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Cocovan (Interview)

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We recently became obsessed with the glam popstress Cocovan and her femme-pop anthem “Mirage of Us.” And we wanted to know more about the repetitive LA transplant, so we interviewed her as photographer Kristin Cofer shot some pics.

You’re a native Parisian, but you love to spend time in LA. What keeps bringing you back?

“I like Paris a lot, but like every place it can get repetitive and I like the major contrast that LA can provide. The two cities are very different yet complementary. The first time I came here was ten years ago and I’ve been coming back every time I need a little sunshine, palm tree, and a kale smoothie.”

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Do you believe what city you’re in affects your music?

“Absolutely. I love absorbing the aesthetics of a city and its musical background. And it definitely taints my work musically and visually. The part of LA that inspires me the most is Hollywood, the David Lynch atmosphere, as well as the ’80s neons and vintage cars in a glorious sunset.”

What’s the biggest difference between the music scene in LA versus Paris?

“The LA music scene is more active than the Paris one at the moment. There have been a lot of interesting scenes in Paris at different periods but I feel like right now is a down moment. LA is where it’s happening right now. All of my New York musician friends moved here too.”

Your latest single, “Mirage of Us,” is a retro-pop power hit. What influenced its creation?

“I was craving organic sounds and groove so I exclusively listened to ’70s and ’80s jams for months: Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Shalamar, the Bee Gees. And I started adding more reverb everywhere in my music. I guess that’s how the overall sound for the song happened but I wasn’t over thinking it much.”

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You also produced the song yourself. Was this really challenging?

“It was definitely a bit challenging even though I’ve actually been into producing for a while. My approach to producing is more old school –more spending a lot of time perfecting every sound. I feel like that’s not always the case anymore nowadays. My ex-boyfriend is a music producer and guitarist and he is the one that got me into it. I use Ableton mostly, a zillion plug-ins, and some analog synths depending on what I have at hand or where I’m recording.”

What can you tell us about your next single, “Chic,” and its music video?

“‘Chic’ is my favorite song I’ve ever done. It is really optimistic and fun and empowering. It is about letting go of your bad past relationships and being confident that you’re going to meet the right person one day. My friends and our broken hearts inspired the song. I shot the music video in London. I directed it and had the best team of friends to help me make it come to life.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming EP?

“The EP is still untitled for now and I think it will come out in the beginning of next year. The general vibe is definitely positive and hopeful. It has a smooth and dreamy vibe to it yet a lot of strength I think. And slap bass.”

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What do you hope to achieve while you’re still in LA?

“Well… to get my driver’s license.”

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Kid Cadaver (Interview)

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Kid Cadaver recently released their third EP, Roam, which continues their signature formula of danceable, frolicsome indie rock pop with edgy effects –but this time there’s also an underlying sense of energetic confidence. We wanted to know more about the album so photographer Christian Bourdeau met up with the trio in the Arts District to shoot some pics while we asked frontman Ray Venta some questions.

Where does the title of your new EP, Roam, come from?

“In the song ‘Claws’ there is a line that says ‘We’ve been roaming around on it haven’t we?’ which is meant to mean ‘We’ve been exploring this issue exhaustively.’ Naming things is the hardest part of releasing music for some reason. It’s bizarre! We write the songs and then the album is complete and we have almost no titles. We should start asking our fans.”

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What is the EP’s overall theme?

“I think Kid Cadaver‘s lyrical themes have been consistently about being confused in life. I hadn’t noticed until I just started trying to think about it. There are love songs and there are other kinds of songs but that ambivalence factor is usually present.”

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How is this EP different from your last?

“We decided to back the effects down quite a bit. Just letting the song breath more and be heard more clearly. We love drowning things in effects but I think we just wanted to try to really let the songs shine through this time around.”

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You recorded at theLAB Studios with producer Frankie Siragusa again. What made you return?

“Frankie is amazing. He consistently does excellent work. Ask anyone who he’s recorded. We’ve known him for years now and is really one of our best friends at this point. It was a no brainer decision.”

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The album art is rad. Who made it and how does it represent the album?

