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CRUISR

Drusky Entertainment Presents

CRUISR

Spirit Animal, Milly

Tue, February 21, 2017

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

Smiling Moose - Upstairs

Pittsburgh, PA

$12.00 - $14.00

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 might sound strange, but it takes some serious soul to discover rock music's spirit and an absolute animal to find its superhuman funk. Luckily, the modern listener has Spirit Animal to turn to for all of the above.

The NYC-based band's 2013 single, "The Black Jack White," premiered on MTV Buzzworthy who praised the song's dirty bass, stripped down drums and shouted group lyrics as "an animal all its own." This summer, the video for the song debuted on mtvU where it has been two months in rotation as of this writing. On last year's EP, This Is a Test, the band masterfully melds decades of disparate elements in search of music at its most carnal, anthemic and party-ready. The heavy riffs and pounding rhythms of their funk, psychedelia and pop create a sound seemingly from the ether, but grounded in the diversity of four gents who are gifted at the dying art of leaving it all on the stage. This is what led Last.fm to label them "hands down our favorite rock n' roll discovery of 2012."

Spirit Animal frontman Steve Cooper is a D.C. area-born talent, uncoiling a multitude of skills that go beyond the realm of melodies, production and body sweat into the worlds of cheffing and web content craftsmanship. Cooper, whom KCRW calls "unbelievable," met Spirit Animal bassist Paul Michel in the nation's Capitol in 2002 where the Libyan-born Army brat spent much of his youth. Michel has toured with a half dozen bands including Georgie James (Saddle Creek Records) and it's his bottom -- he's the best dancer in the band-- that propels This Is a Test into otherworldly realms of low end theory. Upon that astral plane, guitarist Cal Stamp provides sterling pop sensibility and face-melting solos that recall an era when Guitar Gods were the real Pop Stars. Battening down the hatches is drummer Ronen Evron, an Israeli transplant by way of the technically unrivaled Berklee College of Music in Boston. The fearsome foursome adds up to an organism with one mission, and one mission only.

"Rock n' roll embodies the whole of modern music's spirit, but you can't have one without the other," Cooper says. "The roll is the part people sometimes forget, and that's sad since that's the party part."

The list of influences that Spirit Animal rolls with is expansive, as pieces of familiarity peak out behind a smorgasbord of original ideas. Their new school nonchalance is balanced by a fervent bombasticism reminiscent of early 90s era Red Hot Chili Peppers. On the new EP, "Love Crime" blends Cooper's soulful expressions with a bar brawl hook that reflects the most universal of relationships gone bad. Elsewhere, there's David Byrne-cum-Mike Patton soapboxing over the art throb of "Lead!" The only thing more trippy than Stamp's guitar solo on first single "Crocodile Skins" is the forest Shaman enlightenment of the track's music video (shot shirtless in 22 degree weather, mind you). By the time This Is a Test delves into a tried and true na-na-na-na-na sing-a-long (on "WTF"), it's obvious that this band can and does do everything music fans could ask for.

Live, the band is at once manic and precise with a non-stop show full of careening melodies, call-and-response choruses, and lots (and lots) of the aforementioned body sweat. Spirit Animal have been called an "unmissable live act," and it's been said their "furious energy and fierce musicianship" are poised to not only stand the test of time, but help the masses re-live it.
Milly
Milly
Milly is the new musical project from Seth Milberger and Johnny Grushecky. After years of being in various bands together (The Composure, The I Drive) the two formed Milly in May of 2014 after spending the cold winter writing their debut album. In June, Milly will start work on its debut album with producer Jim Wirt (Jack's Mannequin, Incubus, The Rocket Summer)
Venue Information:
Smiling Moose - Upstairs
1306 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203
http://www.smiling-moose.com/