One Million Lovers Fill Baltimore Soundstage

Review + Photos by Lilli Banks

The Growlers, Baltimore Soundstage, May 19.

On a quiet night in Baltimore, the venue, Baltimore Soundstage was growing louder as The Growlers set time came closer. The Growlers decided to stop in Baltimore, MD during their “City Club Tour”.
I’d never known that so many people in Baltimore knew and listened to The Growlers. Many college kids and teens were in the crowd as the older folk occupied the back of the venue.
The venue told me that there was no barricade, so that put on a challenge for me to get as close to the front as I could. To be honest, didn’t really work out. The crowd is different from barricade or in the photo pit…
I saw the crowd so engaged in the band. There were no phone use restrictions nor did the band ask them to put down their phones. Their “beach goth” sound put on the right atmosphere for a Thursday night in Baltimore. The solos brought from the guitarists were chill, but so captivating. The Growlers are one of those bands where if you listen closely, each instrument is heard and never overshadowed by another. The crowd was still energetic as ever as the first few notes of their favorite songs played. The band knew how to choose their setlist, they varied it a bit from other shows which always brings an element of surprise. They chose a great selection from their multiple albums to please all their fans. In one song, Matt, the lead guitarist, takes over singing a song and the entire crowd started cheering! It was a moment where not all bands put the spotlight on other members. Not all fans in the crowd knew he did this either, so seeing the shift and excitement was thrilling for both the band and the crowd themselves!
The best part of a concert is truly seeing how much the fans are in love with the band and live music. The universal effect of music truly is wonderful.

Music can bring such joy to peoples lives. However, on May 22, Manchester Arena was bombed during an Ariana Grande concert. Although The Growlers show was May 19 and the Manchester event occurred afterwards, it is still important to talk about.
PLEASE email your local venues and ask them to up their security. The bombing occurred outside the arena, but venue security is still a problem. Sometimes bags aren’t even checked. Continue to go to concerts. Try to make a change! Even the slightest enhancement can save a life.

All our staff at LDM are sending condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

Chatting With Bane’s World 

Interview by Corynne and Kayla Fernandez 

Photos by Kayla Fernandez

We had the chance to chat with up-and coming solo artist Banes World in his hometown of Long Beach, CA. Read below, as we sat in the grass in the middle of the coastal version of suburbia, and asked the hard hitting questions like, “Pancakes or waffles?”

How did you come up with the name Bane’s World?

Well, Bane was a nickname my friends gave me in high school; they just swapped the letters of my first and last name. My friend Max, was like “Banes Slanchard, sound like you were trying to say your name drunk. I don’t know where Banes World, came from—I don’t even like the movie, Wayne’s World. So, when it came down to finding a name to put my demos under, I didn’t want to try too hard to sound cool and ended up sticking with Banes World.

 So you have been making music for two years, has music always been a big part of your life? What sparked your interest in making it?

My dad has always played music and my sisters both sing, and music is a big part of my family. I started playing guitar when I was 9, but it didn’t get serious for me until I was 18—about 2 years ago. I was in my friend Max’s band, the kid who gave me the nickname, and he came to me one night and said, “Hey man, I’m recording all this music by myself,”—he was doing the guitar, the vocals, the synth, and everything—and I felt really inspired, which led to me buying my own recording gear and making my own material.

Who or what do you turn to for inspiration?

I get it from a lot of random places. Most times, if I’m in a relationship and something goes wrong, that’s good inspiration for stuff—not that I want that to happen, but it has always inspired me in that way.

Describe a day in the life of Bane’s World.

Nothing super special! I like to eat a ton of really good food, because food is important to me, hanging out with my dog, playing guitar, or skateboarding. It doesn’t change that much, unless I go out for a gig, like to Santa Barbara, but I never really get out of Long Beach.

The writing process is different for everyone, what is yours like? Do you write from personal experiences?