“We had this great album cover made by local L.A. artist Rebecca Ramirez –who did the cover piece on our self-titled EP as well– but when we got it we were so blown away that we felt like we had to write the album that is represented by that cover fresh –with the cover in mind. We ended up shelving that artwork for our next release and getting Frankie, Rebecca, and myself in a room together twelve hours before the deadline for the cover and staying up til 3:00 AM making sure we had something. The text is Rebecca’s handwriting, the flower mountain was my idea with Rebecca’s influence, and Frankie added the final touches. We love how it turned out.”

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Your music video for “New Friends” is hilariously fun. How did you recruit the people for the teams?

“Oh, that video was so fun. It’s crazy. Frankie somehow escaped the video but Grace Kelly and Fil Thorpe-Evans from the U.K. band Neck Deep made cameos. It was awesome. The rest of the cast was gathered by a fan turned friend named Ari. She’s awesome.”

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What can we expect from you next?

“Expect a music video for the new single ‘Keep Well’ soon. We’re also hoping to hit the East Coast by the end of this year, then the West Coast again the beginning of next year. Another release will probably happen early next year as well. We’ll see how many songs we wanna put out. And shows in L.A. of course.”

Kid Cadaver continues their October residency tonight (October 12th) at the Bootleg Theater.

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Allie X (Interview)

IMG_4501Allie X recently performed her US live debut at the Bootleg Theater.

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And photographer Matt Benton met up with the pop artist to shoot some pics before the show as FBV asked some questions.

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Your last name is “X.” You call your fans “X’s.” And you use the letter in various thematic hashtags such as #feelingX and #Xmeanything. When exactly did you become infatuated with the letter “X”?

“When I became X, I did so because of the freedom it gave me to Xplore the unknown and the anonymity it granted me to wipe my past away.”

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Since you’re a classically trained pianist, do you start writing all of your songs on the piano?

“I used to. Now it’s a combination of writing at a piano or a computer. It’s useful to write in all sorts of different environments and confuse yourself into getting a sound you haven’t before.”

Judging by your debut EP’s title, CollXtion I, we assume there will be more EPs of the same name or do you plan to release an LP?

“It is the beginning of a series of CollXtions which is neither an LP or an EP.”

How did you come up with the idea for your famous spinning GIFs?

“I was inspired by the memory of spinning as a child until I became dizzy and would purposely fall to the floor and close my eyes. The feeling of being suspended as the world turned around me was what I began to think of as #feelingX. The GIFs were a way to represent that visually.”

What can you tell us about your next music video?

“Top secret!”

You also released an autobiographical comic book called The Story of X. Will it have a sequel?

“Yes. Each CollXtion will feature another chapter in The Story of X. It is a comic book, but to a real comic book fan it probably comes across as more of a children’s book. I chose the comic as the medium for my story because that is how I see it when I think back now. Renata Morales did the illustrations and I’d be honored to work with her again –though that isn’t confirmed.”

You’ve recently been collaborating with Troye Sivan and LELAND. How did you come to work with these artists?

LELAND and I got set up by our publishers in a session and we hit it off and became writing partners. Troye tweeted about me and then we DM-ed and found out we were mutual friends with LELAND. We have written a bunch of songs for Troye. One is on his EP, WILD, which is released worldwide this Friday. And we have written songs for me as well.”

You’re rarely seen without sunglasses, do you have a large collection or do you stick to a few favorites?

“I have a moderate collXtion. I tend to stick to the same ones for a few months and then switch. My favorite pair right now are by Colab –an Australian brand.”

We know Katy Perry is a big fan of yours and has promoted you via Twitter. Have you had the chance to thank her in person?

“Yes. We met shortly after ‘the tweet’ at a party she threw.”

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Raw Fabrics (Interview)

Raw Fabrics (4 of 19)Raw Fabrics recently performed a relaibly stellar set at The Roxy for their EP release show.

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So Louven Reyes met up with the band to shoot some pics and ask frontman Jack B. Franco some questions.

What is the biggest difference between your last EP, Gold Handcuffs, and your new EP,
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“On Gold Handcuffs, we approached writing as any rock band would. On this [new] one we wrote songs around loops and ideas –like the idea to write a song around a chant of the word ‘beast.’ That was the main difference from our first EP to the second one. I think with the music being more intense the lyrics also lean that way too.”

Where does your self-described use of “jungle drums” come from?

“When the band was first starting we knew we wanted to have a couple of sounds that we kept going back to. Having the floor toms sound really massive and plastic-y was really cool to us –like you have this organic drum set with over the top tom drums. Just a cool shade to the sound.”

