The Coachella Valley is where YIP YOPS were born and still call home. However, there’s an indefinable and indescribable urge that spurned the quartet- lead singer and guitarist Ison Van Winkle, drummer Ross Murakami, bassist Jacob Gutierrez, and keyboardist/ vocalist Mari Brossfield- to send their own kind of aftershocks through alternative music. The band’s singular sound could’ve been signed to Factory Records in 1981, but feels at home on your favorite Spotify playlist. That’s why the group achieved the seemingly insurmountable within a few years of crystallizing its lineup (and graduating high school). They went from gracing the stage at Coachella, Chinatown Sum mer Nights, and Echo Park Rising to building an organic buzz online. Counting New Order, The Smiths, and Pink Floyd among myriad influences, their sound tempers male-female harmonies over swooning synths, robust accentuated guitars, and hyper-charged beats. Rising out from the area’s monolithic musical shadow, they prove the classic possibilities of musicians jamming in a suburban garage. 2018 sees the four-piece release more music as they push the single “She”!
Trapdoor Social entered 2017 with a new sense of urgency. After reconstituting itself from a duo to a 5-piece, their eponymous debut album is a raucous, anthemic environmental and social critique, erupting with signature blues rock and bass synth riffs. The live set is an impassioned call to action.
Excited to continue combining their music with activism as they’ve done through past fundraising projects with Homeboy Industries, Mesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection, Trapdoor Social toured the U.S. for the first half of 2017 in their solar trailer, putting on clean energy, solar-powered concerts at universities and outdoor venues across the country.
September 2017 brought the 2nd annual Sunstock Solar Festival, a 100% solar-powered arts and music festival in Los Angeles, founded by Trapdoor Social.
Currently, the band is writing and recording their second full-length album in Los Angeles, CA.
The life behind JR Slayer is not a band, an album or a solo project. It's a grouping of works by Cody Votolato, formerly the guitarist of The Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love and currently, Head Wound City. The moniker serves as a creative outlet and umbrella for Producing, Remixing, Writing and Performing.
Mixing the stomp and swagger of a rock ‘n roll band with the danceable drama and rule-breaking spirit of pop music, Pet Fangs bridge the gap between old and new, raw and refined, organic and digital.
The band members call their sound "garage-pop," pointing to a range of influences — from Prince to T Rex to Let's Dance-era David Bowie — as wide and varied as the group's own material. All four members of Pet Fangs hail from South Louisiana, where brothers Joe and David Stark first attracted an audience as co-founders of the swampy rock band Baby Bee. Signed to Republic Records, Baby Bee launched as a duo and steadily expanded into a larger lineup, with Jory Cordy and Ben Alleman joining the ranks. Cordy, Alleman, and the two Stark siblings were all songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in their own right, having logged time in the touring bands for artists like Ryan Adams, Marc Broussard, and Grace Potter. Together, though, they were something more: a tight-knit, democratic unit of musicians whose new songs were bigger, bolder, and broader than anything they'd created before. Looking to move outside of the rules they'd placed upon themselves as a rock band, they dissolved Baby Bee and launched a new band. A band with bite. Pet Fangs was born.
From the start, Pet Fangs embraced change. The guys switched instruments often. They switched recording studios, too, looking to chase down different sounds in a string of ever-changing environments. In doing so, they approached their new music like a rock group. They focused on hooks, grooves, and riffs, playing organic instruments along the way. Then, once the basic blueprint for each track had been laid, they abandoned the rule book altogether. Real instruments were sonically manipulated. Live drums were joined by programmed loops. Synthesizers and vocal effects were added to the mix. It was a no-limits approach to pop music, blending the influence of older decades with current sounds and rules-free experimentation. Joining them throughout the studio process was producer, engineer, and honorary "ghost member," Justin Tocket, who manned the recording console and collaborated on new material during its earliest stages.
From their forthcoming single, "Gold Coast Dreaming" (releasing August 18, 2017), to the internationally recognized "Bitch Baby" (whose percussive punch and sexy strut helped land the song in a Chinese fashion advertisement campaign for Umbro and Madonna's Material Girl clothing line), Pet Fangs' music represents something new. It's equal parts attitude, atmosphere, and adventurousness, glued together by four songwriters whose rock ‘n roll pedigree lends edge and electricity to their spacey pop music.