Hailing from the depths of Long Beach, California, ambient anti-pop/Indie collective, THE SHAKES, is a modge podge of unique, young musicians, taking the Los Angeles indie scene by storm. Influenced by the sounds of 70s rock/funk to 80s pop, to 2000s rnb, lead singer Sean Perry has been able to incorporate his own elements into a new refreshing sound, that is awaiting the opportunity to reach the people years and lives...
The quintette have released 2 songs off of their playlist “From the Bedroom Vol. 1”. It’s the follow-up to 2018’s “With Every Moment” EP, a collection of earnest, nostalgia-drenched ruminations on relationships, faith and identity. “Heaven” and “Blood Orange Sky” are part of a forthcoming release titled “From the Bedroom” — songs that were tracked, produced and mixed in the band’s living room.
The Shakes have something to say for us... We just have to listen.
"Part Blondie throwback, and part all-new, been-there-done-that attitude" - CHILLFILTR
Raised in the jungles of Indonesia by missionary parents, singer Avery Robitaille was 18 when she moved herself to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. While performing at an open mic in Orange County, California, she met the remaining members of Fever Joy, Sean Baker and Kevin Holm.
Their debut single ‘Shots’ was produced by Adam Castilla of The Colourist, mastered by Joe LaPorta (Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd) followed by promos with photographer John Tsiavis (Rolling Stone Magazine). After being offered a co-headline spot at Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood and catching the attention of labels, publishers and press outlets, Fever Joy went back into the studio to record their second single ‘R.Y.W.B.’ which released with critical success.
Fever Joy is currently working on their first full length EP, and plans to release U.S. tour and festival dates this year.
By definition, BADTALKERS is an indie band. The Los Angeles-based quartet creates melodic rock music with the standard fare — bass, drums, guitars, synth, vocals. But that’s only by definition.
Citing acts from The Smiths to NWA as influences, BADTALKERS incorporate apparent elements of hip-hop into their sound, while approaching sensitive lyrical subject matter with poise and ease. It’s kind of like if the Beastie Boys covered the Pixies.
The band’s latest single, “No Pity,” is a perfect example of all their influences at work. The song begins with a steady synth line and electronic flares reminiscent of a hip-hop track, and when the drum kicks in, it’s apparent that simple beat is going to lead the way for the rest of the song. Vocalist Richard Leon doesn’t hold anything back as he sings about the dark parts of LA in a general enough way that it could be any city.
“‘No Pity’ touches on the gun violence and drug epidemic in the United States,” drummer Christian Edusada explains. “We wanted to reflect on our daily experiences living in urban communities, as well as current events involving police brutality, protests, and acts of terrorism within the country.”
Though these domestic terrors have been put in the spotlight in recent years, witnessing gang violence and drug deals/usage is nothing new for the members of BADTALKERS. Edusada grew up in Cocoa, FL — the second most dangerous city in the state — and recalls his 8th grade classmate being shot and killed in a drive by. With the other members residing in Compton, CA, their childhoods were not much different.
“Our band is true to ourselves, it makes a statement and doesn't really fall into what most bands are doing.” says Leon. “We find most of our inspiration from everyday struggles and things that try to keep us down and we try to channel those emotions into our songs. We want to be a voice for those who have gone through the same things we do.” That honesty and self-awareness is at the core of every BADTALKERS song, and it’s one that unquestionably separates them from their indie peers.
The Midnight Club
Originating from Denver in late 2015, high school students Owen Coleman, Harry Springer, Miles Bragg, and Sean McCarthy formed the Alt-Pop-Rock band - The Midnight Club. Influenced by their heroes of 1970s rock ’n’ roll - The Midnight Club flaunt powerful melodic lead vocals, soaring guitars, and an edgy retro style tailored for the 21st century.
Early on, The Midnight Club quickly grabbed their hometown’s ears by winning the coveted opening slot for Denver’s Alternative Rock Radio station, KTCL 93.3’s Big Gig 2016. Additionally the band went on to headline packages with fellow Denver bands at The Gothic Theater, Marquis Theater, Summit Music Hall, and most recently Sold Out their headline show at the popular club, Lost Lake Lounge.
Behind their local success, the band took to the studio to write and record their debut single “Close Your Eyes” mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Walk The Moon), which is slated for release on September 29th, 2017. The Midnight Club are performing their next headline show on November 25th, 2017 (Thanksgiving weekend) at The Larimer Lounge to celebrate the release of “Close Your Eyes” and to debut new music.