Is it true some of the lyrics were recorded ad lib?

“Some of them were. I’ll be in the studio and start messing around and stumble on something really great. For the most part on this EP I went into it with lyrics written already. On the Gold Handcuffs song ‘Every Single Time,’ lyrics were written on the spot. They just felt right. There is a certain energy about making something up on the spot that is really great.”

How did you recruit your new EP’s renown producer, Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with artists such as Morrissey, U2, and The Strokes?

“I wish there was a really great story but we were throwing names out there to see who we wanted to work with and our manager got in touch with Joe Chiccarelli. Originally I talked to him about working on Gold Handcuffs but schedules didn’t work out. We actually hired him to engineer the EP which means he recorded all of the live instruments. Then after that we put the songs on my computer and I played the role of producer to finish them and make them sound exactly how we wanted. It was great tracking with Joe. It was a really fast paced session because we only had about twelve hours to record all five songs. He’s got great stories about recording legendary artists that made the coffee breaks that much better.”

What inspired the new EP’s cover art?

“We came up with the Plastic Joy EP art. We photographed the plastic water bottles ourselves. It took a while to capture it perfectly. We thought that by actually using plastic on the cover we could emphasize and draw attention to the meaning of Plastic Joy. We knew we wanted it to be visually simple, which is something we enjoy a lot about [Andy] Warhol’s aesthetic.”

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What do you plan on releasing next?

“Up next I think you may see our third EP.”

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The Family Crest at Outside Lands (Interview)

IMG_5427The Family Crest recently performed at Outside Lands.

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And photographer Matt Benton caught up with the band to shoot some pics and ask bandleader Liam McCormick some questions.

As a band from San Francisco, what does performing at Outside Lands mean to you?

“Playing a festival like Outside Lands is always exciting. Playing one in your city is even more thrilling. When John [Seeterlin] and I formed the band, we had a short list of goals for our career with Outside Lands being one of the primary. We were extremely humbled and excited by the entire situation. Being placed up on bill with bands like Wilco, St. Vincent, and Mumford and Sons is just… there are no words. It makes you want to work harder, honestly. After that show, we’re going to do everything we can to come back. Who knows, maybe someday we can headline?”

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What do you always want your audience to experience during your set?

“More than anything we want our fans to have a good time. We’re so lucky that we have people that want to come out and see us do what we do that it’s our goal to always play as hard as we can with as much energy as possible. I would say to anyone new to our show that they should expect to move, sing, and get sweaty. Our fans are amazing and really passionate about getting involved in the show and will make you feel extremely welcome.”

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We’re very impressed with the music collective aspect of the band, but we’ve always wondered how do you choose who goes on tour?

“Honestly, it totally depends on who asks to play and what the stage setup is looking like. For small rooms and intimate settings, it can be hard to throw someone up on stage simply because they don’t fit. Usually people will send us a message and we’ll chat with them about what they play, how long they’ve been playing, what songs they really love, and then if we can make it work: I’ll get music ready for them and send it out. I encourage people that want to do it –but aren’t comfortable or confident enough to jump on stage right off the bat– to ask for music and then to practice it with the album until they are ready. That way they’ll be focusing less on the notes on the page and more on just having a good time. When someone gets up on stage with us we feed off of each other’s energy. It’s such a good time.”

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Are you always actively recruiting new members?

“For the most part I’ve always just asked people if they play music right off the bat when I’m meeting them and tell them we’d love to find a place for them whatever they do. So in that sense, I guess we’re always recruiting. Collaborating with people is a great way to make new friends and learn about music on a very grass roots level. We have a lot of people come out and ask to play as well, so you get this awesome amalgamation of all sorts of different types of people. I love when someone that plays an instrument that I’ve never written for asks to join the group. I get to go explore and research a new instrument and usually I end up getting fairly close to whoever that person is as I try to pick their brain about their instrument quite a bit. It’s extremely fun to see what colors you can create from new sounds.”

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Does The Family Crest have a lot of side projects?

“We actually don’t have any side projects. We’re all extremely invested in the success of our group so our focus really is just on The Family Crest. We do collaborate with a lot of groups though. I love to be involved in projects where all I have to do is come in and sing or play guitar for something. For me I feel so much less pressure when I’m a guest artist. Everyone in the group loves doing stuff like that.”

