The Echo Presents
PTP's 13-Year Anniversary with THE TELESCOPES + LSD & THE SEARCH FOR GOD + NO SUN + SNOWBALL II
Sun May 13, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
This event is 18 and over
Part Time Punks celebrates its 13-year anniversary (!!!) with some of its favorite shoegaze bands, new & classic...
Creation Records' shoegaze legends THE TELESCOPES take the stage for Part Time Punks...with a full band...and a full barrage of songs ranging from "The Perfect Needle" to those perfect records recorded for Creation circa 1991-94, to their dark and swirling new LP, "Stone Tape". As a personal note here, I gotta add, The Telescopes were always one of my favorite of the first wave of shoegaze in the 90s, so welcoming them back to Part Time Punks is a true honor.
Part Time Punks
PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…
Creation Records' shoegaze legends THE TELESCOPES take the stage for Part Time Punks...with a full band...and a full barrage of songs ranging from "The Perfect Needle" to those perfect records recorded for Creation circa 1991-94, to their dark and swirling new LP, "Auditory Illusions". As a personal note here, I gotta add, The Telescopes were always one of my favorite of the first wave of shoegaze in the 90s, so welcoming them to Part Time Punks is a true honor.
Formed in 1987 by Stephen Lawrie, Space-rock Legends The Telescopes have been mining a unique anti-myopian seam of drone/dream noise & psych for over 20 years. Along with bands like Loop, Spacemen3, JAMC & MBV the group were responsible for creating the kind of mind expanding Spacerock music that influenced bands like Ride, Slowdive and the whole Shoegaze/ Nu-gaze genres. Their "#Untitled Second" album for the legendary Creation records is now perceived by many as a lost classic. While re-issues, on labels such as Bomp!, Rev-ola, Spaceage, Midsummer Madness and The Committee To Keep Music Evil, brought their early sounds to a new generation of ears, and prompted the NME to declare 'the genius of The Telescopes'.
Their current music has been described as- "primeval drone, rich in texture, with soaring feedback, forever spiralling outward, fractal and hypnotic - a bed of noise percolating at the edges of audition." The Wire described them as having "a very real & crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop," and Julian Cope is a fan.
An album of new songs is now underway, following sessions at the Brian Jonestown Massacre studios in Berlin. The group were invited by Portishead to play last years ATP at Alexandra Palace in London, where they performed songs from their debut album Taste, an event that will be repeated at this years Austin Psych Fest curated by The Black Angels.
There are two new Telescopes singles scheduled for release in April, the first a drone version of Nick Drake's lost classic 'Black Eyed Dog' on the Trensmat label, the second a new Telescopes composition featuring One Unique Signal, entitled 'We See Magic And We Are Neutral, Unnecessary". This will be a flexi-postcard release on The Dream Machine label.
Keep a watchful ear…
"Every sound you ever heard was but a preliminary exercise in hearing, for the all embracing maelstrom of The Telescopes"
(j. Seltzer, Melody Maker)
Snowball II is a psychedelic shoegaze and experimental indie rock band that is native to, despite of their chilly moniker, sunny Los Angeles. Snowball II's forthcoming debut album mystically entitled '?' is set for release in winter 2016. Do not be deceived by California's palm trees and bikinis; although this record was dreamt up and recorded only miles from some of Hollywood's hottest stars under the sun, it translates the dark whirrs of obsession, infinity and anxiety in a 59-minute soundscape that'll have you set the record on repeat and infinitum.
Snowball II is fronted by and under the direction of Berklee College of Music educated, 23 year-old multi-instrumentalist and producer Jackson Wargo. These intricate and innovative songs were all produced, written and recorded by Wargo himself at his home studio in Long Beach, which alowed for his artistic vision of each song to be fully realized. The record sounds like an imaginative combination of My Bloody Valentine's swirling guitar textures surrounding Spacemen 3's tremolo drones and accompanied by melodies so catchy one is apt to mistake them as covers of the Kinks. These melodies are sung through the lyrics of an unpretentious, 21st century James Joyce reincarnate.
This is a band with influences from all around the map, and is a band which is unafraid to approach genre with such fluidity it is difficult to bind them to one style. The album's first single, "I Can Come," is the catchiest neopsychedelic song since Animal Collective's "My Girls." The song was released along with a wild, unapologetic music video codirected by Kevin Anton and Tyler Taormina. One of the band's first recordings (which won't be on the album) will be heard in Gavin Weisen's upcoming film The Runaround.
Snowball II is forging the sonic future of indie music by a pastiche of textures that have been forgotten for decades and sounds that have not been made before; it makes you wonder what this band is going to do next.