Category Archives: Garage Pop Rawk

"Do You Ever?" Music Video by Gal Pals (Premiere)

GalPals_MainSmall_BethBorwellThere’s been a strong movement of grrrl rawk duos (Girlpool, Slutever) tearing up Echo Park and Gal Pals are the latest culprits. Originally from Austin, Jillian Talley and Lauren Mikus fit right in the SoCal garage scene with a minimal approach (guitar, drums) of swift beach-bash pop. Their debut album, Velvet Rut, will drop February 24th via PaperCup Music but for now here’s “Do You Ever?”:

And its “band footage” music video from a trip to perform a few shows in Palm Springs:

Gal Pals will perform tonight (February 10th) at The Monty

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…and at Harvard & Stone on February 11th…

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…and their record release party on February 24th at Los Globos.

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"Stoned To The Bone" by The Cigarette Bums

IMG_4913You can’t be more authentically lo-fi than The Cigarette Bums. The Silver Lake band proudly coats a ceaseless fuzz over their retro garage-pop as if stolen from a long-lost beach bash flick. Fronted by bassist Steven Carrera along with drummer Paul Carter (of Snow Wite) and guitarist Jaime Rosas, the trio is currently recording their next release, Son Of The Bums (Lolipop Records), with Wyatt Blair producing. It’s not due until this summer, but for now you can enjoy “Stoned To The Bone” off their last EP Holy Smokes:

And here’s their self-made tour video featuring the song:

The Cigarette Bums next perform at KXSC Fest this Saturday, March 29th.

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And later that day at Sick City Fest at The Redwood Bar.

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"Heartbreakers" by Rainbow Jackson (Premiere)

DSC_0454Rainbow Jackson has been busy. When they aren’t writing songs or tattooing each other at their communal home in Echo Park (previously shared with Vanaprasta), they’ve been playing every stage, parking lot, and hole in the wall throughout the city –or at least skating around it. Their raw guitar riffs allow them to blend in with the garage rock crowd, but lying beneath their denim vests is a heart for epic melodies. Their second EP, Perpetual Summer, will be released digitally on February 18th and via vinyl on March 5th by Kill/Hurt Records. Here’s its opening track “Heartbreakers” which shreds like a Southern rock ripper:

“You had me at, ‘Do you like Tom Petty?'”

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"Alan, I'm In Love" By Criminal Hygiene

IMG_6757According to Echo Park dive bar lore, Criminal Hygiene formed after guitarist Michael Fiore and bassist James Pratley Watson ate some burgers, got really drunk, and recorded some songs. The college student duo soon became a skate rat trio when mustachioed Sean “Bird Man” Erickson joined on drums and they’ve managed to spit out abrasive garage-pop rawk ever since. They’re almost self-titled debut album, CRMNL HYGNE LP (Small Smile Records), was released earlier this year and features seventeen curt tracks that would make any pioneer punk proud.

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The album was also released on cassette today via Under The Gun Records. Check out their latest single “Alan, I’m In Love”:

Instead of gradually creating music videos for each consecutively released single, Criminal Hygiene boldly created an “album video” by assigning each track to a different director and giving them one week to shoot it. The short production timeframe was meant to mirror the same amount of time used to record the album. The result is a forty minute collection of seventeen music videos that includes half-naked girls in dinosaur costumes, drag queens, skateboarding, bathtub murder scenes, lonesome roads, and classic Skinemax footage:

Criminal Hygiene continues their May residency at The Bootleg tonight with The Phils, Beach Party, and Whippoorwill. And it’s free!

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