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What are you the most proud of about your latest album Beneath the Brine?

“Personally, I’m really proud of the orchestral arrangements on that album. I began to learn how to compose music through this band and have been so fortunate to be able to sit in and learn so much about writing music through the amazing musicians involved in our group. The writing I did on Beneath the Brine was the first orchestrated music I was really proud of. I think the cool thing about music is that you’re always learning and therefore always getting better. The next album is going to be epic.”

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What can you tell us about the next album?

“I’m pretty secretive about this upcoming project. All I’m going to say is that it is an album and a project. Theres a bunch of fun stuff going on right now. I can’t wait for y’all to hear it!”

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WATERS at Outside Lands (Interview)

IMG_6758WATERS recently performed at Outside Lands.

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And photographer Matt Benton caught up with the band to shoot some pics and ask frontman Van Pierszalowski some questions.

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As a band from San Francisco, what does performing at Outside Lands mean to you?

“It’s an amazing feeling. Having lived in the Bay for so many years, I’ve always dreamed of playing OSL. Not just because it’s in our own backyard, but also just because it’s such a well curated festival every year in such a beautiful setting.”

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What do you always want your audience to take away from your set?

“I want the audience to feel like they were a part of the show. As a performer, I know how important the crowd is to the performance. We always like to get them involved in the show a little more, either by having them scream along to certain parts or –in the case of our set at OSL– have them rip open pinatas and throw candy all around the crowd.”

What is the biggest difference between your last album, Out In The Light, and your new album What’s Real?

“They are very different records. What’s Real is definitely a bigger sounding record with more pop hooks while Out In The Light has more of a garage-y feel. I would say the production and songwriting are the most different aspects of the two records.”

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Do you agree with the frequent comparisons to ’90s alt-rock acts?

To some extent, yes. The bands that made me want to play guitar in the first place were Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, The Cranberries, etcetera and I definitely drew on those influences more for this record. That being said, I think there’s enough modern production elements to make this record stand out from that pack.

How did you meet and recruit What’s Real‘s record producers Ryan Rabin and Carlos De La Garza?

Ryan is in Grouplove and I knew they were fans of my old band Port O’Brien. And we had a few mutual friends so that came together pretty naturally. I kept hearing Carlos’ name come up and I really loved the sound of the records he was behind.

When can we expect new music from you and your former keyboardist Marte Solbakken’s project Elskling?

“Soon! She is finishing up some recordings now with Sune [Rose Wagner] from The Raveonettes. I’ve heard a couple of the mixes and they are some of my favorite songs ever. Keep your eyes and ears on high alert.”

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The Wild Reeds at Outside Lands (Interview)

IMG_8889Indie rock folksters The Wild Reeds recently performed at Outside Lands.

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And photographer Matt Benton caught up with the band to shoot some pics and ask co-frontwoman Sharon Silva some questions.

As a band from California, what does performing at Outside Lands mean to you?

“It’s been a really cool opportunity to play and to see other friends play along side us –old and new– at the festival. We love playing in San Francisco in general so it was really neat to join in on a big time festival like Outside Lands. It is certainly an adventure. And the folks over at Camp Grounded made for a great time. We hope to join the ranks next year as well.”

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What do you always want your audience to take away from your set?

“Whenever we attend a live show, we want to feel the emotion coming off of the stage. When we play a show, we want to give the same feeling. We want the audience to feel the energy that we give off and to feed off of it. We love it when show-goers come up afterwards and tell us how much of an impression was left by our lyrics. It means a lot to know that people can relate to what we write. We hope that people can take away some inspiration in some form whether it be a nostalgic feeling of warmth or a hopeful feeling of connectedness and promotion of honesty. My favorite that I’ve been told is that they feel ‘home’ when they listen. That is too incredible and gives me chills.”

Why is three the magic number for harmonies?

“Three is a number of completion. And when it comes to harmonies it feels the fullest when it comes to our style of music. We all admit –including the Nicks– that it’s hard to imagine let alone sing along to a song without a harmony. Though it’s an odd number, it’s a wonderful balance, especially when we have one person on lead and the others adding the correct beauty and padding that is needed. For more information, I do strongly suggest watching the Schoolhouse Rock video –I definitely just watched it on YouTube and it’s still amazing.”

