Launder is the post-punk/shoegaze project of singer-guitarist John Cudlip, a Dana Point native who, after moving to Los Angeles, was introduced to Jackson Phillips of Day Wave. Not long after, the pair began work on Launder’s debut EP, “Pink Cloud,” - out now. Working out of Phillips’ home studio in Echo Park, the EP took shape with the help of French singer-songwriter Soko, who lends her vocals to four of the five tracks, and guitarist Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV, who takes the lead on two. The debut single is the dreamy “Fade,” whose beautifully detuned melancholy suggests Cudlip is not fading at all, but just getting started. (Kevin Bronson)
Lukas Frank is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer who started touring professionally at 18, playing as a drummer for hire with artists like Portugal. The Man, Alexandra Savior, Phoebe Bridgers, HANDS, Black English, Kitten, DECORATOR, and many other Los Angeles based artists. After several years of touring, he decided to quit playing as a hired gun and pursue his own project full time, this time at the front of the stage. Already, his music has been selected to be prominently featured in an upcoming Netflix original series, "Godless", with music supervision by T Bone Burnett. Frank has spent the last four years honing an EP that’s been kept entirely behind closed doors, an EP that features many of the musicians he met touring the country. The result is a veritable supergroup of musicians and songwriters, all contributing to a project that has taken its time to develop and become a fully realized, impactful musical statement.
Orchin is an LA-based dark pop band and has been likened by press to DIIV, Pale Saints and Ultra Vivid Scene. Their sound is a hybrid of "shoegaze, Cocteau Twins-style dream-pop, and new wave" (The Fader). The band is led by frontman and songwriter Jeremy McLennan and includes Peyton Wilson on guitar, Nathan Castiel on bass and Griffin Kisner on drums.
Orchin arrived in June 2016 with double single “Dark/Wasting Time” and has been keeping busy since. Their follow up “One/If I Ever” premiered later in the summer, and the band’s self-titled debut EP, led by single “Ego Deathbed”, was released in March 2017. The band embarked on a monthlong US tour with Boston’s Model/Actriz in support of the record, with stops at venues such as Subterranean in Chicago, Alphaville in Brooklyn, and Middle East in Boston.
“I Think I” is the band’s most recent single, accompanied by a music video directed by bassist Nathan Castiel. Orchin’s new material is more minimal and raw, but maintains the same lush pop sensibility as their previous releases. Several new songs and shows around Los Angeles are in the works for this Fall.