8123 FEST: A CURATED FESTIVAL BY A BAND CALLED THE MAINE

The Maine Presents

8123 FEST: A CURATED FESTIVAL BY A BAND CALLED THE MAINE

MAYDAY PARADE, WE THE KINGS, REAL FRIENDS, THE TECHNICOLORS, THIS CENTURY, TEENAGE WRIST

Sat, January 19, 2019

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 12:00 pm

Phoenix Civic Space Park

Phoenix, AZ

$45.00 - $149.99

This event is all ages

8123 FEST
THE MAINE
THE MAINE
The Maine is an American Alternative band from Tempe, Arizona
MAYDAY PARADE
MAYDAY PARADE
The sixth studio album from Tallahassee-based rock band Mayday Parade, Sunnyland gets its title from an abandoned hospital where the band members used to sneak in to explore as teenagers. “The hospital shut down sometime in the mid-’80s but then it just stayed there for decades,” says lead vocalist Derek Sanders. “It was a super-creepy place—it was overgrown with vines, and still had some of the hospital beds and IV stands—but we have all these good memories of hanging out there when we were younger.”

The follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 album Black Lines, Sunnyland finds Mayday Parade both reflecting on the past and pushing toward the future. The band recorded the album with longtime producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, and also teamed up with Grammy nominated producer John Feldmann (blink-182, Panic! At the Disco) and Howard Benson (Of Mice & Men, My Chemical Romance) for the very first time. The result is an album built on impassioned vocals, sing-along choruses, and deeply heartfelt lyrics.
From the album-opening “Never Sure”—a tortured love song driven by blistering riffs and pummeling drumbeats—Mayday Parade instill all of Sunnyland with unbridled energy. Whether they’re taking on a folk-infused ballad like “Always Leaving” or channeling brutal punk fury into tracks like “If I Were You,” the band sustains an undeniable intensity. While much of the album explores personal matters like loss and love (as on the stirringly romantic, piano-laced “Piece Of Your Heart”), songs such as “It's Hard to Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning” emerge as an outward-looking burst of anger. “That song was written within months of Donald Trump being elected and came from feeling upset that something as horrible as that could happen,” says Sanders. “But even though there’s a lot of negativity on the song, there’s still a hopeful chorus, because I think we need to try to stay hopeful.” And to close out Sunnyland, Mayday Parade deliver the album’s stripped-back title track, a melancholy midtempo number that unfolds with graceful acoustic guitar work, delicate harmonies, and subtly detailed storytelling.

Since making their debut with 2007’s A Lesson in Romantics, the band has sold over 1.1 million albums, steadily amassing a worldwide following. Through the years, their chemistry has only
gotten more potent, with all five members now contributing to the songwriting process (and coming up with upwards of 80 songs in the writing sessions for Sunnyland). “When we started this band most of us were still teenagers,” notes Sanders. “We’ve obviously grown up and changed a whole lot since then, but through all that we’ve grown closer as friends and tighter as musicians. It’s amazing and incredible that we’re able to still do this, and we all definitely realize how lucky we are.”

Having gotten their start selling their CDs in the parking lot of Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade have now headlined the tour five times, and will play the main stage again this summer for the tour’s final run. For the band, each live show offers the chance to personally connect with the dedicated following they consider more like a family than a fanbase. And with the release of Sunnyland, Mayday Parade’s mission is to continue strengthening that connection through their uncompromising honesty and boundless emotion. “There’s a lot of sadness in these songs, but it’s always a good thing to get those feelings out,” says Sanders of Sunnyland. “So if there are people out there dealing with hard times, we hope our music can help them work through that, and come away feeling a little better about everything.”
WE THE KINGS
WE THE KINGS
American rock band from Bradenton, Florida, USA, formed in 2005.
REAL FRIENDS
REAL FRIENDS
Colored by brushstrokes of punk, pop, and emo, Chicago’s Real Friends became one of the biggest breakout acts following the release of their debut, Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing (2014) and solidified their place as frontrunners in the alternative scene, with their sophomore record, The Home Inside My Head, as both albums earned Billboard Top 200 chart placement. To record The Home Inside My Head, the band treaded new territory by recording with two producers, three songs with producer Mike Green (Pierce The Veil, All Time Low) and nine with Steve Evetts (The Wonder Years, Dillinger Escape Plan). As they expanded their sonic palette, the lyrical vision also grew. Another first, Dan Lambton split writing duties, penning lyrics to four songs. The Home Inside My Head is Real Friends' coming-of-age story, about a common realization that things won't be the same as they were during childhood, and that's okay. The Chicagoland quintet chose to put this journey on tape and let their lyrics spin into something positive, used as a therapeutic outlet for both Kyle and Dan. Noted as one of Alternative Press Magazine's Most Anticipated Albums of 2016, and a truly personal album for Real Friends, The Home Inside My Head, resonated with fans in its own unique way, giving them something to relate to and connect with individually. Now, Real Friends are ready to embark on a new journey – having released their latest high-energy single “Get By” and currently putting the finishing touches their forthcoming third studio album, already named as one of Alternative Press Magazines Most Anticipated Albums of 2018. The album is slated for a summer release.

"This song in particular addresses uncertainties pertaining to not knowing what may be good for you or in your best interest," explains Lambton. "Whether it be medication, drugs, alcohol, psychiatric treatment, etc. and generally not being able to navigate the inner workings of your mind to know what is going on with your mental state.”

It's been two years since the band released their third studio LP, The Home Inside My Head, which earned a Billboard Top 200 chart placement. Since then, the band has sold out shows across the country and has been actively writing/recording in the studio.
THE TECHNICOLORS
THE TECHNICOLORS
American rock band The Technicolors started off as the brainchild of Phoenix-native Brennan Smiley.

The formation of the band itself started back when Smiley was acoustically supporting other local music acts by performing his songs live. After a few shows, the project began to grow and soon turned into a more serious approach, taking on the form of The Technicolors.

Inspired by the New Millennium’s garage rock and mid 90's Brit-pop, The Technicolors combine elements of those two genres with classic and modern components and subject matters to introduce a completely new and exclusive sound.

Today, The Technicolors is Brennan Smiley (Vocals, Guitar), Troy Lowney (Keys), Mike (Nico) Nicolette (Bass), and Sean Silverman (Guitar, Vocals).
THIS CENTURY
THIS CENTURY
Forming in 2007 out of Phoenix, Arizona, This Century quickly became one of the more exciting pop/rock bands to enter the music atmosphere. Their unique combination of anthemic pop and a die hard grassroots fan base has led to them sharing the stage with the likes of Selena Gomez, Yellowcard, Good Charlotte, The Maine, Never Shout Never and many others.

In addition to success in their home country, This Century enjoyed a large rise in international popularity. In Southeast Asia, their songs “Sound of Fire”, “Everywhere, Everything”, “Bleach Blonde” and “Skeletons” have all reached #1 on top 40 pop radio formats and continue to receive consistent radio attention. Along with tours in Southeast Asia, the guys have also ventured out across the pond to play for their fans in Europe and the UK.

In 2015 the group expressed their desire to pursue individual music ventures and announced that, as a result, This Century would no longer be active after the release of their self-produced third full length album Soul Sucker.

Frontman Joel Kanitz now releases his music under the moniker Gorgeous War, guitarist Sean Silverman joined The Technicolors and drummer Ryan Gose is Stop Dead.
TEENAGE WRIST
TEENAGE WRIST
Kamtin Mohager | Marshall Gallagher | Anthony Salazar
Venue Information:
Phoenix Civic Space Park
424 North Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://phoenix.gov/parks/civicprk.html