Stateside Presents

MOVING UNITS PRESENTS THE SONGS OF JOY DIVISION

MOVING UNITS PRESENTS THE SONGS OF JOY DIVISION

SOFT KILL, VIKTOR FICTION, SOVIET

Sat, March 18, 2017

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

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

MOVING UNITS
MOVING UNITS
Moving Units is a dance-punk band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 2001 by Chris Hathwell, Blake Miller, and Johan Boegli, when Hathwell's previous band, Festival of Dead Deer, broke up. They released their debut EP, Moving Units, on Three One G in early 2002. Their touring experience includes opening slots for Hot Hot Heat, The Pixies, Blur, and Nine Inch Nails. Their debut full-length album, Dangerous Dreams, was released on October 12, 2004 by Palm Pictures. Moving Units released their second studio album, Hexes For Exes in 2007. The album was released on Metropolis Records (who they signed with in January 2007) and the first single, "Pink Thoughts", was released through the band's MySpace page. So Sweet released a one-off limited edition 7 inch vinyl single "Crash N Burn Victims" in the UK coupled with a remix of the same track by Felix Cartal in November 2007.
SOFT KILL
Soft Kill's introduction to the world was 2011's "An Open Door" and since then, despite many ups and downs and false starts, the band has issued several limited releases and played sporadic yet memorable shows. 2014 marks their return with the reissue of their debut and a new album of guitar-driven doom & gloom that borrows from projects like Asylum Party, For Against and Chameleons UK.
VIKTOR FICTION
Who is Viktor Fiction? This is a very good question and one on the minds of many encountering this new captivating music entity hailing from East LA… Viktor Fiction mysteriously fell to earth late last century and took the form of a human infant boy named Dave Trumfio (seasoned recording and production impresario known for work with the likes of Pulsars, The Jesus & Mary Chain , The Rentals , Built To Spill, Mekons, Sia, Soviet, Ok Go, Grandaddy, Wilco, Rooney and many more).

Dave knew from a early age he had something inhabiting his being and couldn't get a handle on what it was. Through his early life he couldn't escape the urge to twitch and contort when he heard electrified music. It drove him to a life of undying devotion to all things electric and knew he'd make electric music his life from a very early age… FLASH FORWARD to early 2014 when the uncontrollable urge to create new music took control after a extremely vivid dream encounter with a menacing light force calling itself Viktor Fiction. Vik explained he's been inside him since birth and that he's pissed Dave hasn't followed his subconscious commands in recent years as he's done in the past. Vik then said he'd torment him endlessly until Trumfio obey his wishes!

Dave wisely opted to not be tormented by the overbearing force and banded together with long time studio production partner Celso A. Estrada (Islands, The Rentals, Beat Club, White Dove) and session drummer Michael Sanger (JUAREZ, Dead Western Plains, These Machines Are Winning) to form the appropriately named Viktor Fiction… Early rehearsals revealed a sound none of them could have imagined fusing the best of their mutual post punk new wave influences and the now sounds of today.

In early May 2015, as numerous offers of live performance opportunities began to emerge, they came to the realization they needed a dedicated synthesist in the fold. It took Dave two seconds to suggest long time friend, synthesizer wrangler and film composer Keith Le Rouge of Electro Clash darlings Soviet. With this final piece of the puzzle in place, Viktor Fiction is now set to emblaze stages, airwaves and inter webs with their infectious Post EDM fueled sound bursts!
SOVIET
While Soviet is now entirely solo, Ruggiero initially converged with college comrade, Christopher Otchy. Their first album We Are Eyes, We Are Builders fused human emotions with embellished melodies, luscious synths, and austere beats. Soviet took a swing at the most sparkling, pure remnants of the 80's and made them their own. Eventually Soviet grew to five, adding guitarist Kenan Gunduz, bassist Greg Kochan and keyboardist Amanda Lynn. Through dozens of passionate, successful shows around NYC and several nationwide tours, Soviet built themselves a fiercely devoted fanbase. After years of hard work, amiability, and good songs, Soviet would finally ride this vehicle to acclaim, only to be burned out by its simultaneous injuries.

After Ruggiero's restorative break from the music industry's grind, Soviet is primed to both find favor with old fans and to win over new ones. With its wealth of earnest emotions and assemblage of catchy melodies,like a gem waiting to be re-discovered.
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/