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.
Los Angeles band, Livingmore are ready to emerge from their cocoon with their debut record, Ok To Land. Taking cues from acts like Rilo Kiley, Mitski and Jenny Lewis, and adding their own eccentric and optimistic touch, the indie band have channeled the ultimate feel good album, Ok To Land, just in time for summer. The band, 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 now Rodrigo Moreno on bass are the make-up of Livingmore. Drawing inspiration across several genres from acts such as Garbage and The Kinks to 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.”From the childlike essence of trying to decide what to do when you grow up in ‘Cocoon,’to the upbeat and straightforward ‘Never Slow Down,’ to the slow and dreamy ‘Transition,’ Livingmore’s first full length record is a lush collection of indie rock tracks.Their first single from their new record, “Cocoon,” is a whimsical, guitar heavy track, with flourishes of western-tinged riffs that layer over Moore’s crooning vocal melodies. On the inspiration behind the track, Moore notes: “You realize growing up isn’t just like, you’re a kid and then you’re an adult. There’s all these things in the middle, and it’s easy to get stuck in a phase in your life where you feel cocooned, in a way.”The record’s anthemic title track, ‘Really Mean It’ 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,” he explains. “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. “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. Livingmore are certainly ready to emerge from their own cocoon - look out for Ok To Land, coming soon.
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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