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Night Beats, Warbly Jets, The Relationship (Show Pics)

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Night Beats, Warbly Jets, and The Relationship recently performed at The Echo.

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And photog Sheva Kafai was there to shoot the show.

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SWIMM booked for January residency at The Echo

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SWIMM has been booked for the January residency at The Echo.

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So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai caught up with the band at their warehouse residence (and recording studio) in Lincoln Heights to shoot some 120mm pics and ask frontman Chris Hess some questions.

What made you decide to do a residency?

“We have always looked at a residency as a rite of passage for an LA band. It wasn’t a conscious decision but we had started discussing the idea of trying to do one within the year and then quite serendipitously Liz [Garo] from The Echo asked us to lunch and offered the January residency. It was a nerve-wracking and exciting prospect.”

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Why did you want to do it at The Echo?

“The first show I ever went to in LA was at The Echo. It was downstairs to see The Presets –and Crystal Castles opened up for them. From that point on that place held this mystique. Over the years when we would visit LA we would always go to shows there. We saw The Growlers play their residency there, and since we have moved here two years ago I’ve made it a point to try and get to a show there a few times a month if not a week. It is one of those places you can just trust. If a band is playing The Echo it usually means they will fit into the wheelhouse of good taste. That is why we wanted to play there so badly and it took a while to. It is famously difficult to get booked at The Echo which only added to the mystique for the first year and a half we lived here. My favorite shows [there] have been Chad Vangaalen and Ice Age –both were totally different but had a really memorable vibe.”

How did you choose the opening bands for your residency?

“We’ve been lucky enough to play with a lot of rad bands here over the last two years. That has been the coolest part about the residency: just getting to share a night with your friends and having everyone feed off each other has felt really cool every Monday. My favorite thing about my friends’ bands is that even if they are my best friends, our [opening] bands all sound totally different. It makes for a lot of things to draw inspiration from.”

What other Los Angeles-based bands do you respect?

“Our roommates and best buds are in Sego. I was in the van with [their drummer] Tom [Carroll] listening to their new single ‘Obscene Dream” on the way home from our show last Monday and I was telling him it was crazy cause I used to go and watch bands play in Florida that were touring through from LA and New York, and I would think that they were just these famous rock stars that were doing world tours and that they were mysterious untouchable creatures. And while listening to their song, I had this epiphany that Tom and Spencer [Petersen]’s band was even better and more magical than any of those bands. Not anything against those bands, but it is just that I think the world of some of my best friend’s bands. It is wild.”

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Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“Just lots of hugging.”

What can we expect from your last set?

“We do have a special surprise song. All I’ll say is that I’ve been listening to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack a lot. That combined with our bassist Hany is an amazing pianist and it leads to me possibly making a fool of myself. But I’ll at least have a lot of fun doing it. That and my love and respect for Patrick Swayze should be portrayed somehow. Rest in peace. We will also be closing with a song that will be on our forthcoming first full length album. It is a song about Florida, sexuality, success, and empty nesters. Pretty much all the things I stare into the blank nothing and ruminate over.”

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

“Fear in the eyes of fashionistas across all of Echo Park. That’s not all though. There is an artistic community on the Eastside of LA that we never really had access to when living in beach towns in Florida. The thought of being able to immerse ourselves in that is incredible to us. Sharing a night with three other rad bands and all drunkenly hugging at the end of the night and talking to people after the show that really want to read the SWIMM zines we make and then turn out to be crazy talented artists themselves is the best.”

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Widowspeak, Quilt, Veronica Bianqui (Show Pics)

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Widowspeak, Quilt, and Veronica Bianqui recently performed at the Bootleg Theater.

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And photog Sheva Kafai was there to shoot the show.

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Summer Twins booked for November residency at The Echoplex

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Summer Twins has been booked for the November residency at The Echoplex.

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So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai visited the Brown (not-actually-twin) sisters at their Highland Park home to shoot some 120mm pics and ask Chelsea some questions.

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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Kim and The Created booked for October residency at The Echo

shevakafai-kim&thecreated-7The reliably vehement Kim and The Created has been booked for the October residency at The Echo.

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So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai (House After House) visited the charasmatic frontwoman Kimberly House at her Echo Park apartment to shoot some 120mm pics and ask some questions.

What made you decide to do a residency?

“I’ve always wanted to do a residency at The Echo and felt that with our European tour and second EP [Get Go] coming out next month it was the right time. I’ve always loved going to discover new music and also see bands I love at the free Monday night residency. It’s always a fun time.”

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Why did you choose The Echo?

“As an Echo Park resident, The Echo has always stood out to me of course. I like that there’s local bands and big touring bands that all come together there. The first time I played there was Echo Park Rising in 2014. It was packed. I jumped into the crowd and literally almost lost an eyeball. It was one of the wildest shows I’ve ever played. Even though it’s corny, honestly, I have always wanted to see my band name on their marquee that I walk by every single day.”

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Who are your opening bands?

Regrettes are these amazingly talented young girls who play doo-wop which I am a sucker for. The band Walter is Patrick from Meatbodies and Misha from SadGirl‘s project. I love all those bands and what they created together. Patrick’s stage performance is killer! Mind Meld is my friend Bert Hoover‘s band that I’ve been following and admiring for a long time. Been listening to his cassette on repeat in the car. I handpicked and personally booked each band because I believe in them and respect the hell out of them.”

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Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“I don’t know why but I like to be alone and just be quiet. I think because I want to focus to make sure I’m not forgetting anything: backup dancers know where to go, lighting guy knows to make it dark and creepy. And because I get a bit frazzled at shows with giving my all on stage psychically and then emotionally to everyone after our set while managing things. It takes a lot of me, but I love it.”

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What can we expect from your set every week? Any cameos?

“Yes! Randy Randall from No Age is going to play a song with me one of the nights –so excited and honored for that! And of course, the songs from the second EP that will be for sale at the shows each Monday.”

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Will you be playing any covers?

“Recently doing T. Rex‘s “20th Century Boy” which I love performing. Everyone’s view on doing covers varies but I love it. I love making the crowd feel nostalgic and evoking emotion.”

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

“I hope that everyone who comes out has a great time and walks away effected in some way. I’m honored these bands are playing with me. I’m excited for my peers to watch us perform. I just want to put on a good show!”

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What are you looking forward to the most?

“Accomplishing another goal slash dream. Bringing free music to everyone and bringing artists together. And seeing my band name on that damn marque!”

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Mystic Braves, No Parents (Show Pics)

mysticbraves-shevakafai-4Mystic Braves and No Parents recently performed at Teragram Ballroom.

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And photog Sheva Kafai (House After House) was there to shoot the show.

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