For the album, Drowsy, I would record the music first and then wouldn’t have any idea of what the song was going to be like lyrically. Once I would record the music, I would just sit there a sing little things over it; I can never really write lyrics before I make a song. I don’t have a set process.

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You released ‘Drowsy’ last year, is there any plans to release an EP this year? Or possibly an album?

Yeah! Hopefully by the end of this year I would like to release a full-length album. Somethings brewing, but I don’t know when it’s going to come.

Your sound is unique compared to a lot of music that’s been put out by other artists today. What genre do you identify most with?

I guess it’s just dreamy stuff, but I pull a lot of influence from what I like. My dad is big on the blues, so that sound was kind of instilled in me. I like all types of music—jazz, bossa nova, pretty much anything. Recently, I’ve been listening to neo-soul and in general, if I like it, I’ll try my best to incorporate it into my sound.

Is there an album or an artist that has changed your perspective on music?

An artist that heavily inspires me and makes me want to do better is, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He changed my perspective on what it means to be a guitar player, because he is so soulful. Nowadays, a lot of bands rely on single chords and it gets repetitive.

What was the first album you ever purchased?

The one I was adamant about getting—it’s really funny—but it was My Chemical Romance, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge; I was really surprised my mom let me get it at the time because I was really young. It was either between, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge or Dookie by Green Day.

You have a handful of California shows under your belt, do you have plans on venturing out to more states or abroad?

I would love to, it’s just a matter of planning it out and getting the monetization for that stuff. I don’t know how artists do that or if their label helps them out with tours. Right now, I don’t have a contracted label. In general, I would love to go out on tour; I think it would be an eye-opening and life- changing experience.

‘People Like Me, People Like You’ is a personal favorite of ours, what’s the meaning behind that song?

I am not sure what my headspace was like when I wrote that—probably after something bad happened. I remember listening to a lot of Tears For Fears and loving their electro-pop, synth heavy sound and wanting to record something like that. The lyric, “born to lose…” which is a Ray Charles song, I liked that because it sounded a little melancholy. That song is a bit of a blur.

Dream festival lineup?

Beatles (full band), Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the full cast of the Phantom of the Opera.

Dream collaboration?

I would love to do a song with Mac Demarco or Peter from HOMESHAKE; I’d think that would be really cool.  As far as someone who’s dead, Stevie Ray Vaughan—he’s my #1.

Pancakes or waffles?

I’ll never go out of my way to get either of those, but I do like a good Belgian waffle. My ideal breakfast would include, eggs, bacon, hash browns, —okay, waffles with whipped cream and strawberries—maybe some sausage, and an acai bowl. I can eat a ton of food!

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Down In Heaven at the 9:30 Club

Photographs of Twins Peaks and support acts, Chrome Pony and Post Animal at the 9:30 Club.

All photos by Lilli Banks

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The New Pornographers at the 9:30 Club

By Lilli Banks

Canada is home to many talented musicians. A 7-piece band from Vancouver made a stop at the 9:30 Club in DC! The New Pornographers sold out two nights at the 1,200 capacity venue, I was lucky enough to attend the second night.

With their new album, “Whiteout Conditions” released just a few weeks ago, they were kind enough to perform some of them. Despite having 7 members in the band, they were able to showcase each member with their instruments and talented voices.
Their set was full of colors and an audience of all ages! Parents bringing their 8 year old kids, college students, even some people that had grey hair!

The band had restrictions for their fans though…they requested that there was no personal photography or videography.

It sure did pay off. There were a few phones here and there, but people danced more and truly absorbed the moments. Fans were yelling the lyrics to each other with their friends as they lifted their beers!

At every 9:30 Club show, you will always find a fan smiling. It’s a venue where you are completely enthralled in the experience. The New Pornographers captured that and put on a wonderful show. If their show hasn’t sold out near you, then see if you can grab a ticket!

You can listen to “Whiteout Conditions” here!