In both The Echo & Echoplex
"I have cyclops vision now. But I'm not a giant. I changed my name and body only, and stabbed my social nous in the right ear. I still read fear but there are no police this year. I can repeat the same dream. I can let birds talk to me. I'm in jail. I have love and a whistle. I lay where the lotus lay and then spring the frozen flowers on any giving day. I apologize to those put in the trees, but I was gathering the Cyclops reap.
In the span of 4 1/2 years. I've lived in two different apartments and have used three different rooms during this time. All in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, only a couple miles from one another. After the death of my father in 2008 I started writing and recording non-stop in these rooms. I can't say it was directly because of that trauma, but I think deep down it might have much to do about it. This record was initially going to be a collection of the many songs trapped between the 4 White Fence LP's. As I was putting that together, there were more coming. a better crop. I couldn't stop. So, instead of a retrospective I said "Fuck It". might as well use the most current songs of the bunch. For the exception of "Make Them Dinner At Our Shoes" which is from 2009."
—Tim Presley, White Fence
Cosmonauts are a California-based band known for their simple, physically powerful songs and punishing stage volume. Cosmonauts were formed in 2009 by guitarists Alexander Ahmadi and Derek Cowart, natives of Fullerton in Orange County. They met when a mutual friend staged a house show and the two ended up jamming together. As Cowart told a reporter, "It was almost the same fashion as when the Clash approached (Joe) Strummer. 'I like you, but I hate your band,' is pretty much what Alex told me. I was like, 'That's alright. I hate my band, too.'" Teaming with bassist James Sanderson III and drummer Cole Devine, the four became Cosmonauts, and began hashing out powerful, drone-inspired guitar jams inspired by Spacemen 3, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground. The group also discovered a simple way to get its trademark thick, reverb-heavy sound: using old amps and driving them as loud as possible. (As Cowart says, "The Kinks didn't get their tones from pedals, they just blew out their amps. It sounds cooler that way.") A few months after their first shows, Cosmonauts released their first album, a cassette-only offering issued by the label/record shop Burger Records that hit the street in the summer of 2010. Cosmonauts soon set out on their first tour, landed a spot at the South by Southwest Music Conference, and began releasing fresh material at a steady pace, including the cassette-only New Psychic Denim EP and a handful of 7" singles. In 2011, Cosmonauts' debut album was reissued on vinyl by Chicago's Permanent Records, and the band's many singles were compiled on a cassette-only collection, Natalie Wilson's Arm. Their second full-length, If You Wanna Die Then I Wanna Die, was released in 2012, and in 2013 the group reunited with Burger to release a third album, Persona Non Grata. - MARK DEMING
"Their raucous set was like if the Velvet Underground had turned to the MC5 at their Boston Tea Party concert in 1968 and, instead of insulting them, had turned and made love to them—and that was how Lou Reed wound up wearing that dog collar. I couldn't make out a single lyric, but did they really close the set with 'Little Honda?'" --LA RECORD
"Swirling, distorted psych, bulldozed along by pounding primitive drums, fuzzed out vocals, all glued together with a heavy spaced out guitar drone. If that ain't the ingredients for record of the month my name is Prince Bloody William. Imagine if you will the best of THEE OH SEES jamming deep with MOON DUO, with the aid of some sort of retro type drug that only Brace Belden knows the name of and you would almost be right on the money. Heavy, without losing one single hook, repetitive without being the least bit boring and shamelessly stepped in the glory years of acid rock without being a boring regurgitating hipster. Be warned, this record will give you a contact high." --Maximum Rock N Roll #337
Originally from the San Fernando Valley and eventually relocating to Echo Park, CA, Corners began playing high-energy shows around Los Angeles in 2011. Singer and guitar player Tracy Bryant founded the band and began playing music with drummer Rick Mabery and Billy Changer on bass. Bryant and Changer met at The Smell, an important DIY community venue where music enthusiasts can really bond over similar interests…admitting that if it weren’t for The Smell, they probably wouldn’t be a band. The current lineup solidified when Jeff “Jeffertitti” Ramuno began playing guitar and synth with the band. All four current members also connected through their shared love of Joy Division. Influenced by late 1970s punk and 1980s post-punk music and a deep fascination with the type of music made in those eras, Corners began to shift their own sound in that same direction.
