Category Archives: Electro Pop

"Why Don't You Save Me" by Kan Wakan (NoMBe remix)

032Psych soul popsters Kan Wakan recently asked their favorite artists and producers to remix their debut LP Moving On. Twenty three reimagined songs later (certain tracks were selected multiple times), the meta-titled Moving On Remixed (Noisetrade) proves how the band’s diverse orchestral soundscape is ripe for creative collaboration. And for the stirring “Why Don’t You Save Me,” the (now) duo recruited neo-soulster NoMBe to give it a proper electro-pop makeover which twists the original beyond recognition:

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Interview with Parade of Lights

ParadeOfLightsPressPhoto2_CreditKathrynHancockParade Of Lights‘ second EP, Golden, recently dropped on March 28th via Astralwerks. Replete with blasts of synth-pop and electro rock, the songs are perfect SoCal party anthems.


We wanted to learn more about the group so we sent vocalist/guitarist Ryan Daly a few questions.

We know how you and Anthony met, but how were Randy and Michelle recruited to complete the line-up?

“Anthony and I have known Randy since 2006. We played in various bands together and parted ways for a bit after Polus went on hiatus. We went on to take on session gigs individually, and after those fizzled we formed Parade of Lights. After a couple quick lineup changes, Anthony and I reconnected with Randy and the core of POL was solidified. As for Michelle, the first time I saw her she was playing in another band and I knew she’d be a perfect fit. So… I stalked her on Facebook. At first she was committed to her band but decided after speaking with a mutual friend she was ready for something new. By this point, I had asked her to play with us three or four times.”

Do you think Los Angeles and/or SoCal has a new sound? How does your band fit into it?

“In my experience, L.A. has always been a hodgepodge of different sounds. A lot of new music seems to be leaning electronic; which I like. That being said, there are still plenty of rock bands coming out of L.A. too. I don’t feel there is any cohesive ‘sound’ coming specifically out of Los Angeles. I’ve never felt that we’ve fit anywhere to be honest. We’ve played tons of L.A. shows where we stuck out like a sore thumb and people had a hard time deciding whether to put their drinks down to clap or not. We just do what we do as genuinely as possible.”

You mention iconic bands such as Failure, My Bloody Valentine, and Depeche Mode as major inspirations, but your sound tends to be more pop oriented. Where does this come from?

“What inspires us about those bands is the sounds they create. We love lush, cinematic, and overblown sounds. And we incorporate those into what we do; which could be classified as pop. Those bands inspire us, but we also love pop music. We were blasting Madonna in the van today. To me, personally, nothing is as effective as a great pop song. Our goal is to combine all of the above.”

Your new EP Golden is stellar and leaves us craving more. Do you know the title and release date of your debut full-length?

“Thank you. At the moment, no. But we are working on new material for a full-length.”

Parade Of Lights is currently on tour with X Ambassadors.


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"Who Knows" Music Video by BEGINNERS

1392061529Sam_Barbera_JW_156Silver Lake‘s BEGINNERS is the new project of vocalist Samantha Barbera (of grease punkers Holy Fever) and producer Nick Ruth —both former Malbec bandmates. They became reacquainted while attending a Foster The People concert (which also includes former Malbec member Mark Pontius) and decided to collaborate once again. Their self-titled debut EP was recently released and delivers a solid diverse collection of edgy electro pop –a sound neither may have touched before. The tracks vary with epic hooks, airy synths, or driving riffs but all thrive off of Barbera’s authentic passion.


Here’s their campy music video (shot throughout Downtown) for their new single “Who Knows”:

BEGINNERS will next perform tomorrow (Saturday, April 5th) at the Bootleg Theater along with Mr Little Jeans and Babes.

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"Golden" by Parade Of Lights

_w4a4420Drummer Anthony Improgo and vocalist/guitarist Ryan Daly originally met in 2006 to form the band Polus. The group went defunct after releasing one EP, but four years later fate reunited the two songwriters while on tour in Australia for separate bands. The artistic bromance rekindled and Parade Of Lights was born. Now a Silver Lake-based quartet, they claim supremo shoegazers My Bloody Valentine and spacial alt-rockers Failure as influences, but every one of their songs is an undeniable party anthem replete with blasts of synth-pop and electro rock (a la Youngbood Hawke‘s breakout hit “We Come Running“). This is the new direction of SoCal pop rock (and we love it). Parade Of Lights‘ second EP, Golden, drops today via Astralwerks. Here’s its title track:

Parade Of Lights will be touring in April with X Ambassadors.


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"Johnny Kiss" by Okapi Sun

Photoby_Andre_Couturier_Matret-Okapi_Sun-s2_5283Maren “Leo” Parusel (the red-head) and Gabriela “Dallas” Sanchez (not the red-head) originally met in a Berlin nightclub but later teamed up in North Park to create a self-described “tribal pop dance party” as Okapi Sun. The chick duo just leaked the first single (“Johnny Kiss”) off their debut LP Techno Prisoners (Phaedra Records) which drops on Tuesday, April 29th and was recorded by Ethan Allen (of Gram Rabbit) and Neal H. Pogue (Janelle Monae, M.I.A.). Laced with shameless electro fun, the album will make you wish more EDM ravers picked up instruments:

Okapi Sun will next perform this Saturday, February 1st at Hotel Cafe.


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