Scarlet Sails

Scarlet Sails

Radiator King, Magnolia Memoir, Sky Madden (DJ Set)

Fri · July 28, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Scarlet Sails
Scarlet Sails
Olya Viglione could not have imagined that upon her first night arriving in New York City as a musically-inclined language student from Moscow that she would be courageously escaping the human trafficking underworld and fighting for her freedom. Much like the 1923 adventure novel by Alexander Grin from which the band takes its name, the story of Scarlet Sails is one of hard-won fulfillment, a steadfast belief in yourself, and fighting against all odds to turn dreams to reality.

On June 23rd 2013, Brian Viglione, drummer for The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes was front-row and among the packed audience at the Black Flag: “Barred For Life” Book Release Party on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A chance encounter with Olya after the show resulted in a love-at-first sight alchemy which Brian describes as, “the clouds parting and sunshine bursting through the dark of the bar”. A six-week courtship began, thus gaining a mutual trust and sharing a deep passion for music from Otis Redding to Ravel. The pair bonded further when they began working on Olya’s original material that fall, and soon married in March of 2014.

Coinciding with their new union was Brian having joined as drummer for Violent Femmes, touring three continents and recording both the Happy New Year EP (2015), for which he also designed the packaging, and We Can Do Anything (2016). However, after two and a half years, Viglione felt dissatisfied with the pace and direction of the group and resigned announcing on social media on December 31st 2015 that he was moving forward full-time with Scarlet Sails.

On January 15th 2016, Brian and Olya released the band’s debut 5-song EP, recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans), the first video for, I’ll Be There, in the spring, then traveled on a 3-week co-headline tour with Nina Diaz of Girl In A Coma in the summer.
Olya joined The Dresden Dolls to sing, Delilah, at the band’s reunion shows in August.

Scarlet Sails followed up with their second video for, Wonder Why, in October, and headed into Brooklyn’s Atlantic Sound Studio in December with Grammy-winning engineering team of Diko Shoturma and Nic Hard to record their first full-length album, Future From The Past.

The album was produced by Brian, with Olya providing many of the string and horn arrangements. “The concept behind the album was, ’What if Queen and Alice Cooper remade OK Computer?’ Recording was an exciting exercise in both impulsivity and executing our vision because we had a lot to capture in a short amount of time. That kind of pressure helped keep the creativity sharp, and focused on capturing performances.”

“Future From The Past is ultimately about embracing the present- It’s about overcoming fear and doubt by making manifest your dreams into the life you want to create now. They're stories about having the guts to risk everything, as well as see the value of staying true to yourself. That kind of inner strength and resolve can be infectious to those around you and help forge that reality. We can reflect on and learn from the past, cast our dreams into the future, but all we’re really given is this moment to live, so accept that invitation.” - Brian Viglione
Radiator King
Radiator King
Somewhere between punk and blues – a porch and an alley – lies Radiator King, the performing/recording name of Boston native and Brooklyn based, Adam Silvestri. Established in 2011, Radiator King’s music shows influences from both Dylan and Strummer with a sound described by Boston blog Allston Pudding as something akin to what “Tom Waits locked in a room for a month with nothing but a copy of Springstein’s Nebraska” might produce. Whether alone with a guitar or backed by a band, Radiator King embodies the raw energy of punk, the grit and intricacy of delta blues, and the lyrical potency of folk in “songs that are the sonic equivalent to an old whiskey bar at the end of a dirt road.”

Woven from the moral fabric of integrity and hard work fundamental to hardcore, Silvestri is relentless in bringing his music on the road. With six separate tours spanning from the East to West Coast in 2013 and 2014 alone, Radiator King has played everywhere from basements and bars to art galleries and cafes. Based on a constant energy and the genuine nature of his songs, Silvestri’s performances bridge the separation between stage and audience and are reflective of not just the crowd and venue, but the city and neighborhood in which he is performing.

