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Thirty Seconds To Mars

Basic Vacation

Wed, December 18, 2013

Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:30 PM





Written and recorded around the world from Europe, to India, to the band’s studio in California, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS was produced by Jared Leto with previous collaborator Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel) co-producing four of the twelve tracks. Jared says that “this is more than an evolution, it’s a brand new beginning. Creatively, we've gone to an entirely new place, which is exciting, unexpected, and incredibly inspiring.”

In partnership with NASA, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS launched the first single from the new album into space. Literally. Sending the very first copy to the International Space Station, it got its ground breaking premiere from the astronauts in orbit 230 miles above Earth.

Not content with stopping there, the artwork for the album was created by world- renowned artist Damien Hirst. ‘Isonicotinic Acid Ethyl Ester’ (2010 - 2011 Household gloss on canvas 99 x 147 in)’ graces the cover of LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS, with another Hirst piece titled ‘Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre’ (2012, Signwriting paint on canvas, 96 in.) on the CD itself.

LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS is the band’s fourth studio record. It follows This Is War, which was hailed as “an artistic triumph” by Alternative Press, “a shimmering epic” by MTV.com, and contained the No. 1 Modern Rock radio hits “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens.” During its two-year tour in support of This Is War, the band sold out arenas around the globe, playing over 311 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to three million people – and breaking the Guinness World Record® for the longest ever concert tour by a rock band.

Prior to 2009’s This Is War, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS released second album A Beautiful Lie in 2005. The record produced two Top 5 Modern Rock singles in “From Yesterday” and “The Kill”, with the latter setting a record for the longest-running hit in the history of Modern Rock radio when it remained on the national airplay chart for more than 50 weeks following its number 3 peak in 2006. The video for A Beautiful Lie’s title track and fourth single tok the band 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle... infoinfo... Along with this, “From Yesterday” was the first American music video ever shot in the People’s Republic Of China.

THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – comprising Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic – has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and the band’s videos have more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards, including a dozen MTV awards worldwide, a Billboard Music award and honors from NME, Kerrang! and Fuse.

Artifact, a documentary about the band’s battle with its record label, has won the People’s Choice documentary award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards and it was also an official selection of the 2013 SXSW film festival.





One listen to Basic Vacation’s debut single “I Believe,” with its chanty, sing-along chorus and uplifting lyrics, and this up-and-coming trio’s mission is clear: to make emotionally charged, alternative pop-rock that burrows its way deep into your brain. The song is an anthemic foot-stomper that Neon Gold has called “a straight-ahead summertime smash.” Upon hearing it, Idolator remarked: “This kind of effervescent indie-pop would be a baked shoe-gazer’s delight if the chorus wasn’t so relentlessly upbeat.”

Basic Vacation’s music pulses with the dynamic chemistry between the band’s three members, vocalist-guitarist Chris Greatti, bassist Jon Paul, and drummer Mike Montalbano, who have played in nearly a dozen previous bands between them. Chris (who grew up playing guitar and writing songs in Morrisville, PA) met Wellington, FL, native Jon (who took up bass in eighth grade and joined his school’s jazz band) when the two got hired to perform with a New York solo artist. “After I moved to New York, I pretty much hounded Chris into starting a band,” Jon says. The two began to jam together on their own in early 2012 and by Spring, Chris was taking a bus from Philly to Manhattan twice a week and sleeping on Jon’s floor. “Actually, I slept on his roommate’s dog’s bed on the floor because there was nowhere else for me to crash,” Chris explains. A few months later they asked Saddle Brook, NJ, native Mike (who began playing drums at five after falling in love with Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady”) to join. “Since I met Chris, I remember thinking, ‘Man, I need to be in a band with this guy,’” Mike recalls. The band members bonded over the classic rock artists they were raised listening to, like Led Zeppelin and Queen, ’80s New Wave acts like Tears For Fears, Soft Cell, and Talk Talk, as well as bands with whom they feel a musical kinship, like The Killers, New Radicals, and Foster the People.

In the early months of Basic Vacation’s existence, “we were poor as hell,” Jon says. “We were scraping by and stealing from convenience stores just so we could eat.” Times may have been lean, but musically everything was clicking. They recorded rough demos of songs they had written, like “I Believe,” which found its way to Grammy Award-winning producer David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) through one of their managers. Impressed, Kahne agreed to produce the track on spec, helping to solidify Basic Vacation’s electrifying pop-rock sound, which gets especially raucous during their live performances. (Basic Vacation have shared stages with fellow indie-rockers New Politics and Twenty One Pilots.) “When I exit the stage after a show, I’ll sometimes forget everything that just happened because I go into another world onstage,” says Mike.

“I Believe” is the first shot across the bow for Basic Vacation and is featured on their upcoming self-titled EP, which will be released by Atom Factory Music (an independent label founded by Lady Gaga and John Legend manger Troy Carter) and Capitol Records. In addition to “I Believe,” songs like the chiming, arena-ready “Worlds Collide” and “It’s All Happening” radiate with an optimism that the band members say comes from feeling like underdogs. “Nobody thought this was going to work but us,” Jon says. “Thus ‘It’s All Happening’ was us saying, ‘Yeah, this is working out,’ before it actually happened,” adds Chris with a laugh.

Basic Vacation’s EP was recorded with David Kahne at Avatar Studios in New York City, Grammy-nominated producer Machine at The Machine Shop in Belleville, NJ, and Jon Kaplan at The Lemonade Stand in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and mixed and mastered by Eric Valente. A full-length album will follow in 2014.


Event Times

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:30 PM