Dec. 9 2014 05:20 PM

Bicoastal duo expand to a four-piece for their first show

Gabe Rodriguez (left) and Cory Stier

Hideout, the duo of Gabriel Rodriguez and Cory Stier, will make their live debut on Dec. 27 at Soda Bar, nearly two months after the release of their first album, Rookie.

The project, a jangly and lightly psychedelic rock act, has actually been a long time coming. Stier and Rodriguez began writing the songs for their new album long ago, but they were able to work on it only intermittently.

"We were supposed to do our first show about a year-and-a-half, two years ago," Stier says. "We really spent so much time with it. We never thought it would see the light of day."

Stier and Rodriguez both also play in New York-based indie-rock group Cults. Because of the two musicians' other commitments, not to mention geographic distance (Rodriguez lives in San Diego), it took a while for the band to fully materialize.

"Mostly, it's been the Cults stuff" that's required the greatest time commitment, Stier says. "We're gone for two months on tour, and then you have maybe a week off. So, we didn't have time to finish the damn thing."

Hideout's live band will feature two additional musicians: guitarist Tommy Garcia of Mrs. Magician and keyboardist Conor Meads, who previously performed with Stier as a member of Pistolita. Stier says it was necessary to expand the lineup live, simply because of how many layers are on the record.

"It'd be impossible" to play these songs as a duo, Stier says. "There's at least seven tracks in each song. We had a lot of vocal tracks. That record was a process."

After the Soda Bar show, the band will most likely do a West Coast tour. Stier says that after spending so much time with the music, he's ready to get on stage.

"I know these songs like the back of my hand," he says. "We haven't had a chance to play them live, but it feels natural when we practice. It's fast, and it's easy." 

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