The Phenomenauts + Prima Donna + Soraia
FRI · FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$12.00 — $14.00
“These guys aren’t like anything you’ve seen or heard before…I saw Phenomenauts play in both New York City and San Francisco; each time the place was jam-packed with people chanting “Science and honor!” A few dozen were dressed as robots, and endless streams of chicks looked like they’d just landed in from an R-rated Jetsons episode. Fanfare of that sort doesn’t happen by coincidence.”
Prima Donna has long been one of the more exciting acts strutting through the rock & roll underground, but it takes a while for the L.A. quartet to make a record, what with leader Kevin Preston’s involvement with the Green Day project Foxboro Hot Tubs and all. But when it does spit out a new LP it’s always worth the wait. By the time it is over, Nine Lives and Forty Fives will leave you exhausted from head-bopping, air guitar slashing and general leaping about the room in rock & roll abandon. – Michael Toland, Blurt
Prima Donna are Los Angeles’ preeminent ambassadors of rock ‘n’ roll. They have been playing the no-nonsense/pure essence of the form now through three albums and numerous singles. Their latest, Nine Lives and Forty Fives, comes directly to you from the rip-roarin’ label Alive Natural Sounds, who first introduced the world to the Black Keys, Radio Moscow and the Bloodhounds.
Nine Lives and Forty Fives contains numerous in-concert favorites from the band, such as the singles “Living in Sin,” “Rubbish” and “Like Hell.” Two of the tracks, “Deathless” and “Rock and Roll is Dead,” were named Coolest Song in the World by Little Steven’s Underground Garage syndicated radio show. “Deathless” also hit the Top Ten on commercial FM radio in Lima, Peru, which spawned a Spanish language lyric video and a performance video directed by Arthur Leon Adams III, who also directed “Sociopath” from the band’s previous long-player Bless This Mess. A second video from Nine Lives was made for the opening track, the rousing sing-along “Pretty Little Head.”
Born and raised on the mean streets of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Prima Donna schooled on a steady diet of rock ‘n’ roll, learning their lessons well. Their curriculum included sharing the stage with Eddie & the Hot Rods, Adam Ant, Fitz and the Tantrums, Willie Nile, Electric Six, Glen Matlock & the Philistines, the Dictators, and Green Day, who they supported on two arena tours on two continents.
Britpop snottiness up top and California mellowness buried deep. — Jon M. Gilbertson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Raw and intense, Soraia's glory is in their live sound and performances. The songwriting infuses strong melody with garage, blues, and indie rock influences. Their muses come from a wide array of styles — from Otis Redding to The Sonics to Led Zeppelin — culminating in a sound that is all at once garage, blues, soulful, hard-hitting rock and roll: 60's and 70's rock with a modern edge.
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706