Distant Cousins, Pozzi, Smooth Taste, Gitai

Distant Cousins

Pozzi

Smooth Taste

Gitai

Saturday, July 13

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

  • Smooth Taste - 8:00
  • Gitai - 8:45
  • Pozzi - 9:30 
  • Distant Cousins  - 10:15

Distant Cousins
Distant Cousins
LA-based folk-pop trio Distant Cousins offers up a blend of music that, like the band name, suggests both deep connections and a wide variety of genres – all on display in their Jullian Records’ debut album, “Next Of Kin,” out this fall.
Their original music reflects a fluid collaboration of three distinct songwriters, producers, and performers. In the studio, the cousins share various roles as producers, writers and musicians. At their live shows, however, roles are more delineated; Ami sings, plays bass, and handles looping responsibilities, Dov sings, plays drums, and acoustic guitar, and Duvid sings and is the maestro of a myriad of stringed instruments. Onstage, the band also augments it sound with “honorary cousins” as guest musicians.
Each cousin brings his unique background to the group. Duvid grew up in the Middle East, on a small musical commune in Israel full of hippies and gypsies - owning only record players as appliances. Ami and Dov grew up on the East Coast, attending the same high school in New Jersey a few years apart. Ami is formally trained from Berklee (spelling?) and is forever a fan and student of bold and modern production values. Dov and Duvid come from the organic perspective of stripping a song down to its essentials—guitar and voice—to test its mettle. The blend of these two vantage points—cutting edge pop sonics with classic songcraft—is a thorough line that runs deeply through the Distant Cousins song catalog.
The 11 tracks on Next Of Kin, traverse folk-pop, anthemic pop, heartland pop-rock, and bluesy hues,. “I think what ties the songs together is honesty. What comes from the heart goes to the heart,” explains Duvid. Select standout cuts include “Lights On,” “Running,” “In My Blood,” and “Mighty Love.” Stanky James Brown grooves, swampy New Orleans second line funk, flourishes imbue “Lights On,” a be-true-to-yourself banger.
Subtle layers of meaning provoke thought on the stirring sing-along “Running, which Dov explains as “examining today’s faster-than-ever pace. With all the constant motion, we ask ourselves ‘Am I running to or running from?’” Cultural pride swells on the tender slow burner “In My Blood.” And the rousing “Mighty Love” is a stark reminder to hold your next of kin close to protect them in these volatile times.
Up next, Distant Cousins are planning a national tour and crafting more indie-pop masterpieces. Mulling over the meaning of this familial journey in music, Ami says: “In this business, you can get lost in the grind. Music can become a service rather than an art. With Distant Cousins, we bring all the skills we’ve acquired in the grind back to being art. And that’s because of our connection as a trio—it’s truly a blessing.”
Pozzi
Pozzi
Pozzi is a Boston born and LA based songwriter. He has spent the last seven years performing at legendary venues such as The Hotel Café and The Sayers Club and has toured extensively throughout North America. His style has been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Jose Gonzalez, and Nick Cave. With an affinity for folk, blues, and rock he crafts acoustic driven, melancholy pop songs. Pozzi will be releasing his debut solo record in 2019.
Smooth Taste
Smooth Taste
Smooth Taste is a blend of southwest neo-soul with a dash of the psychedelic funk. The band contains a “core 4” including Daniel Tucker on drums, Devin Saker on bass, Blake Rogers on lead guitar, and Sutten McWaters on keys and lead vocals.
Apart from the “core 4”, the band features Andy Fleming on saxophone, Jordon Hare as a frontman/rapper, and Ethan Avila as the band’s manager/trumpet player.
Gitai
Gitai
Gitai is a singer-songwriter from Reseda, CA. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Gitai grew up listening to nu metal of the late 1990s/early 2000s & playing in sweltering garages. Time moved him to absorb alternative, and later indie & folk rock. Today he wears these influences tucked away in his back pocket.
Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
http://www.themintla.com/