The Cedar Presents
SASHA SLOAN with Winnetka Bowling League
Friday, November 8th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show
This is a standing show with an open floor. To request seating or other access accommodations, please go to our Access page.
General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and at The Cedar during shows.
Call her your new best friend…
Sasha Sloan is that girl you can chat about “deep cuts” with in a diner until four AM between cigarettes and coffee.
Sasha Sloan is a normal, yet “completely complicated human.” Sasha Sloan is totally sad, but exuberantly funny. Sasha Sloan is from South Boston, but lives in Los Angeles. Sasha Sloan melted a Hershey bar on her laptop, was too lazy to get a new one, and writes all of her lyrics on a refurbished iPhone 5. Sasha Sloan describes her style as “Target chic.” Sasha Sloan is trying to speak to “the quiet girls at the party who struggle with what they look like.” Sasha Sloan writes songs you “can listen to late at night when you’re all fucked up and alone—and maybe feel better.”
A self-proclaimed “low key masochist” who “isn’t happy all the time,” Sasha Sloan is real.
“I would say I’m just someone you can chill with and talk to,” she affirms. “I’m someone who doesn’t have their shit together, but is trying. I don’t know…you could also just say, ‘I’m a loser’,” she laughs.
Self-deprecation aside, this kind of honesty quietly cemented her as an unassuming phenom. As the story goes, a viral photo ironically kicked off her career after she started writing songs at just ten-years- old. At 18, her parents decided to paint the house. They took the opportunity to write “dork” under her window with an arrow, which was “super embarrassing.” Still, she posted the pic on reddit, and it exploded.
So, she added her Soundcloud link to the post and landed a publishing deal as a result. Dropping out of Berklee College of Music, she moved to L.A. at 19-years-old. A whirlwind followed. As she primarily penned her own music, she also wrote “Never Be The Same” and “OMG” for Camila Cabello and featured on Kygo’s “This Town” and “Falls” for ODESZA. In 2017, she released the songs off her first EP sad girl independently prior to being signed. Within a year, “Runaway,” “Normal,” and “Ready Yet” each surpassed 19 million Spotify streams, while averaging over 4 million monthly listeners on the platform. Along the way, she signed to RCA Records and assembled her 2018 EP loser alongside “Ready Yet” collaborator and producer King Henry.
“It captures my life from nineteen until twenty-three,” she goes on. “It’s more multi-faceted than sad girl was, because I got more time to sit down and ask myself, ‘What do I want to say and how do I want to say it?’ Some of it is loneliness. Some of it is about my parents. Some of it is about falling in love with a new person and being vulnerable to them. It deals with not feeling good enough as a songwriter. I’m always asking everyone around me, ‘Does this sound like basic white girl pop?’ That’s my biggest fear. There’s a focus on lyrics and real instruments, which I really love. It just covers every insecurity I’ve ever had.”
In doing so, it might dispel some of those insecurities. Right out of the gate, loser garnered acclaim from Billboard, Flaunt, and more. The opener “The Only” pairs her delicate delivery with sparse acoustic guitar as the lyrics detail, “being lonely and not knowing what to do when I moved to L.A.” Meanwhile, airy guitar and minimal production underscore the sweet “Chasing Parties” where she admits, “My boyfriend and I found out we were so happy to just stay at home with each other instead of going out.”
“Older” hinges on a heartbreakingly confessional, yet catchy chorus, “The older I get, the more that I see, my parents aren’t heroes, they’re just like me…Lovin’ is hard, it don’t always work, just try your best not to get hurt…I used to be mad, but now I know, sometimes it’s better to let someone go. It just hadn’t hit me yet, the older I get.”
“It just means my parents aren’t perfect, and my dad and I have a really strange relationship,” she admits. “My mom and my dad married, divorced, and remarried—like a bunch of times. I never really understood why everything was always so off and fucked up. My dad was 24 when I was born. We have the same birthday. I’m turning 24 next year. I thought about how I could never take care of a child at 24. After my first big breakup, I saw how hard relationships could be. I understood and sympathized with my parents more than ever. It hit me all at once and came out.”
In the end, you’ll feel right at home hanging out with Sasha Sloan.
“If one person out there is like, ‘Oh shit, I’ve felt like that,’ that would be dope,” she leaves off. “My favorite music makes me feel things and think about my own life. I hope you walk away feeling like you know me. That answer made no sense. I’m such a loser, dude,” she smiles.
More on Sasha Sloan
After emerging in 2017 and appearing on a handful of high-profile collaborations, Sasha Sloan released her debut single “Ready Yet,” which has amassed over 25 million streams on Spotify alone. Since then, she has established herself as a true wordsmith, an artist’s artist, who crafts potent melodies filled with poignant lyrics. “Normal,” a track on her debut ep sad girl, which was released in early 2018 via RCA Records, has been heralded by Billboard as a “catchy introvert anthem.” Sasha Sloan has garnered over 350 million streams from sad girl and her most recent EP, Loser, which was released in late 2018. These emotionally-rich, left-of-center pop releases lead to her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this year with a performance of “Older.” She has received a ton of critical acclaim with Entertainment Weekly declaring her one of the 6 artistswho will break big in 2019, PAPER Magazine saying “With songs this resonant, one thing Sloan can’t fake is her talent.” Idolator also noted, “Everything the singer/songwriter has released since launching her artist project has been excellent…” Sasha also was ranked #1 by Idolator in their “The 20 Best EPs, Mixtapes & Playlists of 2018” list. She has already built up a formidable live show and a rabid fan base that lead to her selling out her North American and European headline runs this year.
ABOUT WINNETKA BOWLING LEAGUE
Winnetka Bowling League’s debut single “On The 5,” a love letter to the baked asphalt of a California freeway, perfectly encapsulated the melancholy of a past romance conducted under blistering sunshine. The track, released at the tail end of the summer, was an immediate hit at college radio where it spent three weeks in the top 5, was playlisted on Sirius XM’s’ AltNation, and has received over 1,000,000 streams to date. Not bad for the first release from a newly formed band of musical compadres named for their singer’s bowling league in the San Fernando Valley. Definitely the first time you’ve heard “non fat” rhymed with “Prozac,” “Kombucha,” their new track, is another end-of-a-relationship anthem. Winnetka Bowling League’s penchant for cars and freeways continues, but instead of “On The 5”s “‘92 Subaru,” the protagonist of “Kombucha” is ending a relationship before hitting the road in “my Honda on the 101.” Directed by Zach Sekuler, the video takes place in the Elliott Salter Pawn Shop in West Hollywood.