Like all great bands, DRÆMINGS began as an outlet for heartbreak – the opening track of their debut EP, Nevada, repeatedly pleads “oh stay with me / please stay with me” – and has spent the last several years evolving from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and sometimes-producer Kimi Recor’s alter ego into a tightly knit band of four whose new EP explores the many ways you can find your voice and mine your own inner strength. This drastic change in theme reflects not only the similarly drastic changes in the world as a whole, but also this movement away from a single spotlight and toward a group effort.
Their self-titled 2017 EP is akin to a rebirth for DRÆMINGS and brings Recor back to her band-oriented roots, cementing DRÆMINGS as a four piece comprised of herself (vocals/guitar), Thorson (bass/synth), Christopher Vick (guitar), and Nathaniel Meek (drums). The band returned to being independent (the EP will be released on Recor’s own PLAG Records) and wrote DRÆMINGS as a collective, self-titling the EP to make that point clear to listeners. Thorson stepped forward to helm the production and mixing of all six tracks in his Underwater Studios. From the heavy, thrumming bassline in “Fire in Hell,” to the dancefloor-worthy “Great Escape,” to the crooning Enya-esque EP closer, “Tides,” there really is something for everyone on DRÆMINGS, all without losing the band’s trademark sound that ties it all together.
With enchanting dream goth/ shoegaze tracks, Brass Box take listeners on a journey through life, death and the darkness that swells beneath the surface. Duo, Ammo Bankoff and Neil Popkin originally met several years prior at an underground new wave/ goth party in Los Angeles. The bands in which Bankoff played (Tête, Black Flamingo) occasionally shared bills with Popkin’s bands (War Tapes, Rituals). Due to their musical connection both musicians naturally collaborated. Popkin then brought in guitarist Matt Bennett (War Tapes) and drummer Pablo Amador (Rituals), to round out the heavy sounds of Brass Box. Since joining forces the quartet has assembled lush compositions of melody and noise while recording in their Downtown Los Angeles home studio. Some describe the sound as a mix between My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, but you can decide for yourself.
Ever So Android
Ever So Android fuse rock and roll with a contrasting electronic presence. Formed in 2012 by guitarist/programmer Drew Murray and vocalist Hope Simpson, the duo quickly gained notoriety as one of Seattle's most explosive live acts. With the addition of drummer Ben Hilzinger in 2015, Ever So Android’s sound took on a more melodic tenor. This current line up has found a band both rich in power and pop sensibility.
Dancing Tongues is a duo from Los Angeles formed in the fall of 2015. Drawing influence from the creative approaches of the late 70's punk movements and mid-century modern art, the band plays minimal post-punk that is both danceable and energetic.
Jesse Jo Stark
From afar, it looks, feels, and sounds like witchcraft. A Halloween-consumed alternative outlaw whose tastes veer from Merle Haggard to Beach House,Los Angeles singer and songwriterJesse Jo Starkmost definitelyknows her roots, but she’s purely a product of tomorrow. How many modern musical upstarts could share a Teen Vogue cover alongside Bella Hadid and then jet to Pragueto open for Guns N’ Roses? Truth is, she’s not just an outlier for her generation; she’s a timeless iconoclast.That fact is evidenced in the most tellingway possible—her playlist.“When I get into an Uber, the driver is typically shocked by my playlist,” she grins. “They’re always a little shocked by the tunes I choose, likecountry and dreamy road trip tunesby Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Sinead O’Connor, Beach House, Kevin Morby, The Cramps, Van Morrison, and John Prineto name a few. They always say to me not many young peoplethey drive play songs like that.I can only hope I’m one of many from this generation who appreciates those classic songs that last a lifetime.”After picking up guitar at eleven, handwriting songs in an endless array of notebooks,and slaying her first gigs by 16, the self-described “West Side Chick”built a quiet buzz with2016 and 2017songs such as “Down Your Drain” and “Driftwood” produced by Jason Lytle [Grandaddy, Band of Horses producer] and co-written alongside Jonathan Rice.As these cutscaptivated a growing fan base, she earned the endorsement of Elle, Interview Magazine, Vice, American Songwriter, Noisey, and manyothers in between headline showsaround her city.Jesse Jo’s 2017 single “Deadly Doll”hints at her otherworldly je ne sais quoi equally awash in rusty twang and indiegothic soul informed by a lifelong love of Bride of Frankensteinand The Addams Family.It’s the perfect way to get to know the rock sorceress.“When I write and perform, I inhabit some extension of myself,” she admits. “It’s the one time I feel like I’m sharing. I’m me. It’s easier for me to communicate through singing than it is just to talk. That’s where ‘Deadly Doll’came from.”It’s also a springboard for a host of new music and many more shows. Jesse Jo kicks off her next phase with a month-longEcho residency in Los Angeles. Her spell is now officially cast...“When you hear my music, I hope it can embody a good day or get you through a shitty day, depending on the track,” she leaves off. “I hope you know it’s okay to be imperfect, weird, and act like a kid. Also, it’s that old world shit as much as it is young. I want you to sway my music. I don’t think anyone will come in and fist pump orgrind, but I definitely think you’ll be swaying.”