Living Hour with Peel Dream Magazine & Alms

BAMM BAMM Presents

Living Hour with Peel Dream Magazine & Alms

BAMM BAMM Presents Living Hour with Peel Dream Magazine & Alms

Thu December 1 8:00 pm

Resident DTLA 428 South Hewitt Street - Los Angeles, CA 90013

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BAMM BAMM Presents Living Hour with Peel Dream Magazine & Alms

BAMM BAMM Presents

Living Hour

with Peel Dream Magazine

& Alms

Living Hour is Sam Sarty, Gilad Carroll, Adam Soloway, and Brett Ticzon. Someday Is Today, the group’s third full-length effort, features contributions from three producers: Melina Duterte (Jay Som, Chastity Belt), Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Snail Mail), and Samur Khouja (Cate le Bon, Regina Spektor).

Someday Is Today is Living Hour at their most pensive and longing. It was recorded over seven straight days during the depths of a Manitoba winter, with the band cocooned in sounds as the temperature hit -30 outside. “It’s a grind, and it’s incredibly challenging in a frustratingly beautiful kinda way,” Sarty says of their local environment. “It pushes you to keep going, to keep finding glimmers to move forward. A silver piece of wrapper sticking out a snowbank becomes your altar. The big grey sky gets me giddy.”

Sam Sarty’s lyrics – pulled from journals, iPhone notes, and napkin scribbles – come suffused with reflections on disassociation, human interactions with technology, and a poignant contemplation of life in liminal spaces.

The band’s sound grows to warm and earthy new perimeters on Someday Is Today with lush and generous instrumentation. The album thrives by keeping enough connection across its sonic and thematic palettes to feel like one cohesive world. The songs on Someday Is Today feel bound by something bigger than themselves; an energy that flourished in spite of it all, a human connection that grips just strongly enough even when pushed to its frayed, unreachable extremes.

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Peel Dream Magazine is the nom de plume for Los Angeles based musician Joe Stevens, who launched the band while living in NYC with the critically acclaimed 2018 album Modern Meta Physic, a mysterious, liminal tribute to the hazy end of ‘90s dream-pop that found its place on numerous "Best of 2018" lists. Channeling a meditative, droning psychedelia, the record fixates on the whimsy lives of city expats living in upstate New York. In 2020, Peel Dream released Agitprop Alterna, an album that pays homage to the fuzzy, mod-ish pop of acts like My Bloody Valentine and early Stereolab, but it's also indebted to stateside bands like Yo La Tengo and Rocketship that were cut from a similar cloth. Steeped in motorik, Tropicalia, and library music, Agitprop Alterna finds Stevens deepening the connection between the existential and the interpretive first explored on Modern Meta Physic. It is a rejection of manipulation in all its forms and a buzzsaw against complacency; it's a rare trick to agitate without being obvious, and perhaps that makes Agitprop Alterna the most Peel Dream Magazine-like statement yet.

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Alms was started in 2018 by Roman Zangari as a recording outlet for some songs he had written while attending college in Santa Cruz. Once he finished school and moved back to LA, it grew from a solo-project into a real band with the addition of Tristan Walczak & Ellington Peet. Alms self released their first collection of songs titled “Dogpile”, in the fall of 2019. The record largely dealt with themes such as anxiety, disillusionment towards the future, and how uncertainty has become a defining characteristic of the times. Sonically, it incorporated elements of shoegaze, grunge and post-punk into a mix of sentimental, guitar-centric alternative rock, via the likes of "Built to Spill' and 'Pixies'. 
 Since then they have released a slew of singles and EP's, culminating in a 4-song EP titled "Somehow, Always," in June of 2021. Written and recorded during the early days of the Covid 19 Pandemic, "Somehow, Always" marked a shift in the band's approach to songwriting and saw them moving away from the more dissonant and abrasive sound of their first recordings, to something more earnest and immediate. The by-product of a severe period of self-reflection, the songs on "Somehow, Always" hold a magnifying-glass up to past relationships, friendships, and identity, with brutal honesty. The band is currently set to release a follow up EP in the summer of 2022.

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428 S Hewitt St

Los Angeles, CA