Picture This

Resident Presents

Picture This

Jim and Sam

Wed · March 22, 2017

8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Picture This
Picture This
The simplest song will often echo the loudest, crossing boundaries and uniting listeners everywhere.
Just ask Picture This.

The Irish duo—Jimmy Rainsford [drummer] and Ryan Hennessey [vocals, guitar]—weave together identifiable tales of love and life with upbeat melodies and immediately irresistible hooks. The world quickly responded to both their storytelling and songwriting. In 2015, an iPhone video of their very first composition “Take My Hand” went viral. With its timeless narrative of eternal love, lush acoustic guitars, and bombastic build-up, the track generated 2 million-plus Spotify streams and over 1.9 million YouTube views since it’s independent release. As the group’s independent self-titled 2016 Picture This EP enchanted audiences, they impressively sold over 30,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland. Kicking off 2017, the boys won “Best Music Act” at the 2017 Gossies and landed a deal with Republic Records.

With a rising global profile, they cling to the same straightforward philosophy that yielded initial success...
“The songs come along very quickly,” exclaims Ryan. “All of them are written in about five minutes, so they’re immediate and conversational. I don’t change them from when they’re written, which means that people really know what I’m talking about.”
Picture This have lived the kind of humbling, underdog story that classic novels and films are made of. Ryan and Jimmy grew up in the tiny Irish town of Athy, County Kildare, but they didn’t meet until the age of 18. Blessed with a musical family, Jimmy already had prospects of a gig as a full-time drummer. Meanwhile, Ryan found music during his late teens, building his lyrical style on a poetic foundation. Given their respective skills, they became mates and creative partners right off the bat.

“There’s no ego involved,” Jimmy elaborates. “I think that’s the key. We both appreciate and trust exactly what it is we’re thinking. We have a shared vision for the songs. When Ryan
comes along with the lyrics, I’m not going to question them, because I know he’s good at that. As for myself, I know if I offer a riff for a song then he’s going to trust me.”

“We’re lucky in that I can't write a riff,” Ryan laughs. “Jimmy can't write a lyric. We stick to what we know best, and that approach has worked from the very start. To us, that approach is common sense. We know not to step onto each other’s toes.”

That trust has already brought Picture This around the world. They’ll spend 2017 in Nashville, TN recording their full-length debut album for Republic Records. Expect that simplicity to lead
to further success.

“Our videos, our social media – we enjoy doing all of that. As well as doing the music, it gives Ryan and myself purpose,” Jimmy leaves off. “We genuinely care about the work we do as
much as we love our fans.”
Jim and Sam
Jim and Sam
"their songs are impeccably written, structured, and arranged. They're also so very pretty, and incredibly catchy; earworms in the best possible way." - KCRW MUSIC BLOG

Regarding the release of their debut EP, This Is What's Left:

We live in Los Angeles and recorded these songs in Denmark with Swedish producer Lasse Marten, multi-instrumentalist Anders Pettersson and drummer Magnus Olsson. It's all about transitioning. The songs, these recordings, life, our relationships to each other and to the music. What's relevant to you at one time shifts so quickly. It's why we love it and what makes it so hard. Recording these songs was like being at summer camp. It all makes sense when you're there. You're in the moment, it's magical, and you become something you can only be when you're away from home. Then you come home and it's hard to describe in words what happened. So you do the laundry, go to the grocery store and realize, this is what's left.

— Jim and Sam
Venue Information:
428 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90013