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Cannons

8PM DOORS | 9PM SHOW
18+
Lincoln Hall
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Music shuffles around the past, the present, and the future. All at once, CANNONS recall warm memories, soundtrack the bliss of the moment, and gaze towards a brighter tomorrow. The Los Angeles trio — Michelle Joy [vocals], Ryan Clapham [lead guitar], and Paul Davis [drums, keys] — co-mingle handcrafted analog production, glossy guitars, and cinematic synth-craft with fluid breathy vocals and evocative lyrics threaded together by classic songbook poise. (Think a Cliff Martinez score accompanied by Stevie Nicks, and you’re half way there). Generating 20 million streams independently and landing placements on shows such as Lucifer, Never Have I Ever, and many others, the group continues to transfix audiences as part of the Columbia Records family with more music on the horizon.

“The vibe takes you somewhere else, because it has a nostalgic and melancholy feel,” says Ryan. “We try to make everything as catchy as possible. You can play it at low volume in a restaurant or salon. You can crank it up and boogie to it in a club. You can listen to it in your darkest hour or when you’re partying.”

“We aim to make universal music,” adds Michelle. “There’s no age limit. Your grandmother can listen to us or your baby.”

“We’ve also gotten better at baby-making music,” laughs Paul. “A lot of babies have been conceived to CANNONS!”

Originally formed in 2013, the band united lifelong friends and musical partners-in-crime Ryan and Paul with recent Los Angeles transplant Michelle. After moving to the West Coast from Florida “for a relationship that didn’t work out properly,” she sought out other local musicians. A Craigslist post later, the future bandmates met for coffee, got along instantly, and sent sonic ideas back and forth via email. An early upload entitled “Shallow Lagoon” gained traction on Soundcloud as they built up a following by endless gigging around town. In addition to early radio support from tastemaker KCRW, “Body Talk” appeared in an episode of the HBO series Ballers, while the campaign for Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Topshop collection touted “Evening Star” as its theme. In between, the group released Night Drive [2017], the In a Heartbeat EP [2018], and Shadows [2019]. A stylist played the latter for Harry Styles who instantly fell in love with the band, shouting them out online and inviting them to a sold out Los Angeles show at the Forum. In 2020, “Fire For You” bubbled up into the collective pop culture consciousness. Synced in a pivotal episode of the NETFLIX smash Never Have I Ever, it elevated the show to #1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs Chart. Signing to Columbia Records, the band went from “jobless to dream jobs” powered by a singular style.

“We’ve always had a very D.I.Y. approach,” Paul goes on. “We’ve done everything ourselves from the production to the writing. Over the years, we’ve gotten more comfortable with one another. The songwriting process comes more naturally. It’s like a seventies approach to a modern sound.”

“A lot of the songs start on guitar, and we incorporate real instruments into electronic textures,” Ryan elaborates. “From there, it’s all about hooks.”

Hooks abound on “Fire For You.” A finger-picked riff cuts through a synth haze as Michelle intones, “I was on fire for you. Where did you go?” The vocals shimmer and simmer over the bounce of a rapturous beat.

“I was going through a really rough breakup at the time, and I felt very left out in the cold,” the frontwoman admits. “I was all in. The other person took the relationship for granted and didn’t respect me. I was very sad and angry. It was cathartic to get those emotions on paper and speak them out loud. It’s very relatable.”

In the end, CANNONS make a lasting impression and an even deeper connection.

“When you listen to us, I’d love for you to feel like you’re not alone,” Michelle leaves off. “Music has always been there for me. It’s one of the things that’s helped me through difficult times. For the worst and best moments, there’s always been a song.”

“I want you to put on headphones and feel like you’re escaping,” Ryan concludes. “There’s something beautiful about being submerged in music. You leave your element and go somewhere else. We want to bring you there.”

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