Battle Tapes

Hi-Fi Music Lounge Presents

Battle Tapes


Sun · June 4, 2017

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

Hi-Fi Lounge

$7 at the Door

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Battle Tapes
Battle Tapes
Battle Tapes is an electro synth rock band based in Los Angeles, California, formed in late 2010. The band consists of Josh Boardman (vocals/guitar/synth), Riley Mackin
(keyboardist/vocals), Stephen Bannister (bass guitar) and Beak Wing (drums/
percussion). Battle Tapes is known for its live performances, fully sequenced light show
and integrating electro and indie influences into its music and image.

Battle Tapes released their first LP, Polygon in late 2015. After much success with their
Sweatshop Boys EP, the band gives fans and critics alike a glimpse into the future of
Battle Tapes. Driving guitars, huge synths, and pounding kick drums underneath pop
melody and hooks are at the core of their debut effort.

Battle Tapes have been featured on radio stations KCRW and ALT 98.7; various movie
trailers, TV shows, and video games, including ‘Girls’ (HBO), ‘Grand Theft Auto

V’ (Rockstar Games), ‘Lucifer’ (Fox), ‘Now You See Me 2’ (Summit) and ‘Need for
Speed 2015’ (EA Games)
Rococode’s strength lies in the contrast between dark and light. Vancouver’s Andrew Braun and Laura Smith infuse their hook-filled songs with lush synth textures and duet vocals, resulting in an infectious sound that Andrew calls "a marriage of our contrasting personalities.” The new EP Young Ones highlights this musical chemistry by fusing Braun’s exploratory tendencies with Smith’s razor-sharp pop sensibilities.

The pair formed Rococode in 2011 and released the debut album Guns, Sex & Glory the next year. The shadowy Panic Attack EP arrived in 2015 and the sophomore full-length Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon followed in 2016. Meanwhile, the group’s music charted on commercial and campus radio across North America and they logged countless miles in the tour van in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Now, barely a year since their most recent LP, Rococode are ushering in the next chapter of their prolific career with an EP titled Young Ones. Its six tracks were composed largely during a collaborative songwriting retreat in Los Angeles. “We wrote songs in kind of a hip-hop way, using samples as opposed to a chord progression or a riff. We were writing around a vibe or a hook or a sound,” Smith says. Co-producers Caleb Shreve and Jon Siebels helped to nurture the band’s catchiest inclinations.

Following the L.A. session, the duo fleshed out the arrangements during a residency at the National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary. They were given access to the NMC’s extensive collection of vintage synths, which Braun excitedly describes as “the most ridiculous collection of instruments ever assembled.” Back in Vancouver, they polished off Young Ones at Monarch Studios.

The EP’s rich synth palette is on full display on “Brutal,” which juxtaposes sublimely ascendent vocals with darkly buzzing synth bass and knotty rhythms. Standout single “Is It Real” sets acoustic strums against euphoric, pitch-bent synths, while swaggering title cut “Young Ones” centres on an unforgettable wordless chorus. The fuzzy low end of “A Love That You Will Never Know” is dark and menacing, but the cloudburst chorus is pure sunshine.

“Young Ones is about trying to maintain a youthful feeling throughout your adult life,” Smith says. “It’s about trying to keep things light in the midst of so much heaviness.” Whether on album or during ecstatic live performances, this is Rococode’s ultimate goal: to find escape in music and make their way out of the darkness.
Venue Information:
Hi-Fi Lounge
44 E. 7th Ave
Eugene, OR, 97401