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New Meetup: VNV Nation/War Tapes @ Nokia Theater

From: Rachel
Sent on: Thursday, May 21, 2009 10:08 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: VNV Nation/War Tapes @ Nokia Theater

When: July 18,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: VNV Nation
with War Tapes and Ayria

Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2009
Showtime: 8:15 PM
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Ages: 16 & Over
Ticket Prices*: $25.00-$28.00
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Irish/English duo VNV Nation continue to leap from strength to strength, emerging as a powerhouse in the alternative rock electronic and industrial scenes. Their unique blend of contemporary electronic styles, industrial, rock and dance element, thematic lyrics and inspiring, emotive vocals ranges from hard-hitting electronic beats to haunting ballads and symphonic orchestrations. VNV Nation have earned incredible acclaim for their energetic live shows and gained a fanatical worldwide following.

War Tapes

?We call it heart-quaking doom pop,? says Neil Popkin of the sound of WAR TAPES' first full length album, THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, set for release on May 26 by Seattle-based indie Sarathan Records.

The foursome includes Neil Popkin (singer/rhythm guitarist, from Boston), his sister Becca Popkin (bassist, also from Boston), Matt Bennett (lead guitar, from Hawaii) and William Mohler (drummer, from SoCal). They've been raking in rave reviews since their 2006 live debut, and the early buzz on War Tapes earned airplay on such tastemaker radio stations as BBC Radio 1 and Live 105 in San Francisco, while ?Dreaming of You? was aired on NBC?s New Year?s Eve with Carson Daly (and "The Night Unfolds" for a week in March). The band has also already played shows and/or toured across the US and in the UK with The Smashing Pumpkins, Tiger Army, Shiny Toy Guns, Moving Units, The Bravery, Longwave, VNV Nation and The Unseen--even before releasing their first retail EP in Oct 2008.

From the very first time Neil, Matt, Becca and William played on stage together in 2006, they have been perfecting the kind of musical explosion you'd expect from a high-end pyrotechnics lab--or Matt's volcanic island home of Hawaii. Such mountainous fireworks require elemental alchemy, and each member provides distinct color and flash. Bassist Becca is a classically-trained pianist and guitarist (but had never played bass before joining War Tapes). William is a jazz-educated bassist and guitarist (but had never played drums in a band before). Matt has roots in the fertile soil of shoegaze and punk guitar styles. Neil evolved his voice and aggressive stage style from his post-punk influences. And Becca notes that, though collectively they play one style of music, they all ?love so many different genres of music that the combination is what makes our sound so unique.?

Consequently, it?s challenging to pigeonhole War Tapes into any particular genre. They play rock clubs and gain screaming fans faithful to the hardcore scene, but receive eloquent and studied reviews that cite the technical mastery of jazz bands. While recognizes their ?cohesive passion? as ?infectious? and ?fun,? sees them as ?sexy,? and ?atmospheric.? LA Weekly sees them ?spreading their emotional spectrum.?

At live shows, Neil prowls and leaps like a crazed and dangerous animal, often startling or even alarming audience members with his theatrical intensity. Matt is a blur of movement as he does the work of three guitarists. William provides precise time, and scales a mountain of volume to their trademark bridges and choruses. And amidst the frenzy, Becca stands as still, beautiful, and stoic as an elm tree from her native New England while filling the room with her glorious and unique bass lines.

Very refreshingly, War Tapes are not just one-dimensional musicians. Becca is an accomplished craftswoman whose jewelry lines are featured in New York and LA, and has studied painting at academies in Boston, New York, and Chelsea, England; Matt is an avid museum-goer, obsessively enjoying the mind-bending Museum of Jurassic Technology most of all. And the entire band is versed in classic and modern literature, citing Cormac McCarthy?s apocalyptic "The Road" and the magical realism of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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