Ten new songs, ten local bands, ten questions. Keep up with the sounds of the East side here.
- FRANKIE AND THE WITCHFINGERS – BRAIN TELEPHONE
Fuzzed out, high energy garage rock to blow your brains out…! Their third full length record “Brain Telephone” comes out on Permanent Records this Friday. Til then, stream it here and then catch them at The Echo on Friday.
Sammie: How does Brain Telephone differ from music you guys have put out in the past?
Dylan: This album was different in a lot of ways. This is the first record we’ve recorded not in Indiana. We recorded the whole thing in Los Angeles. We were sharing a studio/practice space with our friends in Levitation Room, The Mad Walls, and our buddy Alfredo Lopez. It was a really fun time and the vibe was always super productive. There was always someone making something at that spot. Eventually the landlord of the place moved in and the vibe got less free and easy so we decided to bail and start a new studio. We only had drums and scratch tracks recorded from those sessions, so we completed the record at my girlfriend Nikki Pickles house in Mt. Washington.
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE for this Friday’s release show at The Echo w/ Pow! and The Mad Walls.
- THE MAD WALLS – SOMEWHERE ANYWHERE
“Somewhere Anywhere is draped-static-dim-seed-Los-Angeles-music, a flame that gets passed on down and through the avenues. Designed to be found. This mini-album floats in its own universe, and is on repeat. That is all I am allowed to say about it. Las Murallas Mad.” —Tim Presley (White Fence)
Sammie: How long have you been making music under the name “The Mad Walls?” How did the band come to fruition?
Chris: I’ve been making music under the name The Mad Walls for a couple years now. My brother Joseph and I collaborated in the beginning of the idea, he helped me come up with some of the early versions of the songs that would be on ” Somewhere Anywhere.” I eventually got to recording the album on my own, recorded the title track and decided I needed to put a band together; the rest is a musical process that the band and I look forward to developing.
Stream their record “Somewhere Anywhere” here on Spotify and see them live with Frankie & The Witchfingers this Friday at the Echo.
- LILY WATERS – BREATH IN THE WIND
Gabbi Green, only 19, makes music with the conviction and exhilaration of an eager budding artist. However, she writes, plays, and sings like a young woman wise and experienced beyond her years… WATCH OUT FOR HER!
Sammie: How long have you been playing music/ singing? What are your plans for the next year? Are you writing a record?
Gabbi: I have journals filled with lyrics from when I was a kid. I used to sing those songs on the stoop of my house for oncoming cars. My first instrument was piano, but I started taking music seriously when I picked up the cello in third grade. I studied cello at a performing arts middle school and high school, and discovered that I loved singing. Once I started interning at Lolipop, I began to play live and record with other bands, recorded my first demo, and formed Lily Waters. This next year, we are planning on finishing and releasing our debut full-length album, recorded and produced at Kingsize Studios in Los Angeles by Robert Cifuentes (Billy Changer/ Corners) and featuring Cameron Allen (Froth).
Follow Lily Waters on Facebook for updates on shows and new releases.
4. HOOVERIII – M.U.D.
Bert Hoover has been putting out records under “Hooveriii” for a few years now. His latest release, “Head-Squeeze”, though very different from past albums, is a masterpiece to be enjoyed in its entirety.
Sammie: What risks did you take on your last record “Head-Squeze”? How has your sound evolved over the last few years?
Bert: On my latest release, Head-Squeeze, I tried to challenge myself by only using a synthesizer & drum machine on my 4 track. I sing as well, so it’s not all robots. I’m typically a guitar dude! Instead of a guitar freak out for a song, I would try to make the synths sound as abrasive as I could get them in the moment. Fun stuff. I’m just trying to keep myself on my toes. Head-Squeeze is a bit deceiving. So far my next release doesn’t have a single synth on it.. so far.
Get their cassette on Mock Records NOW.
5. FAKE NEWS – THE MISSION
Only 2 shows in, Fake News is a 4 piece band of powerhouse musicians who have come together to write immaculately executed songs of urgency and anxiety. Find their live recordings on soundcloud here.
Sammie: How did the members of Fake News end up getting together and what does the band plan to do in the next couple of months?
Benjamin: Dante was in a band called The Starlite Desperation for a long time (1996-2007). I was in a band called Gogogo Airheart from 1998-2006. Weirdly enough, although we didn’t know one another, both our bands were on the same label at one point, GSL. A couple years ago, Dante and I were the only dudes who brought our guitars to a wedding in the desert.. Later on we recruited the best bass player (Jada) and drummer (David) we knew when the stars had aligned. Our plans are to play live a couple of times in the next couple months.
