Drop Electric, Young Rapids, The Sea life, The Raised By Wolves, DJ Ryan Ulbrich and Van O

DC Music Download's Two Year Anniversary Show with Raise Your City Featuring:

Drop Electric, Young Rapids, The Sea life, The Raised By Wolves, DJ Ryan Ulbrich and Van O

Sat, January 25

Doors: 8:00 pm


$1.00 from each ticket will benefit Girls Rock! DC

Drop Electric - (Set time: 11:30 PM)

Based in a city known for stagnant bureaucracies and business as usual, Drop Electric tells a
different story about the nation's capital. The band's sound is a manic barrage of soaring vocals,
heavy guitars, atmospheric textures, and thunderous percussion, born in the
the band members shared experiences as the children of immigrants.

Drop Electric's debut album, "Finding Color in the Ashes" was self­ released in December 2010.
Exploring a dark post­rock sound reminiscent of Mogwai and Mono. It was met with a positive response from critics, The Washington Post calling it a "rumbling, expansive sound." The album helped the band break through in the Washington DC music scene.

In the following years, they transformed their sound with the addition of a vocalist, Kristina
Reznikov. They introduced their new sound via an online only EP ("Drop Electric Sampler
Platter"), which featured the song "Empire Trashed". This song was featured on NPR's "All
Songs Considered", after the show's host, Bob Boilen, caught one of their shows at the Black
Cat in Washington DC. Describing the band's sound as "epic", the podcast helped to drive
interest in the band outside of their hometown.

The band eventually signed with Lefse Records/Fat Possum to release their follow­up album in 2013.

Following a week-long premiere on Pandora Premieres, the band released, "Waking up to the
Fire" on Lefse Records in October 2013 to critical praise. Since the release of the album, the band has played extensively around the mid­ Atlantic, including the CMJ Festival in 2014, All Good Festival in 2015, and headlining a sold out show at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC and the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

The band also found success in licensing with “Santo Domingo” being featured in the theatrical
IMAX trailer for Warner Brothers blockbuster, 300: Rise of an Empire and “Blue Dream” being
licensed for commercials by H&M, Maybeline, and fashion website Refinery 29.

The 2015 album, "Lost in Decay" was released via Waaga Records in the US and Rallye Label in Japan. Completed before the departure of former singer Kristina Reznikov in 2014, it was a return to the post­ rock, guitar­ based sound of their previous releases.

In 2016, Drop Electric plans to release its fourth album with new members Anya Mizani and Steve Smith.
Young Rapids - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Young Rapids

The new Young Rapids reemerged this year from their hiatus with purpose, though the expressive core of the DC dream pop group remains as strong as ever. As with their earliest recordings, today’s Young Rapids carefully and artfully synthesize their interests in storytelling and experimentalism into a vast yet direct sound that’s at times reminiscent of Radiohead, TV on the Radio and The Walkmen, while remaining uniquely original. Pretty Ugly is fully formed, each twist and turn reinforcing the album’s character, all leading to the catharsis of closer “Ugly”. “Now I understand,” croons Dan Gleason at the record’s end. And somehow, we do too.

The Sea Life - (Set time: 9:15 PM)

Contrary to what the schemers in Silicon Valley say, navigating life in the 21st century is no easy feat. Sure, you can have someone come to your home and do your laundry or deliver a burrito or smoke you up at the touch of a button, but the hidden costs come in the form of general anxiety and implacable angst. The Sea Life know that imbalance all too well.

This is music for people who are trying to stand on their own two feet. The fluid rhythm section swells with crisp, sweet melodies, only to slam against the uneasy the walls of panic and static, embodied by the noisy combo of affected vocals and tube-distorted guitar. Meanwhile, the lyrics dance around themes of disillusionment and self-awareness, while still infused with a real push for something, anything better. Their songwriting and performances are urgent and immediate, like an engine that would stall if it ever came to a stop. Rather than give in to the dumb ease of today, the members of The Sea Life trudge on into that good night the only way they know how: rocking your face off.

The Raised By Wolves - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Raised By Wolves is comprised of Ben Eskin and Dusty Durston, who hail from Bethesda, Maryland. After beginning to write songs in 2004, the two have used the better part of a decade to hone their musical craft. After deciding to attend different schools in 2008, the two began a musical project that they would write both remotely and when they reunited on academic breaks.

They have spent the last year polishing their repertoire and recording their sonic experiments. Sadie Hawkins is the band’s debut album and is representative of The Raised By Wolves’ dedication to writing heartfelt pop songs and presenting them in unorthodox ways.
DJ Ryan Ulbrich and Van O - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001