Chase Simpson (vocals/guitar)
Josh Jove (vocals/guitar)
Sebastian Harris (drums)
Jacob Pillot (bass)
The Shelters released their debut LP in June 2016 via Warner Bros. Records, a blast of Southern Californian rock and roll from a four-piece like they used to make them, when the factory was still up and running. Co-produced by Tom Petty, this album comes at you from behind, nothing you were expecting.
The Shelters had just banded together when Petty heard them and got a gut feeling about what they could be. He gave the Shelters the keys to his home studio and showed them a few things. Though mostly he left them alone, Petty had enough sense to leave the gear powered up. Maybe they were determined to show him he hadn’t made a mistake. Maybe they just liked the way those old tube amps sounded. They seized the moment and got to work, insistent on becoming a band.
A real band.
One listen to their singles “Rebel Heart,” “Gold,” or any other of the ten songs on their debut, and you’ll know they pulled it off. Led by the songs, harmonies and twin-guitar sound of Chase Simpson and Josh Jove, and powered by drummer Sebastian Harris’s and bassist Jacob Pillot’s groove obsession, the band has put together a collection of recordings that have an immediacy, an emotion, and a musical intelligence that suggests these boys are beyond their years.
People are going to reference some of the great rock and roll bands of yesterday and today. But this is no tribute show. The sounds they’ve made seem to have been dragged from the vaults and forced to fit the present. It’s all a beautiful reminder that rock and roll may have slipped out of view for minute, but it’s still out there, alive in the hands of the ones who need it the most.
The Shelters are closing out a busy 2017 touring schedule, which included dates with Royal Blood, Kaleo, The Head and The and The Lumineers – plus festivals such as Lollapalooza, Forecastle, British Summertime Hyde Park, Spain’s Azkena festival and Poland’s Open’er Festival.
Named for the forgotten trolley tracks that run like veins throughout Los Angeles, the young rock band the Tracks boldly play furious, fast music that flies in the face of a genre seems to have lost its way.
Frontman Venancio Bermudez, bassist Felipe Contreras, drummer Jimmy Conde, and guitarist Johnny Santana united over their shared love of rock & roll and
are the latest act to contribute to the rich history of Chicano bands, playing music that is directly influenced by their background growing up as the children of
undocumented immigrants in East LA.
Their music recalls the defiant optimism of working class bands that came before them and their sound reminds us to find the joy in dancing to loud music
as the ultimate form of rebellion. The group’s ferocious live set has seen them playing everywhere from backyard parties in Boyle Heights to opening for Hinds, and they performed two songs live on camera in the TV show I
Love Dick from Transparent creator Jill Soloway, which premiered in Spring of 2017. Most recently, the Tracks were featured alongside SZA in MasterCard’s
2018 Start Something Priceless campaign.
Caitlin White compared the band’s sonic pop punch to the Strokes in her piece for Uproxx, and Maria Sherman opened her Remezcla feature on the group with “Very rarely does a band resonate so much that it feels like a shift is
happening.” The group received a lengthy profile in LA Weekly from Jonny Coleman, and LA Times music critic Randall Roberts wrote
"the Tracks connect the black-and-white past with a full-color, and furious,
The Tracks’ most recent single “Hanging On“ was premiered on NPR station KCRW and was featured on lifestyle & culture sites Uproxx and
Remezcla. The band’s debut album is set to come out in 2018 and was produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, FIDLAR, Guards).
Hearty Har is a psychedelic rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2012. The band consists of old friends Shane Fogerty (guitar/vocals), Tyler Fogerty (guitar/vocals), and Will Van Santen (drums/vocals). More recently, the band was joined by Marcus Högsta (bass) and Jesse Wilson (keys).Hearty Har has come to be known for their exciting and raucous live shows, which blend modern psychedelia with classic garage rock and roll. Imagine a neon lightning bolt extending from the stage and reaching deep into your heart, down to your feet, then through the ground to the Earth's core. Now you have an idea of Hearty Har's live show.