Envy on the Coast

Monqui Presents

Envy on the Coast

Tennis System, OXYMORRONS

Sat, April 1

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Star Theater

Portland, OR

$16.00-$18.00

This event is 21 and over

Envy on the Coast
Envy on the Coast
"Three years ago, two discouraged friends sat down and imagined what it would be like to play in band without gimmicks, without egos, and without facades. They wondered what it'd be like to play with people who shared in their desire to meet every kid, at every show, in every state they played. Without even making a conscious attempt to pursue this concept, they were fortunate enough to find three other friends who shared this desire. Over the course of 3 years, Envy on the Coast was born.

What you see is what you get. Brian Byrne, Dan Gluszak, Jeremy Velardi, Ryan Hunter, and Sal Bossio promise honesty, and refuse to compromise in their delivery. Sure, touring with a piano amongst the many hardcore acts theyve shared the stage with has provided critics with plenty of fuel for scorn, but theyve become used to this. Aside from this, each members taste in music along with his personality is so different from the next, that its shocking the band functions so well together. In actuality, most of the components of Envy on the Coast that some have regarded as plagues, are actually the elements that have helped to get them to where they are today.
The band has performed everywhere from backyards to bar mitzvahs. Their desire to perform and extract all traces of the rock star attitude from their music and mission statement has been well received by the many fans who have joined over the course of the bands existence.
Tennis System
Tennis System
The promise of L.A. may well lie in Tennis System, who have thundered their way through their adopted city with a reverb-drenched ferocity that has, in short order, made the East Coast transplants the city's band to watch.


One listen is all it takes to comprehend why: Tennis System are masters of unhinged, lo-fi psychedelia, laced with the inescapably pop DNA of Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana and Ride. Behind the sweat-drenched performances, behind the Orange amps and squalling anthems is a coolly leather-clad trio, composed of front man Matty Taylor, drummer Hector Gomez, and bassist Zach Bilson. Arriving at the current lineup, however, was spirit quest that took Tennis System from one coast to the other: It was in gritty Washington, D.C. that a young Taylor steeped like tea in the music of Fugazi and Bad Brains, Black Tambourine and Nation of Ulysses. He decamped for Los Angeles, where denizens Gomez and Bilson joined the band, propelling the band forward as a full-fledged L.A. band.


Though Tennis System has shared bills with the likes of Ty Segall, Wavves, Japandroids, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Mark Gardner and Beach Fossils, and worked with Jeff Zeigler of Uniform Recording (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Nothing) and Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, Pavement, Sonic Youth, the National) since its founding in 2009, life on the best coast has only served to raise its profile: In the past year, crowds at Filter Magazine's Culture Collide festival, Austin Psych Fest, L.A.'s iconic Part-Time Punks showcase and South by Southwest have begun to bear witness to Tennis System's slash-and-burn live shows.


After 2011's much blogged-about self-released album, "Teenagers" (and its stunner of a single, "Hey We Tried"), the band returns in the fall of 2014 with "Technicolour Blind," the appropriately named, heady fever-dream of a new album that has been a year in the making for Tennis System. Its tracks, including "Technicolour Blind" "Memories & Broken Dreams" and the sparkling, anthemic "Dead Honey" are melodic departures from the gritty, fuzz-washed tunes of yore; rather, Los Angeles life, with its thrilling beauty and starkly menacing underbelly, has left Tennis System sun-bleached and wary, and left their music imbued with the peculiar patina of a rough-and-tumble circumstance. The guitars still squeal, but listen closely: Taylor's lyricism bears unexpected wisdom and woe. Recorded with Ulysses Noriega (The Wedding Present, Ben Folds, The Offspring) mixed by Drew Fisher (The Melvins, Bleached, Babies) and mastered by John Greenham (Ice Cube, Aesop Rock, Chuck Prophet), "Technicolour Blind" is poised to be Tennis System's breakout effort, even if fans knew it all along.
OXYMORRONS
OXYMORRONS
Oxymorrons began as a collaboration between Queens-bred brothers, K.I. and Deee, who joined forces to cultivate a sound that modern music can no longer turn its back on. After years spent playing and touring with other groups, the brothers decided it was time to set the New York scene ablaze with their sonic creations. The lineup expanded with the addition of staple drummer Matty Mayz, whose blistering talent along side bassist Joe Jordan and guitarist Adam November has become an intricate part of the bands live show. The genre-blending masterminds use their musical platform to speak for, and to, the rejected. Their message of embracing ones individuality resonates with their fellow underdogs.

The potent mixture of the band's sharp-witted lyrics and mesmerizing music has earned them a legion of loyal fans and inspired collaborations with Travie McCoy, Saba, Sam Gongol (Marian Hill), Maxine Ashley (Pharrell/I am OTHER) and Wynter Gordon. Oxymorrons caught attention with their undeniable artistry and found synergy in brand partnerships with RedBull, Converse, Rocawear, DeadBolt, Karmaloop, and Modify Watches. It's their captivating live show full of non-stop energy that has music lovers entranced. The band has played many notable festivals including SXSW, Firefly, AfroPunk, Funk Fest, CMJ on top of sharing the stage with dynamic acts like Lupe Fiasco, Common, Ludacris, Juicy J, Gym Class Heroes, Bruno Mars, Bad Rabbits, Rihanna, Salt N Pepa, Danny Brown, and more.

Oxymorrons are currently gearing up to release their new project, 'Complex But Basic,' in mid-2016 with indie label Tommy Boy Entertainment. They'll soon be unleashing an onslaught of ear-catching singles, imaginative music videos and taking their energetic live show on the road.