We Are The West is a convergence of sound and space both rare and compelling.  Over the past three years, the Los Angeles-based group has steadily made a name for themselves with their intimate and hauntingly beautiful songs, and their uniquely organic approach to performance, bringing new meaning to the terms “underground” and “garage band.”  Equally at home in concert halls and improvised spaces, We Are The West has cultivated a loyal following, in large part through their ongoing and immersive concert series in the underground parking garage of an office building, the Saturday before each full moon.


Brett Hool [voice/guitar] and John Kibler [bass/voice] formed We Are The West during a period of time spent between The Netherlands and Brooklyn, before moving back to California.  Originally described as "a two-man orchestra of stunning vocals, meditative guitar, and exploratory double bass," the group now includes Elizabeth Goodfellow [drums/voice], and an extended family of musicians, Sylvain Carton [clarinet/saxophone], Ben Tolliday [cello], and Paul Cox [organ].  Often seeking out nontraditional and acoustically inspirational spaces in which to perform and record, their national tours have included performances in natural desert amphitheaters, mine shafts, barns, abandoned convents, and shipping containers, in addition to traditional theaters, festivals, clubs, and galleries.  Onstage they have supported Lord Huron, Pete Yorn, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, as well as chamber artists Kinan Azmeh [Silk Road Ensemble] and Real Vocal String Quartet.  Their recordings have been featured in compilations for organizations such as Textura, Sound and Motion, and the Surfrider Foundation. 

 

Quietly known as the LA music scene’s best-kept-secret, We Are The West’s underground parking garage concert series presents a recontextualized and genuinely deep musical experience.  The Saturday before each full moon, the band transforms an everyday office parking garage into an extraordinary performance space.  Different guests open each night, from established artists and acclaimed younger bands, to chamber groups and avant-garde sound experiments.  The garage itself provides an unusually welcoming environment, a perfect setting for We Are The West’s transporting and dynamic sound.  As the local Santa Monica Daily Press puts it, “If the parking garage is an instrument itself, Hool and Kibler are virtuosos.”

 

Over the past two years, We Are The West has released the first three installments of a four-part, self-titled album, each recorded in a different improvised locale.  November 2014 brought the release of ‘Regards’ via the Touch Tapes label, a complement to the ongoing self-titled series.  Work on the fourth and final installment has commenced in Joshua Tree, Calif..

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