Come check out the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 27th as ISI host RNR with Social Club and Marion Write. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / showtime 8:00 p.m.; No Cover must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
A genre and boundary breaking band, RNR has opened for many acts, opened many doors, and hopes to create new ones for Las Vegas Hip-Hop and the entire music scene. The group of 8 members bring to the table their own studies and experiences, musical and otherwise. Unsurprisingly, the RNR sound is hard to define, but at the core is pure hip-hop. Though the Las Vegas strip actually BANNED hip-hop at one point, because of persistence and RNR’s mass appeal, RNR has been able to open doors for local Hip-Hop there. They have thrown an all local hip-hop charity show at House of Blues and have played at notable strip establishments like Revolution Lounge inside the Mirage, Ghostbar inside the Palms, and The ROK bar inside New York, New York. Their music was featured on the last Vegas season of The Real World on MTV. Bass player CoCojenkins has been the only Hip-Hop representative on the cover of the Las Vegas Weekly and was even featured on an arts segment on PBS. Take a listen, come to a show, and prepare to be impressed. Hip-Hop at a higher level.
With a sound falling somewhere between Gotye, Muse and Maroon 5, San Diego based Social Club is well on their way to becoming the definitive rock / indie / pop band of 2013.
Born in early 2011, Social Club has solidified their sound with an un-relenting presence both live and on the Internet. After releasing their debut EP, Pictureshow, Social Club inked a deal with Pacific Records, a regional label. Following this release, Social Club quickly rose to the top of the San Diego music scene, pulling record crowds at local venues and finding feature spots on local televisions and radio shows.
But Social Club has a unique perspective on success, which stems from the unique composition of the band. Lead singer and guitarist, John Levan says, “Coming from West Virginia, I see things a bit different than the average guy from Hollywood.” John continues, “We’re quite happy just making music and sharing it with fans — that’s what we’re all about.”
Drummer Jeffrey Litzman and James Spratley agree, but emphasizes the bands live performance. “While we love to make music for fans, there’s nothing like a live show,” says Jeffrey.
“We’re all about having a good time,” replies James.
Finally, and not uncommon, synth/keys Thea Tochihara sums it all up. “We care about our fans, our music, the road and our friends in San Diego that believed in us before we had anything…We’re luck to have this opportunity now, and can only hope it will go on forever.”
True to the band’s commentary, this is just the beginning for Social Club. After after releasing their album, Gamma Rays, Social Club won MOFILM’s “Take Your Band to Texas” video competition with their music video for “Slow Motion,” beating out thousands of bands nationwide. This resulted in Social Club making their way to Austin, TX to perform at the 2013 SXSW Festival.
Marion Write’s sense of himself as an artist is his natural desire to connect emotion and reason within his listeners like life’s mentor, curating his thoughts and realities into vivid stories. With captivating structure from song to song, brilliant storytelling and an impressive way of using words, Write is always a refreshing listen, using his perceptions of our surroundings to take you on the highs and lows that life provides naturally. Although Write has released four mixtapes since 2009, recognition of his efforts manifested with the release of his street album ‘Illustrated Example’ (jan. 2012), hosting an outstanding performance and near sold out crowd for his release celebration. His latest offering, ‘To Love And Conquer’ (oct. 2012) is highly regarded as his best work to date, complimenting a much edgy approach to mainstream appeal. “He’s been able to strike a unique balance, becoming radio-friendly without sacrificing artistic integrity,” mentions Andreas Hale (Life + Times, The Well Versed). Write moved to Las Vegas in 2000 from Virginia Beach. Direction from producer Leon Sylvers III structured Marion’s love for music as a child. “I remember coming home from school, going straight to Mr. Leon’s house,” the 26-year old reflects, “After they had us finish our homework, it was straight into writing, recording, dress rehearsals, all that. For the most part, it was music everyday. Not the usual child hood, but it was ideal for me.” Taking from his favorite artists such as Nas, Mos Def and Clipse, Write is sure to strike the core in hip-hop’s
fans. With the keen sense of a hustler to capitalize and continue upward movement, the hunger for more and distaste for satisfaction, be soon to find Marion Write amass a following as large as his passion for music. A huge inspiration for us all, especially amongst all Filipino-Americans alike, Write is an evident addition to the game. Marion Write is also part of an MC/DJ dynamic with producer DJ Finyl, collectively known as “The Greater Good”. They have recently released their first LP “Goodness Gracious” which is available for download at 2DopeBoyz.com. Marion Write is preparing a new street album which is currently titled “Black Gold” and slated for a Summer 2014 release.