Wolves In Argyle , Carissa Johnson featuring drummer Steve Moriarty, Vanessa Silberman (solo featuring special guests)

Ivy Room Presents

Wolves In Argyle , Carissa Johnson featuring drummer Steve Moriarty, Vanessa Silberman (solo featuring special guests)

Carissa Johnson (featuring drummer Steve Moriarty), Vanessa Silberman (solo featuring special guests), Rae

Thu · August 23, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Wolves In Argyle
Wolves In Argyle
Three years ago, Dave Holmes found himself to be a stranger to himself and to his surroundings. He was in a foreign land, cut off from his friends, his family, and his home. He was alone, emotionally and psychologically gutted—he had followed his heart to dire consequences.

As a singer/songwriter/guitarist, and lifelong punk rocker, Dave found the only uplift was writing to process these painfully complex times. The new songs coming out of him were urgent and transcended established punk rock conventions—they were primal songs, songs of survival. With a clutch of fresh material, and, in an impulsive act of self-preservation, he hopped on a plane back to his Bay Area home. It was reboot time. Shortly after arriving back, Dave summoned a pack of like-spirited musicians to form Wolves In Argyle.

Now, the four-piece rock n’ roll band issues its darkly cathartic debut, Dangereux, produced by alt-rock icons Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney) and Tad Doyle (TAD). The 9-song album is a fiery collection that blurs the lines between punk, grunge, desert rock, and 1990’s Sub Pop alt-rock.

“Writing this music was a huge catalyst to heal from an emotional rollercoaster and get my identity back. It was a better outlet than therapy,” Dave shares.

The Oakland, California-based quartet lures the listener into a film noir-ish sonic and emotional landscape, frothing over with anthemically tuneful songs, boasting shadowy tales of lies, betrayal, and hard-fought enlightenment. The four-piece has garnered favorable comparisons to Hot Water Music, the Queens of The Stone Age, The Damned, and the classic 1990s Sub Pop-era sound. Highlights in the band’s first year of existence include earning a distro deal with Street Scholar/Bungalo/Universal Music Group, and garnering support from Bay Area Rock station 107.7 The Bone who shared Wolves In Argyle’s “Dangereux” video via its website. In addition, senior curators at Reverbnation have rallied behind the Wolves In Argyle track “Northern Lies.”

The band is Dave Holmes (The Oozzies, Shootin' Lucy and Brother Cain), singer, songwriter, executive producer, and mastermind; Steve Moriarty (The Gits, Evil Stig, featuring Joan Jett on vocals), drums; Joe G. (Naked Aggression, also featured in The Decline of the Western Civilization 2), bass and backup vocals; and newcomer Josh Phillips (White Trash Debutantes, Fire In the Asylum and Pet Rocket), on incendiary lead guitar. Dave’s partner, Charmagne Eierman looms large in Wolves lore as something of the band’s spiritual advisor and guru.

The name Wolves In Argyle conjures the group’s collected survival instinct to rise beyond their esteemed pedigrees, and to transcend the pain and inner turmoil that initially connected and bonded the guys together. The wording playfully juxtaposes the fierce loyalty of a hunting species within the context of punk rock and ska/rude boy culture, where men and women softened their punk stylings with the whimsical pattern of argyle. Worded together, the phrase slyly conjures the evergreen “wolf in sheep’s clothing” sentiment, perfectly encapsulating the themes of betrayal and deceit lurking within Wolves In Argyle’s music.

The band’s grisly roots date back to Dave’s wanderlust of being an expat, following an ill-fated relationship headed full speed on a dangerous course. Amidst the debris of his life, he sought solace and centering in creating music. Writing and recording was the door that led out of the toxicity, and walking through bestowed him with a myriad of blessings and, ultimately, the path to healing.

During this time, he met Charmagne who introduced Dave to Steve Moriarty, the former drummer of one of his favorite bands, The Gits (who were also plagued by tragedy in the rape and murder of legendary firebrand frontwoman Mia Zapata). The pair’s meeting was a surprise orchestrated by their mutual friend Charmagne, who sensed the twosome shared inner tumult.