Find them at The Echo w/ Jail Weddings and Scott Yoder September 26th. GET TIX.
6. MATT HOLLYWOOD & THE BAD FEELINGS – GHOST GHOST
Matt Hollywood, since the Brian Jonestown Massacre days, has unapologetically poured his twisted and demented thoughts into his music. He continues to write and play shows across the U.S. with Los Angeles natives Bobby Heckshire (The Warlocks), Plucky (Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Warlocks), and Miss Kacey Barnes.
Sammie: What is your take on lyrical themes such as sex and self destruction? Do you think its safe to say that these are themes that appear in your songs such as Miss June ’75 and Ghost Ghost?
Matt: In songs, when I write about self-destruction it’s usually also about redemption, about recognizing how flawed and sometimes helpless we are, fighting against the worst parts of our nature. That’s where I usually throw in the religious metaphors as well. I’m not a believer in the supernatural, but I’ve always thought there was something seductive about that longing for something better than you to reach down and make it all better.
September 27th… Desert Daze presents Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings, The Mad Walls, and Triptides at the Monty Bar.
- GOLD STAR – SONNY’S BLUES
Singer/songwriter heartthrob Marlon Rabenreither’s trembling, heart felt vocals and brutally honest lyrics transports listeners to a simpler time of lust, love, loss, and longing.
Sammie: What does the next year look like for Gold Star? What future plans are you most excited about?
Marlon: I am really excited about the upcoming show at The Echo on the 13th of October, I think it will be a really special evening and I’m pleased with the bill we put together. After that I’ll be doing a West Coast tour with my friend Korey Dane that begins in San Francisco on November 7th and takes us up the coast to Vancouver, Canada and back. I’m also very anxious and excited to get back in the studio again soon to begin working on my next record.
Gold Star will be headlining The Echo w/ Nico Yaryan and Desure on October 13th. Get your tickets HERE!
8. FRENCH VANILLA – CARRIE
Incomparable. A MUST see.
Sammie: What kind of outlet does making music provide for you guys? Is there something specific that inspires you to keep pushing out new material?
FV: Our music started out sort of as a place to vent on both personal and larger issues. It’s a way to find people who respond to what we’re putting out there. The most exciting thing is connecting with audiences, going on tour and meeting a whole world of people that feel like we do, and want to support each other. That’s kind of what keeps us inspired too!
Get tickets for their show with Sadgirl at The Echo on September 28th here.
9. S.O.S. (Sons of the Southwest) – ON THE FLOOR
Harrison Roberts has been The Mystic Braves’ tour manager for years and is also known for his murals in Mexico and Los Angeles. Son of two artists, it makes sense that he finally is fronting his own swamp nasty country band- which is currently made up of members from Jesus Sons, Mystic Braves, and Moth Drops.
Sammie: What’s your take on the current state and condition of the music scene in the east side of Los Angeles?
Harrison: The scene on the east side is flourishing and becoming almost genre-less these days. A lot of really great bands are producing work they actually like, and believe in, which is all you can really ask for, as a music lover and fan. Starting a band can be about as fun as going to war. Thankfully this project is genuine and fun as all hell, its grown out of camaraderie and a communal love for good ol’ dangerous rock n roll music. The songs have evolved through experience, and are coming out exactly as planned. Be yourself kids, it works.
S.O.S. will be playing at The Love Song on November 1st. Stayed tuned for more info!
10. SHANNON LAY – COAST
You may know her from the band Feels, but the other side of Shannon Lay takes folk music to a haunting and innovative place.
Sammie: Your upcoming album is about to come out on Kevin Morby’s new label “Mare”, entitled “Living Water”… Where does the name Living Water come from?
Shannon: The name Living Water came after I started reflecting on my time growing up by the water. It’s such an important part of who I am and it’s been hard watching it deteriorate at the hands of human kind. This vast, open, seemingly endless supply of beauty dwindling before our eyes. I wanted to bring some awareness to that and emphasize the importance of nature in our lives. And I realized a lot of the songs addressed that issue so the name felt appropriate. Watch the sunset, go to the beach; it’s free, it’s incredible.
Shannon will be playing at The Love Song w/ Cyrus Gegras on October 5th- RSVP here.
Heard on Sunset
By Sammie Pearson