Great Good Fine Ok / Smallpools

S&S Presents

Great Good Fine Ok / Smallpools

Half The Animal

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6:30 pm

The Complex

$17 ADV / $20 DOS

Great Good Fine Ok
Great Good Fine Ok
Is it possible to be nostalgic for the future? Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013 and by the next morning had written their first song together, “You’re the One for Me,” a gauzy, heart-thumping anthem that hit #1 on Hype Machine twice in one month and instantly established the group’s sound with Jon Sandler’s dancefloor falsetto soaring over Luke Moellman’s lush post-Space Age production, the perfect soundtrack for retrofuturism.

An EP, Body Diamond, soon followed, as did a slate of shows at that year’s SXSW festival and a deal with Neon Gold and Epic Records. In 2014 GGFO’s second EP, 2M2H, reached #10 on the iTunes dance chart and featured the St. Lucia collaboration “Something to Believe In,” which premiered on Entertainment Weekly. In keeping with this collaborative spirit, GGFO co-wrote and performed on The Chainsmoker’s single “Let You Go,” recorded a cover of Phil Collins’s “Easy Lover” with fellow Brooklynite Panama Wedding, and produced the song “Shapeshifting” with Irish folk-pop singer Orla Gartland, whom Jon and Luke met after their headlining show at Notting Hill Arts Club in London. They have also remixed songs by St Lucia, Foxes, Twenty One Pilots, Luxley, Little Daylight, and many others.

In the past three years, GGFO have performed shows supporting acts ranging from Tove Lo to X Ambassadors to Penguin Prison and have embarked on four major US tours with Betty Who, Joywave, Magic Man, Vacationer, and Panama Wedding, with four songs reaching #1 on Hype Machine and their single “Take It or Leave It” surpassing ten million plays on Spotify. As anyone who attended the group’s recent sold-out Northeast headlining tour can attest, GGFO has amassed a large contingent of loyal fans who have come to expect over-the-top live performances involving silk kimonos, triggered lights, and histrionic keytar solos, with Jon and Luke backed by drummer Danny Wolf and guitarist Carey Clayton. 2016 has already seen the release of three singles and an EP of GGFO songs remixed by like-minded artists, with more new works ever looming on the horizon. Music blog Indie Shuffle says, “I dare you to find another group in the past two years who has been so prolific and consistent with their releases while at the same time delivering some of the most heavenly signature falsetto vocals known to man.”
Smallpools
Smallpools
After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America supporting Twenty One Pilots, WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as playing both Lollapalooza and Firefly Festival. The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single "Dreaming" which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can hear watch the music video for "Dreaming" here, which has almost 9 million views, and counting.

On March 20th, 2015, the band released their debut album, LOVETAP!. Receiving over 85 million Spotify streams, the band performed their second single "Karaoke" on Late Night with Seth Meyers followed by two successful North American headlining tours.

In addition, "Dreaming" reached #1 in July 2015 at pop radio in Japan resulting in a sold out headlining show at Club Duo in Tokyo and a premier slot at Summer Sonic Festival.

This year, the band co-wrote the song "Break Up Every Night" on The Chainsmokers' debut album, Memories... Do Not Open, which was released in April via Disrupter/Columbia Records. The song was performed on the duo's Saturday Night Live debut on release day.

Smallpools consists of Sean Scanlon (vocals/keys), Michael Kamerman (guitar), and Beau Kuther (drums).
Half The Animal
Half The Animal
Chase Johnson and Nick Gross met in the third grade. Growing together from such a young age they developed the kind of friendship that turns into brotherhood. Butting heads against each other, but standing back to back against the world. They bonded over their love of music, in particular the give-no-f's ethos of their native Southern Californian punk scene. Drawn to the spotlight from an early age, Chase fell easily into the role of frontman (didn't hurt that he could actually sing). Nick loved to beat the crap out of things, and discovered he could do that with a modicum of coordination -- hence he became the drummer. Their high school band was scooped up by a major and somehow ended up on a hit reality MTV show (with Chase unwittingly emerging as a focal point). The whole ordeal left a bad taste in the bands' mouth, and they said screw it. Chase moved on to pursue his passion for photography, and Nick wanted to inspire young people in a way he had never been; founding Find Your Grind -- a platform that offers scholarships, curriculum and guidance to expose high school students to non-conventional life/work paths.

Last year Nick and Chase reconnected, and decided to take all they'd learned and do right by music -- their true love. Savvier about the business, and elevated in their taste level (they're no longer playing skate punk), they started Half The Animal. After getting burned by the industry at a young age, Nick and Chase decided to bet on themselves and pool all their resources to develop and launch their project independently. In a short amount of time HTA has accomplished more than most bands with record deals do over the course of multiple albums. HTA toured with Atlas Genius last fall and are going out with Smallpools in May. They've already been in with monster producers such as JKash (Charlie Puth, Maroon 5) and Ammo (Mike Posner, Katy Perry), and more recently have been working on a collection of songs with Captain Cuts (Walk The Moon, Iconapop) and Sam Martin (G-Eazy, Jhené Aiko). When going in with Cuts, HTA had a vision to approach altrock from a new angle. They wanted to capture the chillwave of 2018 with modern production, unique sounds, but with a rock n roll attitude. They wanted memorable melodies that weren't predictable, and lyrics that spoke to the dichotomy of Chase Johnson -- an exuberant, fashion-forward extrovert, who struggles with a reclusive demon-plagued vulnerability.

These new songs with Captain Cuts and Sam Martin will be the cornerstone of the 2018 launch of Half The Animal. They have radio smashes in the can, but will be rolling things out slowly and building organically throughout the year. The first record they are letting us hear is "Too Late" -- an uptempo driver with hints of early U2 that will be released during the Smallpools tour on May 11.
Venue Information:
The Complex
536 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
http://www.thecomplexslc.com