The Los Angeles-based ensemble SONODA (suh-NO-duh) is the full band realization of Lisa Sonoda’s bedroom project.
Lisa’s first solo release, Clearing (Never Anything Records, 2017), is a densely layered set of 18 songs— taking form amidst fluttering synthesizer textures and reverberant orchestration.
The full live band expands on these songs with six members each shaping the blooming melodies and stereophonic wash that defines Sonoda.
A live full-length album, Karaoke Life is due out on Never Content Records in the fall of 2018.
Smokescreens are a New Zealand band that recorded in Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom. Or at least that’s what your ears tell you upon your first listen. In fact, Smokescreens are a Los Angeles based group founded by Chris Rosi following the demise of his previous band, Plateaus (HoZac/Art Fag). Rosi then recruited Corey Cunningham from Terry Malts (Slumberland) to play bass and the pair set about writing songs that displayed their shared affinity for Flying Nun and UK DIY bands.
Soon after they recorded their first album, released on Corey's tape label Parked In Hell and pressed to vinyl by the new Spanish in-print Meritorio Records, they asked drummer Brice Bradley and bassist Jenny Moffett to join the band.