Five new songs, five local bands, five questions. Keep up with the sounds of the East side here.
1. FLAT WORMS – PEARL
Flat Worms is a three piece rock n roll outfit that lovers of guitar-driven-anything-music should get down with. Their recordings are soiled in angst and grime and played with perfectly executed intention and energy. Following releases such as “Motorbike” and “Red Hot Sand” their latest single “Pearl” is to be played at full volume on repeat. SO GOOD!
Sammie: What is exciting you guys the most about music right now? Do you think the LA punk scene/ atmosphere is changing a lot? If so, how?
Will: LA is filled with incredibly talented artists making unique and inspiring music, and not just punk. On any given night, you can see great performances at record stores, warehouses, or any number of venues, and this energy inspires us. Our generation is facing a cruel era in sociopolitical history, and we are so grateful to have this community and its art as a refuge.
2. HEARTY HAR – RADIO MAN ’56
Brothers Shane and Tyler Fogerty’s band “Hearty Har” embodies the nostalgic sounds of their father, John Fogerty’s era, but their musicianship and song writing takes tunes like Radio Man ’56 to a innovative and contemporary place, perfectly sitting somewhere between ol time Rock n Roll and indie psychedelic pop.
Sammie: You guys are often categorized as psychedelic. What is your relationship with psychedelia and how do you think it has evolved since its birth in the sixties?
Tyler: I’m not sure that I can say psychedelia has actually evolved because there are psychedelic instances in genres of music that I feel most people wouldn’t categorize as psychedelic. It’s hard to say what psychedelic music really is. Sure, certain synthesizers and recording equipment have been developed since the 60s, but I wouldn’t say this makes the music any more psychedelic. I feel like today people associate psychedelic music with bands that use a bunch of effects and have a really drenched sound. Compressed drums, flangers, fuzz, and lots of echo seems to be a standard. Music can be psychedelic without much of that however. When the music and arrangement of a song represents the lyrics or melody or both, the song usually operates on a deeper level which can make it psychedelic. Humor in music is an aspect that can make something psychedelic. We grew up listening to the Nuggets compilation of 60s gems and I feel that describes our style pretty well. We don’t stick to a particular sub genre but it usually falls within the rock n roll category. We love a bunch of soul music, old reggae, weird synthesizer albums, ragas, folk music from all over the world. I usually like the stuff that has a bunch of instruments from all over.
Hearty Har will be playing The Echo w/ Babe Rainbow on October 17th! Tickets HERE
3. DRINKING FLOWERS – I CAN’T DANCE
New Wave dance tracks to get weird to. One of my favorite things coming out of the L.A. underground.
They recorded their first record 6 years ago in Wyatt Blair’s garage when Lolipop Records was just getting started. Since then they have played with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Blonde Redhead and Dandy Warhols to name a few.
Sammie: In the 6 years you guys have been together, how has Drinking Flowers evolved? What direction are you currently moving towards sonically as you work on your next record?
Alexander: Principally we have stayed the same. We have never particularly cared to fit in with anyone. I think the main evolution we’ve gone through is really just taste and a more open approach to music. We had a religious experience at a party a few years ago. We forcefully took over the DJ duties but were one-uped by someone playing “Sound of The Crowd” by The Human League. It dawned on us that we were praying to the wrong music gods.
Our new record is in its fertilization stage. We are pulling pop sounds from underground ideas. Anyone who knows us knows we like a dance party and thats what we expect you to do.
4. JESUS SONS – THAT BOTTLE (MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT)
Dirty country rock with a California kind of heart. You can hear “That Bottle (Makes Me Feel Alright)” here and only here until their full record comes out on the 20th. Hank Mehren making a special guest appearance on the keys with that dangerous bluesy goodness and newest member, Grady Kinnoin on pedal steel.
Sammie: It’s safe to say that Jesus Sons has been on a bit of a hiatus for the past year… Your two new singles give a sneak peak into the sounds of the new record but what else can you tell us about it? How is it sonically different from previous records?
Erik: Yeah we had a minor change in players and I took over singing for the band. We originally spent a week out on our friends farm recording as many songs as we could to get a new groove. That gave us the opportunity to experiment and really find the sound we wanted for this new record. Then we brought in our new drummer Shaughnessy Starr and re-cut the record here in LA where we went from a tascam 388 to 2″ reel to reel tape in a real studio. We still kept it analog in the recording and mixing process to keep raw like our previous releases.
Catch their record release at The Echo on 10.20 with Levitation Room and Wild Wing. Get your tickets HERE!
5. RUMBLEPAK – FREE MODELOS
Rumblepak only formed last year, but has since manifested their own culture of DIY warehouse art spaces and free one off shows in DTLA. Pulling from influences like The Cure, Joy Division, and Preocupations, front man Hank Kulesa’s (24) songwriting is powerful and mysterious. Check out live performance of “Not Profound” here and peep their single “Free Modelos” which was just released earlier this week.
Sammie: How did Rumblepak get started? Tell us a little bit about LA2, your guys’ old warehouse?
Nate: We formed in January 2016 and our first few shows were at our old warehouse called Towne House. We played with Enjoy, Moth Drops, Jeffertiti and a lot of other bands throughout those months. LA2 was another warehouse that we had from June 2016 to June 2017 in the heart of skid row. We had different friends moving in and out of the place all the time but it was a space where we were all able to make art and music whenever we wanted to. Our last show at LA2 was a goodbye party and we had Sugarcube and Denim Skull play with us and The Paranoyds even showed up and played a couple of songs.
Heard on Sunset
By Sammie Pearson