Livy Star Promotions presents
Worth Taking (pop punk from San Francisco, CA)
Like many passionate songsters before him, Jerod McBrayer listened to Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American and it changed his life. His heart pounded, his veins pumped what felt like strawberry syrup, and his body felt like he was in one of those dreams where you try to run but your legs move like marshmallows. He loved it and wanted to create it.
As a creative outlet to his Atlanta punk bands, Jerod began exploring what has become Worth Taking’s sound. He loved the infectious energy of punk music, but was drawn to the way power pop-punk bands sweetened the raw punk sound to create something addictively tuneful. The pop-oriented sound also allowed him to show off his sugary vocals and explore deeper lyrical themes, such as love, hope and our ongoing struggle with morality.
In 2011, Jerod recorded Worth Taking’s first EP, singing all vocals and playing each instrument. The Anxious EP turned out to be a well-rounded five-song power pop-punk record that showcased Jerod’s command of simple, irresistible melodies, while preserving the electrifying energy of punk music. His lyrics related effortlessly to the challenges of post adolescent life, without the whiny, post-breakup discourse so prevalent in many pop- punk songs. After promoting Anxious at the Cornerstone Festival, he decided that if he was ever going to find quality band members who shared his passion, he needed to head west.
Drawn to the Bay Area for its reputation of spawning countless great bands, Jerod settled on San Francisco. Here he was introduced Chris Self, who played in the Adeline Records band, Fetish. The group quickly meshed and spent 2012 touring, writing and recording.
The new lineup also supercharged Worth Taking’s live show. Jerod’s refined vocals were finally teamed with a vibrant energy, solidifying Worth Taking as an exciting live band without the disjointed missteps of a party band—you won’t get soaked in beer if you nestle up to the front of their stage, but your girlfriend might get a few drops on her Converse.
While Jerod still wrote all the songs, the band’s second EP, Oddly Pacific, finally featured the other band members. At the end of 2012, the band streamed its first single, “I Like the Movie Version Better,” which Pittsburgh Music Magazine called, “a post power punk romp that has the feel of Taking Back Sunday mating with My Freshman Year.” The band followed the single with a fully produced video in January 2013, which received almost 1000 views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.
The rest of 2013 proved to be promising as well. Touring Japan, they offered Oddly Pacific to a crowd left elated and ready for more. Soon enough they returned to the states only to continue working on the first full-length album, “Art Imitates Art,” released in 2014.
After relentless hours of writing and recording, 2016 will be the year of “Hangman,” the band’s second full-length album. Jerod and Chris, now joined by Chase Kossack on drums, will tour the U.S. to give fans a taste of an all new Worth Taking.
Spoilers (punk rock rock from Kent)
Hailing from the compost heap of England. This Kent based 4 piece features members, Dan Goatham (7 Day Conspiracy, Southport), Ben Davis (More Than Normal), Stuart Randall and Leon Packer. Quite simply long-time friends from their local music scene, this story gets its start when Dan leaves UK punk legends SOUTHPORT. Approached by the other 3 members in turn with a view to starting a new band after hearing some earlier demos filled with new and original song ideas. Less than 30 minutes into the first practice SPOILERS was born. With catchy vocal melodies mixed with riffs that are just as at home now as they would be in the early Snuff period all played with an energy that rivals China Drum and Gorilla Biscuits in a fist fight with Osker. SPOILERS are the type of act that will let you believe they are a pop punk band then without notice slap you in the face with some melodic hardcore.
Tío Rico (grunge punk rock from Manchester)
Grunge punk from Manchester
Listen, and understand, that Tío Rico are out there! We can't be bargained with! We can't be reasoned with! We don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear and we absolutely will not stop... ever!
Tio Rico formed in 2015 , initially gravitating towards a slow ska punk sound. In September 2016 they went to Pressure Drop Studios and recorded their single Mr Big Shot with Will Farley (Stay Clean Jolene / The Leif Ericsson) which was released through Horn & Hoof Records.
The EP Business and Pleasure was recorded in July 2017, is shows the bands progression away from ska to a heavier sound.
In July 2018 Tio Rico started working on a new album "Suck it" with Ant Booth at Kesbri Studios in Bolton , they were joined by Ash on Drums in September and released the first single from it titled "Newspeak", the second single “Unfledged” was released in April 2019.
"The band’s post-Hardcore is out in force in ‘Newspeak’
and its a track that wastes no time.
Grunge rhythms pound along to a bass tuned for Hardcore Punk
but living with one foot in the Post-Hardcore 80’s”
- Musically Fresh
Crushed Veneer (pop punk/indie from London)
Formed in London in early 2017, Crushed Veneer delivers a high energy blend of punk and indie rock. With influences ranging from The Gaslight Anthem and Beach Slang to Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. they layer heartfelt lyrics on a bed of hard, fast, punk rock.
***PUNK ROCK DJ AFTERPARTY***
September 21, 2019 | 8pm | 18+
£8 ADV | £10 OTD
Ticket Link - https://www.wegottickets.com/event/476567?f
The Fiddler's Elbow in Camden
1 Malden Rd
NW5 3HS London
Northern Line Tube - Chalk Farm
Overground - Kentish Town West
Buses - 24, 46, 241