Their 2012 Beyond Wayrelease was a more surf-inspired garage rock album, while the upcoming releaseMaxed Out On Distractions(October 7th, 2014) is a synth-inspired post-punk album in the Internet age. The album title itself is a reflection of living in the Internet age and literally not having any room in your life for more distractions. Singer Tracy Bryant explains, “The album title relates to the music in the way we approached making the album itself…blocking out everything else and focusing on making pure music, not being distracted with the constant addiction that social networking sites have become.”
Corners are one of the first bands to sprout from the Echo Park-based label, Lolipop Records and have been playing shows extensively around the Los Angeles area since 2012. They are truly bringing something very refreshing and significant to the table with their most recent record, which is being released on cassette via Burger Records and on vinyl/CD via Lolipop Records. The album follows up the sold out Tracy Bryant/Billy Changer split solo tape that the two band members just released on Burger Records, and is a sign of bigger and better things to come. After touring the country this summer as part of the Lolipop Adventure Tour 2014, they are unquestionably making themselves known outside of the Los Angeles underground music scene.
Froth’s debut LP, Patterns, was released in fall 2013 on Burger Records and Lolipop Records, and bared witness to the young group’s rapid musical growth and developing ear for composition. A shimmering mix of jangly 12-string guitars and swirling omnichord sounds, the album offers plenty of moments of pure psych-pop bliss; however, the band also flirts with a darker, driving element that they have continued to explore on subsequent releases.
For their sophomore album, Bleak (LP and cassette out May 5 on Burger Records), Froth has largely traded in the sun-soaked 60s pop of their first long-player in favor of a maximalist shoegaze sound that combines screaming guitars with muscular drumming and throbbing, nervy bass lines. The result is a mature, confident record built upon tight songwriting and carefully honed tones. Lead singer and guitarist Joo-Joo Ashworth displays an equal knack for noisy, fuzz-driven leads and economic pop hooks, while drummer Cameron Allen holds down the beat with machine-like precision and bassist Jeremy Katz infuses the album with a unique groove that has become a necessary ingredient in Froth’s signature sound.
With the arrival of a new record, Froth has also introduced a second guitarist, Cole Devine. The former Cosmonauts drummer and current Black Sea front man adds to the band’s already rich textural palette, bringing his distinctive dream pop sensibility into the fold.
After tirelessly touring the U.S. and sharing the stage with scene standouts like The Growlers, The Dream Syndicate, La Luz, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Mystic Braves and many more, Froth continues to attract new fans with their infectious music and high-energy live show. Recent stints across Europe and work with fashion legend Hedi Slimane have further cemented the band’s reputation with an international audience. As always, though, Froth remains dedicated to pushing their own boundaries and exploring new sonic avenues, both on the road and in the studio.
From his apartment in The Tenderloin, David Speck languidly jams out a soundtrack to the happily half-wasted lives of a San Franciscan generation. Effortlessly stacking his hazy vibes sky high, the debut album What Would You Say? released on Mexican Summer was a glorious mix of post-Cure pop rubbing up against West Coast boogie, surfguitars and Krautrock grooves, all with the intimacy of a house party performance.
Having left Daniel Gottlieb of Altered Zones pondering whether Part Time is "the unintentionally great project of a poster-adoring musician away from the day job", Speck's warm, half-dissolved home production modestly betrays the brilliant song writing evident throughout his record. Sharing the sensibilities and musicianship of the 80s generation that so obviously inspires him, Part Time instead wraps it in something bright, earnest and - well, we don't often say this, but - really sexy.
The angular funk and twang, synth twinkles and keyboard brass, cowbells and relaxed vocals therefore easily become something new and perfectly placed. It's the buzz of local bars full of beautiful, every-day people, steadily getting more drunk and in love as the night slides by. It's karaoke booths and fizzing neon signs, bare legs and denim,
cigarettes, Polaroids and spilled beer bottles. But more than anything, it's the blurry memories of the night before and waking up next to someone outrageously hot.
"At one level, this is garage rock … But the music on Peace, Victory and the Devil breaks out of those constraints, not as if it's struggling but as if it's shrugging off any concern for rules, as if it's easy to pioneer a new sound.
Whether [Jones] is channeling spirits, or whether Feeding People is simply a band of spirited musicians all pulling together to make her glossolalia of gloom the official soundtrack for these apocalyptic times, Peace Victoy and the Devil will make you want to stockpile this album and hole up in your bunker to await the band's next revelation."
