2am Club

2am Club

 Hollywood, California, USA
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2AM Club know how to throw a party—and it’s not one you’re going to forget the next day. Funk, pop, rock, blue-eyed soul, hip-hop, new wave, and electro all converge to create a genre-bending sound that’s completely unique, instantly relatable, and practically begging to be danced to.

Biography

2AM Club know how to throw a party—and it’s not one you’re going to forget the next day. Funk, pop, rock, blue-eyed soul, hip-hop, new wave, and electro all converge to create a genre-bending sound that’s completely unique, instantly relatable, and practically begging to be danced to. These six 20-something guys—singer Marc Griffin, emcee Tyler Cordy, guitarist Matt Reagan, keyboard player Dave Dalton, drummer Ian O’Neill and bassist Matt Warshauer, AKA “Sauce”—bring a diverse array of influences to the table (Jay Z to the Beatles, Duran Duran to the Beastie Boys, Stevie Wonder to The Strokes), effortlessly synthesizing the very best of all that has come before them to create music that is resoundingly modern.

One part Seattle, one part Bay Area and one part Northeast, the group came together in Los Angeles in 2007 and honed their skills playing the local college scene before heading up and down the West Coast, booking, producing, and headlining their own gigs. After recording some demos with Jerry Harrison—a former member of the Talking Heads and Modern Lovers—2AM Club played a now-legendary four-month residency they called “Tiny Porno” at the Derby in L.A., and word quickly spread that it was the place to be: “We wanted to create an environment that wasn’t like the typical L.A. promotional circuit,” says Sauce. “We wanted something raw, sweaty, dark, and disgusting. It turned into a huge thing.”

2AM Club’s shows never fail to explode with energy, heightened by the hyperactive musical tango between Tyler and Marc’s vocals, and the way that the band—named for a beloved Bay Area bar known for being a welcoming chill spot for a random assortment of locals—honor their moniker by making their shows an all-inclusive, unpretentious good time for all who attend.

“Our idea has always been to try to break down the fourth wall,” says Tyler. “A lot of bands play for the audience while the audience just stands there. We wanted a different dynamic. Everybody’s in the room and we’re all listening to music, we should be experiencing it together. The Tiny Porno shows were crucial because they exploded with that kind of crazy energy.”

With a buzz like that, it was only a matter of time before the labels came knocking, and 2AM Club signed with RCA Records in September 2008. Since then, they’ve relocated to NYC, where they’ve been sequestered in the studio with seasoned producers Sam Hollander and Dave Katz (Boys Like Girls, Katy Perry, Gym Class Heroes), recording tracks for their debut album. With live crowd-pleasers such as “Flashing Room” (a thumping, ode to sex that’s a bit more than casual, featuring soaring 80s-esque synths, sly rock riffs, and a sky-high chorus), “Hurricane” (a seductive slow jam that unspools into panoramic pop), and “Let Me Down Easy” (which sounds like what might happen if Eminem body-slammed New Edition) already in the bag, expect rip-roaring rock riffs, punchy new wave-inflected synths, ass-shaking hip-hop beats, clever wordplay (exhibit a: “she left her cares on the bedpost, next to her lipstick and her Mentos”), and a dash of good old Motown-style soul. In other words, expect a record full of unique and entirely creative cuts that span a vast musical landscape.

While there may be touches of everyone from Prince to Maroon 5 to Justin Timberlake to D’Angelo in their DNA, the interplay between Marc’s smooth singing voice and Tyler’s effortless staccato flow makes 2AM Club sound completely fresh. They also lay strong emphasis on solid songwriting (an effort that involves the whole band), giving them a lyrical and melodic sophistication that’s rarely seen in groups so young. 2AM Club’s songs may be predominantly about sex and girls, nights out and lights out, but they’re also inventive, intelligent, and shot through with real sentiment because they’re written about things that are actually happening in the band member’s lives.

“Pop music has been made for so long, a lot of it has obviously become cliché and hackneyed,” says Tyler. “We’re hoping that if we can make it a little bit smarter, we can take it somewhere new and cool and exciting. It comes down to a bigger idea of love and conflict and greatness and bullshit. I think most people can identify with that, but then on another level it’s also just super dumb drunk party music—you can take from it what you will.”

“I think we’ve all always wanted to be saying something with music,” adds Marc. “That’s why we started out in poetry slams and doing hip-hop. We may be making music that’s more pop now, which has this overarching feeling of being catchy and melodic and cheeky, but we’re hoping you can listen to it 20 times and still be taking something new away from it on a deeper level.”

