What’ the best way to see and hear new exciting music? Go to a club! Reeperbahn Festival will put on an international showcase night at Zebulon, LA on Nov 01, 2018 featuring up to six up-and-coming bands and artists from Germany, the US, and other countries.
1. November 2018, 20 Uhr, Zebulon / LA
Entrance is free.
Joining the festival in this stateside satellite, Findlay’s reputation precedes her as one of Manchester’s most inspiring acts in recent memory. Harkening back to the city’s greats, Findlay has carved out her own space with her sharp flair. With a voice that cuts like a razor and burns with a nuclear heat, she has defied the mold for what a young female artist can aspire to be. Patching together a wide range of influences, her debut “Forgotten Pleasures” demonstrates a range few young artists of any era can claim. The jangle and grit incendiary grunge guitar underscore a poetic voice rooted in the magical fantastic.
Her different styles may seem to exist in separate worlds. But when absorbed as a whole, these pieces complement each other masterfully, forming a beautiful, personal narrative. Post-punk epics bleed into psych-rock anthems morph into new-wave throwback with a hip-hop bravado and an infectious pop streak. Her list of collaborators is as long as it is distinguished, calling on Flood (Depeche Mode, Nick Cave), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran), Carl Barat (The Libertines) to name just a few. Her quick and explosive rise also includes the founding of her own label Mint Records, catapulting her into her own orbit. Having made her name in the Western UK, she looks to light up the West Coast of the USA with her signature fire.
Giant Rooks (GER)
One of the most exciting and fearless new bands out of Europe is making its way to Los Angeles for this year's satellite festival. The five members of Giant Rooks have been able to create a dynamic sound, mature in its finesse, but youthful in its spirit. At their most epic unique, gritty pop melodies soar above foundations of driving guitar and groovy bass patterns. At other times Frederik Rabes' gruff, yet velvety voice and classic songwriting chops provide room for spacious guitar and piano interplay, only to swell again with an exuberant gesture. They evoke rich textures like that of Wild Nothing or Arcade Fire, and the fun and sometimes experimental arrangements and instrumentations of bands like Spoon and Alt-J.
Their second release, 2017's New Estate is further proof that this group is already establishing an impressive catalog with no signs of stopping. "Mia & Keira (Days to Come)" is an infectious power-pop tune that is both ghostly and heartwarming, a view of bottled up nostalgia in the face of loneliness. They have developed a reputation on the road for powerful, energetic shows and festival gigs all over Europe, making them an ideal crossover as Reeperbahn looks to make a splash in the USA.
Representing the host city, Linafornia presides over the Los Angeles stop on the Sequencer Tour. Her sound was formed in the ether of warm, sunburst skylines, and the cool whoof of speakers in some of Angeles most harrowed underground haunts. Ever since she staked her claim on the scene with YUNG (Dome of Doom) in 2016, she has been a mainstay of the beat scene. She embodies the new generation of producers, always stepping forward, still staying true to her roots, to the sounds that originally inspired her. The embodiment was manifested when she was given a residency for the final month of Low End Theory’s epic tenure at the Airliner.
To put it in her own words, “the act of repurposing defines her creative vision.” Adeptly, she bounces between the warmth of classic soul, with the crispness and snap of 90’s hip-hop. Swirling samples dash across expertly sliced percussion, resulting in a style that’s as timeless and soulful, as it is tough and gritty. Shunning the laptop, her live sets are captivating displays of expert execution and musicianship on classic Roland SP samplers. Linafornia is more than ready to make her Reeperbahn debut, on her own home court.
Mavi Phoenix (AT)
Mavi Phoenix has always brought ferocity and tenacity to the mic and to the stage, and now she brings her international flare to Reeperbahn in Los Angeles. From a young age, Mavi has worked to develop a voice and a sound that would take her around the world. Along the way, she's drawn from a global web of influences including hip-hop, baile funk, r&b, chill-wave, and reggaeton. She uses her strong female voice to fuel her distinctive songwriting style, always underscored by tasty grooves and thumping drums of her own devising. Her singing weaves in and out of the lush beds of dreamy synth, while her raps compliment and radiate within an infectious percussive groundwork.
2017's Young Prophet established her as one of the most exciting young artists out of Austria. At the age of 22, she's already planning to follow up her 2017 breakthrough with a sequel Young Prophet II. But a recent string of singles only seems to be pushing her to an even higher plane. Her hit ‘Ibiza' strikes the perfect end of summer vibe, a bittersweet ode to a love that could never be. The tune strikes an excellent balance between lo-fi Toro y Moi tunes, and the crooners of the original auto-tune movement. With a full summer of festivals under her belt, Mavi Phoenix is ready to make a splash on the West coast.