— Dan Collins, LA Record
Promising new post-punk outfit from San Diego, ADULT BOOKS, bubbling with melodies ala The Ramones and a growl like early X (from where the band draw their name, natch).
Winter is Samira Winter, Nolan Eley, Kyle Oppenheimer and Ana Karina DaCosta. The dream pop/shoegaze band started in Boston, MA with the initial collaboration between Samira Winter and Nolan Eley working on their first EP "Daydreaming," released last December. Now the full band is living in L.A., playing shows, working on new songs and always daydreaming.
The new LA line up consists of Samira Winter (Vocals/Guitar), Sam Glassberg (Lead Guitar), Joe Holcomb (Bass) and Jake Rokke (Drums) as well as Nolan Eley (producer).
"They remind me of a darker version of Warpaint. Warpaint make you feel as if you are drifting in and out of sleep. L.A. Witch are that feeling right before you fall asleep. A few times you feel your head drop as you nod off, then you just go. You go so far down; nothing and no one can disturb you.
Sorrow fills you as you hear the last-minute of Your Ways. As the guitar spirals down, you fall with it. They remind me of a slowed-down version of The Kills. They have the same road-trip vibe going on like The Kills do. You get some real Blues influence coming through also. This is the kind of band Jack White would love to get his hands on and make the world pay attention. Not that they can't do it on their own, that's not what I mean. What I mean is, you listen to them and you think that this is a band you know he would love. Everyone should love them because they sound different and honest." - Gypsy Death and You
Death Valley Girls
i record all the time. old stuff, new stuff, covers, and everything else. i record with friends but mostly by myself. recording music is my thing.
"In the midst of California's surf rock revival Drinking Flowers stands off to the side brooding with melancholy, and dark Neo-Psychedelic sounds. Their self-titled debut EP was released in the winter of 2011, and was met with a friendly reception receiving air-play in both Los Angeles, and their home of Orange County. Their next release is slated for April 2012 on Lolipop Records.
Kim & The Created
All songs written, performed, & recorded by Kim House*
Drums/ Bass/ Keys
Take the 101 north out of Los Angeles, and you'll pass by Agoura Hills, where the core duo of the band Dub Thompson grew up. Whatever you see in that town won't readily prepare you for the music they wrote while there, but you're free to look.
"Most everyone who's in a group who's our age lives on the Internet," says guitarist Matt Pulos. "The kinds of things that have shaped our band aren't anchored to any one time or place."
Pulos and his bandmate, drummer Evan Laffer, are currently both 19 years old, and are putting that line of thought to the test; their musical influences travel from the Midwestern malaise of Big Black and Pere Ubu, to Kraut pioneers Can and Kraftwerk, while bowing to the British belligerence of The Fall and This Heat.
Recorded while living with Foxygen's Jonathan Rado at his rented house in Bloomington, the band had its first taste of a heavy Indiana summer, and all the humidity and insect life that buzzes along with it. "We woke up every day, hard-boiled eggs and stood on a porch," says Pulos of the experience.
Their first collection of songs slyly unties the shoes of genre and convention, shapeshifts mischievously, and tramples on the promises delivered on the name itself.
There are only eight songs on this rangy debut.
Intense blasts of hook-filled noise rock ("Hayward!"), rocksteady marionette stomp ("No Time"), hypnotic bouts of doomy poetics ("Epicondyles"), outlandishly sexy groove rock (Dograces), and a number of other bite-sized forays into parts unknown are made manifest across 9 Songs.
The vibes are strong here. Pulos sings and plays like he's working out long-standing grudges, pulling the most sinewy tones from an acoustic guitar and ripping huge chunks of demon flesh out of his electric. Laffer matches him step for step on the drums, an exacting presence behind the kit who pushes even the band's more placid moments into bouts of tension. Together they succeed in animating their musical ideas to startling, almost unnatural life. Reverb units, keyboards, samples and processing gluing everything together, saturated in the August heat and worn in until they sound second nature, it's like somehow you've been listening to these songs forever.
The Electric Magpie
The Electric Magpie formed after a year long college drop out, constant spasmatic Beatle movie impersonations, and hard caffeine addiction. The outpour of this experience grew its wings, appropriately, and soared deep into the heart of Dave (Maffei's) tidy abode. With the power of will and the current of pride, they electrified their fowl worship and, with a "go-ahead" from Nicholi Tesla, did nest deep into their own tea charged heaven. Witness them now, in the ear canal, and dream of no question more important than "What's for Tea!"
