The lovechild of a studio experiment that was never meant to make it out into the wild, Los Angeles' American Royalty constructs an unlikely yet glowingly functional blend of dark garage rock and poignant electronica. This creative soundscape is topped off by the two vocal leads of Marc Gilfry and Billy Scher, whose pipes both seem to fall somewhere in the realm of where eerie and soul meet back on the other side; altogether resulting in one of the most innovative sounds to haunt independent music today.
The psychedelic blues-rock three piece has already begun making their mark on the road over the past year, turning heads in the touring circuit with their unorthodox stage set up, a penchant for sprinkling in reworked bits of both the classic and obscure, and an explosively energetic and entrancingly unique live performance.
Comprised of Mario Armando Ruiz and Michael Paul Delgado, Teenage Sweater takes over where The Girl With The Violent Arms (Ruiz's previous endeavor) left off. Both utilizing multiple synths and samplers, their sound is equal parts danceable and meditative. Sometimes, they are graced with live percussion by Starskate's Shaun Hunter, which makes for an exciting mix of analog and digital beats. Having recently released their sophomore album, they are gearing up to release a proper LP later this year, which will be following some heavy touring.
"Teenage Sweater, the project of California's Mario Ruiz and Connor Alfaro, drapes his programming pad in waterfall-like cascades of synths and reverb-soaked vocals. It's not overwhelming; he doesn't use too many elements at once, and the composition definitely falls into the category of minimal pop. This isn't Niagara, but rather one of those sexy waterfalls people are always photographing swimsuit models under, but the lyrics, about longing for the right person, present the possibility that it could be a waterfall of tears in the mirror. Either way, it's catchy, and the rest of the songs on Teenage Sweater's debut record, Kewl, fall into similar categories." --Impose
Beat Club is a Los Angeles based band consisting of Jeff Kite (keyboards/vocals), Jon Pancoast (bass), and Anthony Polcino (guitars/vocals).
The music draws from an eclectic palette of influences ranging everywhere from hip-hop to punk rock to world-dance. Armed with an arsenal of songs often driven by searing, rhythmic guitars, funky Afrobeat bass lines and vintage synthesizers, layered over a booming blend of acoustic and electronic beats, Beat Club has become a fresh and unmistakeable musical collective.
Most of 2012 was spent writing and recording material as well as playing a slew of boisterous shows in the Los Angeles area.
The debut Maxi Single from Beat Club featuring "Something Better", "Dirty Disco", and "Globetrotters" is out now via PCM | Mom + Pop's Boombox.