Pinky Pinky have good gut instincts. During an era of limitless distractions, societal pressures and sonic trends, the three best friends are focused on being happy and blissfully on the outside of all that noise. The trio grew up together in Los Angeles and there's a shared understanding of what makes them all tick. Together with her punk cohorts Anastasia Sanchez (vocalist/drummer, 20), guitarist Isabelle Fields (19), and bassist Eva Chambers (19) have a clear understanding that Pinky Pinky's modus operandi is in not overthinking their decisions. You can hear that on their debut album, 'Turkey Dinner' due on Innovative Leisure. It follows their two prior EPs, most recently 2018's 'Hot Tears'. Their first full-length, however, is even freer than their previous efforts. It's a patchwork quilt of garage rock and oddball indie. It's rooted in classic bass, drums, guitar, but it's bolstered by the perspectives of a trio of LA youths writing about their everyday observations, anxieties and passions. For instance, “My Friend Sean” is a young fantasy about the dreamiest boy in class, “Mystery Sedan” is an LA story about a car being the only thing there in times of distress, “Lady Dancer” is about a stripper at a bikini bar in Los Feliz. When lead lyricist Sanchez met Chambers in the girls' locker room in High School they knew that they'd be in a band together (Chambers and Fields had already met in Middle School). All three of them had always dabbled in bands. Originally born in New York but moving to LA during childhood, Chambers began life in a band with her three older sisters, playing keys. She picked up a bass at the age of 13 after their endeavors had died a death. Fields, on the other hand, trained as a violinist but rebelled and taught herself guitar from the age of 12, while rearing herself on the Sex Pistols and riot grrrl bands. Sanchez's father put sticks in her hands as a little girl. She was a prodigy in classical violin but also wanted to get back to the sheer pleasure of playing and so canned the anxiety-ridden music studies for her DIY drumming. She became a singer by necessity for Pinky Pinky, referring back to her love of Fiona Apple and even Heart for vocal chops. Pinky Pinky itself had a few iterations before settling on its three core members. “We were really trying to be punk at first then psychedelic then blues,” recalls Fields. “Finally we got to a point where we knew we didn't need to focus on just one thing. Growing up you think you only should listen to one type of music but we got to a certain age and realized we don't need to do that.” During their High School years they flew beneath the radar. “Nobody cared I was in a band,” says Field. Their first gig was at the MOCA museum in Downtown. To date it's the most nervous they've ever been. “I'd still be scared to do that,” laughs Sanchez, admitting to almost having a full-on panic attack due to the swathes of cool teenagers that turned up to watch them. Only recently have they hired a booking agent after already building a solid reputation on the LA scene hustling by themselves. When they played Dave Grohl's inaugural CalJam festival in 2017 they didn't even have a manager. “I got a call from someone who works with Dave Grohl: 'Dave really likes your band',” recalls Sanchez. “And I was laughing like, 'Weird? But cool?! It was a little surreal'.” In company, the trio exhibit an airtight ease together. In the studio too, their process is super collaborative. They tend to jam out a song idea first then pick out lyrical themes. Whereas their first EPs were overcomplicated and limited by a prior standard of musicianship, their LP has been created with more confidence alongside producers Jonny Bell and Hanni El Khatib in Long Beach. “It took a long time for our EPs to come out,” explains Chambers. “And by the time they did we'd grown a lot.” Indeed, by the time this album arrives it'll be the most accurate representation of where Pinky Pinky is currently at live onstage and off it. They aimed to make a live-sounding record that didn't feel too shiny in its production. As a result, 'Turkey Dinner' is unpretentious, raw and unpredictably zany.
The Two Tens
Made up of Adam Bones on guitar and vocals alongside co-conspirator Rikki Styxx on drums and backing vocals, the duo’s DIY pursuits were funded the old-fashioned way: hard work, playing local gigs, and selling handmade custom merch. After releasing their four EPs digitally, the band spearheaded a very successful PledgeMusic campaign to release the full-length on CD, so impressing Man Della Record in the process that the label stepped up to release Volume on 12-inch clear vinyl.
Since then, The Two Tens have signed with Man Della, releasing their second album, On Repeat, on August 18, 2017. For On Repeat, they tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink), including “Keeping Hope Alive,” the lead-off single released on February 10, 2017 (2/10/17). The LP was finished in Los Angeles with the Volume team of producer Bruce Duff and engineer Paul Roessler, with Fields mixing.
