Calling music aficionados: TOMO Mag—a mobile magazine and lifestyle shop in Houston—is hosting an exclusive listening party for local band Birthday Club as the group launches its first EP, "Lighten Up," this Friday at 7 p.m. In addition to music, the celebration also spotlights artwork from local visual artists Blake Jones, Sarah Welch, Bluvvd, Yu Nojiri and Ryan Francisco.
"We wanted to do something different with the album [release]," says vocalist Stephen Wells. "Instead of playing a big, blow-out show to start, we tried to bring different artists together."
"Lighten Up" blends psychedelic pop with folk influences. "People have been saying it's really loud, sparkly, pop music that's kind of spacey too," notes Wells. The EP was engineered and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning engineers Erik Wofford, Aaron Bastinelli, Justin Douglas and Michelle Mancini (who has worked with Alicia Keys).
Band members include Wells (who founded the group in 2015), Valeria Pinchuk on keyboard, Josh Cobb on bass and Travis Peck on drums. After the listening party on Friday, they'll hit the road for a national tour.
"'Lighten Up' is a record that was written during a journey from one vision to another. It was written for people who could use a little help along the way. In short, it was written for ourselves,” says Wells.
Free. 7 p.m. TOMO Mags, 1206 Hawthorne St. facebook.com/bdayclubband