Like all great bands, DRÆMINGS began as an outlet for heartbreak – the opening track of their debut EP, Nevada, repeatedly pleads “oh stay with me / please stay with me” – and has spent the last several years evolving from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sometimes-producer Kimi Recor’s alter ego into a tightly knit band of four whose new EP explores the many ways you can find your voice and mine your own inner strength. This drastic change in theme reflects not only the similarly drastic changes in the world as a whole, but also this movement away from a single spotlight and toward a group effort.
Their self-titled 2017 EP is akin to a rebirth for DRÆMINGS and brings Recor back to her band-oriented roots, cementing DRÆMINGS as a four piece comprised of herself (vocals/guitar), Thorson (bass/synth), Christopher Vick (guitar), and Nathaniel Meek (drums). The band returned to being independent (the EP will be released on Recor’s own PLAG Records) and wrote DRÆMINGS as a collective, self-titling the EP to make that point clear to listeners. Thorson stepped forward to helm the production and mixing of all six tracks in his Underwater Studios. From the heavy, thrumming bassline in “Fire in Hell,” to the dancefloor-worthy “Great Escape,” to the crooning Enya-esque EP closer, “Tides,” there really is something for everyone on DRÆMINGS, all without losing the band’s trademark sound that ties it all together.
With enchanting dream goth/ shoegaze tracks, Brass Box take listeners on a journey through life, death and the darkness that swells beneath the surface. Duo, Ammo Bankoff and Neil Popkin originally met several years prior at an underground new wave/ goth party in Los Angeles. The bands in which Bankoff played (Tête, Black Flamingo) occasionally shared bills with Popkin’s bands (War Tapes, Rituals). Due to their musical connection both musicians naturally collaborated. Popkin then brought in guitarist Matt Bennett (War Tapes) and drummer Pablo Amador (Rituals), to round out the heavy sounds of Brass Box. Since joining forces the quartet has assembled lush compositions of melody and noise while recording in their Downtown Los Angeles home studio. Some describe the sound as a mix between My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, but you can decide for yourself.
Ever So Android
Ever So Android fuse rock and roll with a contrasting electronic presence. Formed in 2012 by guitarist/programmer Drew Murray and vocalist Hope Simpson, the duo quickly gained notoriety as one of Seattle's most explosive live acts. With the addition of drummer Ben Hilzinger in 2015, Ever So Android’s sound took on a more melodic tenor. This current line up has found a band both rich in power and pop sensibility.
Dancing Tongues is a duo from Los Angeles formed in the fall of 2015. Drawing influence from the creative approaches of the late 70's punk movements and mid-century modern art, the band plays minimal post-punk that is both danceable and energetic.
Jesse Jo Stark
Few young artists have as much inherited bonds to the music and fashion world as Jesse Jo Stark. With her parents, Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark, owners of Chrome Hearts, Jesse Jo grew up in an environment that fostered creative expression. Now twenty-four years old, Jesse Jo is creating her own original place in design and music.
First spotted in the ever-opinionated realm of cyberspace, Jesse Jo was the constant subject of curiosity – named a muse, a musician, an artist, a designer – she became recognized for her playful style and imaginative coolness and the tribes of fashion and culture followers were captivated. It was not long before images of her at thirteen and sixteen shot for Elle Magazine by famed fashion photographer, Gilles Bensimon were uncovered and the fascination continued.
For Jesse Jo, there was always a convergence of music and fashion in her life so it was only natural for her to find music as the outlet for expressing herself. Under the guidance and collaboration of such notable musicians as Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Duff McKagen of Guns N’ Roses, Jesse Jo began writing and recording. Not surprisingly, her range of musical influences extending from country to punk & rock, all share the one quality most evident in her own music – honesty and originality.
All the while, Jesse Jo was quietly but boldly defining her mark on fashion. In early 2010, one of her very first ventures, a collection named Pete Punk for Chrome Hearts inspired by references of the punk era, found immediate distinction both editorially and commercially. Following on the success of this project, Jesse Jo was approached to lend her style to the skate company, Vans. For this joint project launched in Spring 2011 and revisited again in Fall 2011, Vans x Jesse Jo, she brought her own personal vision to the laidback skater vibe of the brand.
Jesse Jo Stark, who continues to appear on the pages of the most influential magazines globally, is currently in the studio working on her first record. Her second collection of Pete Punk debuted during Fall 2011 Fashion Week in Paris. She joins her mother, Laurie Lynn Stark, as the eye behind the lens for the Chrome Hearts global advertising campaigns as well as Creative Director of the annual Chrome Hearts Magazine.