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Now that you’re officially a quintet, how has your sound evolved?

“Our songs have reached a higher potential now. And we can let ourselves get into the music a little more now that we have an additional backbone to the group with a rhythm section. We still enjoy performing as a three-piece and doing acoustic songs, but there are some newer and extremely emotional and anthem-like songs we’ve been starting to perform and it’s been really nice to make the sound louder and to cater to the dramatics of them. It’s always been about what’s true to the song and catering to its needs so it totally depends on the overall vibe. We’re able to reach into a wider variety of genres now, some more with a rock edge, while still maintaining our harmony-driven folk heart.”

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Where does the title of your latest album, Blind and Brave, come from?

“Our title track seemed to encompass the album being that the songs were commonly ‘coming of age’ stories and experiences. Our title track is about determination, encouragement, and knowledge. Though the word ‘blind’ has a weak connotation, in this case we use it as positive one. When you’re young you often have no idea what’s coming around the corner or where to go to find yourself in a new place, but that’s part of what’s beautiful is not knowing. You know?”

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How did you meet and recruit the album’s producer: Raymond Richards?

“We met him through a mutual friend who saw us perform at The Satellite in Silver Lake a few years ago. We had been looking for a producer and we hit it off with him. It was a great time making the record. It was like a memorable summer camp.”

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What can you tell us about your next release?

“We have a fair amount of new songs to choose from for this new release. It’s just a matter of organizing them now. We have recorded some tracks but we’re still very much in the beginning stages. We are hopeful to pick up the pace with recording but these things take time so we’re trying to be patient while sitting on this mound of new material. We’ve been able to perform many of our new songs in the past couple of tours so as we steadily release new material live we hope that the release will not be too far off. However, we do not have a release date yet or a title. I wouldn’t say that we necessarily have a ‘new’ sound, but we have definitely freed ourselves to tap into a few different genres. You’ll see!”

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Ofelia K. (Interview)

IMG_9164Popstress Ofelia K. has only leaked two tracks off her forthcoming debut EP (dropping August 25th via South By Sea), but she’s already wooed the blogosphere’s colletive heart by having an uncanny ability to play with blatant pop without getting stuck in bubblegum kitsch.

We wanted to learn more about the indie pop darling so we teamed up with David Evanko of MINIVAN Photography to shoot some pics and ask some questions in and around her Box Canyon hood and the Malibu Lagoon.

Out of all the places to live in L.A., how did you end up in beautiful Box Canyon?

“One day I was just looking at all of the green, nature areas on the map around L.A. and there it was. I’ve lived in other areas of the city but really like Box Canyon because it’s peaceful and has a southwestern vibe. They used to shoot old westerns like The Lone Ranger and Zorro here. It’s kind of a secret hideaway canyon –which is nice.”

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What’s your favorite thing to do around here?

“Probably running and hiking with my dog in the hills. My house is a little oasis with a big garden. It’s a great place for creativity and writing music.”

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How did your previous music project, wanderhouse, come to an end?

Doctor Rosen Rosen and I started wanderhouse together and we released three songs. They were atmospheric and had a melancholy feel. I started my solo project because I was itching to make more music and liked the idea of doing something in the pop realm. He worked on my EP with me: co-writing two of the songs and producing three of them.”

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Your debut single, “White T-Shirt,” went viral. What do you think is its magic formula?

“Maybe it’s the combination of players involved? Ben Cassorla, Patrick Lynch, and I co-wrote it together –all bringing our different styles to the table. Ben started the production and added a lot of the organic elements. Then I took it to Mighty Mike [of KOLAJ] who worked his magic and gave it a nice pop glaze.”

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Is there a story behind its title and lyrics?

“To me, this is a song about memories and time passing and the strange, sad, beautiful feeling of nostalgia. The white t-shirt part is a memory in my head from when I was younger.”

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What can we expect from your debut EP dropping August 25th via South By Sea?

“We’re going to release each song as a single which will form the EP. So there will be four songs in all plus a rad remix of ‘White T-Shirt!'”

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How did you originally meet your EP’s other producers: Ben Cassorla and Mighty Mike?

“They were both friends of Doctor Rosen Rosen so he introduced me. Mighty Mike was in the studio next to DRR and I used to see him there a lot. I did a lot of writing with Ben for this EP. We also consumed a lot of smoothies and peanuts.”

