Columbia City Theater Bourbon Bar and Kim K Jones MGMT Present: The "Strange Hearts" Tour with
Heart Avail, LaRissa Vienna and the Strange and Post Rapture Party
in the Bourbon Bar
Sun, May 28 at 8pm
Heart Avail is a Spokane, WA based band writing emotional hard rock lending their strength to fans through their deep lyrics and catchy guitar riffs. In 2008, Greg Hanson (guitar) was writing symphonic metal while Aleisha Simpson (vocals) was honing her skills with her acoustic guitar and powerful voice. Their fated meeting occurred online and the pair worked together in perfect unison to create something haunting and new. The group is a culmination of all the best musicians from Aleisha’s past including Mick Barnes on bass and Seamus Gleason on drums.
During the writing process Greg composes guitar melodies for each song and then Aleisha listens for hours to hear the tale that each song has to tell her. Once she can hear the meaning, she can then transcribe it into lyrics and Mick and Seamus can write their parts to complete each track. The band’s influences like Evanescence, Nightwish, and Within Temptation are heard in each aspect of the music from the vocals to the drums.
Their self titled EP is inspired by the loss of loved ones and the release is essentially a therapy session with painful lyrics to relate to those with similar experiences. The EP is slated to be released on December 9, 2016 with distribution by Milagro Records..
Fun Fact: In 2016, Heart Avail performed live at the famed Sundance Film Festival in addition to NAIRMA's Road to the Red Carpet event.
LaRissa Vienna and the Strange
I love the way you pull me underwater with you. Spooky rock band from Denver.
Influenced by David Bowie, Johnny Cash and Shirley Temple (with a tattoo on her shoulder to match), LaRissa Vienna is a force to be reckoned with. Her somber ghostly rock tunes will entrance you and leave chills down your spine. The melodic, story-telling guitar mixes perfectly with the melancholy tones of her voice. The bass stays loyal to the hard-hitting drums.
Despite the soothing rock tones, LaRissa Vienna’s live show is nothing short of energetic. Standing 4 feet 11 inches tall, her fiery energy demands the attention of every soul in the audience.
Starting out as a solo artist in 2008, LaRissa Vienna made her mark on the Denver music scene by writing and producing her own music, which she dubs “spooky rock.” Coming off of the local success of her 2015 EP, “Strange Siren,” and having had accumulated over 100,000 views on her “Underwater” music video within just a month of its release, Vienna released her second EP - her first officially as a band - in August 2016. There’s a definite camaraderie on the project, entitled “Make the Pain Pretty,” which finds her further honing her craft and establishing herself as a versatile artist within the rock realm, navigating the genre with grace and authority.
"The Strange" is Nick Workman - the lead guitarist with wild hair who has experience in every style. Aaron Mendoza on bass, influenced by The Cure and Coheed and Cambria, has experience in experimental bands and plays perfectly with the compelling drum styles of Luke Wolff. The classically-trained violinist Vanity Welch adds a perfect unique touch to the band.
LaRissa Vienna and the Strange intend to inspire the underdogs and the outcasts, and to influence fans to follow their dreams while leading by example.
NEW EP "MAKE THE PAIN PRETTY" AVAILABLE NOW
Post Rapture Party
There is always some one left behind. We are the after party. Join us in joyous celebration with our fellow orphans left upon the earth. We bring together the sadness, fury, regret, romance and passion in the darkest of days and the brightest of nights.