What the press have been saying:
"The Two Tens exude a ferocious sound live and we don’t see any signs of them letting up." - LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
"….an intensely raw performance.” - L.A. RECORD
“The Two Tens’ new ‘Keeping Hope Alive’ single is seriously cool. If you ain’t hooked on these cats by this point, c’mon—unhook that respirator and get out once in a while.” – BLURT MAGAZINE
“On Repeat is a 14-song set that ranges from the hard-driving, straight-ahead punk intensity of the title track to Adam Bones’ urgently romantic vocals and chiming power-pop guitars on 'Keeping Hope Alive.’” - L.A. WEEKLY
“Los Angeles-based garage punk duo the Two Tens won acclaim for their raw sound on debut album Volume, and now are planning to take things in a slightly poppier — but still hardcore — direction for sophomore set On Repeat. Yahoo Music is excited to give fans a preview of the new music with the video for 'Mean Spirit' — which combines a gritty, Nirvana-influenced visual theme with something unexpected … a cheeky game of dodgeball!” - YAHOO! MUSIC
“An exercise in focused tension and bombastic release, The Two Tens' On Repeat is the garage-punk love album you'll want to listen to over and over again.” - ATWOOD MAGAZINE
“The Los Angeles-based duo pick up right where Volume left off with On Repeat. Bones and Styxx have that recognizable punch-to-the-gut song structure with quick bursts of garage-punk music. From the bombastic opening title track throughout the sequence, On Repeat captures the Two Tens live, in-your-face sound with the positively pop groove of ‘Keeping Hope Alive,’ to the nearly metal offering ‘Mean Spirit’ and a cover of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Nerve Damage!’” - INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE
ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE TWO TENS – ON REPEAT: “The Two Tens are a fiery duo from the City of Angels that can cause a ruckus. Their sophomore release On Repeat is a banger of an album. Guitarist and vocalist Adam Bones oozes endless swagger while Rikki Styxx brings the thunder on drums. Together they create a rad sound that’s intense and harmonious.” - MOTIF MAGAZINE
“ …singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer-vocalist Rikki Styxx shred and smash like decades of no-frills punk-rockers before them, the DNA of the Ramones and ’70s power-pop in On Repeat’s bloodstream and veins bulging on heavier stuff, like the pugilistic 'Mean Spirit.' On Repeat is as hooky as it is concise. Forty minutes, no thumb-sucking.” - BUZZBANDS L.A
[5/5 stars!] “… they haven’t equalled their stunning debut, they’ve surpassed it. The Two Tens are a perfect blend of old school punk energy, snotty garage attitude and sweet sixties pop, and it would seem the duo, Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx, have formed a perfect partnership as they have now released two flawless albums in as many years. The Two Tens have delivered an album that I can’t fault on any level, and I doubt that I’ll hear a better album this year, On Repeat is a prophetic album title as that’s exactly what has happened since I first played it and if The Two Tens keep up their current trajectory then I’m going to have to add another star to our rating system for their next album.” - THE PUNK SITE
“Anyone who complains about the dearth of good rock and roll has clearly never heard L.A. duo The Two Tens.” - AXS
[4.5/5 stars!] “The Two Tens haven’t lost one bit of authenticity from their last album. On Repeat is laden with powerful hooks, some ranging from buoyant to sinister. For a two piece only comprising of guitar, vocals and drums, Bones and Styx reach a much wider soundscape. Guitar chords that rage with thickness, drums that resonate bodly, and lively vocal harmonies render a complete wall of sound.” - SOUND RENAISSANCE
“The Two Tens lean punk rock-always fun, never taking things too seriously, a great relief from the struggles of today’s world.” - GRIMY GOODS
“Think the Ramones with a little more vocal range and a dash more imagination.” - DEEP IN THE MUSIC
While mastering timeless songwriting is a lifelong pursuit for most, Dr Danny seems to have a solid grasp on the concept at just 20 years old.
Danny Ayala was born on Long Island, NY. He began his musical journey, well intentioned but somewhat against his will, when his grandmother enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of 6. He stuck with it and quickly progressed into a prodigious talent.
Danny’s musical world opened up at an elementary school talent show, where he crossed paths with two other musical youngsters - The D’Addario brothers, Brian and Michael. Recognizing Danny’s skills, they quickly began making music together. For the last 10 years they’ve been a musical family, with Danny joining as a live member when they became The Lemon Twigs.
Danny’s debut EP, “Lay It On Me Straight”, was released in June 2017. His song “Fly Me Back In Time” was named “Top 50 of 2017” by Bob Boilen of NPR. He is currently working on a full length album for 2018.