Art student Jessica Ramsey and island-raised Andrew Martin’s collaboration began in a small horse stable home in the back swamps of Louisiana in 2013. Within two weeks of meeting, the two declared each other “musical soul mates,” and Moon Honey was born. Their vigorous work ethic and unorthodox approach to songwriting culminated in the critically acclaimed debut album Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. The unlikely collision of Bjork-esque melodies with late 60’s inspired, freak-out guitar riffs landed the band in The New York Times, NOISEY, and NPR, launching a number of cross country tour performances including an in-studio KEXP session and official SXSW showcases featured on NPR’s Top 100 Acts.
After garnering a vigilant west coast following, the pair relocated from Baton Rouge to Los Angeles in 2015. In a short period of time, the group released the single “Boy Magic” dubbed “Splendid prog-pop” by Amoeba Records, playing L.A. venues such as The Echo and Bootleg Theater with shows presented by L.A. Weekly and BuzzbandsLA. Inspired by their current tropical terrain and the outlandish culture surrounding the project, the band has just recorded a new album helmed by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Sleater Kinney, Death Cab) to be released in 2017.
The Dead Ships
A lot has happened for The Dead Ships in the short time that they’ve been together. They quickly became the most talked-about live show in L.A., picked up airplay on radio giant KROQ where their song “Big Quiet” spent five weeks in the number one slot on the station’s star-making Locals Only show. The Ships were hand-picked by Goldenvoice to perform at Coachella 2016 and LA WEEKLY named them the city's best band. Now, with the release of their debut full-length album, it’s time for the rest of the world to get to know The Dead Ships. Produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, the soulful garage rock four-piece has put together a fiery collection of songs that showcase McCluskey’s engaging yowl and an unrelenting drive that never lets up on the gas pedal.https://soundcloud.com/nevado/the-dead-ships-first-mistakessingle-version
If one is to cast their vision far enough out to sea, their eyes will eventually settle on a point where the line between ocean and space becomes indistinguishable. Two unexplored frontiers intertwined in a beautiful, pseudo-psychedelic moment of infinite hope that begets the desire to pursue adventure. It is here that LA-based psych-pop duo, SWIMM, live creatively. Originally hailing from the stretch of Floridian beach known as the ‘Space Coast’, where residents deal with the sonic resonance of space shuttles shaking their houses and watch rockets launch into space from the beach, SWIMM has created a sound that blends ethereal soundscapes and sun-soaked, beachy vibes; a perfect representation of the unique place in which they grew up. When you add the poignant satire that the band tends to favor lyrically, SWIMM’s music takes on the delicate balance of thoughtful musicianship, social awareness and immediate relatability that seems to be the common thread shared amongst most bands that are considered timeless.
SWIMM”s latest release, the Beverly Hells EP (24West Records), maintains all of the traits that led to their debut Feels EP catching the eye of so many tastemakers around the blogosphere, but it also picked up a level of maturity and thoughtfulness that came along with the “culture burst” (as Hess describes it) of moving to Los Angeles. If you listen to the record, their new city has a very distinct influence over the lyrics and mood of each of the effort’s six tracks. From the tongue-in-cheek satire of LA culture that forms the basis of the EP’s title track, to the reflection on the duo’s friendship and pursuit of their dreams in “All The Time”, the EP is very much a statement on this formative experience for the band and the artistic evolution that has since taken place.
As every Angeleno-transplant knows, turbulent times are synonymous with sunny days. Like walking through a hallway of mirrors, SWIMM’s Beverly Hells EP paints a vivid picture of their adopted home city’s neverending search for validation and reason.
Not one to shy from the volume knob, Rachel Fannan's latest explosion
the Bomb is an angsty guitar driven kiss blown to the likes of Dinosaur Junior, Black Sabbath, Heart and ACDC. Powerful and precise, face melting vocals push head banging riffs to the next level, a captivating blend of performance and raw energy you have to hear to believe. Best known for her work in Only You and psych outfit Sleepy Sun, the Bomb provides the perfect opportunity to catch Fannan at her most rock. Joined by Dash Hutton on drums and Quincy Larsen on bass, the Bomb is pleased to announce it will be releasing its debut EP ‘Everybody’s Famous’ December 21st 2016.