FACIAL makes the noise that cuts like a chainsaw through the thick buildup of residue in your mind, left behind by years of dealing with the dull banality of life.
They take the dead parts of your brain killed by mundane repetition and blasts it away with a pressure hose, while the low end rattles all the barnacles off your body and pounds you the way you are always afraid to ask for. Sweet melodies interchange with primal screaming as you fluctuate between comfort and discomfort, horror and jubilation, familiarity and utter confusion.
FACIAL aren’t always making sense. In fact, they have been known to not make sense at all. It makes perfect sense considering the difficulty of true communication. This is due to the subjective nature of reality, lack of attention due to mass distraction, and the fact that anything anybody does can be taken out of context and framed to be perceived in any which way you want! These are just a few factors, so imagine trying to boil down a live, complex organism, such as a band, to a concise couple of paragraphs, using words! what a difficult task!
Who wants to read anyways! What could somebody read about a band that would even peak their interest? A cute story? Their musical references and antecedents? Perhaps some affiliation with a more well-known artist? Maybe we are completely bored with words now and they have lost all actual meaning, and only the right combination of emojis will titillate interest anymore?
If FACIAL were to be represented only by emojis, it would probably be: The guy with sunglasses on, Upside-down smiley guy, and The guy with x’s for eyes. bored to death.
Kim & The Created
LA’s wild 2-piece KIM AND THE CREATED have kept the energy going since they 1st hit the scene 4 years ago.
2 tours with The Kills, which during the 1st tour caught the attention of Jack White’s guitarist/girlfriend Olivia Jean, who ended the 2nd tour performing on stage with KATC. KATC has opened for Alice Cooper, Headlined 13 countries in Europe & multiple National Tours, played The Hollywood Palladium w/Beck, Father John Misty, & Joan Jett, played KROQ’s event at The Roxy, Headlined & sold out The Troubadour, played The Whiskey’s 50th Anniversary, toured with Epitaph’s The Garden, opened for The Dickies, month long residency at The Echo & Echoplex, Headlined in Mexico, played Canada, Desert Daze Festival, Levitation Festival, SXSW tour + multiple showcases, played the largest music convention in the world NAMM, Orange County Museum of Art, & countless LA shows.
Sponsors Fender gifted & advertised Kim with her signature guitar. MAC Cosmetics advertised & named Kim the “Counter-Culture Icon,” EarthQuaker Devices, Converse, Brixton, & Thrasher all love & sponsor KATC. Yves Saint Laurent created the Fall/Winter line influenced by Kim’s signature stye. Billboards of Kim advertising YSL were all over Los Angeles & she composed a 27 minute runaway track for YSL. Alice Cooper declared “Kim is an outlaw of Rock N Roll,” because of her unconventional rebellious stage presence & stage clothing. A full page spread in V Magazine described Kim as “Rockstar, Icon, Trendsetter, & Rule-Breaker.” 2 page feature in NYLON Magazine as “Warrior & Style-Maker” Centerfold in LA Record, fold-out poster in The New York Times, Urban Outfitters ads, Thrasher Magazine, LA Weekly as “blindly inspirational, VICE Magazine’s “Leading lady of LA Music,” and more!
Their EP was produced by Randy Randall of NO AGE of Sub Pop.
Netflix & CBS are excited to license off the new LP for their title songs of upcoming shows. KATC has been featured in a Ubisoft video game ad, National Television Commercial for Valero which premiered during this years Grammy’s on E, collaborated with DNCE & Nikki Minaj’s latest music video, & featured in the film YOSHUA produced by Whalerock Industries (Kardashians, Tyler the Creator), out soon.
Not one to shy from the volume knob, Rachel Fannan's latest explosion
the Bomb is an angsty guitar driven kiss blown to the likes of Dinosaur Junior, Black Sabbath, Heart and ACDC. Powerful and precise, face melting vocals push head banging riffs to the next level, a captivating blend of performance and raw energy you have to hear to believe. Best known for her work in Only You and psych outfit Sleepy Sun, the Bomb provides the perfect opportunity to catch Fannan at her most rock. Joined by Dash Hutton on drums and Quincy Larsen on bass, the Bomb is pleased to announce it will be releasing its debut EP ‘Everybody’s Famous’ December 21st 2016.
It’s rare that a band founded on pushing sonic boundaries is conscious of not alienating the listener. In the case of Denver-based rockers, Flaural, their music feels like the spoils of deep exploration, brought back down to earth for all to observe in traditional rock outfit form.
Flaural / ˈflôrəl / is the unified sum of four equal parts. The hypnotic pulse of Nick Berlin’s kraut rock drum grooves crystalize as the backdrop atop which sprawls the band’s ethereal art-pop-songwriting. Connor Birch’s expansive synths and keys, the unique virtuosity and aggression of Noah Pfaff’s guitar playing, and the resonant croon of Colin Johnson’s vocals and driving bass lines all coalesce into experimental psych rock that warmly invites the uninitiated listener into the unknown.
Following a string of EPs — 2015’s Thin King and 2016’s Over Imaginary Cigarettes — Flaural’s debut LP, appropriately titled Postponement, has been three years in the making. Over those three years, the band has endured the struggles of being an unsigned touring act while playing countless shows across the United States and experiencing both communal growth and personal loss. Early pieces of Postponement were initially recorded while touring through the Bay Area at the now defunct Animal Room Studio, but the album arrangements didn’t begin to take form until the band settled back in Denver and linked up with close friend and producer / engineer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis). Over the course of the next year and a half, the band found pockets of time to finish the recordings. Time becoming a central theme of the album as a whole.
On March 27th, 2017, frontman Collin Johnson’s father passed away after a long struggle with ALS. The album cover serves as an homage to his passing — an image resembling a clock with hands that read 3:27 — and the album’s first single, “The Thinker,” tells the story of his illness. “The Thinker” was originally written following his father’s diagnosis, with Johnson singing, “Nobody likes when you’re not well / Come up, come up, and feel better now.” The song’s lyrics were reworked after he passed, adding the line, “Unanswered questions still haunt me.” The emotional track ends with a dark, hectic, instrumental frenzy of piercing baritone saxophone squeaks layered over sporadic, aggressive guitar and driving drums.
“‘The Thinker’ definitely set a tone for the album in the sense of hardship and having no way out but just dealing with the way things are,” Johnson recalls. “Trying times have no grace and that manifested as a recurring theme through the rest of album.”
DJ Cry Tuff
Zoe Zag otherwise known as Cry Tuff is a Los Angeles based artist. Building sets, making zines, taking photos, exploring.