Thu, Jun 1

Meet Me @ The Altar

Chloe Lilac, Kid Sistr
Show: 6:30 pm
All Ages
Meet Me @ The Altar
    Past // Present // FutureMeet Me @ The Altar is here to dismantle rock music’s stereotypes riff by riff. The band–comprised of guitarist-bassist Téa Campbell, drummer Ada Juarez and lead vocalist EdithVictoria–has reignited the genre with their refreshing mix of earworm pop melodies, blazing guitarriffs, and punk attitude. Now, the band is ready to stake their claim in rock history with their debutalbum,Past // Present // Future, arriving via Fueled By Ramen.The record finds the bandmates experimenting more than ever as theysolidify a signature soundwhile also ripping apart the “nostalgia act” box they didn’t ask to be placed in. Each word in thealbum title holds a significant meaning: “Past” pays respect to the iconic bands who’ve influencedthem (including Paramore, Twenty One Pilots,P!NK, DemiLovato,andAvrilLavigne).“Present”finds the band redefining what a modern-day rock band looks and sounds like, while “Future”looks ahead at how the band will impact the genre and where they might go from here.Calling upon iconic producer John Fields (Jonas Brothers, P!NK, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato),Past// Present // Futuresheds any notion of sonic limitations. “We wantedthis album to have athrowback sound but still feel like it was produced today,” Edith says. “John did all those early‘00s Jonas Brothers records that we are obsessed with-he was the perfect person to work with.”This inspiration is best captured in lead single “Kool.” A perfect balance of pop and rock withwhispers of a flirty R&B groove, “Kool” is a song for anyone with a crush, shaking up typical songstructure to deliver an ultra-catchy, straightforward chorus: “You’re sokool.”Other album highlights include: “Try” which embodies everything the band adores about poppunk’s electric energy, and the vulnerable “T.M.I.” which brings uncomfortable feelings of self-doubt to the surface (“I think I’m the worst/Criticize everything ‘til it hurts/If you knew me betteryou’d like me worse”). “It’s therapeutic because I'm finally saying all thesethings publicly,” Edithexplains. “So maybe it'll give someone else the energy and confidence to say it to other peopletoo instead of keeping it inside all the time.”There’s also “Rocket Science,” whose uplifting message on not giving up on oneself isanchoredby free-spirited riffs and bright vocals, and the punchy “Say It (To My Face)” that gives a middle-finger to naysayers who put down confident women in the industry (“You say you’re not a fan butyou got all my songs playing in your head”). “Any woman in a male-dominated field can relatewhere people think they could say things to you,” notes Edith. “We have two more levels on topof that, being women of color and some of us being gay. People just say the most ridiculous andunnecessary things.”Past // Present // Futuremay be the exciting kickoff to Meet Me @ The Altar’s new chapter, butthe bandmates have already captured the hearts of rock diehards nationwide since getting publicsupportive tweets from Halsey, All-Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and The Wonder Years’ DanCampbell. Those viral moments led to the band’s major-label signing to Fueled By Ramen in2020.That same year, their breakthrough hit “Garden” provided relief during the height of the pandemicwith its uplifting message and reminder that it’s okay not to be okay. Following the release, Meet
    Me @ The Altar shared 2021’sModel CitizenEP featuring singles like “Feel A Thing” and “BrighterDays (Are Before Us).” Their relatable appeal has scored praise from publications like RollingStone, The New York Times, The FADER, NPR Music, Stereogum, NYLON and more.The bandhas also spent the last two years touring, sharing the stages with Green Day, Jxdn, KennyHooplaand most recently MUNA on the trio’s North American tour, which saw them perform to sold-outcrowds at venues like New York City’s Irving Plaza and The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The bandhas also ruled the festival circuit, with unforgettable performances at Lollapalooza, Riot Fest andWhen We Were Young.One thing Meet Me @ The Altar prides itself on is its strong sisterhood, which was initially formedin 2015. Téa Campbell and Ada Juarez met via YouTube in 2015 after Campbell stumbled uponJuarez’s drum cover of a Twenty One Pilots song. Despite living in different states (FloridaandNew Jersey, respectively), the two became fast friends and decided to start a band. Afterpersistent auditioning, Edith Victoria (a Georgia native) joined the band in 2017.“It's just so interesting how we met so young and we were all living completely different lives, butwe have the same view and dedication on where this band can go,” Téa says. “We’re friends atthe core (“We probably were sisters in a different life,” Ada interjects). It is really easy wheneveryone's on the same page. We never saw this band as a hobby—we saw it as what we wantedto do in life.”As Meet Me @ The Altar continues to ascend in 2023, they hope to sever previous ties to nostalgicyesteryear as they establish an unconventional, new-generation sound. At the end of it all, thebandmates are genuine music fans who are fulfilled when their songs’ messages help out thosewho really need it.“What’s so cool about our dynamic is that we're just friends making music and that will always bewho we are,” Téa leaves off. “So everything that's happening outside of us three is awesome ofcourse, but it's not going to change us.”
Chloe Lilac
Kid Sistr