Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. With a medical condition that periodically deadens his sense of smell and hearing, Becker began writing songs as a means of making the most of his life when those symptoms were absent. The results, Dusk of Punk, are a murky blend of smoldering guitars, melodic hooks, and batter-ram rhythms that serve as the musical translations of a mind that’s routinely betrayed by its own body.
Their debut EP Dusk of Punk pushes the boundaries of standard “lo-fi” music with both it’s diversity in songwriting and it’s somehow incredibly layered composition. The production is lo-fi but incredibly full and lush sounding. Their songs are loud and fuzzed out but are anchored down by beautiful harmonies. Even acoustic based songs are rounded out by delicate synths, drum machines or the occasional radio sample. The end result is a diverse and incredibly complex record that evolves with each listen.
Draag started in the fall of 2013 as the solo recording project of Adrian Acosta (guitar, programs, vocals) who would go on to recruit the rest of the band mid-way through the process of recording their first LP. With Jessica Huang (guitar, keys, samples and vocals), Adrian De La Cruz (guitar), Nick Kelly (bass) and Ernie Estrada (drums), the band doesn't play by genre conventions. But, are shy and accepting that life is often disappointing. In April of 2014, Draag released their debut album. The album was positively received by many blogs, with much anticipation to see the band live. On July 24th 2014, Draag played their first show at the very intimate LOT 1 Cafe in Echo Park, to a capacity crowd with little promotion. The show was later described by Buzzbands LA writer Kevin Bronson as "A blissfully ear bleeding experience".