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 (Vinyl Release Show)
Los Angeles band Livingmore have emerged with their debut record, Ok To Land. The band originated with songwriters Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston when they met through mutual friends in 2014. They with the help of Mike Schadel on drums and now Rodrigo Moreno on bass who has joined the band since Bryan Dobbs' departure in 2017, are the current make-up of Livingmore. Taking cues from several genres, with influences such as Garbage, The Kinks and Belle and Sebastian, Moore and Livingston write dreamy, alternative songs that sound like, in their own words - a mixture of Blondie and The Everly Brothers. “We never really plan when we’re going to write, we just wait for it to happen" explain Moore and Livingston. 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 somewhere in the middle. Their First full length album "Ok To Land" was recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs in Eagle Rock, CA and produced by Brian Rosemeyer who discovered the band at LA's Echo Park Rising festival in 2016. The record has since had an indie hit with the song ‘Really Mean It’. The popular tune is accompanied by an animated stop motion video created by Moore’s brother, Dillon. “We really just wanted to make a video that was totally organic and back to basics but at the same time unique and fresh. That’s kind of what this band is really about when you get down to it” Livingston explains. The band has thus far toured around The United States and recently played in Austin, TX for the SXSW music festival. They are currently tracking more new material at their own studio/rehearsal space and are constantly touring.
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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