Daydream Time Machine is a true force of melodically poignant, emotionally expressive, and atmospherically washed music. Do me a solid and listen to their music on Spotify. They are starting out strong, and their songs are catchy to a point of disbelief. Show me a person standing still during their live performance, and I’ll show you a person without a heart (or just blasted out of their minds). If you want some good shoegazey psych rock, check out these slowdivers. These days, I’ve heard from many that the reverb wash and fuzz pedals can become overused, but the best way to overcome this unfortunate Los Angeles stereotype is with truly great songwriting and raw talent. Chris on guitar and vox is a superb human being. Anthony Beck might be the impersonation of a drumming god of love, and Roman lays down a solid foundation on bass, all the while looking like he straight up stepped out of a time machine from the 70’s- I am not kidding you. Juan Cacho stands out as their most recent sonic addition to the band on saxophone and keys, serving the songs beautifully. Let’s all get together and adore this band. I already have, along with many others.
Give it up for the powerhouse songstress, Jessica Childress. She’s taking us far away, deep into the groove, and we’re still on our way back right now. Coming out of Lancaster, her strength and versatility as a vocalist is unparalleled in the LA scene today. You will be doing your soul a favor by keeping track of her monthly releases, which are building up to the release of her upcoming full length, Waves. You might have caught her fruitful start as a contestant in The Voice a few seasons back, and if so, you already know the absolutely amazing voice this woman possesses. Her disco grooves shimmer and vibe irresistibly, and her ballads cut deep in our hearts. Do me a favor, and catch one of her live performances, you will forever be a fan from that night on.
Young Lovers’ music is heartbreaking in the best ways. Their use of space and build up allows you the time to gather your thoughts and emotions, and poise your body for some really genuine and expressive music. I revisit my hardest memories when witnessing this band live, and I adore their ability to hit that so strongly. Joshua Solomon’s solo on bass takes the time to blossom and develop with beauty, a musical theme present in the band’s music that I have come to love. Their presence onstage is captivating and solid, and their music is truly cinematic. Their love for film is clearly demonstrated during the intro to one of their songs, which samples Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset”. When this band follows up with another release, we should all pay close attention and give this band the love they deserve. Let’s make a promise to keep up with this band, to stay this sweet and tragic.
The sonic palette of Porcelain Pale is that of an electronic god of exploration. From what I gather, the musical atmosphere is vast and rich, with angelic, enigmatic vocals that eerily remind me of what my thoughts sounded like the last time I was floating in space, resting on a nebula, watching the Earth rise. Their bass lines are heavy and crunchy, their drums are groovy, while being (dare I say) super F-ing chill. Their songs, they evoke moods ranging from meditative to jubilant. This is synth pop at its dreamiest and creamiest, people. Their debut release, Aurelia, is creatively brilliant, and a fresh take on electronic music that pays respect to the styles of the genre from the late 80’s to the turn of the millennium. They have since come out with two singles and are working toward their sophomore album, which I am SERIOUSLY super excited to hear. I’m not afraid say it, I love this band so much that I might hate them deeply. I need to find out the secrets behind their mysterious and beautiful sound. Check out their latest release, Dead Wait, and follow them any way you can, just get lost in them. This music is a dream that you can’t afford to wake up from.
All hail the band named W I R E S, and their prog-metal brilliance. For all those waiting for Deftones’ performance at Ozzfest, or At the Drive-in’s next U.S. tour, I highly recommend you keep an eye out for these guys as well. Their debut album Lithopedion is a gut-turning work of art that takes feelings of despair and emotional confinement, and releases them in a cathartic tidal wave of intricate, calculated METAL. Ryan Janke on the drums is seemingly delirious with rhythm when witnessed live; his raw talent with grooves and complex meters is…(fun?) to watch, as he smiles through his incendiary drumming- a smile, almost perfectly in contrast with his blast beats. Max Diaz’s screaming and high-range vocals hold itself in style with Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta and At the Drive-in, and I am left stunned and impressed by his massive pedalboard, making me realize I’ve never seen a bassist with so much to step on. The strings in this band are ethereal, gritty, and Radiohead inspired, to say the least. Travis [the Couch] effectively uses his gear to the point of oblivion, and I mean that while watching him play, I occasionally forget that he isn’t a wizard, but a dude with a SUPER kickass guitar sound. This band and their music just might kill me one day…but one can only dream. Until then, check out their facebook and Instagram, follow them on everything, and come tell me how you loathe my existence for not telling you about them earlier.
