Ghostlight Concerts and Takeover Booking Present: Varsity, I Hate Heroes

Ghostlight Concerts and Takeover Booking Present: Varsity, I Hate Heroes

Thu, March 23, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Club Red - West Theater

Mesa, AZ


This event is 12 and over

Comprised of Stephanie Smith (vocals/keyboards), Dylan Weschler (guitars), Pat Stanton (guitars) and brothers Jake (drums) and Paul Stolz (bass), VARSITY is flexipop transfused with sepia-soaked indie rock, a five-napkin band wiping down memories of faux-nostalgia and expired suburbia.

In 2013, the Chicago quintet debuted its first EP, Thanks for Nothing, and subsequently released VARSITY, a self-titled LP, in March 2015. Both releasesare the infectious sum of each member's musical aesthetics, and impossibly weighted with all the good stuff - a misbehaved tone and frenetic pulse that polaroids the last recess before summer vacation, tetherball realism, and sunny slaps in the face. Smith's pliable lyrics and remedying voice make each song feel like she wrote it just for you--your very own five-foot-something bedroom beat poet.

The well-received releases garnered VARSITY an eclectic following, shimmering blog affection, and a spot in Chicago weekly Redeye's "10 under-the-radar, must-own Chicago releases from 2015." Along with being featured over the airwaves on WHPK, WXRT's "Local Anesthetic," CHIRP Radio and WLUW's Clambake (showcasing songs by "ladies, women, and grrrls"), the band's badges include support for Courtney Barnett, Alvvays, Car Seat Headrest, Twin Peaks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Diet Cig and Protomartyr.

"VARSITY...takes summery pop hooks and gives them a distinctly rough edge, likeif acts like Tennis or Best Coast had more crunchy guitar riffs and piercing rock jams," writes Josh Terry, Chicago Redeye.

The band is currently releasing a new digital double A-side single, "Smash / Still Apart", and kicking off another East Coast tour in July. Much like the acclaimed split single releases before them, VARSITY again sounds wistful, unhinged, and fun like a fridge full of beer.
I Hate Heroes
Taking their name off a quote from the TV series "Heroes," I Hate Heroes is a post-hardcore quintet from Pennsylvania. Brought together through other bands and projects, they solidified their line up in 2014 and shortly after made their way to the studio to record their cover of Taylor Swifts "Blank Space" and their first single "Rebirth."

Recognized for their dedication to their fans and for a very fulfilling live show, the band was named Artist of the Month by Idobi's "Rock the Walls" blog, which led to steady rotation on Idobi's Metalix radio station. From there, the band made their way onto the Vans Warped tour for several weeks, further solidifying their growing name and fan base.

The band is currently recording a new full-length. Like previous records, this one will push their primary message as a band, which is to not accept anyone's definition of the truth but your own, and to live for yourself. I Hate Heroes is a band full of promise, so keep on the lookout.
Venue Information:
Club Red - West Theater
1306 W. University
Mesa, AZ, 85201