Once and Future Band

Harlow's and Abstract Entertainment Present

Once and Future Band

The Soft White Sixties

Thu, May 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

Sacramento, CA

$12 Advance - $14 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Once and Future Band
Once and Future Band
Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer), Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) and Raze Regal (guitar) have been confidantes and conspirators for over a decade, collaborating in Drunk Horse, Howlin Rain, East Bay Grease and many other projects. They have convened as "Once and Future Band" with the purpose of performing and recording Joel's massive library of songs before they are lost to the ages after the Great Hard Drive Crash of '12.

"In the vapor trail of “How Does It Make You Feel” you can smell the burnt ozone of a seventies-full-orchestra-nebula-pop-odyssey, the flakes floating down and landing on you like snow and giving you the grave-chills…the ash of a masterpiece pop song. Once and Future Band: this incredibly accomplished cabal of total prog wizards has circled the earth, but then, these are the accomplished gentlemen of many former pursuits (the formidable Drunk Horse among them) and all of them comets themselves. The very mid 70s vibe at work here surpasses pastiche, and crests that lovely anachronistic conceptual peak: a fully realized and meticulously arranged psych record, meant to be listened to from top to bottom, with the lights down low and in a comfy chair perhaps, or while gazing out the window of your life pod. A Dark Side of the Moon feel, with shades of early Yes’s technicality, a dash of Steely Dan’s vocal prowess and effortless sheen, and some seriously outsized hooks that call to mind the mighty ELO, Le Orme and yes, even the unsinkable Queen powered on Brian May’s tape echo jet fuel and sequined power cells…this is a head record in the classic sense but we swear to The Dark One that you will be trapped and infected by the pop-parasite. That it is largely self-produced (with tracking/engineering on three of the songs by Phil Manley at El Studio) makes it all the more jaw dropping. We didn’t realize how much we needed Once and Future Band in our life, but now that they’re here we can’t get them out of our brains or off of our stereo. Making prog cool again, again, and then slightly more complicatedly, again." - Castle Face Records
The Soft White Sixties
The Soft White Sixties
The Soft White Sixties unveil their latest single ͚The Overpass͛ and announce their new bilingualLP, Alta California, due for release August 10th on CHAR+COAL. ͚The Overpass͛ is a heavy dose of 1970s glam-funk, reminiscent of a time when artists like David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Funkadelic were blurring the lines between rock ͚n͛roll and RnB. Singer Octavio Genera leads a call-to-action chorus of ͞Let’s get weird / let’s get high͟, propelled by a sleazy bass line and rock-solid groove. The Overpass itself is one of Los Angeles͛s most notorious after hours clubs with a location that constantly changes. It͛s the kind of you-gotta-know-somebody-who-knows-somebody speakeasy
where ͞eccentrics are assembled here from all across the city...taking all the drugs / drinking all the wine / crossing over every line.͟ Genera elaborates, ͞it's a place that feels like time stops and no one ever gets tired. When you don't want to go home, you find a place where no one else does either.͟Over the course of several sessions that began on Election Night 2016, Alta Californiawas written and recorded at New Monkey Studio, a room formerly owned by Elliott Smith. Produced by Elijah Thomson (Father John Misty, Delta Spirit, Richard Swift),Alta California finds the Los Angeles band expanding upon their contemporaryconcoction of rock ͚n͛ roll and soul while also exploring some of their most relevant lyrical content to date (in English and Spanish). Genera —a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in a bilingual Spanish/English family – always wondered what it would be like to sing in Spanish, it just didn͛t occur to him to try it professionally, and he wasn͛t sure there was space for it within the band. ͞Speaking and singing in a language are two different things,͟ says Genera. ͞There was a feeling of joy and passion when I sang these songs in Spanish that I wasn͛t expecting. And then hearing the songs back —it was right.͟The sweaty, gyrating energy of their live show has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, and LA Weekly over the years and landed them on club and festival bills like Outside Lands, BottleRock, and SXSW, sharing the stage with the likes of The Hives, Rival Sons, The Flaming Lips, and Paul McCartney. But this time around, it all glimmers with a subtle lysergic sheen, thanks in part to Thomson͛s influence. ͞Eli was a big proponent of making the studio feel like 2am on a Saturday night at all hours of the day,͟ multi-instrumentalist Aaron Eisenberg explains. ͞Certain songs called for certain states of mind and sobriety generally didn͛t factor into the equation.͟The band felt it would be irresponsible to develop lyrical content that ignored the inescapable global climate developing literally while the tape was rolling. New territory was explored, as observations on the despair of the American Dream ('Reaganomixxx'), immigration ('Brick by Brick'), gentrification ('I Still Love You, San Francisco'), paradigm shifts ('Teen Wolves'), generational and ideological gaps and what happens when one generation begins to the feel the inevitable changing of the guard crept its way onto the record. Packed with deep, thunderous grooves from the rhythm section of Joey Bustos and Ryan Noble, squealing fuzz guitars and roaring analog synths courtesy of multi-instrumentalists Aaron Eisenberg and Rob Fidel, and the signature soulful rasp of lead vocalist Octavio Genera, Alta California is an honest snapshot of a modern rock band in their prime.
Venue Information:
Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
http://harlows.com/