The Absurd and Mechanical Roots

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The Absurd and Mechanical Roots
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:00 PM
Harvelle's Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
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  • Two drink minimum
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Foerg was a folk singer in Colorado at the time; Loney was wrapping up his studies on film at Michigan State. Once in LA, the duo had the idea turn Foerg's folk songs into rock tunes, going after a sound resembling a fusion of Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam. They dubbed their project "Ben Foerg & The Absurd." In late 2015, they released their first effort, "The Trigger Warning EP," produced on a laptop in their run-down apartment.

The pair knew that more was needed and that the first release was a stepping stone. They set about finding a drummer, settling on ex-Mormon Colin Jensen after burning through four drummers in a few months. A month after Jensen joined, they played their first show at the Black Rose Tavern in West LA, right across the street from Foerg and Loney's apartment. Shortly thereafter, the band changed their name to The Absurd and released their second effort, the self-produced "Trigger Happy EP."

Following the release of the second EP, things began moving quickly. The band committed to playing as often as they could wherever they could, often for no pay at obscure bars in strange parts of town. Over the course of 2016, the band moved from playing places like TRiP Santa Monica to Harvard & Stone. They became a staple of Silverlake Lounge where they threw a release party for their third EP, "Motherless Child," in late 2016. The release was produced by Mitchell Hauzser of Haus Music and gained The Absurd a review by BuzzBands LA. 

The release party gained them a weekly residency at Silverlake Lounge during January 2017 during which they played five shows supported by 20 bands of their choosing. This earned them a favorable review from Music Connection Magazine, which cited the energy of the live performance and the success of the residency. Since then, The Absurd have continued to maintain their reputation as one of the hardest-working, heaviest-hitting bands in the LA area.