Once in a while there comes along a kid that seems to sing directly into your soul. You’re not quite sure where he came from, or how he possessed the ability, but you’re damn sure he’s going to do something special.
Moses Sumney is an L.A. native with roots in Ghana, and the SPIN proclaimed “soul-folk warrior” uses breathtaking arrangements built on loop pedals, unique vocal tones, and sheer vocal power to create a live show that was recently hailed by Rolling Stone among others.
Let your ears open up to ‘Alchemy,’ the demo KCRW’s Jason Bentley is addicted to spinning.
The LA based synth power trio flexed their muscles during their February Echo Residency, showing off shades of Coldplay, M83 and The Neighbourhood all at once. We had a feeling big things were in store for the kids, but our feelings were all the more reaffirmed when they signed with Interscope to release their shiny new Gold EP.
For those of you who have yet to piece this one together, our FOMO series is a handsomely curated and intricately crafted list of bands we are featuring that you want to see now while they’re still able to be seen in an intimate locale. This next band is sort of like, the epitome of that.
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE:
WHY YOU CARE:
That electro-pop jammer is what we call a SMASH HIT ladies and gentlemen (or the modern indie equivalent of that…sans Lorde). The Swedish trio managed to get Nylon to use the words “euphoric sonic whirlwind” to describe them, and if that’s not an accomplishment, we’re just not sure what is.
FEVER THE GHOST are a relatively new band, but in just a short span of time they’ve generated quite a buzz in the LA music scene. Their psychpop tinged performance at the year’s ECHO PARK RISING proved full of promise and sparkle.
Kevin Bronson of BuzzBands writes: “Fever the Ghost is heavy on the effects, but equally heavy on complexities. The cosmos will want to hear more.” And our friends over at Origami, who also hosted an in-store with FTG a few months back, write “We’ve played their newest 7” titled ‘Rounder’ a bunch in the shop, and Sean, aka ‘The Stentz,’ summed up their sound best by describing it as ‘Avi Buffalo meets UMO meets Led Zeppelin.’”
Come see for yourself why all ears and eyes are on this foursome.
It’s hard not to feel just a little tender after listening to Irish darlings, Little Green Cars. Their music echoes heartache. These aren’t whinny teenage tunes—their wistful harmonies sweep us away into a Fleetwood Mac era wave of nostalgia.
MTV says of their album Absolute Zero,”It’s an album that’s quite heavy to swallow upon its first listening, not only because of the raw, enticing lyrics but the way they excel at delivering moody crescendos — a perfected soundtrack to falling tears.”
Fall under Little Green Cars’ spell while watching the dreamy video to “My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me.”
“Future forest dweller science fiction experimental synthesizer lovers” is what they call themselves on Twitter. To us, they’re just Oh Boy Les Mecs. The duo, made up by singer, Tracy Marcellino, and multi-instrumentalist, Hanford Pittman, have an eclectic sound made up by psychedelic, synth-heavy rhythms. Raising the bar with their first EP, Nurture Nuture, released earlier this year, their emotionally intense and electronic complexity is delivered in five tracks. Driving, dreamy, and rhythmatic is how they’ve been described. Catch them live to see for yourself September 27th!
Australian DJ Nicholas James Murphy, AKA Chet Faker, has been slowly and steadily gaining popularity over the year and a half since the release of his 2012 EP Thinking In Textures. Chet Faker’s brand of downtempo and soulful EDM has garnered the attention of both the music public at large (he won “Breakthrough artist of the year” at the Rolling Stone Australia awards this past January) but also that of his peers, as he’s been a featured artist on tracks by contemporaries like Flume, Say Lou Lou, and Ta-ku. A debut LP is expected within the next year but as Murphy has admitted, “I keep going through stages where I think its done – and then I scrap 60% of it”.
“It’s basically a party wherever we go,” says guitarist and co-founder Dan Balis of Escort. “With so many of us, we’d have fun even if we weren’t playing a show.” - MTV Hive
With their huge ensemble and funky disco tunes, Escort puts on a show to be seen.