Have you started working on your debut LP yet?

“I’m always writing and making demos but haven’t actually started the process of working with a producer or anything yet.”

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VÉRITÉ (Feature)

IMG_4989VÉRITÉ recently performed at The Echoplex for Popshop West.

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So MINIVAN Photography and Free Bike Valet met up with her to shoot some pics and ask some questions.

Do people often mispronounce your moniker?

“Less often than you’d think. More commonly people are hesitant to say it at all until they know the actual pronunciation.”

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What have you enjoyed the most while on tour?

“Everything. Literally. I love being on the go twenty four seven. I don’t do well with free time so prolonged periods of focus are the dream.”

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What’s the biggest difference between your debut EP Sentiment and your recent follow-up Echo?

Sentiment, to me, is an extension of Echo. It was produced more in the box but with a similar writing process.”

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How did you come to collaborate with writer/producer Zach Nicita on one song?

“Serendipity. The track for ‘Colors’ was sent over to me and I wrote the chorus within five minutes of hearing it. From there we worked on finalizing structure, sounds, etcetera.”

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What can we expect from you next?

“If I had my way, I’d leak a few singles. For now, I’m stocking an arsenal of songs and playing live. Looking forward to the rest of this year and next.”

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Fakers booked for August residency at The Echo (Feature)

band2Don’t call them a supergroup, but Fakers consists of former members of Piebald, The Henry Clay People, Vanaprasta, and Summer Darling. And naturally they were booked for August’s Monday residency at The Echo.

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So Free Bike Valet and photographer Amanda Paganini (of Kissing Cousins) recently hung out with the band during practice to shoot some pics and ask vocalist/guitarist Joey Siara some questions.

What made you decide to do a residency?

“Aside from the simple joy of playing rock and roll with your buddies, we are doing the residency to celebrate our very first official release –a seven inch called Personality Voices. Also, I dig the whole residency thing. It really forces the band to get better. We don’t want to phone in the same set each night so we’re trying to write like two new songs per practice. Milestones and deadlines are important, right?”

Why did you choose The Echo?

“I’ve spent many-a-Monday night at The Echo over the years. A lot of fond memories. Some blurry. Some weighed down with Taco Zone burritos. My old band [The Henry Clay People] did a residency back in January of 2008 –I think? And I just freaked myself out realizing that was more than seven years ago. It was a cool little moment. We met a bunch of great bands and more importantly made a bunch of fantastic friends. Another happy Echo memory: we, the old band, opened for Mission of Burma there a few years later which was a nice little notch on the things-I-never-thought-I’d-ever-get-to-do list.”

Who are your opening bands?

“We’re still working out the lineup. There are five dudes in the band and five nights of the residency so we’re each booking a night. I know that The Pretty Flowers and The Western Lows are playing –two of my favorite local bands and filled with some of my favorite people. Also, there are a couple of nights where various members of Fakers will play more than one set: side projects, main projects, former bands. Again, still working out the details.”

What other Los Angeles-based bands do you admire?

“Besides the bands I already mentioned: Geronimo Getty, Heathers, Wyld RiversThe World RecordKaroshi Mode, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. The list could go on but I’ll spare you for now. I know the other dudes in Fakers probably have different tastes but those are some of my favorites.”

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Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“We huddle in a circle and everyone airs one grievance. It could be a bad haircut, a hangover, or the fact that someone else in the band sucked during soundcheck. Then we take a swig of something and get out there on stage.”

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What can we expect from your set every week? 

“Passive-aggressive glares. Amp climbing prowess. Microphones that just won’t stay in a mic stand.”

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Will you be playing any covers?

“Great question. And I don’t have an answer. We initially wanted to do one different cover per night but since we’re a relatively new band I think we all agreed that we should probably write some more songs instead. But nothing decisive yet.”

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What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echo?

“I like to set the bar low. Expect nothing. And if anything positive happens: cool. Honestly, I really hope to see some old friends out there. As we get older folks get married and have babies and have to wake up early for real jobs and all of the above forces them to sort of bow out from the music scene, but it’d be great to wrangle some of the old guard back out on a school night. Make them call a babysitter.”

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What are you looking forward to the most?

“The possibility of a lasting memory.”

Amanda Paganini: Website, Twitter

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