Montréal electronic duo, PELADA, have resonated with audiences for their recontextualized blend of early Chicago house, Detroit techno with more abstract & abrasive club music, and also for their powerful lyrics, delivered in Spanish, which often explore themes of surveillance, control, abuse, and power. The duo, comprised of vocalist Chris Vargas and producer Tobias Rochman, create a sound combining a patchwork of sequenced analogue synths, drum machines, digital samplers. The resulting live sets are wild and confrontational which can stand in sharp contrast to what audiences have come to expect from modern contemporary electronic music.
All Your Sisters
ALL YOUR SISTERS take on the post-punk paradigm is decidedly non-retro. The basic building blocks are there; heavy drummachine rhythms, pumping melodic bass lines, swaths of atmospheric guitars and cold synth melodies, but where many bands are content to wallow in the shadows of their influences, All Your Sisters sounds like the future.
Long a fixture of the Oakland, CA musical underground, SOME EMBER has seen many forms – a solo dream pop bedroom project, a four-piece goth rock outfit, then a hardware-based synth duo, and back again. Following cassettes on Crash Symbols, Night-People and Ascetic House, the band released their first LP on Dream in 2014. SUBMERGING THE SUN, the second LP by Some Ember, is a journal of climatological grief, intimate vulnerability, and transcendental sadness. Self-produced by songwriter Dylan Travis, the record’s sparse arrangements are weighted by bleak ambience and dramatic vocal turns. Icy synthesizers pierce veils of fog-like drones, delivering sorrow and catharsis. Tides of dissonance ebb to reveal glittering mirages of hope, which are just as soon swept away.
CRUZ DE NAVAJAS
This post-punk band from Mexico City were one of Part Time Punks' favorite discoveries of 2018. CRUZ DE NAVAJAS borrow their sound heavily from the definitive era of 1980s goth. The Sisters of Mercy-esque basslines and said bands Doktor Avalanche drum sounds are a huge reference point but with an ardent female vocal replacing the deep resonance of Andrew Eldritch. The result is a mesmerizing fresh take on dark post-punk that just might find you dancing...
Temple Of Angels
Composed of veterans of the Austin punk scene (as well as a few newcomers) TEMPLE OF ANGELS seem to have arrived fully formed. Their four song demo is drenched in reverb and gothic pain, almost making one wonder if they haven’t accidentally stumbled on a lost project from Manchester circa 1983. What would have been cliché homage in another band’s hands, however, Temple of Angels bring a level of intensity and passion for the genre that pushes them into something fierce, and at times beautiful.” (David Glickman)
Part Time Punks
PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…