The Damnwells – Tickets – The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA – June 13th, 2015

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The Damnwells

The Damnwells

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, Joshua Fletcher

Saturday June 13

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20

This event is all ages

The Damnwells
The Damnwells
Formed in 2001, the Damnwells represent the songwriting efforts of singer/guitarist Alex Dezen, whose mix of alt-country and alternative pop/rock is supported by a variety of talented musicians and producers. The group took root in Brooklyn, where Dezen was joined by ex-Whiskeytown drummer Steven Terry, bassist Ted Hudson, and guitarist Dave Chernis. A series of EPs helped cement the band's sound and the Damnwells were soon asked to tour in support of Cheap Trick. After the tour The Damnwells headed to their Manhattan Mini Storage space, which doubled as a rehearsal space and makeshift studio, to record their first full-length album. Pairing Dezen's slow, codeine-laced ballads with up-tempo rock, they completed Bastards of the Beat before signing a deal with Epic Records.

In a rare display of confidence, Epic released Bastards of the Beat in 2003 without any major revisions, allowing both the band's artwork and track list to remain intact. When the Damnwells returned to the studio two years later, however, they found themselves dropped from Epic's roster, an incident that was later captured on the documentary "Golden Days". After months of uncertainty, the band found a new home at Zoe/Rounder Records and issued Air Stereo in late 2006. The record widened the Damnwells' sound with lap steel, piano, and sublime harmonies. A tour alongside the Fray helped the band to expose larger audiences to their music.

In 2008, Alex Dezen enrolled as an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Iowa, where he participated in the acclaimed Iowa Writers' Workshop. During a period when Ted Hudson was working in the New York City tech startup community, specifically at Hunch.com, Alex continued recording music. The band's third album, One Last Century, was released in partnership with Paste Magazine, which offered the album as a free digital download. Dezen and Hudson rejoined in the studio where they recorded material for an album called No One Listens to the Band which was entirely funded by fans though PledgeMusic.com. The band's Pledge campaign raised almost double the amount they set out to raise which allowed them to spend more money on recoding, production and a 2011 tour to support the release. As a result of the success of their campaign, the Damnwells was signed in late 2010 by the newly formed PledgeMusic Recordings for the release of No One Listens to the Band Anymore.
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions is a rock 'n' roll band based out of San Francisco, CA. After Jerry Harrison, keyboardist of Talking Heads fame, discovered now-19-year-old Jaffe performing solo at a local open mic, the two worked together to produce his first set of studio recordings. Following this first taste of the music industry, Jaffe put together his own band of Alex Coltharp on drums, Sammie Fischer on bass and Alex Newell on guitar. Inspired by the pop, punk and rockabilly mixtures of groups such as The Clash, X and Elvis Costello, the young group recorded their first album of original material with producer Matthew King Kaufman (Jonathan Richman, Greg Kihn) and A&R vet Michael Caplan, slated for release in 2015. After a brief educational stint in Connecticut, Jaffe is back in San Francisco with the group, ready to take the world by storm with their unique brand of California rock. Keep a weather eye for upcoming releases and tour dates!
Joshua Fletcher
Joshua Fletcher
Born in Macon, raised in the suburbs, living in Atlanta. Grew up on Punk, fell into country, currently really into reverb.

Josh Fletcher loves Coca-Cola, vinyl records, Atlanta Braves Baseball, Georgia Tech Football, old Gibson guitars, and rock and roll.

Joshua Fletcher's music grabs you in the gut and right as it is about to let go… It sways above you like a child on a swing under that tall willow tree. Free.

Music is an ever changing moment that we can all relate to especially through the eyes of such a songwriter that delivers these emotions for us.

Joshua Fletcher has been making music for a long time. It's a long story, really. One that he doesn't have time to type at the moment.

What you need to know right now is that his new album, "Ready, Aim" was produced by Alex Dezen of the Damnwells and will be out soon on, 'In Music We Trust Records.'