Joe came into the fold from the punk scene, bonding with Dave over having a punk pedigree but also wide listening tastes. In a strange coincidence, Dave met Josh in the wake of the passing of Josh’s best friend. Upon Josh sharing the painful news, Dave eerily sensed the deceased friend was his childhood best friend who had just passed. He proved to be right. When the four assembled that first practice session with the pain and loss swirling about, the chemistry was undeniable.

The group’s debut is a 9-track, 32-minute sonic and emotional white-knuckle ride. The title song, and first single, opens with an ominous rubbery bassline and shards of jarring noise guitar before locking into a swaggering grunge riff. From there, the hooks come fast and with heft, recalling the hypnotic hard rock grooves of the Queens of The Stone Age. Once the song takes flight, the band is lockstep tight, an unstoppable machine featuring melodic, yet scrubbed-raw vitriolic vocals. The engrossing “Dangereux” video melds fiery live performance footage with menacingly psychedelic imagery.

The true meaning of many of Dangereux’s tracks are cloaked in mystery, but the smoldering mid-tempo groover, “Northern Lies,” does openly address a transformative moment for Dave. “That’s about me coming to grips with coming back to America. It’s about seeing the true colors of someone and deciding you need to move on. I wrote the lyrics in the airport, it was a time of new beginnings after a broken situation,” Dave reveals. Among an album rife with infectiously catchy dark anthems, another standout is “Next to You.” The track’s slinky grooves and slithery riffage showcase the band’s telepathic interplay and the band’s Godzilla-sized rhythm section pocket. The track’s title is deceivingly romantic, masking a desperate need to intimately connect to feel warmth and redemption.

Dangereux was produced by Jack Endino and Tad Doyle, who each helmed separate sessions.

Drummer Steve Moriarty’s ties to the Seattle scene through The Gits helped foster a connection to the esteemed producers who both were eager to work with Wolves In Argyle upon hearing demos. One snapshot from the sessions was an unexpected moment of cuteness from Tad, known for his imposingly large stature, who was spotted in a moment of pure uninhibitedness shaking his booty to the group’s newly recorded tracks. To give the album cohesion, and a sense of collaboration between the producers, Tad mixed the album and Jack mastered it.

Up next, Wolves In Argyle are collaboratively working on new material and priming for an active schedule of gigging and touring. “This band and this music have been responsible for a lot of positive emotional growth for me, and it’s helped me rebuild my confidence,” Dave says laughing, adding, “If I died tomorrow, I would be pleased where I got to.”
Carissa Johnson (featuring drummer Steve Moriarty)
Carissa Johnson (featuring drummer Steve Moriarty)
Boston rock artist Carissa Johnson has proven to leave her mark and she is only getting started. Johnson began playing in various Boston-based bands before stepping out to pursue her own music. With a debut album "For Now" winning “Album of the Year” by the Limelight Music Awards, Johnson continues to push far ahead, writing enthusiastically honest songs. With influences evident in her music, her sound pays tribute to seventies punk and new wave, yet remains authentically her own. It’s an aesthetic that’s proven appealing to fans of all ages. Johnson is known for her straight-forward lyrics and her driving, four on the floor melodies. Her “heartening anthemic rock” stands out amongst her contemporaries. In April of 2017 Johnson won Boston's legendary annual Rock and Roll Rumble, and in December took home the New Act of the Year award at Boston's 30th Annual Music Awards at the House of Blues. Determined to share her music with the world, she continues to book her own tours and play shows throughout the U.S. and Europe – with or without her band The Cure-Alls, now in promotion of their third full-length release, "Talk Talk Talk."

“Carissa Johnson is a musician who has been injecting rock music with a refreshing dose of originality for the past few years. Her blend of ‘70s punk, power-pop and melodic modern flair has put her at the forefront of Boston’s legendary music scene.” - Rob Duguay, Motif Magazine
Vanessa Silberman (solo featuring special guests)
Vanessa Silberman (solo featuring special guests)
Vanessa Silberman is a Los Angeles based Singer, Guitarist , Songwriter and the founding member of the LA band Diamonds Under Fire. She is also a Record Producer, Engineer, an independent A&R and runs an Artist Development Label called A Diamond Heart Production.

Vanessa's live shows and music has been compared to the raw bare bones rock 'n roll of Nirvana & The Ramones along with the appeal of Liz Phair & Chrissie Hynde, authenticity of classic artists such as Patti Smith, Neil Young & the pop sensibilities of commercial radio artists such as Green Day. Vanessa often tours solo, features other musicians/players or plays under the Vanessa Silberman Band with Reed Mullin, drummer of Corrosion of Conformity and Producer/Musician Mikel Ross as her backing band.

