Sweet Ascent

Sweet Ascent

Anson, Polar Bodies

Tue Jan 23 2018

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

Sweet Ascent
From Lawrence, Kansas, Sweet Ascent is a four-piece rock band comprised of Jordan Rebman, Bobby Louden, Jacob Dorn, and Allex Wilson. Beginning in 2012, the group has undergone many changes both in membership and style to become the ensemble they are today. From humble basement beginnings, the journey of Sweet Ascent has taken no short cuts. The group has released three 5-track EPs, and although earlier songs tell stories of young love and following dreams, the EP 'WAR' was a turning point in style and sound, shaping the band's future. 'WAR' is the journal of a group facing the end of what has been an incredible battle. Its deep lyrics, well thought concept, and newfound rock roots are what held the band together and allowed it to emerge stronger than ever.

Sweet Ascent has always been a band that isn't focused on the past, rather one that encompasses the present and is always chasing the future. Following their most recent releases 'Safe To Say' and 'Overwhelmed', it's clear that the group has embraced their future sound and is poised to do incredible things. New releases and tour dates can be expected.
Los Angeles-based Alternative Rock band, ANSON is a 3-piece act set to bridge early 2000’s emo rock with today’s mainstream stratosphere. The group, consisting of Anson Li (Vocals) and Zack Mueller (Lead Guitarist) offer an array of introspective songs about life and discovering who you are as a person. Heavily influenced by groups like Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, Jimmy Eat World and Paramore, ANSON offers a bold blend of catchy choruses and deep lyrical content to bring a refreshing sound to an aged genre with hopes to rekindle the love of emo rock to many fans who have strayed away.

Growing up, Anson Li was surrounded by music. He quickly learned to play the tenor saxophone and guitar in middle school and devoted his time and effort to mastering the art of singing and songwriting. While attending Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, he was classically trained and was apart of their notable songwriting class called New Music Singers. Throughout his time in school, he knew his passion for music would eventually lead him to performing as well. In 2012, he ventured on as a solo act releasing his debut EP Go My Way, with the help of Chris Guglielmo of Bayside on drums. This EP was well-received by fans, which led him to touring the US and Canada, playing over 125 shows in the year and generating an overwhelming fan base one show at a time. He continued on to share the stage with many notable acts including X Ambassadors, Suzanne Vega, Jesse Ruben, and Juliet Simms (from The Voice), to name a few before entering the studio again. Li recorded Who You Want To Be EP with famed-producer, Dave Cook (O.A.R., Dan + Shay, Shawn Mendes). For years, Li toured the country and even was a background performer for Band of Merrymakers, a Christmas supergroup of artists including Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Alex & Sierra, Neon Trees, Natasha Bedingfield, and 3OH!3. After some time, Li decided it was time to put a pause on his musical career to continue his education.

After nearly four years, Anson Li was confronted on why he stopped performing and making music. That conversation led to many internal decisions of “why.” Continuing to feel the frustration and lack of inspiration, the minute Li started writing, singing, and recording it was an exhilarating re-discovery that his deeply profound passion for music was something that would never go away. To Be or Nothing At All, Li’s brand new EP, reflects on the journey to find his self identity and speaks to the struggles of putting everything on the line to live for your art. In 2017, Li collaborated with George Tello and Zack Mueller to complete the exact live sound he was looking for. No longer wanting to front as a solo act, instead wanting ANSON to be the brand the band stands for and something larger than himself. The three found commonality in self discovery, strength, and empowerment to take a risk in life, and brought a unique synergy to the new EP. Li continues, “To Be or Nothing At All is a testament to the fact, you can’t live your life stuck at the crossroads. It’s the risking leaps in life that make the journey to achieving your dreams worth it.”

To Be or Nothing At All, produced by Andrew D’Angelo (Set It Off, Volumes, Cold Rain), mixed by Dan Korneff (Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Our Last Night, My Chemical Romance), and mastered by Ted Jensen (Muse, Green Day, Billy Joel, The Police) is due out September 29, 2017.
Polar Bodies
Rock band from Longmont, CO:
Anson Wind - Vocals, guitar
Karsten Gulsrud - Guitar, vocals
Alec Kocjancic - Bass
Miles Dixon - Drums
Venue Information:
Moon Room
1902 Blake St.
Denver, CO, 80202