Lieutenant (Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters)

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Lieutenant (Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters)

Yukon Blonde, Belgrade

Fri, March 27, 2015

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


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Lieutenant (Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters) - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Lieutenant (Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters)
January 20, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Independent label Dine Alone Records has partnered with revered musician Nate Mendel to release his first solo album, If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week, under the moniker Lieutenant on March 10th.

Mendel, also known as bassist for popular rock band Foo Fighters and highly influential emo act Sunny Day Real Estate, is venturing into uncharted territory as the primary songwriter, guitarist and singer for his first solo project, Lieutenant.

"I'm not an enthusiast of solo projects," states Mendel. "Bands are bands for a reason and it seems that once the celery is out of the soup, you're just left holding a stringy, watery vegetable. However, I knew there was more wanted to do in music, and wasn't feeling that beginning another band would be a valid option."

After two decades of honing his technique on bass, Mendel was determined not only learn to play the guitar and sing but also develop his songwriting if for no other reason than to prove to himself he could succeed, and if a decent album came out of it then all the better.

Mendel entered Foo Fighters' Studio 606 in August of 2012 with meticulously constructed demos and arrangements and melodies worked out for each of the songs. With the help of drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) the two laid down the backbone of the record, tweaking the tracks as they went along. Soon after, producer/engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet) joined Mendel in studio to assist with the infamous Neve console.

"Toshi is a very talented and creative engineer," Mendel adds. "I give him a lot of credit for the overall sound of the record. He'd often step out from behind the mixing desk, pick up a guitar and propose an idea that we'd then finesse together. Many of my favorite moments on the record are things we came up with on the spot: the synth lead on "Prepared Remarks," the guitars mimicking a French horn on "Belle Epoque," a guitar morphed into a steam engine on "Lift the Sheet."

During the recording, Mendel and Kasai hosted a slew of guest musicians in the studio including guitarist Page Hamilton (Helmet) and Josiah Johnson (Head and the Heart) who appear on "Believe The Squalor" and vocalist Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate) and Foo Fighter bandmate/guitarist Chris Shiflett who appear on "The Place You Wanna Go."

Despite only recently picking up the guitar and vocals, Mendel finds a natural groove on If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week. The music draws listeners in with sincere lyrics and keeps them moving with echoed, jangly guitars as heard on standout tracks like "Rattled," "Prepared Remarks" and "Belle Epoque."

Lieutenant recently made its live debut with a string of warm up shows in Southern California. The lineup in tow featured Mendel along with Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes) on bass, Paul "Pablo" Wilson (Snow Patrol) on guitar, Jorma Vik (The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx) on drums and Kasai on keys. Additional spring dates will be announced soon, including a performance at SXSW in March.

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Yukon Blonde - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Yukon Blonde
Over the past two years, Yukon Blonde has earned no shortage of acclaim for its hook-heavy brand of pop rock. But despite their love of vintage rock 'n' roll, the members aren't the kind of guys who cling to the past.

Frontman Jeff Innes, guitarist Brandon Scott and drummer Graham Jones first joined forces in 2005 in their hometown of Kelowna, BC. Performing under the name Alphababy, they released two EPs and toured extensively while perfecting a slow-burning variety of synth-heavy rock. But when the project soured, the three friends abandoned all of their hard work and reinvented themselves as Yukon Blonde in 2008.

Starting from scratch with a new name, they ditched their moody style in favour of a more raw, guitar-driven sound. Catchier and infinitely more fun to play live, Yukon Blonde's new songs quickly earned the band a devoted following when they relocated to Vancouver, BC. It was in this city that Yukon Blonde cut its debut EP, Everything in Everyway, in 2009. Recorded live-to-tape with producer Shawn Cole (You Say Party!, Hannah Georgas), these sessions also spawned the band's 2010 self-titled full-length.

With its amped-up rock songs and sun-dappled vocal harmonies, the LP received rave reviews. CHARTattack called it "the soundtrack to your summer," while Exclaim! declared, "The nuances that Yukon Blonde employ are utterly refreshing, and more compelling with each listen." The record earned a nomination for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, and the outfit embarked upon a gruelling live schedule that kept them on the road for nine months of the year and included shows in the U.S., Europe and at home. During this time, the band expanded its ranks to include a full-time bassist, John Jeffrey.

Now, Yukon Blonde is poised to reinvent itself once again. Despite the success of the group's previous material, the musicians were initially uninspired when they set about writing like-minded new songs. Instead, the members were drawn to the fast, punk-tinged tracks that Innes has been penning in his spare time. Danceable and unrepentantly poppy, these new tracks evoked late-'70s/early-'80s post-punk and drew inspiration from artists like the Buzzcocks, Ramones and Talking Heads.

After an intensive three-week writing retreat in BC's Comox Valley that saw the band pulling twelve-hour days, Yukon Blonde hunkered down at Burnaby, BC's Hive Creative Labs studio with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Ladyhawk). Eschewing the analog tape of their past work in favour of a crisp digital approach with synthesizer flourishes, the band agonized over tones and meticulously crafted 15 new songs.

Four of these songs sounded out of place, and bore a distinct similarity to the debut. Yukon Blonde opted to release these four cuts separately as the 2011 EP Fire//Water. With the fan base's appetite sufficiently whetted, the group held back the remaining tracks for their second full length album.

Currently wrapping up a 62 show tour of North America behind Fire//Water the band is now ready to introduce the world to their next release – the first single from the upcoming album – a song called Stairway that brightly elevates the band's surging arrangements. Slotted for release on January 31st, Yukon Blonde's Stairway 7" also includes as a B-Side a home-recorded DEMO version of a future album track called "Radio", which assaults the speakers with a brash stomp worthy of early Elvis Costello. Melodically contrasted with one another, both songs on the Stairway 7" hint at the range of paths sonically taken with the band's sophomore LP which will be available in early 2012.

Artistically uncompromising as ever, Yukon Blonde have already proved that they are willing to go wherever their restless artistic muse takes them. The next stop: a live venue near you, as these road warriors will be racking up yet more miles on the odometer in the very near future and heading on tours across Australia, Europe and North America.
Belgrade - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
With liquid-like intros and outros. Belgrade's fleshy songs are sure to spur a variety of emotions. Daring themselves a slap in the face with the glove of simplicity, things are kept subversively straightforward. While embracing more than healthy doses of echo, the air between meaty ideas is apparent and fluid. Offering layers of cycling guitar, nimble bass lines, snappy dynamic drums and floating vocals, the sounds teeter from an understated warm twang to a groaning twisted reverb-fest.

Urging you into a heap of head-tossing joy while never letting things fully explode. The name of this game is restraint, boys and girls. Each element birthed from a loud and bombastic past - the new challenge becomes seeing who can best tightrope walk the wavy line between blissful-breezy melodies and purposeful energetic sharpness. Internal rebellion never sounded so endearing.

Let's cloak those catchy pop smarts under blankets of reverberated echoes bounced off last night's full moon - still ringing in the squinty-eyed hangover morning. Let the sound shimmer and swoon forward and back like a chorus for the night time, to be consumed during the day. Anthems to prep us all for that cloudy nocturnal courage.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125