In early 2015, Radiator King will release his second full-length album, Document Untold, followed by a 6-week US tour. In the tradition of American folklore, Document Untold, reflects on the hardships and humanity shared by working class Americans. When asked where his ideas for the album stemmed from, Silvestri explains: “The ones who tell history decide what we remember about the past. It is too often that those at the bottom are forgotten and their story dies off for lack of retelling. I’ve known these people my whole life. It’s their stories and lives that are most inspiring. They possess a certain grit and authenticity that I have always been drawn to. These are the stories worthy of mythologizing. It’s these stories I want to tell.” With his characteristic rasp, Silvestri sings of those who, despite being overlooked and marginalized by society, refuse to give in and give up. Building on similar themes in his debut album, Launching Day, Silvestri’s lyrics tell of the choices, triumphs and tragedies that every life endures.

The album is a compilation of Silvestri’s own experiences, observations, and stories passed down. In “On the Corner”, Silvestri draws from his father’s memories about the neighborhood block where he grew up. On the corner, his gang of friends would congregate. “Growing up I would often hear stories of lots of crazy characters from his neighborhood, many came from nothing and caused their fair share of trouble. But what always stuck with me about the stories were the loyalty and camaraderie. For better or worse and without much to show for it, the guys on the corner had a moral code which they took very seriously. Those who did not respect that code were banished from the corner. When I look around today, I see those same scenarios still exist in cities and towns all across America; most likely they always will.” From beginning to end, while the details are specific, the experiences are universal.

From the perspective of one who is dealt a tough hand and repeatedly faces life’s injustices, “Under Iron” reflects the album’s underlying philosophy of remembrance and documentation of the common man’s experience. It captures the story of those who accept and bear the perpetual burdens they face with a heroic sense of pride. Recognizing what is beyond his control, Silvestri’s character trudges on and when faced with his own mortality, only cares to be remembered for the strength with which he lived.

At times devastatingly sad, unwaveringly proud, brutally honest, and always raw with emotion, Document Untold reflects Silvestri’s versatility as a song-writer and musician. From the heavy, high-energy rampage of “On the Corner”, reminiscent of the hardcore scene that Silvestri’s musical foundation was built upon, to “It All Grows Old”, a poignant ballad about inevitable endings, this multifaceted album is a reflection of emotions to which we can all relate.

To preserve the natural energy at the core of this album, the music is recorded live, supporting Silvestri’s powerful vocals and perceptive lyrics. The album was produced by Van Goose (Shlomi Lavie) and engineered by Danny Shatzky at Vibromonk Studio in Brooklyn, NY during the winter of 2014, two years after Radiator King’s release of Launching Day, and Silvestri’s relocation to Brooklyn.
Magnolia Memoir
Magnolia Memoir
Bold, bracing and cinematic, Magnolia Memoir is led by the stunningly raw & angelic voice of Mela Lee, with vintage keys, b3 and vibes from Alexander Burke. Magnolia Memoir is a perfect mix of beauty, pain, redemption and revolution. They’ve been described as, “Fiona Apple meets the Killers with a dash of the Clash” and “Adele meets the Black Keys” but they remain defiantly, singular and unique –

“…Mela lee and Magnolia Memoir create an ambiance that conjures up greatness…”

-Bill Bentley, Sonic Boomers

“Magnolia Memoir is stunning and altogether unforgettable”

-Margaret Cho, Actress/Comedienne

“…Mela has the voice of an Angel and can break the heart of heaven…”

– Grammy & Gospel Legend, Andrae Crouch

Their second album, The Perfect Crime (February 2012), received universal critical praise. As an iTunes New & Noteworthy album, iTunes remarked that the once indie jazz ensemble had, “…ventured decisively (and often explosively) into the Triple AAA, alternative rock territory.”

With their third studio album, Pale Fire (2014) another iTunes New & Noteworthy/ Top Pick, Magnolia Memoir solidified their alternative status with an explosive concept album rife with crossover appeal. From the indie pop perfection of “Odds & Ends” to the haunting and stark “Silence & the Ache,” to the Mississippi swagger of “Ash & Bone” and the signature, playful gypsy punk of the title track, “Pale Fire” – Magnolia Memoir certainly lives up to their promise and gives you something to remember them by.
Venue Information:
428 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90013