We Are The West is a convergence of sound and space. Dedicated song-stylists, the Los Angeles-based group has developed a uniquely immersive approach to performance, playing both concert halls and improvised venues, including their acclaimed underground parking garage concert series. This spring they release their first full-length album, The Golden Shore.
Brett Hool (voice/guitar) and John Kibler (bass/voice) formed We Are The West in a shipping container on a sheep farm in Holland, and began performing as a duo in an abandoned convent in Brooklyn, before moving back to California. Originally described as “a two-man orchestra of stunning vocals, meditative guitar, and exploratory double bass” (Albuquerque Journal), the group now includes an extended family of musicians with Elizabeth Goodfellow (drums/voice), Sylvain Carton (woodwinds), Ben Tolliday (cello), Joe Kennedy (keys), Paul Cox (organ), Ben Peeler (pedal steel), and Mathias Künzli (percussion). Their national tours have included performances in natural desert amphitheaters, mine shafts, tow lots, redwood groves, sunset coves, and masonic temples, in addition to traditional theaters and festivals. Onstage they have supported Lord Huron, Pete Yorn, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, as well as chamber artists Kinan Azmeh (Silk Road Ensemble) and Real Vocal String Quartet. Their recordings have been featured in compilations for Textura, Sound and Motion, and the Surfrider Foundation.
We Are The West’s underground parking garage concert series “feels like the wave of the future” (Los Angeles Magazine), presenting a recontextualized and genuinely deep musical experience. The Saturday before each full moon, the band transforms an everyday office parking garage into an extraordinary performance space. Different guests open each night, from established artists and acclaimed bands, to chamber groups and avant-garde sound experiments. The garage itself provides an unusually welcoming environment, a perfect setting for We Are The West’s transporting and dynamic sound. “If the parking garage is an instrument itself, Hool and Kibler are virtuosos,” (Santa Monica Daily Press).
We Are The West has released four EPs, each recorded in a different improvised locale: their LA parking garage, a barn in western New York, the high desert of New Mexico, and a ranch in Sebastopol. Their first full-length album, The Golden Shore, is due out spring 2018.