Upcoming shows this month include April 4th at the Bootleg Theater supporting RUMSPRINGA on their month long residency. Gamble House are on @9:30pm joined by WHITE ARROWS and GARDENS & VILLA. The band will be heading to Las Vegas for a RESIDENCY at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas April 10-12 and April 24-26. 2 shows/night from 10-11pm and Mighnight-1AM. For more info go HERE.
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"Bonny Doon" on KCRW – good times.
Grimy Goods on Gamble House at the Autry Museum
Lord Huron w/ Abe Vigoda and Gamble House at the Autry (Jan. 20, 2011) – Show Review and Photos
A giant FUCK YEAH! to Brand X music rag and Spaceland Productions for putting on the L.A. Unheard showcase in a place of collected history, The Autry Museum. Here, I am entertained in two parts: one part music and one part history. Being able to hang out with friends while experiencing the gift of music surrounded in relics of yesterday’s past was a magical way to spend last Thursday, January the 20th 2011 A.D. Okay, if you’re already loathing my enthusiasm for the history-plus-music combination you should probably stop reading now because it only gets worse.
Before I go into the band experiences I would like to take this chance to set the mood for what the evening was like. If you are reading this and did not attend, well I’m kind of glad you didn’t. Here’s why: if it had been as crowded as “First Fridays” at the Natural History Museum (NHM), it wouldn’t have been the same intimate heart grinning experience that it was. The audience had that, “we all know this is the first time we’ve all had this experience in this place vibe/excitement.” Something that won’t happen again once word gets out of how cool these Autry’s shows are. I am part of that word spread, ironic. The Autry atrium, overlooked by a wooden horse (actually made of bronze), is an awesome acoustic space that lets the sound of song reverberate through out the entire museum. The two-story open atrium also provides an observation deck with its upstairs portico that provides an aerial view from all sides.
Gamble House was the first band to perform in this showcase. They opened with their song “Rising Tides” a sweet number with divine harmonies and vintage sounds that my photographer described as Grizzly Bear-esque. I agreed. I had never heard/experienced this band before, and my heart was stolen during the performance of the song “Blow by Blow.” It’s so dreamy and sad, and these guys really seemed to enjoy the majesty of it all. I also noticed that this is one of those bands where the singer’s voice does not match his look. A weird and personal observation I know, but I am a weird girl.
Next up was the tropical embellished indie folk sounds of Lord Huron who were accompanied by the Calder Quartet made up of one cello, a viola and two violins dressed in Reservoir Dogs-style suits. The audience, including me, really enjoyed this band with the happy dance energy and an eye feast of things to look at. Singer Ben Schneider, who my friend described as “has movie star good looks,” danced a cute little country shuffle that made me move. The drummer had an odd Picasso like drum set up, and also wore a washboard bib. Yeah, a washboard bib! Awesome! The atrium quickly filled up and all attention was given to this band whose sound is a complete breath of fresh air. We should all expect all our friends to be talking about this band in the near future.
Closing the L.A. Unheard night was the band Abe Vigoda. They played well, but I hate to say this … something was lacking. I don’t know what it was exactly. Was it not enough energy? Maybe it was their new sound off of the Crush album? I can’t really say. I only know that the majority of the audience went upstairs to the bar area, and I had a hard time keeping focused on the music. Wow, I feel absolutely terrible saying anything negative about anyone let alone online, but I can only describe my experience.
Now I would like to take the opportunity to say: Dear Spaceland Productions, please have more events like this at the Autry with the galleries open at an affordable cover price, please.
Dear Autry Museum, please allow us to take our drinks into the galleries. We are not animals, and can behave in a civilized manner. NHM allows it. Thanks!
Show and Museum experience by Roxanne Hilburn
Photos: Dominoe Farris- Gilbert
Check out the photos of Lord Huron, Abe Vigoda and Gamble House at the Autry below!
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Daytrotter featuring Gamble House
A Demonstrative Honey Time
Nov 10, 2010
Words by Sean Moeller
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Sound engineering by Mike Gentry
One of the things that we personally find criminal here at the Daytrotter headquarters is that the UK band Wild Beasts is less than known in many circles here in the United States. We can’t seem to understand how such a thing is at all possible. We also find ourselves personally optimistic that this could change, as a great band like New York’s Grizzly Bear is believed to belong in the upper echelon of contemporary American rock and roll outfits. We feel that there is hope out there for pretty songs that are bent on being as adventurous as they are beautiful. Obviously, the good fellows of Grizzly Bear did not ascend to such a status in a swift and easy manner. It took time and they likely exchange silent high fives, with telling eyes and faces with the dudes in the National as they pass each other on the streets – being part of the small club of sluggers who just kept swinging and broke through into that greater consciousness. Los Angeles-based band Gamble House hopefully won’t have as long of a wait or as steep of a climb to get to a place of recognition, having already written an album that’s heavy on poise and holds a peculiar warmth and exists with an understanding of the basic principles of what it takes to grab folks and bring them right into your parlor for a sip and a sit. It’s a spell that the four-piece throws on you that gets you swooning right quickly, unable to yank yourself away from what’s going on all around and all above you.
Lead singer Ben Becker and cohorts, Keith Karman, Ben Cassorla and Brian McLaughlin generate a feeling of bountiful rushes, of lightning that cracks a night sky up like an accident spider webs a windshield. The sounds that they make are whooshes of inspired tones and treatments that come out of the headphones like woozy sights fully imagined, a cascade of strolling sweets and dynamic personalities, as if we were thrust into the middle of a picturesque whirlwind. We’re allowed to just stand there as the landscape changes all around us with the passing of time and movements. We’re given a chance to get drunk on the offerings and yet all of that drinking never leads to an unhappy ending, just that ever-important and welcome buzz. Gamble House takes us into those odd corners that the aforementioned Wild Beasts take us into and yet, all of the settings glimmer with a veneer of proud and demonstrative honey – the kind that the Brooklyn-ites of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles drench over their lush and sinewy songs. We’re left a bit staggered, a bit dazed and all the way impressed.
Gamble House Official Site