Badflower w/ The Hollow, Fencer, & The Royal


Badflower w/ The Hollow, Fencer, & The Royal

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Something happens when Badflower singer and guitarist Josh Katz steps up to the microphone. His primal, powerful, and passionate transformation is the most unmitigated kind of catharsis fueled by emotion and unfiltered intensity…
“The superhero version of myself comes out in the songs,” he affirms. “When I’m writing or performing, I go to this place that reflects the most emotional point I’ve hit at the moment. A lot of what’s being written is anger, lust, heartbreak, and all of that. Becoming an artist, I flip into this character I can’t shake or get rid of. I embrace it and keep writing in that direction.”
This approach stands out as Badflower’s calling card. It’s also a big reason why the group quietly became one of L.A.’s most buzzed-about rock ‘n’ roll bands. Since their emergence in 2014, the band—Josh, Joe Morrow [lead guitar, backing vocals], Alex Espiritu [bass], and Anthony Sonetti [drums]—has shared stages with the likes of KONGOS and The Veronicas, earned acclaim from OC Weekly, Loudwire, and more, and achieved a two-week run at #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only Show with “Heroin.” 

During 2016, fashion icon John Varvatos personally signed the band to John Varvatos Records. Little did he know, they had a big surprise up their sleeves. “We actually had already started making a record without telling anybody,” smiles Josh. “After the deal was done, we were like, ‘How about this?’” The boys cut the 2016 Temper EP [John Varvatos Records/Republic Records] in the garage of the Thousand Oaks, CA home which they share. Recorded during a blazing hot California summer, the sessions got so intense that their MacBook Pro often needed to cool down in the freezer. Wielding that energy, the music taps into a gritty and grunge-y gutter rock spirit complemented by jarring theatrical delivery and unshakable riffing, equally informed by Led Zeppelin and nineties Seattle as it is by film composers such as James Horner. In 2017 the band signed a new deal with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records as a joint venture with Varvatos Records. Their debut album will be released later this year.


Beyond the glam and glitz of Hollywood exists a world, rarely represented by a real sound, a hotbed of creativity and determination far away from the lights and hype of the “now” generation, in a world that seemingly gets more distorted every day. FENCER brings a raw power to the soundtrack, a cross section of blues based riffs and a wall of sound that is both unmistakable and unique. FENCER is fronted by vocalist and guitarist Field Cate and the “locked in” Sauvé brothers, Cameron and Scott holding down the fort on drum and bass. The trio weaves an unmistakable punch and emotional sound that creates an intense, heavy atmosphere to lose yourself in. FENCER, from deep in the heart of LA’s San Fernando Valley is simple, really. Get lost in it. This is real.

The Royal

The Royal is an American indie rock band from Denver, CO, United States, formed in 2011. The band's songs have been described as genre bent and an internal conflict between dark and light. The lyrics are written and sung by Tyler Hayden. The band's music is composed and performed by Colby Rogers (keys and guitar), Jack Schuler (guitar), Eli Fredrickson (bass) and Eric Joel Marshall (drums). The band has recorded and released an EP 'Forever' and one full length studio album, titled 'Forever Endeavor' in late 2013

The Royal met while attending a conference for Musicians Alliance Severe Storm Spotting Association, or M.A.S.S.S.A., when Colby's talk; "Pianos vs Rear Flank Downdraft", inspired the attending future The Royal members to approach him about potentially collaborating musically.

Since their inception, they have performed with Silversun Pickups, The Wombats, The Hives, 3OH!3, IAMDYNAMITE!, Black Box Revelation, and The Morning After Girls and many more.