n’ roll and everything the lifestyle brings with it,” agrees Emerson. “It’s the pursuit of art and music for this generation of flower children.”

Born in Toronto and raised in Las Vegas, the boys found themselves immersed in music at a young age. In their late teens, the brothers would trade the “City of Sin” for the “City of Angels,” founding Palaye Royale.

“The name automatically connects us to another era,” explains Sebastian. “Palaye Royale is the dancehall in Toronto where our grandparents met in the fifties. We’re very cognizant of history and culture. I feel like that’s getting lost. We’d love to revive an appreciation of it.”

They also did things the old-fashioned way, insisting on playing hundreds of shows before cutting a proper album. They would embark on the High School Nation Tour two years in a row in addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Camp Freddy. At the insistence of Alex Burdon—daughter of The Animals singer Eric Burdon—Sumerian Records caught one show, was effectively blown away, and signed the group the same night. In the summer of 2015, Palaye Royale recorded Boom Boom Room (Side A) in just three weeks’ time with the help of another legend…

“James Iha produced the album,” continues Sebastian. “He just wanted to make a rock record. We’re huge fans, and it was amazing to collaborate.”

“He allowed us to be creative,” says Emerson. “Because he’s an artist himself, he understands how fragile and delicate the process of recording can be. He knows exactly where we’re pulling from and channeling our image and music. He did a similar thing in the nineties!”

The first single “Don’t Feel Quite Right” shimmies from a bombastic beat into a swaggering riff that culminates on an unshakable chant.

“We wrote the song about a lot of girls who live in Los Angeles,” admits Remington. “They’re those annoying pseudo-models online.”

“It’s about the world of ‘Instagram Famous’ girls who will do anything for acceptance in this world,” affirms Sebastian. “We got really honest with the lyrics and images here.”

Elsewhere, Palaye Royale threads together the cinematic “Mr. Doctor Man,” “Sick Boy Soldier,” and “Clockwork” into one psychedelic and fascinating narrative.

“The three songs tell a story,” Remington goes on. “‘Mr. Doctor Man’ comes from the perspective of the doctor, ‘Sick Boy Soldier’ continues it from the perspective of the patient, and ‘Clockwork’ conveys an overall synopsis of being lost. Much of the record is about losing your mind. It reflects what we were experiencing while writing.”

For “Ma Chérie,” Palaye Royale tapped the talents of close friend Kellin Quinn [Sleeping with Sirens]. “It’s about a married French woman I dated,” sighs Sebastian. “I didn’t know she was married, but I found out down the road. It’s that whole L.A. nightlife scene and everyone trying to be someone they’re not. Kellin liked the song, and he really helped bring it to another level. We love what he did!”

Boom Boom Room (Side A) is only half of the story though. The band has (Side B) on deck next. The whole package speaks to the lost mythos of rock ‘n’ roll evocative of places like New York’s Boom Boom Room and in the hearts of their heroes such as iconic music manager Kim Fowley—to whom the album is dedicated.

“He heard our band through KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer,” recalls Sebastian. “Rodney put him on the phone with us, and we hit it off. We just became really good friends. It’s that outrageous quality of people like him that lives on in Boom Boom Room.”

“It’s all a state of mind,” Remington leaves off. “We had one wild night playing a gig at the Boom Boom Room, and it stuck with us. Our Boom Boom Room is something like a dreamscape reality. That’s what rock music should be.”
Venue Information:
Durty Nellie's
180 N Smith Street
Palatine, IL, 60067
http://www.durtynellies.com