Mike Mains & The Branches – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – March 31st, 2019

Mike Mains & The Branches

Mike Mains & The Branches

OWEL, Weatherworn

Sunday March 31, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

GA $15 | Premier Plus $25

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Mike Mains & The Branches
Mike Mains & The Branches
Known for their catchy, free-associating, indie pop-rock melodies, Mike Mains & The Branches invites diverse comparisons to acts such as Foster The People, Young the Giant, The Killers, and Arcade Fire—each comparison act a genuine facet of the band’s energetic and often soul-searching music.

Mike Mains & The Branches first entered the national music scene with the release of their debut album Home, released in 2012. While touring Home and growing a loyal following opening shows for Relient K and Hellogoodbye, founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love, married, and in doing so, minted the focal experience of the band’s subsequent music and lyrics; not just love but the swirling highs and bruising challenges of life together.

The band began writing their second album aptly titled Calm Down, Everything Is Fine, which they crowdfunded without the support of a record label, in 2013. As the album progressed, the band spent time with Matt Hoopes, of Relient K, who produced the finished album, and with Zac Farro of Paramore, who played drums. The band's star was rising.

But the art which the band selected for their second album cover, featuring kids tiptoeing to the edge of a diving board, cautiously eyeing the lake water beneath them, somehow felt like a more fitting summary of their position in the industry as they took their second album into the studio. As a band, they were perched on the edge of a much-anticipated, sophomore album, poised for an onrush of whatever would come next.

What was next was grueling. The band spent months of writing and recording and re-writing and re-recording the album, poring over an album they knew needed to make their fans proud. It wasn't until they the finished Calm Down, Everything Is Fine and released the album in 2014, that they felt they had recovered from their plunge into the unknown waters of the so-called lake. The album hit the top 20 ranks on Billboard’s New Artist Albums Chart.

They’ve been on the road near-constantly since then, playing hundreds of shows, growing a family of loyal fans endeared to Mike’s introspective lyrics and spry stage energy, side lit by Shannon’s keyboards and assisting vocals, with a rotation of touring members by their side.

Their music is both a byproduct of and laboratory for their marriage. It’s a place Mike and Shannon sort out the pain and the memories of their lives before “I Do", in addition to naming the new experiences they increasingly share together. "We went through a hard time in our marriage recently,” said Mike of the themes on their forthcoming album. “But we're coming through. We hope the album conveys our belief that the door to love and hope is always open."

The band will release their new album, When We Were In Love in Spring 2019.
OWEL is a 5-piece band hailing from NJ that takes a unique approach to instrumentation, incorporating orchestral strings and glockenspiel over traditional guitar, drums, and bass.

Although guitarist/vocalist Jay Sakong and drummer Ryan Vargas grew up in the same county of
Middlesex, New Jersey, it wasn’t until late 2010 that the two would collaborate musically.
During this time, Jay was attending the Institute of Audio Research in New York, and met fellow
student and guitarist Seamus O’Connor. Before even hearing him play, Jay suggested that
Seamus join him and Ryan in their new musical venture. He explains, “Seamus and I would both
take the same train into the city, and we would just discuss music the whole time. I knew, or at
least seriously hoped, that we both understood what we wanted to create together.”

After playing a few shows, they felt something was missing – that’s where violinist/keyboardist
Jane Park would fit into the picture. A childhood friend of Jay’s, Jane had lost contact with Jay
for years but noticed that his band was playing a set at her local Brooklyn venue and decided to
stop by. Again, even before hearing her play, Jay knew that she was the missing piece of the
puzzle. He says, “She had just played a show herself, so she had this violin strapped to her back
like a rifle.” In search of a bass player, the band recruited Nunzio Moudatsos (ex-Late Cambrian),
who would round out the quintet.

The group’s self-titled 2013 debut garnered attention from the likes of NPR, Stereogum,
Grantland, and Pitchfork, and continues to build a following around their vinyl release, powered
by boutique label, intheclouds. Additionally, OWEL, released an EP, Every Good Boy, produced
by Mike Watts (As Tall As Lions, The Dear Hunter), on April 28th, 2015, which received much
praise from outlets such as Noisey, Indie Shuffle, PopMatters, and Baeble Music.

OWEL is currently working on their second LP, to be released in the summer, and will be hitting
the road the rest of 2016.
Weatherworn is an Alternative/Punk outfit from Northern Virginia. Debut EP entitled, Word of Mouth, was released on October 19, 2018
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180