Melbourne’s creatively titled KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD have revealed the 3D video to their forthcoming album I’m Your Mind Fuzz. Time to dig out your red and blue tinted specs. Watch Cellophane below.
A FREE block party festival scattered around 10 plus venues, with an outdoor stage, sounds like a London made dream. Well not a dream over here. This is the weekend that everyone who lives on the east side of LA waits for every year. With burgeoning bands from Lolipop, Burger, and Summer Bummer records and not to mention they are all locals in Echo Park and surrounding areas.
Friday was a day for chilling at the park with a few beers then heading off to the main stage to catch surf rockers, CORNERS. This band has a very limited online presence so if you want to hear more then their single, Pressure, then you have to catch them live. It’s not usual where you can have a seven piece band and it doesn’t seem to be overcrowded. Originally from Mexico, SANTOROS, brought old school, beach rock to the streets of Echo Park. Finishing off the day with ALLAH LAS, who premiered some new tunes including ‘Buffalo Nickel’.
Saturday was always going to be a full on day, kicking off with a bottle of 10% IPA, and starting at the Lolipop records shop with BILLY CHANGER. His punky lyrics started the day off on a high note. Staying at the shop and letting the buzz take over, THE SQUIDS came on full blast with their breezy garage rock tunes. Although that wasn’t enough to keep the shop cool as the power briefly went out and just as quick came on to finish off the guys set. the GROMS, were playing somewhere down the street and we ran to catch them. These garage rockers played full force, with tunes such as ‘Howlin’, where I found myself joining in on the howl. Thanks guys for giving out beer too!
Catching the end of MR.ELEVATOR AND THE BRAIN HOTEL‘s which they concluded with ‘Nico‘ a fun psychedelic jam that’s great to get groovy too. Those crazy cats at Lolipop had everyone guessing who the surprise guests of the night would be, and it was nonetheless, LA’s own MYSTIC BRAVES. They played a few of their songs and the shop was one big sweat pit. A great way to end the night.
AZTRAL PLAYNS is a sludge rock project led by Tom Cox of Old Forest and Sam Walsh from Dignan Porch. Opening track On The Aztral Playn draws you in with behemoth, slow motion riffs and no nonsense, skin rumbling drums. As you rock back and forth, just prepared yourself for some serious neck damage at the 4min 17sec mark.
I don’t know what it is about Brighton but the amount of talent that just comes oozing out into the London music scene is fucking amazing. Maybe its the whole living by the seaside and having that fresh sea air unclog the minds that produces these amazing bands, i.e. Theo Verney, The Wytches and now MORNING SMOKE. With what started off as just a fun project for friends Milo(lead singer) and Max (guitar)slowly turned into a full four piece. They released their EP Euphoria via Stray Cat Records nearly two years ago. Milo’s, vocals are echoingly deep in tracks such as ‘Melancholy’. The 6 track EP catches your attention from start to finish as it builds momentum and slows down and then gets you right back into it with the noise pop track ‘Loathed’.
I sat down with the guys before their gig at The Social in central to find out more about them as a band and to see whats next for them.
You guys have been gaining quite a bit of hype recently since the release of your debut EP Euphoria. How does it feel to be such a young band with recognition?
All: Its nice!
Milo: I think we are more excited now to release some new stuff as this is back from two years ago.
California is the hub of most garage, surf, and punk music. We on Sexbeat love what it has to offer in music, some of our favourite record labels sprout from here; Burger Records and Lolipop Records anyone?
Los Angeles is one of the cities that harbors most of these talented musicians but to our dismay many of the artists we mention on here aren’t as prolific as say, Night Beats, and we don’t get to hear what these great bands have to offer live. That’s why we are kicking off with a series of live gigs in the city of angels from a native Angelinos perspective.
This week I went to The Echo for Cobalt Cranes new album release show. They were joined by The Coathangers, White Fang and The Bots.
COBALT CRANES have just released their new album ‘Days in the Sun’ out via Lolipop Records. The Los Angeles quartet first started with members, Kate Beutel and Tim Foley, who have created a fine mixture of California lo-fi and British shoegaze , which they call ‘California Grunge’. The first single off the new album ‘Flowers on your Grave’ sticks to the melodic psychedelic sounds incorporated with Foleys distant vocals.
Headliners THE COATHANGERS, signed to Suicide Squeeze, gave a rowdy performance, full of moshing and crowd surfing. What’s special about this trio is that they all switch playing each others instruments, singing and just genuinely have fun on stage. Not to mention they covered The Gun Clubs song Sexbeat.
We loved having WHITE FANG come and perform at the Shacklewell Arms a few months back, and this time was no different. The Portland native band was on top form once again bringing the energy to the crowd. Finishing off the set with their 30 second song all about the ‘best beer in the world, Bud Light’. Lead singer, Ricky, also sported a Gap Dream crop top. Enough said.
Brother duo,THE BOTS, were sight to watch. Reiterating the fact that you don’t necessarily need a full four piece band to create raucous of sounds. They touched upon many genres crossing over from loud and thrashing punk, to slowed down vocal based blues.
Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls have formed new band ULTIMATE PAINTINGand you can listen to their new song Winter in Your Heart below… it’s meandering, sweet and it’ll make your forget it’s Winter in Your House right now ‘cos your landlord still won’t seal the giant damp patch in your living room.
As Summer comes to a close, South East London’s lofi-ers, WHISTLEJACKET, bring in the new seasons tunes. Their new song Swimming Lessons, takes a more dramatic and heavier sound with a minute long intro, trading in more mellow guitar riffs for louder ones. These guys still know how to get catchy melodies in between, have a listen. They headline the Shacklewell Arms on Friday, as part of Label Mates II.