What PHARAOHS Sounds Like: (40 minutes of it)
Pharaohs have been mixing business and pleasure in one form or another since Cooper met Alejandro Cohen while working at Amoeba Records in 2007. After bonding in the store over shared music tastes, Cohen invited his new friend to an event hosted by Dublab, the L.A.-based internet radio station where he works. “It was called ‘Tonalism,’ all night ambient music,” Cooper recalls. “It was under a bridge and they were projecting visuals on the walls. Everyone was lying on blankets spacing out. It was definitely a musical connection.” That experience sealed the deal, and the two jammed together for a while before Cohen brought on Diego Herrera, a DJ and co-worker at Dublab. - MTV Hive
The 16 year old made her West Coast debut at The Echoplex last week and no one was disappointed. She also made breaking news these past few days by being the first woman in 17 years to top the Alt Charts (read more here).
This isn’t the last we’ve heard of this Kiwi, expect to see loads more from her in the next few years!
Impossible Truth was born on tour as William Tyler was reading two books with an odd kinship while on long and lonely Midwestern drives: Barney Hoskyns’ Hotel California and Mike Davis’ The Ecology of Fear. Both center on the promise and psychosis of southern California, albeit from very different angles: Hoskyns tackles the naïve and narcissistic Laurel Canyon scene of the early seventies, while renowned social scientist Davis deals with the history of the destruction of Los Angeles, both in real and imagined disasters. The synchronistic tackling of these tomes inspired Tyler to compose a story rooted in apocalyptic expectation and bittersweet nostalgia. Or as Tyler puts it, this is “my ’70s singer-songwriter record; it just doesn’t have any words.”
When you’re seeking out powerful rock n’ roll, you search below the surface. There is the shiny and pristine and then there is the subterranean and the primitive. The latter journey will take you across tequila-tangled guitar lines bashed out in basements all across America. This is where you’ll find El Sportivo & The Blooz, a crew who understand the necessity of rawness, urgency, and the sacral strength of working under dim light.
The band recorded in Los Angeles, seeking to capture the dark Santa Ana vibrations that sweep through the eastside hills every fall. Like many great records, it attempts to understand the feeling of both being trapped and being free. It wants to know what’s beneath the crust and mantle.
"I found what I was looking for—a way to balance all my feelings and thoughts about music," Hollowell said. "Making this album reminded me why I started. It was about holding a guitar, writing songs, and playing them in a room with people who understood.
Hindu Pirates, out of Huntington Beach, includes five young dudes (all 18 to 21), who are fusing garage rock and blues…definitely in a similar vein as Fidlar, Allah-Las, The Soft Pack and Surfer Blood. They have all been friends since high school ( which was only about 3 years ago for most of them), where they also launched the band as well. The band has received great support from Hurley (4-son g EP + performing at the upcoming US Open of Surfing with Grouplove and White Arrows). Recently, the guys opened for Delta Spirit and Tijuana Panthers at The Observatory, and have also performed with Allah-Las, Har Mar Superstar, JJMAZ, Gantez Warrior and many other local standouts at well-known venues in OC and LA.
"Rife with skittering summer drum beats, twangy guitar riffs and slap back vocals, the new song "Be My Friend" could fit very snugly into the Pirates’ catalog of dirty, upbeat garage tunes that happily ride the wave of classic sounds a la the Trashmen and the Surfaris and surf rock’s other modern day practitioners." -OC Weekly
WHAT TO EXPECT:
See them at The Echo EVERY MONDAY for their Monday Night Residency!
6.3.13: Hindu Pirates, Blank Tapes, Beach Party, Rainbow Jackson
6.10.13: Hindu Pirates, Dead Ships, The Sinclairs, Blnx
6.17.13 (at Echoplex): Hindu Pirates, Blackfeet Braves, Santoros, Fellow Bohemian
6.24.13: Hindu Pirates, Feeding People, Dirt Dress, Froth
Diving head-first into his singer-songwriter side, Mikal Cronin’s solo project captures his deeply rooted therapeutic process of coming to terms with the feelings of an ensuing break-up, college finally coming to an end, and the geographic isolation of the west-side. Coupled with the guidance of long time friend Ty Segall ranging from collaboration to touring, and the sonically epic recording of Eric Bauer- Mikal Cronin with his sophomore release MCII has reached a new height of creative expression. Just wait until you hear it live.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
More tickets now available! See Mikal Cronin with Pangea & Gap Dream at The Echo on Friday, May 24th for only $12, click here for tickets!