Five new songs, five local bands, five questions. Keep up with the sounds of the Eastside here.
1. PRETTIEST EYES – DON’T CALL
Prettiest Eyes takes fuzzed out psychedelia to another dimension. Drenched in synths and other indistinguishable electronic sounds… Prettiest Eyes embodies rock n roll music so far ahead of it’s time that for once, maybe you have not even heard it yet. Their new record POOL drops via CastleFace Records TODAY. Listen here.
Sammie: It’s been a couple years since you guys have released new material! The last record, “Looks”, is one of my favorites…. How do you feel like the band has evolved since? What did you guys do different this time?
Get tickets to their record release at The Echo on November 26th here!
2. GUN OUTFIT – LANDSCAPE PAINTER
Ethereal and dream-like country/ folk melodies…. and “still punk as hell”. Gun Oufit just does whatever they want and we’re so happy they do. Delicious, different and one of Los Angeles’s most precious gems.
Sammie: Strange Insistence, Landscape Painter, and Sally Rose, are three singles you’ve released from your new record “Out of Range” coming out later this month! Strange Insistence and Landscape Painter are sweeter, dream-like songs, while Sally Rose has more of a classic Gun Outfit punk song. Does the record equally represent both of these elements? And in general, what how would say the band has changed since the release of “Dream All Over” in 2015?
Gun Outfit: This record’s a fine wine. We’ve never thought you had to play a certain style in order to be punk- to us it’s just meant DIY and freedom and a leftist political orientation- so I guess we’re still punk as hell. We try to make all of our records pretty varied within an emotional range, trying to mix faster and upbeat songs with more downer or dreamy songs to match our pendulous moods swinging around from morning till night. We never deny a ripper when one presents itself. Our playing style has definitely evolved- on this record Dylan fingerpicks everything, Carrie plays sparse, Adam’s got the melodic bass parts, Henry is a free spirit and Dan is playing with brushes and those weird stick bundles sometimes. We’re subtle getting subtler. It’s all so you listen again. “
Gun Outfit will be celebrating their album release at The Love Song on November 12th… RSVP here.
3. GAL PAL – SANCTIONS
Gal Pal’s new record GIRLISH takes me to the same space I’m in when listening to some of the best female fronted bands… Siouxsie & The Banshees, Pylon, Sleater-Kinney and Sonic Youth. Gal Pal has begun to play with more dark, experimental, art punk-y musical ideas and have created a 12 track record to be discovered and celebrated.
Sammie: Sanctions was the first song I heard off the new record. When I first heard it, it blew my mind. It really took me by surprise because this song and the whole record in general, just feels and sounds so different from everything else I’d heard from Gal Pal. Can you tell me a little bit about the changes the band has gone through and what led to the 12 tracks on this album?
Gal Pal: GIRLISH is a compilation of our various styles from when we first started as a band until recently when we recorded the album. We’ve all learned new instruments and switched up our dynamics, pushing us to keep creating new sounds. We started to understand each other’s songwriting better and that made it easier to create songs that felt more epic, emotionally driven or abstract. Sanctions is one of the most recent songs we wrote for GIRLISH, we had just gotten a keyboard which allowed us to let loose and experiment. SANCTIONS evolved from there. That’s what the whole record “GIRLISH” is about: Dipping in and out of different kinds of sounds, not just choosing one. This ties into our political views and identities; not feeling comfortable falling into labels and binaries. We don’t want to be put “put in a box”.
Stream their full record “Girlish” HERE.
Meet Josh Landau of The Shrine’s latest project, “EASY”. Their single, “Goodnight” sounds like it would be played off of a home recorded cassette comp made by a 20 something LA rock n roll lover. He’d sandwich “Goodnight” in between The Nerves’ “Hanging on the Telephone” and Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town”, but he’d keep rewinding to sing along with Josh’s infectious and catchy hook, “She says goodnight when she wants to like you’re a statue, and she’s a cat who just doesn’t know you at all”.
Peep their brand new video, shot at 14th factory, below!
Sammie: What in your life provoked these power pop songs that you’re writing for “Easy” and how did the whole band manifest in general? Does your inspiration come from a place of sentiment or by a longing to experiment with different sounds and melodies?
Catch them at The Echo on November 16th w/ Diarrhea Planet. Tickets HERE!!
5. WILD WING – STRUCK OUT
Doomed II Repeat is a crazy well versed and consistent record released earlier this year on Mock Records. I actually can’t even pick a “favorite” song to feature because they are all so solid. Each song satisfies different rhythmic ideas, melodies, and sensibilities. You never feel like you’re hearing the same song twice, yet it all sounds just as you remembered from that one show you were at that weird place in LA where a ton of kick ass bands played, and obviously Wild Wing was one of those bands cause they rule.
SPECIAL FEATURE (so good I had to include it)
PINK $OCK – HEY
Julian Rifkin (Pink $ock) tells seductive and tender tales of love and well…. mostly lust. His crisp and clean falsetto croons and soulful and innovative production nods to Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” and How to Dress Well’s “& It Was You”. Watch out for him.
Sammie: For those who don’t know Pink $ock, tell us a bit about who you are?
Julian: Pink $ock is a solo project from Santa Monica, CA. My geography has had a huge impact on Pink $ock (see my newest release “14th and Pico”). I produce everything myself, with few collaborations. On this last album you can hear the guitar playing of David Gantz and Elvis Kuehn. A live band is an obvious necessity in the coming year. I make music about/for making love, but to truly understand Pink $ock, you should experience me live, a Pink $ock concert is foreplay, and I’m your wingman.