Best Ex (fka Candy Hearts)

Kickstand Productions Presents

Best Ex (fka Candy Hearts)

Promise Of Redemption, Mark Rose, Baggage, Kozie

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

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

Downstairs

Chicago, IL

$10.00

This event is 17 and over

Promise Of Redemption
Promise Of Redemption
Promise of Redemption is the solo project of Shane Henderson from Valencia. The music describes it all, take a listen.
Mark Rose
Mark Rose
Chicago artist Mark Rose is taking a huge step forward with his upcoming label debut The Wild Type (9.25.15 via InVogue Records). "My stride on this album is a bit dark and haunting, but hopefully in an alluring way."

Mark is best known as a solo artist, and as former front man of indie/emo rock band Spitalfield. He has spent the greater part of the past decade writing, recording, and performing--and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Alternative Press Magazine writes, "Rose’s debut solo album, Wonderful Trouble (2011, self-released), has the style and emotion of a John Hughes movie soundtrack." This makes a lot of sense, as Mark grew up in the Chicagoland area many of these films took place, and was also very influenced by the movies growing up.
While at Columbia College Chicago studying music composition, Mark signed his first recording contract and publishing deal at the age of 19. He hit the pause button on other things happening in his life and got into a tour van. Fast forward to the present-- he has 200,000 album sales + 1,000 tour dates under his belt. Not a bad start for the songwriter, who first picked up a guitar to learn the intro riff to "Enter Sandman."

Rose recently inked a recording contract with InVogue Records (WMG), who will release his label debut The Wild Type on Sept 25th. The lead single "Well & Diet" has set the tone for the album, gathering nearly 10,000 YouTube views in the first week of release.
Baggage
After over a decade in touring punk band, The Swellers, drummer Jonathan Diener moves from the back of the stage to the front. The songs being written at the time were for nothing more than self-medicating and moving on from the band's breakup, but eventually the project was all about leaving your comfort zone and doing what you've always wanted to do with no expectations.

As a freelance writer for several music publications, seeing things from the business side as well as creative side just fed more fuel to the flames. The idea was to embrace feelings of self-awareness and distance one's self from the toxic feelings of romanticizing nostalgia. Letting the past finally be the past. The formation of Baggage was inevitable.

Jonathan asked his friends to start jamming and close to a year later the project evolved into something special. The band entered the studio with Marc Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Against Me!) and tracked five songs, released as Cheaper Than Therapy, an EP which helped raise money for their friend's burned down house renovations.
Venue Information:
Downstairs
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647