Stateside Presents

MISSIO / 888 / COAST MODERN

Stateside & Alt Nation Presents

MISSIO / 888 / COAST MODERN

Sun, April 30, 2017

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

Crescent Ballroom

Phoenix, AZ

$18

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

MISSIO
MISSIO
Two bearded Austin, TX musical misfits with an affinity for D.I.Y. electro-trap production, clever lyrical quips, and sticky alternative hooks, Missio regularly subvert expectations. Case in point, an upbeat lullaby-esque melody about, “Throwing middle fingers in the air” introduced the duo—Matthew Brue & David Butler—to audiences everywhere with
the aptly titled breakout single, “Middle Fingers.” At the beginning of 2017, the track exploded on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, and the band landed a deal with RCA Records. This signature style stands out as the product of their unique and undeniable union as well as years of dedication. Founded in 2014 as a side project for Matthew, longtime friend David joined him after one studio session.
“At the time, we were both coming out of other bands,” recalls Matthew. “I called him to play these demos I had. We were in the same spot musically, and we just related to each other.”
“There’s no bullshit in Missio,” David declares. “It’s all from the heart and genuine. The balance between us is perfect. Matthew is more of a classic songwriter who will sit down and write melodies for hours. I bring my producer background. I love arranging, I love beats, and I love sounds. The marriage of those two worlds completes a puzzle.”
For all of the harmony between them, their respective backgrounds represent something of a Yin and Yang. Born and raised in Colorado, Matthew received classical piano training as a child and toured the world in a choir. In Houston, seven years his senior David “grew up in the least musical household ever” and didn’t pick up guitar until the age of 16. David escaped the Office Space-style corporate world in order to pursue a career as a producer and audio engineer, while Matthew spent a year living in a remodeled 1974 Airstream, “learning how to write better songs.” They had crossed paths many times in the Austin music scene, but their initial collaboration would prove life-changing—literally.
“When we were in the studio, we just started talking about our lives,” David goes on. “Completely unplanned, I mentioned that my wife and I were looking for a roommate...”
“I told him that I was thinking about moving out of the Airstream,” laughs Matthew. “We’ve been roommates for as long as the band has existed.”
David transformed the garage into a professional recording studio, ripping down walls by hand, tearing up the floors, constructing a control room, setting up iso booths, and designing a veritable creative hive for the band. He would handle the bulk of the production as Matthew penned lyrics and took on lead vocals. In between their SXSWdebut in 2015 and tours with Australia’s Sasia and K. Flay (for which David built Missio’slight rigs), they wrote and recorded countless songs. “I Don’t Even Care About You”landed at #7 on Spotify’s Top 50 Global Viral Chart after popping up on the Fresh FindsPlaylist. As buzz grew, their music appeared on MTV’s Scream and Finding Carter, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, and in a Victoria’s Secret spot. With its keyboard boom,

handclaps, and sweeping chant, “Middle Fingers” ignited their profile, rhyming social media-worthy lines like, “I am tired of seeing pretty people everywhere” and “I used to drink with whisky now I’m stuck with Perrier.”
“That was actually the very first song we sat down together and wrote,” says Matthew. “I felt like, ‘Fuck everything right now.’ When you hear something like ‘Middle Fingers,’ you would assume it’s a fuck you to the world. It’s actually not. In a way, it’s a song about unity. It’s not fuck you; it’s fuck this situation, which everyone can apply to their own
lives. There’s no better feeling than seeing hundreds of people from different religious
and political backgrounds forget about everything and raise their fingers together. Flipping the bird can unite us.”
Everything encases a powerful message for the guys. In Latin, Missio translates to “Mission.”
“Before we started the band, I got Missio tattooed on my wrist,” Matthew continues. “I
have a history of addiction and being in recovery. It’s something I deal with every day. I fell in love with the word, because it helped me focus on being sober and having a mission towards that. It transitioned into this music.”
As Missio prepare their full-length debut Loner for release, Matthew and David are on a mission to connect with listeners everywhere.
“There’s a deeper side to Missio,” David leaves off. “We both love hook-y music and inspiring beats, but what we value most is honesty. I hope that comes across and can be something audiences rely on.”
“As a whole, all of the songs revolve around being in seclusion,” Matthew concludes. “There are so many people out there who feel that isolation. Being in a band with this sort of lyrical content, it’s all about reaching listeners, meeting them at shows, hearing their stories, and helping them feel like they can relate to someone. Maybe we can make the world feel not so alone.”
888
888
Resting confidently within layers of synthesizers and demonstrative drums, TheDecades EP, the debut release from Denver, Colorado based 888, rests a poignant and reoccurring message- “Don’t give up.” Throughout the course of the infectious Alternative-Electro EP, road-tested frontman Danny Stillman repeatedly reaffirms the significance and impact of staying the course. Regardless of life’s accomplishments and catastrophes, the band, rounded out by (keyboardist) Aaron Rothe and (drummer) Danny Cooper, defiantly accentuate the importance of continuing on. The Decades EPopening track and lead single “Critical Mistakes” professes “Come wake me up before I die and never get to live,” before adding “let the tide wash away my critical mistakes”.
Unwilling to rest easy, 888 is pushing forward and reaching for more.
That tenacity bleeds through the entirety of their self produced EP. Combining the enlightenment that complements growing into our own skin, The Decades EP explores the drive to succeed and change in relationships that accompany this era of life.“Young and In Love” explores temporary infatuation and limitless possibility before life-altering responsibilities settle in. Each track solidifies the band’s impetuous intentions to live in the moment and to experience each occasion wholeheartedly. Placed impeccably over an ambiance of optimistic and animated orchestration, a contrast of hope and reality are flawlessly achieved. The band has come of age as a collective who’ve together spent over a decade conquering numerous styles of music in several different bands. The blending experience with personal growth in both musical taste and talents has culminated into a spry and animated explosion of sound. “Critical Mistakes” has quickly turned heads, spreading internationally and become a top pick for prominent playlists. The trio won KTCL’s 2015 “Hometown For The Holidays”competition in both fan voting and live performance categories, cementing their place in Denver’s burgeoning music scene and garnering the attention of radio stations all across the country. 888 are readied to manufacture beyond their previous success with Drop, Dead Gorgeous and Bleach Blonde, with The Decades EP situated to make 2016 their most prevalent year to date.
COAST MODERN
COAST MODERN
Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to stop following the leader, and start running your own race. Coast Modern flies out of the pack with a refreshingly uninhibited sound for disenchanted dreamers everywhere. Building on an admiration for the spirit of misfit alternative bands and the fearless ethos of modern hip hop, the duo creates alternative pop with a wink that aims to push the genre into the future. Seattle-native Luke Atlas and LA-local Coleman Trapp met while working as Los Angeles-based songwriters, fellow rats in the race to land songs with mainstream pop artists. After more than two years of peddling some great, some terrible, and some very weird creations at the gates of the mainstream, they received little more than fleeting glances. Watching so many of their creations die on the operating table left the two burnt out and questioning their path. With just a backpack and a tape recorder, Coleman escaped his oversaturated hometown for the mountainous serenity of Denver, Colorado. What was meant to be a quick, head-clearing vacation soon turned into months as Coleman blended into the community, working at a used instrument store, and enjoying the simple pleasures of a “normal” life. Without the pressure of writing-on-demand, he began messing around on a borrowed acoustic guitar and recording tossed-off ditties on an old cassette recorder through the smallest hours of the night. The pure, child-like enjoyment of writing only for himself led Coleman to a realization: maybe he’d overlooked a path that was right in front of him the whole time.
Soon, warbly tape recordings began appearing in Luke’s inbox. “At first I didn’t think much of these songs because they were so different, but they kept randomly getting stuck in my head” says Luke, who further encouraged Coleman’s experiments. On a whim, Luke created a production around one of the acoustic demos and sent it back. Coleman was thrilled. “It felt like this could be something,” says Luke. “I told him to get his ass back to LA.”Returning with renewed vigor and a rusted-out car hood after a Mile-High winter, Coleman quickly sought out Luke. With their new musical experiments buzzing in their heads, the pair discussed creating a personal project based purely on the whims of their creative spark,
wherever that led them. “After we stopped shooting at an invisible moving target and had no agenda, that’s when the sound came,” explains Luke. And Coleman, who had not so much as even sung “Happy Birthday” until a few years prior, began finding the confidence to take frontman status, lending his vocals to the tracks that began to take form through a playful, stream-of-consciousness process.
One of the first songs they plucked from the ether together was “Hollow Life.” An anthem for
restless souls everywhere, the lyrics drip with the same frustration the duo once felt for their city,
while Coleman yearns for a simpler life away from it all. “Racing towards a dream on the horizon / Gimme something better than this Hollow Life,” he sings over plinking marimba mashed up with angular fuzzy bass and booming 808 kick drums.

“The song is about finding distance from what is hindering you, whether it be physical or mental distance,” explains Coleman. “But we’re no gurus. We’re just trying to let people know that we’re
here figuring this shit out too.”
Coast Modern followed “Hollow Life” with another addicting earworm called “Animals,” and then reggae-tinged single, ‘Guru’, a perfect jam for slow summer days. Their fourth single, ‘The Way It Was,’ celebrates the present moment with a groove fit for a tropical jungle cruise. While the world was busy re-blogging and pushing repeat, their tunes were creeping up the Hype Machine charts, with each of the four singles charting at #1 or #2, racking up a cool 12 million streams. Their eclectic sound caught the ears of a multitude of media, including Pigeons and Planes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, NYLON and Interview Magazine. Their songs began receiving spins on SiriusXM Alt Nation, KCRW, KEXP and Zane Lowe’s
show on Beats 1. After playing their first ever shows at SXSW in 2016, they were scooped up to tour with acts like BORNS, The Wombats, and The Temper Trap on nationwide tours. Behind the scenes, Luke and Coleman were busy knocking out a myriad of unreleased jams for their forthcoming LP - due for release in Spring 2017. The entire album was written, recorded
and produced by the duo in Luke’s living room, leading to an organic and distinctively Coast Modern sound. The songs travel all over the musical spectrum, from “Dive,” a bouncy tribute to nascent romance, to the psychedelic, weird and wild “Comb My Hair,” to the hip hop leaning
anthem 'Pockets.' Digging deeper, there's 'Wild Things' which encompasses a wistful meditation on the passage of time, and the slow-burning, fireplace crackling “Frost,” recorded at the dawn
of Coast Modern. Coast Modern have the rare capability of covering a large swath of musical territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together. With their destiny now grasped firmly in their own hands, Luke and Coleman are reveling in the freedom of their newfound artist status. At the will of their muses instead of the tidal flow of the pop world, the group can create the genuine, self-assured music that had been locked inside. Coast Modern is what happens when you let go of what you always thought you wanted and embrace the unexpected; when you stop chasing and start taking the lead.
Venue Information:
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
http://www.crescentphx.com/