Ramonda Hammer is a Los Angeles-based grunge band whose name comes from a lady featured on the early 2000s reality television show Cheaters. The show is funny and sad, kind of how frontwoman and band founder Devin Davis writes her songs. "Davis is the queen of grunge,” says KSPC. In 2017, the band caught Rolling Stone's attention, with writer Maura Johnston naming their "Destroyers" EP an editors' pick and writing "Devin Davis' knotty, unguarded wail and Justin Geter's distortion-heavy, brutally melodic riffs on tracks like the churning 'Bender' and the breakneck 'Care to Slam?' are like an alternate Nineties where L7 was the biggest band in the world." The band's rhythm section – bassist Andy Hengl and drummer Mark Edwards – turn Davis' songs into fully formed anthems: "crunchy, grungey, no-B.S. ’90s-style alt-rock” as Buzzbands.LA described it. They've shared stages with likeminded bands like Slothrust, Palehound, Priests, Potty Mouth, Colleen Green, Dude York, Pile, and were named one of L.A.'s hardest working bands by Oh My Rockness last year. In 2018, the band will reissue the "Destroyers" EP on vinyl, release an album on the New Professor label, and tour the U.S. extensively in support.
Livingmore originated with songwriters Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston, who met in Los Angeles in 2014. They with the help of Mike Schadel on drums and Rodrigo Moreno on bass began generating buzz from the HypeM blogosphere with the release of their self-titled EP in 2015. Drawing inspiration across several genres and from acts such as Garbage and The Kinks to Belle and Sebastian, Moore and Livingston write dreamy, haunting and sometimes optimistic songs that will take you on a journey.
“We never really plan when we’re going to write, we just wait for it to happen,” Livingston notes, while explaining the band’s songwriting process. Each song has a totally organic approach - sometimes born from Livingston playing a melody and Moore composing accompanying lyrics on the spot; other times with both of them writing songs separately and meeting in the middle.
In 2018 the band released a full length album "Ok To Land" as well as another three song EP "Its All Happening". Livingmore has toured all over the country and is currently in the studio recording more new music for 2019 with Grammy award winning engineer Tom Weir.
“We can be reborn in all kinds of different ways. We’ve regained confidence in ourselves and are ready to move to the next chapter, whatever that may be,” Moore explains defiantly.
Nightgown is the confessional music project of LA based singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Laurel Noone. When asked to describe her sound, she coins the sub-genres “Anxiety Rock” or “Self-Deprecating Pop,” but those descriptors don’t fully convey the odd allure that emerges from her heart-felt music and its realization in her band's live performance. Brought to life by the dexterous hands and minds of Brian Griffith, Royce Hsu, and Austin Ash, the songs seamlessly shift between delicate, color-washed dream-pop to biting, fast-n-loose garage rock. There's a strange power that emerges from vulnerability, which this band deftly wields with touches of humor, hope, and uninhibited manic energy. Noone's well-crafted lyrics walk a fine line between sincerity and tongue-in-cheek (drawing parallels to Pavement and The Velvet Underground), which like to turn a scrutinizing, satirical eye on the world, human behavior, as well as her own behavior. Originally hailing from the rural farmlands outside of Baltimore, Laurel grew up in solitude studying the classics- opera, ballet, and philosophy- which can be heard twisted and distorted in her sweet-and-low-down rock-n-roll. This show marks Nightgown's official debut release show for "Dig It" available on PLAG Records 10/27/17.
“Instantly incredibly captivating… My sense is that this artful disturbia they present is just that and in this way… reminds me of The Pixies.” – American Pancake
“Their melodic hooks and unbridled enthusiasm were both catchy enough to keep people dancing” – L.A. Record
“Nightgown's Laurel Noone, with her elastic expressions and fulltone swagger, gave the half-converted pool hall a fuzzy bear hug, blasting a Marcy Playground cover while residents sipped on disco lemonade.” – The Deli Magazine
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