Stateside Presents




Sun, January 22, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Crescent Ballroom

Phoenix, AZ

$12.00 - $14.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

Is it possible to be nostalgic for the future? Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013 and by the next morning had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” a gauzy, heart-thumping anthem that hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism.

An EP, Body Diamond, soon followed, as did a slate of shows at that year’s SXSW festival and a deal with Neon Gold and Epic Records. In 2014 GGFO’s second EP, 2M2H, reached #10 on the iTunes dance chart and featured the St. Lucia collaboration “Something to Believe In,” which premiered on Entertainment Weekly. In keeping with this collaborative spirit, GGFO co-wrote and performed on The Chainsmoker’s single “Let You Go,” recorded a cover of Phil Collins’s “Easy Lover” with fellow Brooklynite Panama Wedding, and produced the song “Shapeshifting” with Irish folk-pop singer Orla Gartland, whom Jon and Luke met after their headlining show at Notting Hill Arts Club in London. They have also remixed songs by St Lucia, Foxes, Twenty One Pilots, Luxley, Little Daylight, and many others.

In the past three years, GGFO have performed shows supporting acts ranging from Tove Lo to X Ambassadors to Penguin Prison and have embarked on four major US tours with Betty Who, Joywave, Magic Man, Vacationer, and Panama Wedding, with four songs reaching #1 on Hype Machine and their single “Take It or Leave It” surpassing ten million plays on Spotify. As anyone who attended the group’s recent sold-out Northeast headlining tour can attest, GGFO has amassed a large contingent of loyal fans who have come to expect over-the-top live performances involving silk kimonos, triggered lights, and histrionic keytar solos, with Jon and Luke backed by drummer Danny Wolf and guitarist Carey Clayton. 2016 has already seen the release of three singles and an EP of GGFO songs remixed by like-minded artists, with more new works ever looming on the horizon. Music blog Indie Shuffle says, “I dare you to find another group in the past two years who has been so prolific and consistent with their releases while at the same time delivering some of the most heavenly signature falsetto vocals known to man.”
Born of the tiny, mountain town of Hood River, Oregon, FLOR is the musical brain child of several writer / producers, now relocated to the los angeles area. beyond just warm indie alt-pop, FLOR is also an aesthetic style, created by the band as an instagram visual art project. the page features 3D, quick-cut renderings of simple moving images, set to soundscapes from the band's music. their debut single, "heart," launched online in november 2014.
Bad Wave are the band two best guy friends start when life's responsibilities have gotten too great and they need to reflect on their shared youth, almost in secret. Except songwriter Tucker Tota and his production backbone Patrick Hart are far too young to be nearing midlife crisis. In fact, Bad Wave began out of the sort of trappings familiar to all 20-somethings scrambling to piece their shit together in adulthood's early stages. "Patrick was randomly living with me and my girlfriend for about a year on and off in LA," explains Tucker. "We really didn't know each other at all but he picked me up at the airport," adds Patrick. "And then I was his roommate. Just like a scene from Craigslist."

Unlike most duos, Patrick and Tucker were not the yin to each other's yang. They bonded over similarities: a love for Weezer and other favourite '90s alt rock bands they'd wear as badges of honor in Middle School – Patrick in Nashville, Tucker in Miami. They found comfort in each other's similar geekdom and propensity to work alone. So they worked together, separately, and mostly via email. "We'd build analogue synthesizers and talk about plug-ins. We weren't looking, but..." jokes Tucker, of their two-year long, tech-inspired bromance. Not usually such a pop fan, Tucker found himself taken with Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home' and wanted to write a similarly brooding R&B number. His solo attempts failed miserably. Patrick knew how to make beats, so he gave his new buddy a helping hand. Before long, Patrick was writing more electronic tracks for Tucker to write melodies and lyrics to in his solitude. Their first single 'Look Out' – released on LA imprint Crazy Heart – was born from there. "Just to be clear, we both live in LA," says Patrick. "But we're like the Postal Service, doing this all online. Even if we lived in the same building, we would make Bad Wave over the internet."

New singles 'Runaway' and 'Good Girls' continue in the same sonic vein; like pop-punk shot through the filter of glassy '80s electronica. The angst is disguised by bouncing basslines and warped choruses more befitting of Animal Collective than Green Day. It's a sound that has been most surprising to the duo themselves. "I like to play the mandolin, not electronic drums," says Tucker.

The name Bad Wave itself is taken from the Spanish phrase 'mala onda', which literally translates as "bad waves" but you can take it as meaning "bad vibes". "We're trying to spread good vibes though," reassures Patrick. By releasing their own anxieties through Bad Wave, these two only have great intentions.

Bad Wave's second single 'Runaway' and third single 'Good Girls' debuted at 10K Islands' site: 'Runaway' and 'Good Girls' appear on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes.

– Eve Barlow
Venue Information:
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003