Night Riots, Atlas Genius, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness recently performed at the Crystal Ballroom.
And photog Mallory Turner was there to shoot the show.
baako is a band of Agoura Hills natives who recently released their debut EP Drive. Mixed by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Mr Little Jeans, Night Riots), the album is a solid collection of grooving, melodic pop rock with a retro tinge. Here’s the opening track, “Discohead,” which is a captivating burst of detailed guitarwork and catchy rhythms.
“Gonna lay my heart down to get off the ground.”
Sympathetic Frequencies returns by leaking another single, “Wake Up,” off their forthcoming sophomore EP. Produced by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Night Riots, HUNNY) and featuring a new drummer (Brian Henspeter –touring member of Superhumanoids and Hunter Hunted), the song is a welcomed progression to the band’s melodic indie rock via sharp pedal effects, thick driving rhythms, and a very passionate edge.
“I’ve been playing dead so well.”
Night Riots decided to record an acoustic version of the opening track, “Oh My Heart,” from their recently released EP Howl (Sumerian Records). By exchanging glitchy choral vocals and digital effects for an accordion and banjo, the band allowed the song to breathe and expose its naturally upbeat, melodic core. And of course, frontman Travis Hawley’s riveting voice does not subside and the result is a very crisp delivery.
“So close, I feel you breathe in…”
Night Riots recently released their second EP, Howl, via Sumerian Records. The collection was produced by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Waaves) and continues the Templeton band’s epic blasts of indie rock pop with a gloomy, romantic edge via melodic hooks, new wave synths, and Travis Hawley’s soaring vox. Here’s their latest single “Break”:
And its aptly eerie vignette video featuring antique film cuts of lovers kissing:
Night Riots will soon be on tour.
Night Riots is a revamped rock act (formerly known as PK) from the Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo. Their debut single “Spiders” hints at their new appropriate moniker as it carries a deep hum of gloom like a staggering coastal fog. It’s only when Travis Hawley’s vocals start to soar that the track begins to lift. And when it does, it shines. The song’s music video was directed by Peej Phillips and is a black and white montage of a pretty girl lip syncing interrupted by shots of time lapsed clouds, an increasing number counter, and vintage footage among other things: