CRUISR

Kickstand Productions Presents

CRUISR

Spirit Animal, Ember Oceans, The Giving Moon

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The House - DeKalb

DeKalb, IL

$12.00 - $14.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

CRUISR
CRUISR
CRUISR began in 2012 as the solo project of Andy States and quickly morphed into what it is today; an indie-pop band whose summery, feel-good hooks are infectious and stadium ready.

States wrote and recorded the band's first EP in his Philadelphia bedroom, fixated on the idea of what it means to craft a pop song. "I have an obsession with writing pop music and the idea that songs can transcend people.," States says. "I saw that producer Jeremy Park started writing blog articles about how he recorded Youth Lagoon, so I wrote to him and sent him my songs asking for advice and knowledge. He wrote back and loved my stuff and helped me produce the first EP."

The six-song self-titled EP was released in the summer of 2012 and quickly garnered attention online and in the press. With all the newfound awareness Andy promptly realized he needed a band to bring his songs to the stage. "Jon was always my sounding board. I'd show him songs in the making and get his advice. It only made sense that he'd become part of CRUISR," Andy notes. With the addition of Kyle and Bruno the quartet set out performing whenever possible. And of course, they continued to write.

"The writing process definitely changed once we became a full band. I'll work on my computer and bring the idea to Jon. By that time it's structured and has a backbone, guitars are figured out etc. Jon elaborates on the idea with drums and it goes from there." In late 2013 CRUISR released a new track online, "Kidnap Me," which attracted even more positive attention than the EP. Representative of CRUISR as a cohesive unit, "Kidnap Me" was the first track written as a band and showcases what CRUISR does best; sunny, warm, indie-pop. "It's funny because we're from Philadelphia and we write songs that sound like summer, which is a fleeting season here. I guess it's just because Philly is where we feel happiest, and when we're happy we write happy music."

Fast-forward to present day when CRUISR is gearing up to release their second EP, All Over, which features definitive recordings of "Kidnap Me" and "Don't Go Alone" as well as the brand new title track "All Over"; all of which were produced and mixed by Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding, Ra Ra Riot). All Over demonstrates how fantastically Andy's mind is able to translate pop hooks. "How does pop music make everyone like it so much?" States laughs, "Little kids hear it on the radio and just go crazy, singing stupid songs. There's something that's so smart about it, and a lot of things that people don't notice are the key ingredients to writing a pop song. I'm just really into trying to decipher what those things are and trying to make pop music in our own way."

All Over will be released on September 23 via Vagrant Records.

CRUISR is Andy States (vocals / guitar), Jonathan Van Dine (drums), Kyle Cook (bass), Bruno Catrambone (guitar)
Spirit Animal
Spirit Animal
It started with a homemade computer. Filled with dust and dirty beats, the machine hadn't connected to the Internet since Silicon Valley was a private practice in Beverly Hills. Yet from it emerged Spirit Animal: a chaotic combination of rock and pop, fueled by the unruly aesthetics of psych and funk.

Explosive singer Steve Cooper, drummer Ronen Evron, bassist Paul Michel, and guitarist Cal Stamp created a stir with their debut EP, 'This Is A Test,' and a pair of tracks -- "The Black Jack White" (which surpassed 1 million spins on Spotify) and "BST FRNDS" -- that appeared on mtvU. While hype rolls in from Interview, Entertainment Weekly, Earmilk, and Consequence of Sound, the band returns with 'World War IV' via Wind-up Records, set for 2016 release.

"It's like…much bigger," Cooper says of the forthcoming release. Spirit Animal has re-imagined its sound with body-rocking riffs and contagious choruses that burst at the seams. "Everything that was wild is more wild. Everything that was heavy is heavier." The ultimate message, however, still serves the same purpose: to bring the party to the people. "It's always supposed to feel good," Cooper adds. "It's always moving towards euphoria."

Drawing on a range of early rap and trip-hop influences -- think Tricky, Outkast, El-P -- and the songwriting of greats like the Talking Heads and Tom Petty, Spirit Animal tears apart what you know and love about your favorite style and rearranges the pieces. Their new track, "Regular World," kicks off with soaring "ooh's" and a poignant funk verse before crashing into a climactic chorus that celebrates our insatiable thirst for the not-so-regular. "It's the plotting and scheming for the next thing -- and doing everything in your power to get it -- that inspires us," says Cooper.

Spirit Animal is a dish best served live, with the boys flashing moves like Jagger that demand audience participation. The arena-ready antics of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the personality of James Brown, and the modern pop charm of The 1975 combine to make your inhibitions disappear quicker than ten tequilas.

"Big Bad Road Dog," another 'World War IV' standout, sums up Spirit Animal to a tee, painting the picture of a nebulous force that leaves a fun-fest of destruction in its wake. You don't know whether to run for your life or try to hitch a ride. We suggest you do the latter.

Explosive singer Steve Cooper, drummer Ronen Evron, bassist Paul Michel, and guitarist Cal Stamp created a stir with their debut EP, 'This Is A Test,' and a pair of tracks -- "The Black Jack White" (which surpassed 1 million spins on Spotify) and "BST FRNDS" -- that appeared on mtvU. While hype rolls in from NYLON, Bullett, USA Today, Prefix, and Consequence of Sound, the band returns with 'World War IV' via Wind-up Records, set for October release.

"It's like…much bigger," Cooper says of the forthcoming release. Spirit Animal has re-imagined its sound with body-rocking riffs and contagious choruses that burst at the seams. "Everything that was wild is more wild. Everything that was heavy is heavier." The ultimate message, however, still serves the same purpose: to bring the party to the people. "It's always supposed to feel good," Cooper adds. "It's always moving towards euphoria."

Drawing on a range of early rap and trip-hop influences -- think Tricky, Outkast, El-P -- and the songwriting of greats like the Talking Heads and Tom Petty, Spirit Animal tears apart what you know and love about your favorite style and rearranges the pieces. Their new track, "Regular World," kicks off with soaring "ooh's" and a poignant funk verse before crashing into a climactic chorus that celebrates our insatiable thirst for the not-so-regular. "It's the plotting and scheming for the next thing -- and doing everything in your power to get it -- that inspires us," says Cooper.

Spirit Animal is a dish best served live, with the boys flashing moves like Jagger that demand audience participation. The arena-ready antics of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the personality of James Brown, and the modern pop charm of The 1975 combine to make your inhibitions disappear quicker than ten tequilas.

"Big Bad Road Dog," another 'World War IV' standout, sums up Spirit Animal to a tee, painting the picture of a nebulous force that leaves a fun-fest of destruction in its wake. You don't know whether to run for your life or try to hitch a ride. We suggest you do the latter.
Ember Oceans
Ember Oceans
Coming up quickly in Chicago’s indie scene, young four-piece Ember Oceans continue to impress with their latest single “ Caught Up!” . The follow up to their 2015 debut EP carries the energetic charisma that has demanded recent attentionin downtown venues. Musically, the song isanimated colorfully with glowing harmonies and hooks throughout. Gravity Studios owner and engineer, Doug McBride, worked closely with the independent group to push their production value and open the door for alternative radio opportunities. “ This song has all the potential it needs,” McBride reassured the band at the final mixing session. Finally, Ember Oceans sound readyto break out of the local scene with confidence.

While they continue to develop their professional studio sound, the band has already established a successful reputation on stage. Their explosive live performances have evolved from small suburban bars to Chicago landmarks like Metro, Schuba’s, and Beat Kitchen. Recent opening spots with upcoming indie acts CRUISR, Spirit Animal, and Paper Route have been crucial to their development as young musi-cians. “ We are always reaching for that next level. Our favorite shows are with bands who give us some-thing to work towards.” says Joe Cox, lead guitarist. The boys have ambitious plans after college, with a full length project and tour keeping them dreaming.

Ember Oceans rose from the murky depths of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in 2013. Since then, the pursuit to perfect their sound has taken them onan incredible journey together. The four members are Freddy Purcell, Joe Cox, Parker Simonaitis, and Sean Groebe.
The Giving Moon
The Giving Moon is a young, yet experienced, Indie Rock band from St. Charles, IL. They are inspired by both classic rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and Indie Rock bands like Young the Giant, Coldplay and Foster the People.
Starting out as a two-man garage band back in 2007, their first concert was held for neighbors and family to help raise money for St. Baldricks, a charity that helps defeat childhood cancer. In 2009 the bass and rhythm guitar players joined the band. The Giving Moon continues to
perform for charities, and it remains a priority for the band.
Venue Information:
The House - DeKalb
263 E Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL, 60115