Hunter Stroope and Peter Maffei (plus an ever growing live band) are The Electric Magpie, an avian based, collection of sound. Making music for the sake of sanity, and for the loss there-of. August 2012 saw the live debut of The Electric Magpie at a house party in Oakland, along with the release their first single, "She Said No (To My Love)" with a B-side of "Well Fed Circus Folk". Gigs and more self released music followed, until January 2013 when Lolipop Records in LA released the 2nd Electric Magpie single, "What's for Tea?". This song could be considered the regal anthem of the Magpie, complete with choral backing vocals, electric 12 string frill and the warmth of the sun beaming through the ever loving chorus. "Continuations of the Spy" was the B-side and has a heavy psych-dance-impending doom influence. They currently belong to LA label "Lolipop Records" and will release their first LP, accurately titled "Begins," this winter.
"The sun isn't yellow, it's magpie!"
"The Molochs are a four-piece band that draw from a varied, yet cohesive, pool of inspiration. While rooted in the deepest, oldest forms of minimal, folk-oriented songwriting of the U.S. and the U.K., the Molochs also incorporate sounds and aesthetics that acknowledge all that has come between then and now. Refusing to stand as mere retrospect, the Molochs disrupt the comfort of nostalgic sounds with the unease, uncertainty and anxiety of living in the early 21st century. The songwriting benefits as much from literary influences as from musical, with songs that read like stories and evoke the imagery of Here and Now.
While modern culture invites us to fall into its heroin-sleep, the Molochs dare you to resist its warm sedation and actively engage in love, pain and self-actualization." - Unknown
"Dante Elephante based in Los Angeles, California. Released "German Aquatics" in 2013 & "Anglo-Saxon Summer" produced by Jonathan Rado in 2015 via Lolipop Records"
Birthed out of the house show scene in blustery Olympia, WA, Globelamp is the moniker of singer-songwriter, Elizabeth Le Fey. More than a simple, flowery sprite, Globelamp has teeth, and her bite will sting just as easily as it soothes. Her shows contain more punk energy than drunk boys playing punk rock, and are about as unique as a vision of Syd Barrett's imagined manic little sister.
The songs that form her debut EP, "Star Dust," took shape as a lo-fi 8-track cassette recording experiment. Like the magic that surrounds a first kiss, their spark only grows more mythical with each listen. Le Fey embodies folk psychedelia in its rawest form, conjuring images of 60s mysticism, seances and free love. Throughout the recordings her voice is mostly layered and hidden, but once you have the pleasure of seeing her perform live, she proves she has the vocal prowess of one well beyond her youth. An outspoken feminist and activist, Fey has been called many things, by everyone from journalists to anonymous tumblr posters - she's even been called "Yoko" - and it won't take much digging on the internet to find out why. All that aside, Globelamp is a project with a vision, one of unity and passion for a better world.
Star Dust is set to be released on cassette through Gazelle Recordings in June 2014.
"I am a comedian who specializes in humor."
Los Angeles, CA
PDX garage pop band signed with Lolipop Records.
1965. Five boys, ages 15 and 16, stepped onto the stage of the legendary PANDORA'S BOX on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
THE SLOTHS were born.
Most were students at Beverly Hills High School, others were dropouts. They rehearsed in their parents' garages playing the music of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, The Who, and the rhythm & blues musicians who had inspired those groups; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters.
The Sloths played virtually every venue in Hollywood; The Palladium, The Stratford, Sea Witch, The Hullabaloo, Bito Lidos, The Galaxy, and The Whiskey. They shared the bill with The Doors, Love, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, The Electric Prunes and British icons Pink Floyd and The Animals.
THE SLOTHS recorded two original songs for Impression Records; 'MAKIN' LOVE' and 'YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME'. Taking the vinyl 45 themselves to local radio stations, 'Makin' Love' was considered way too controversial for 1960s airplay. By the end of Summer 1966, the group disbanded. A few members joined other rock groups, the others left the music profession entirely.
Unbeknownst to them, during the 1980s, their record of MAKIN' LOVE was discovered and added to a collection of garage band music entitled BACK FROM THE GRAVE. It was now covered by many bands including The Gories. By 2011, the scarce remaining copies of their 45rpm of MAKIN' LOVE and YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME was selling on eBay for $6,550.00.
