L.A. Takedown

Barboza Presents

L.A. Takedown


Sunday 5/21

8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

ADA SEATING: (not wheelchair accessible)
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L.A. Takedown
On their new album II, L.A. Takedown align the moody grandeur of a film score with the pure melodicism of pop. Led by Los Angeles-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Aaron M. Olson, the seven-piece band delivers a guitar-driven take on synth-pop that’s inspired its own genre. “Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice once described L.A. Takedown to me as ‘Baywatch Krautrock,’” Olson recalls. “I found myself saying, ‘Well, you know...it’s not not that—works for me!” Still, despite any association with oceanic hedonism, II ultimately leaves it to the listener to dream up their own imaginary movie for each beautifully sprawling track to live in.
At turns ethereal and frenzied, groove-heavy and narcotic, II is lush with harmonized guitar leads that reveal Olson’s deep affection for progressive rock and metal, which gives guidance to an intricately textured sound laced with jagged beats and serene washes of synth. “Synthesizers are fun to try to pull emotion out of—I like trying to create moods from something completely synthetic,” says Olson. Those moods shift and build all throughout II, moving gracefully from the dreamy wonder of “City of Glass” and triumph of “Blue Skies (on Mars)” to the stunned reflection of “Dose” and seductive gloom of “The Most Crucial Game.”

Though L.A. Takedown began as a home recording project and experiment in film scoring, Olson eventually assembled a live band that soon took on a life of its own. The follow-up to L.A. Takedown’s 2015 self-titled debut, II is the first release featuring the full band, which includes keyboardists Ryan Adlaf and Jonah Olson, guitarists Miles Wintner (Girlpool) and Stephen Heath (Paul Bergman), drummer Mose Wintner, and bassist Jessica Espeleta (Weird War, Love as Laughter). L.A. Takedown recorded the album at a home studio in Van Nuys with producer Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend), a process that Olson describes as “seven goofballs eating snacks and watching Columbo and making music.”

Originally from San Diego, Olson studied classical music history and theory at San Francisco State and later played in such bands as Cryptacize and Papercuts and with artists like Chris Cohen and Tara Jane O’Neil. He launched L.A. Takedown several years ago, after a friend asked him to compose music for a series of short films. “He’d asked me to make something similar to what you’d hear in a Michael Mann movie, so I gave it a shot and loved it and kept doing it,” says Olson. “It really suited my songwriting style, which tends to have some kind of lethargic or bittersweet tone to it.”
Zach Burba made a lot of different songs with a lot of different people. At one time he lived in Tempe, Arizona but now he lives in Seattle, Washington and plays with a band of seagulls.
Venue Information:
925 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA, 98122