She is also widely known for having a very strong DIY ethic and wearing many different hats in the music business --having worked for heavy hitter's in the music business such as Dr.Luke as well as for company's and places ranging from Epitaph Record's to the Foo Fighter's Studio 606.

Her band Diamonds Under Fire was around for well over a decade and self-released numerous EPs, toured around the US 10 times – also played Canada, the UK, SXSW & SSMF. In Los Angeles, ether solo or with the band Vanessa's music has made its mark on all the known venues including El Rey, The Troubadour, Viper Room, The Echo, Bootleg Theatre and many others. Diamonds Under Fire was featured on 4 Vans ‘Off The Wall’ CD Compilations as well as had features on NPR.com, Buzzbands.la, LARecord.com, LAWeekly.com plus regular spins on commercial and non-com radio. Vanessa also had a cover call-out on in June 2007 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.

In the winter of 2014 Vanessa launched her solo career and opened up for Alkaline Trio at The Troubadour. Vanessa released her first solo (Self-Produced & Mixed) single 'Think Tank (feat. Derek Jordan)' on July 21st 2015 and performed at Alt 98.7FM Lobster Festival following it with a 21 Date solo U.S Tour to support the release.'I Know (feat. Super Black Market)', her 2nd single, was released on Dec. 22nd 2015, which she also wore production duties on and a 3rd (acoustic) single 'American Folk Rock' was put out on Feb. 14th (which was recorded in Mafikeng, South Africa while she was there doing a producing / label collaboration with BOP Recording Studio & her A Diamond Heart Production working with various South African artists). This release coincided with her 35+ date solo 'American Folk Rock' U.S Tour (Jan - Mar 2016) as well as 2 dates over sea's (London & Berlin).

With continual shows and touring, the 4th single 'Awake & Feeling' from her self-titled debut 5 song EP (which came out on Oct 7th, 2016), and an acoustic 60's inspired single 'Hide My Love Away' she hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Vanessa managed to do over 14 U.S Tours in the last 2-3 years (2015-2018), playing close to 500 shows and over 200 in 2017 alone.

On Dec. 22nd 2017 the Vanessa Silberman Band released the single 'OK'. The ‘OK’ Music Video and song had its radio debut May 14th, 2018 on The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU 91.1FM in New York.

Vanessa played 3 dates on this years last and final Vans Warped Tour (San Diego, Ventura and Las Vegas) as well as releasing a brand new single “Outswimming Sharks” (6/29) through her label which was recorded by Ken Susi of Unearth. The single also features him as well as acclaimed Boston artist Carissa Johnson.

Vanessa is currently in the mixing stages for the next Vanessa Silberman Band EP with Reed Mullin & Mikel Ross.

Vanessa has been featured on the cover of Columbia Daily Tribune, The Fort Stockton Pioneer, in The Source Weekly, The Herald Times, Davis Enterprise, Statesmen Journal, soundgirls.org plus many others. Her songs have received national radio play on well over 80 stations including: KFMU, KXLU, KBND, Jefferson Public Radio Ashland, KLCZ, WXCI, SCAD Radio / WRSF, WWUH, WXJM, KBGA, KTCV, KOAS plus many others.

Vanessa’s solo music demonstrates that she hasn't completely ignored her alternative pop rock grunge roots of her later band but isn't afraid to try new things as she tastefully shows more skills in production, versatility between songs, even featuring other artists / collaborating as well as invites in more inspiration by different influences ranging from pop and old country blues to punk & hip hop.

She is the kind of artist that fits in perfectly with this new era in music and demonstrates the platform of artists & bands out there who are building their own nitch in the music industry and are truly destined for success. Vanessa and her music are a growing brand proving a career that will have longevity because of knowing what she wants, doing it herself and paving her own way.
Rae is a guitar driven rock duo based out of Madison Wisconsin. Front woman Morgan Rae leads the group with driving guitar progressions and unforgettable vocal melodies bringing the Dark to the Light with cautionary tales from a life not so average. Supporting member Moriah Keenan on drums keeps it thick and in the pocket with a little flare that will make you wanna shake it.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706