The Tambo Rays, Turquoise Noise, Lilyer, and Blond Ambition recently performed at The Hi Hat.
And photog Mallory Turner was there to shoot the fun show and capture some portraits.
The Squids return by leaking the first single, “I Do You Do,” off their debut LP, O SHREK YES, which drops September 16th via Lolipop Records. Recorded by the reliably rad Wyatt Blair at Lolipop Studios, the song is everything to expect from the Highland Park-based band: a garage rawk blast of surf pop with a punk tempo and lo-fi edge.
“Why don’t you decide if it’s time to have some fun?”
The Squids‘ record release show is on September 17th at The Hi-Hat.
When Ihui Wu isn’t playing keyboards for various indie acts (Sanglorians, Light FM, Simone White), she’s creating dreamy, orchestral synth-pop out of her cottage in Highland Park as Polartropica. Her forthcoming debut EP, Astrodreams, is chock-full with danceable pop beats, swirly synth arrangements, and video game-ish effects which she claims is a “space adventure that everyone can be a part of.” Here’s her first whimsical single, “Light Up the Sky,” which features Morgan Paros (of Sanglorians and Hunter Hunted) on violin.
“I can still feel the warm smile on your face.”
Polartropica will perform on December 19th at OSSO.
Billie Eilish is a Highland Park-based youngster who recently decided to collaborate with her big brother Finneas O’Connell (of The Slightlys). The result is “Ocean Eyes” –a hypnotic trip-pop smash built on delicate digi-beats, surreal synth effects, and Eilish’s angelically soft vox.
“Can’t stop staring at those ocean eyes.”
Wages consists of four “super nice dudes” based in Highland Park who strike a beautiful balance between woozy indie rock and melodic jangle pop. Here’s the first catchy single, “We Reign,” off their forthcoming third EP, Sacre Coeur, which is the second release of a conceptual trilogy.
“Into the night, dreams disappear.”
Wages will perform on November 14th at El Cid.
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!”
The Squids return by conglomerating their three EPs (Terror, Maniac Mansion, Wizard of Loneliness) into a collective album, DOUCHE DOUCHE BABAGHANOUSH, via Lolipop Records. Every track was recorded in their Highland Park house on an analog two-inch tape machine including the bubblegum, garage pop rawk single “Damn Dude”:
“I’m freaking out when I’m touched.”
The Highland Park-based duo Royal Tongues returns by leaking the single “Chasing Down A Feeling.” The song may open with guitar lines but soon the tempo rises due to crescendoing synth blasts, pogo digi-beats, and signature bops of poptastic bliss.
“We’re gonna rise and watch the night become our day.”