Hearing of this, rock fanzine UGLY THINGS decided to do an article this unique occurrence and wanted to solve the mystery of 'Who Were The Sloths?' Editor Mike Stax tracked down original guitarist JEFF BRISKIN. Ironically at same time, Mike Dugo of60sgarageband.com found bassist MIKE RUMMANS. Slowly others were found… STEVE DIBNER then DON SILVERMAN. Sadly, singer HANK DANIELS and drummer SAM KAMRASS had passed away.
Now for the first time in almost 45 years the guys rejoined other 1960s Sunset Strip rock musicians and…
THE SLOTHS were re-born.
The Sloths are performing their garage punk set list in the exact 'show band style' as they did in 1966.
Their original single MAKIN' LOVE has just been re-released on vinyl.
Over the last two years they've headlined at over 60 venues including The Bullet/Hollywood Studio Bar, Johnny Whiteside's Messaround, The Soda Bar in San Diego, the Rockit Room in San Francisco, and The Stork Club in Oakland, garagerock festival 'Debauch a Reno', Norton Records Benefit at the Echo and New Orleans' 'Ponderosa Stomp Music Festival'. This December 2013 they headlined the PURPLE WEEK-END in Leon, Spain.
Billy Changer is a California native whose paths crossed roundabouts 2012 and translated into Rob joining Tracy’s band called Corners as it’s bassist. Prior to this, Rob had been playing with a very minimalistic, garagey, and slightly dark 3-piece group called 3 1/2 and translated the bassy guitar drive of his octave pedaled six-string quite well into the 4-string bass.
Pyschedelic garage pop!!!
Max Pain and the Groovies
Max Pain and The Groovies are a five-piece from Salt Lake City, Utah who play psychedelic blues-influenced rock 'n' roll. The group played their first show on New Years Eve 2009 and quickly gained a following for their manic stage presence and performances that sometimes included a fire breathing front man.
LOVE COP IS:
Duffy Rongiiland & Chill Phil
Tracy from Corners
Marion Belle has long been L.A.'s most whispered about cult star, releasing a decade of highly influential underground anthems, iconic videos and touring with Sky Ferreira.
With the release of Coverboy, an LP 3 years in the making, recorded in a "skid row penthouse," Belle & Fatal Jamz unleash a new kind of pop opus that explodes at once with thug swagger and palatial emo glamour.
"Coverboy is a glam-rock Romeo + Juliet"
"One of the LA music scene's best underground acts might finally be about to surface"
"When Marion Belle sings, it's thrilling"
The Creation Factory
The Creation Factory founded by Shane Stots of The Mystic Braves out of Los Angeles, Ca. The Sounds of Acid Garage & Psychedelic-Pop (Lolipop Records).
Popheart's sound is of brooding pop echoing post-punks such as Joy Division and New Order, influenced by The Smiths and Orange Juice. Yavuz came to making music in a circuitous way: In 2008, Yavuz’ father Peter Haskell, from whom he was mostly estranged, was fatally shot in a much-celebrated incident in downtown Los Angeles. Not long after, one of his father’s friends, Beth Thompson of Medicine, dropped by Yavuz’s apartment with a truckload of his father’s musical equipment. And so began the youngster’s immersion in music and his road to becoming Popheart.
-Buzzbands L.A. (Kevin Bronson)
Numb•er is a Dark wave/Sythgaze project formed by Jeff Fribourg based in Los angeles, Ca.
Album "Goodbye" coming soon.
The Beat was founded by Paul Collins, who spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe before returning to his native New York. He studied at the prestigious Julliard Music School and eventually moved to San Francisco where he joined songwriter Jack Lee and bassist Peter Case to form The Nerves in 1974. The Nerves proved to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning US punk rock scene, independently releasing their own 4 song EP which included the classic "Hanging on the Telephone," later to become a hit for Blondie.
After The Nerves disbanded in 1977, Collins moved to LA and formed The Beat with bassist Steve Huff, drummer Mike Ruiz and lead guitarist Larry Whitman. Their friend Eddie Money recommended The Beat for management by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Under new management, The Beat toured with The Police, The Jam and Joe Jackson. They also made numerous TV appearances and recorded their debut self-titled album with producer Bruce Botnick (who had produced The Doors). The album featured Beatles and Byrds-influenced guitars and catchy choruses, defining the skinny-tied power pop which The Knack took to the charts. In the '90s, The Beat re-formed as Paul Collins' Beat and continues to write and tour.