The heart, soul, tomato sauce, pepperoni, and cheese behind post-punkers Illuminati Hotties is Sarah Tudzin. Her Courtney Barnett-esque style is uniquely placed in a rough-yet-loving vibe that Sarah coins as “Tender-punk”, and I love it. She is a Los Angeles native that travelled clear across the country to Boston to study music production and engineering, and it shows through her debut single, “(You’re Better) Than Ever”, which she wrote, produced, and engineered. The music video for her debut song is shot in one take, and I highly encourage you to check it out!
ALEJANDRO is a diamond in the rough. He likes cake, he likes hot dogs, and he will straight up drive to Palmdale from his home in Pomona to brainstorm with Grammy-award winning writers. There are not many around who can match his level of skill on piano and guitar. In addition to his instrumental expertise, he graces his compositions with his soothing and sensual vocals which pieces together the mood of the song each time without fail. Not only is he a proficient and highly gifted musician, he is also well established in the Los Angeles songwriting community, earning great rapport (and on a first-name basis) with LA’s own powerhouse songwriter Twin Shadow. There seems to be two dominant sides to this man’s musical ability: his intricate and mathematical guitar songwriting, and his even-more-intricate classical training on piano, which he freshly translates into his beat-production. There are not many people around like Alejandro, so go listen to his self-titled E.P. on Bandcamp, follow him on everything, and give me a call to tell me how much you’ve waited for music like this. Go ahead … I’ll wait.
Welcome to Sad Disco, where The Unending Thread takes the most painful thoughts you ever had, and channels them into your feet with an irresistibly body-grooving sound that leaves you two-stepping all over your own feelings. Brilliantly fusing elements of everything I love about post-hardcore and disco (I know, right?), the resulting sound is an emotionally-charged jam that includes the incendiary styles of Julian Tallman on drums. I need to mention his ingenious secondary-hat cymbal setup that includes the placement of a broken ride cymbal underneath a solid one, allowing for an interesting and biting sonic addition to his kit. Let’s not forget the group’s hyper-talented vocals and string section, consisting of Kim Reyes on bass and CSUN media composer Cesar Alas on guitar. The post edge shows clearly in the two’s vocal style. The melodies they sing hold sentiment to pop punk, while holding its own in the disco realm. This band is clearly making great strides towards their own unique sound. Their self-titled E.P. is split in two, with the beginning tracks showing how they have polished and honed in their disco beat, and the second half being so hardcore that you would even question, is this band still that sad, or did they just learn how to dance off their aggression? We will just have to stay tuned and find out. Give them a listen on Spotify, give them a follow on everything, and come out on Oct. 4th for their performance at the Silverlake venue, The Satellite, as they support fellow LA heads, Decorator, and their October residency. AJ, out.
Echo Park post-punkers Billy Changer hold a New Wave sentiment against their dreamy tunes, with a cathartic romance and style that reaches back to the days of Joy Division and The Cure. Their supporting set at the Zebulon Café Concert was phenomenal. The up and coming venue was packed for the second night of The Entire Universe’s September-October residency, and Billy Changer earned every ounce of the audience’s love which was portrayed in every dance step and head bop of each fan. Their single “She’s Good to Go” asks us to just jump in the car already and join their ride. Catchy, ethereal guitar riffs and atmospheres bite into you while building to a climactic ending that places us at the precipice of our dreams of self-fulfillment, realized through “her” story- perhaps a lover, perhaps a stranger, but definitely a love, moving on in life. Their songs are definitely worth a line of consecutive listens. Check them out, and catch a show of theirs when they get back from Texas.