“In other words,” says Matt, “we’re hoping the album will be something you can play at a party, but that you’ll also want to play after the party when you get home.”

Lyrics

Flashing Room

Written By: 2AM Club

In the back of this Nissan
You make me so hot
I love you on fire
That’s just what this song’s about
Hair pressed against the skin
My fingers on your blouse
I’ll keep you in my mouth
And hope to never take you out

This means more than love in a flashing room
And those clothes your fashion it dies too soon
So lose those the floor is where they should be
I tear down your walls and you set me free

Nothing can take me from her
She keeps me on the ground
Nothing can take me from her
She never would leave me down

In the back of this Vegas lot
You make my heart stop
I love your clothes off
But that’s not what this song’s about
Legs over the stick shift
You let the cloth rip
Your fingers on my kiss
Got me wrapped around your wrists

This means more than love in a five star suite
And much more than kissing on easy street
And rooftops in cities that never sleep
they all search for something like you and me

Nothing can take me from her
She keeps me on the ground
Nothing can take me from her
She never would leave me down

In the back of this LA cab
You drive me so mad
Hold you til my hands bled
That’s the red I wish I had
So much between us now
Oceans but I’d swim out
I’ll keep you in my mouth
And hope to never take you out

This means more than love on a silver screen
And much more than love in a magazine
And sweat beads you give me all i need
And this room it flashes for you and me

Nothing can take me from her
I’m taking her on the ground
Nothing can take me from her
She never would leave me down

Nobody's In Love

Written By: 2AM Club

She took control, pushed me on the wall
Took me in the stall told me give me what I want
I just cant, okay I just might
I'm just saying, she hit the bathroom lights

Pressed her hands up on the tiles like ahh
Put her skirt in my hands and told me just watch
High heel walk through a spilled drink floor
Can't tell what I want but I think it's more

So I wait for your eyes I was reading your plays
Put a light to my smoke with a shotgun kiss find your lips through the haze
With a twist in my glass and you whisper your name
Don't worry the sun don't concern me the flame is a one night thing

Baby loving the way u take me
Nobody here's gone break me
Nobody here's in love

She took her clothes put them on hold
Saw an X on her hand she's looking for the soap
First I wouldn't go, now I'm in the cold
Parking garage with her hands on my soul

Oh no I'm going home
Her vicious lips feel like a razor blade poem
Razor blade eyes tan colored thighs
A girl with a spine and a man on the side

So I wait for your eyes I was reading your plays
Put a light to my smoke with a shotgun kiss find your lips through the haze
With a twist in my glass and you whisper your name
Don't worry the sun don't concern me the flame is a one night thing

Baby loving the way u take me
Nobody here's gone break me
Nobody here's in love

Calling all the lovers, late night under covers you too
(I believe in the night I'm leaving when I like)
Raise your cups and glasses, hope for real romance to come true
(Make a toast to the vandals, make the most of your love for the scandal)
But put your thoughts together, love don't equal pleasure every night
(She equals risk, take that arrow, please don't miss)
I'm not knowing better, just admit your game ain't quite right
(We all fall for the same tricks, let the music play and let me say this)

Baby loving the way u take me
Nobody here's gone break me
Nobody here's in love

Worry About You

Written By: 2AM Club

For as long long as I can remember
Its been December
No sun no summertime to treasure
We weren't grown
And every time that they told us surrender
"It will be better"
We'd just go holding on till forever
To what we know

Broken lover yes I made you
Believe that I would be the one to heal you
And if you go now
Out that doorway
I won't say you're wrong
But you know that I'll worry about you

For as long
Long as she can remember
She wanted better
No home no one there to protect her
All alone
And so she told me, I was her center
Nothing would tempt her
I still roamed
Just like her father left her
Oohh he left her

Broken lover yes I made you
Believe that I would be the one to heal you
And if you go now
Out that doorway
I won't say you're wrong
But you know that I'll worry about you

Isn't it bad you've been a good victim
You thought I was worth it you act like I would listen
And maybe you were right at one point someday
I used to watch you treat the streets like a runway
I used to write with tears on your pretty painted face
Sign language on your back from the first taste
So when he whispers in your ear and you think of me
You wish I would've treated you like you treated me
When you wake up from your dreams to the hallway
Sleepwalking through the streets dressed in all gray
Blinking streetlamps in the window pane
I worried from the second that I learned your name

Everything in love is light
But where was I last night
And why don't you feel right

Broken lover yes I made you
Believe that I would be the one to heal you
And if you go now
Out that doorway
I won't say you're wrong
But you know that I'll worry about you

Set List

30-60 minute sets