Collin Desha’s most indelible memories were formed growing up in Hawaii in his native culture’s lifestyle — surrounded by the ocean and traditional Hawaiian music. It wasn’t until the self-proclaimed “surf punk kid” picked up the ukulele at 12 years old that he found his life’s calling. “That’s essentially what got me into music,” he says. “I still surf, but once the music thing took over, that changed the course of my life.”
At 17, Desha arrived in Los Angeles, green and hungry to expand his musical identity. “I was so secluded in Hawaii creatively and musically,” he says. “So once I got here, I tried to absorb everything the scene had to offer." He also imprinted upon films like Alfonso Cuarón’s dystopian classic Children of Men and cinema auteurs like Stanley Kubrick and applied the sense of wonderment they instilled in him to his own craft. “How can I distort the process? How can I do something that’s different, or creatively different than just writing a song?” he remembers thinking.
Inspired by his LA peers who controlled their creative process, from writing to recording to production, Desha adopted the moniker Low Hum and set up his home studio, determined to write with “no boundaries.” Shortly after meeting Parisian drummer/producer Jules De Gasperis, the two west coast transplants began working together, which resulted in the five-track EP lowhum, showcasing Low Hum’s honeyed, haunting vocals and subtle psychedelic arrangements reminiscent of Tame Impala.
These understated yet profound pop sensibilities suffuse Low Hum’s forthcoming full-length, Room to Breathe. From the chugging sprawl of lead single “Strange Love,” inspired by the film Dr. Strangelove, to “Crimson Cardinal,” a powerful meditation on depression and loss following the death of a very close friend, the LP will be a fittingly widescreen introduction to Desha’s music. “Not a lot of people know Low Hum, and that’s what I’m really excited about,” he says. “There’s a lot to share.”
The founding members of Jubilo Drive — guitarist Jordan H. Kleinman, bassist/singer Hayden Vaughn, guitarist Henry Kuckens and drummer Eric Cruz — met in 2012 while attending Chapman University. During their four years in Orange County, the band released a handful of records, including the raw and youthful Redwood EP, lo-fi post-rock album Taqueria, and the heavily psychedelic Hot Pace EP.
After the group went on hiatus in 2016, Kleinman began to casually collaborate on instrumental tracks with family friend Aaron Shadrow. The band was set to carry on with Shadrow on keys, as Vaughan had parted ways with the group. But tragedy struck in May 2017 when Cruz passed away in an automobile accident. The band, overcome with unimaginable grief, took some time off to remember and reflect on their bandmate and friend. Eventually, the remaining members (Kleinman, Kuckens, and Shadrow) decided to continue Jubilo Drive in Cruz’s memory. They added long-time friend Kalyn Beach on bass guitar and Jacob Lauing on drums, with Kleinman taking over lead vocal duties.
Today, Jubilo Drive infuses elements of experimental genres of all styles into a sensible, avant-pop sound. They have several singles lined up for release in 2018, including their debut song "Off Satellites,” a krautrock and synth-punk inspired track. The band made its return to the stage this year, with a show in Cruz’s memory on May 11, 2018
The HolyCuts (Single Release)
The HOLYCUTS are a four piece alternative rock band coming out of Echo Park, CA. With influences ranging as wide as Patsy Cline and Black Flag The HOLYCUTS strive to create music that is melodic one moment and destructive the next. The duality of both Leila Perry and William Nicol's singing and songwriting give the band a unique and dynamic sound.
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