Feels, Drinking Flowers, French Vanilla, and Mark Tester recently performed at Basic Flowers.
And Carlos Garcia (of 360nm) was there to shoot the rad show.
What made you decide to do a residency?
“We have a new album that came out October 2nd on Burger Records called Limbo and we thought we’d do something special to celebrate. The residency is pretty much just an excuse to throw four separate parties with all our favorite bands, friends, and fans. We have lots of fun stuff planned and aim to make each night an experience beyond what you’d expect from a typical show.”
Why did you choose The Echoplex?
“The Echo and Echoplex is an integral part of the L.A. music scene and we’ve been going to shows there for years. One of our first memories is being teenagers and our parents took us to F Yeah Fest in its early years. It was the coolest thing. We also remember seeing Shannon and the Clams play there years ago when we were first starting out and we handed Shannon a copy of our first EP. We were always handing out demos and trying to get shows. Being from Riverside we didn’t know too many people in L.A. and we spent a few years playing to empty rooms so if you would’ve told us we’d have a residency at The Echoplex back then we would’ve freaked out!”
Who are your opening bands?
“We feel like a lot of the same bands always get booked together so we wanted to mix it up and try to get bands from different scenes to join us. We also wanted to bring attention to other talented bands we know of that work really hard to make cool stuff happen. We go way back with a few of the bands. Sweet Bump It, Francisco the Man, and others we have recently met or discovered but we’re so stoked to be playing with all of them.”
What other Los Angeles-based bands do you admire?
“We genuinely admire all the bands that are playing our residency, but there are so many more we love too! If our residency could go on forever we would also love to invite The Blank Tapes, Kim & The Created, Winter, Gothic Tropic, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Feels, Joel Jerome, So Many Wizards, Pearl Charles… There are too many to list!”
Do you have a pre-show ritual?
“We usually like to have one beer to relax and loosen up a little. We’ve also been trying to make time to do some vocal warm ups before we go on.”
What can we expect from your set every week?
“We’ll be playing some new songs off the album that we’re really excited about. We’re also trying something new with Justine [Brown] switching instruments with our guitarist Andy [Moran] and joining me up at the front of the stage for a song or two.”
Will you be playing any covers?
“For the very last night, we’ll be playing a special stripped down acoustic set after our normal set. In addition to some new material we will be playing a couple classic covers. You’ll have to come to the show to find out which ones.”
What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echoplex?
“We hope to make a big splash and throw a good time that attendees will always remember. Hopefully we’ll gain some new fans and bring some new ears to the other bands as well.”
What are you looking forward to the most?
“I had a dream about the residency in which we had an entryway that read “Welcome to Limbo” so we decided to go with that theme. We’re going all out with decorations in hopes of creating a dreamy and strangely surreal atmosphere and have been prepping for that so we can’t wait to see it all come together. We’re also making zine packs for each night which will include a mini-zine with contributions from the bands, a limited edition button, and a sticker featuring our residency artwork done by Amber McCall. It’s a free show so all proceeds from those will go to support the bands and each night will have a different pack. If you collect them all you’ll get a free copy of our album on the last night. Overall we’re also really stoked to share our new songs, see all the bands play, and see all our friends and fans together in one place. It’s going to be a dream!”
Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Cory Hanson (of Wand), and Emmett Kelly (of The Cairo Gang) recently performed acoustic sets at The Satellite. Segall’s set even included a cameo from Laena Geronimo (of Feels) on violin. And of course, MINIVAN Photography was there to shoot the stellar show.
…so Free Bike Valet and MINIVAN Photography recently visited the band at their Echo Park practice space to shoot some pics and ask frontwoman Laena Geronimo some questions as they rehearsed for the upcoming music fest.
What can you tell us about this practice space?
“It’s basically an apartment that’s been used as a practice space for like twelve years. Warpaint used to practice here coincidentally enough. Tashaki Miyaki are friends of ours and brought us in like two years ago. There’s usually four bands total sharing it. Funny thing is it’s right next to the entrance to the Echoplex and there are a lot of windows. Anyone walking by can hear you loud and clear so whenever there’s a line of people it’s more like playing a show than a practice which is kinda weird if you’re working out new material or whatever. There’s also a tax guy in the building who called the cops on us last week. I guess cause it’s tax season and he’s stressing? But it’s a great spot. We feel very at home here.”
Your previous band, Raw Geronimo, performed at the first Desert Daze which was infamously eleven days long. How’d that go?
“Phil [Pirrone] called me on the phone one evening and spent about an hour sharing his ideas for this amazing festival he was putting together –all about the heart and the music! And I told him that of course we’d be happy to get involved. It was pretty insanely ambitious that first year –eleven days! I actually played with Raw Geronimo, Dante Vs. Zombies, and Black Apples so I was there for four days and it was so crazy fun. During the Raw Geronimo set, someone in the audience took a photo of me which we ended up using as the cover of our album Dream Fever weirdly enough.”
To you, what has Desert Daze become?
“Magical desert times!”
How did you feel when you were asked to join the lineup this year?
How are you preparing yourself?
“I don’t foresee doing much preparing myself. Couple jugs of water I guess? But our bass player Amy [Allen] is a total survivalist and I’m sure she’ll make sure we don’t leave anything crucial behind. She’s probably looking up how to slay sandworms right now. Mike [Rudes] will bring lots of sunscreen. Shannon [Lay] will bring snacks. Bandanas are a good idea!”
What can we expect from your set on May 2nd?
“Everything we’ve got.”