June 16, 2011 by Steph
I caught The Fling on FutureSound’s The Rumble Tour in May so of course when I was offered an interview with frontman Dustin, I was stoked. Their recent release When the Madhouses Appear is available now on Dangirbird Records and it it’s hot from start to finish. Somehow When the Madhouses Appear draws inspiration direct from the classics, and manages to stay fresh, with twangy guitar riffs, lots of cymbal, winding guitar solos and classic rock voice, often breaking into four-part harmonies. They certainly slot well among the psychedelic-rock alt-folk acts like Dawes and Delta Spirit and I’m excited to hear more from them in the coming months.
Listen to “Wanderingfoot” by The Fling
A Chat with Dustin…
S: Dustin, you started out making music for The Fling as just a one-man project. What were you doing before The Fling? And did you always see The Fling becoming a five-piece?
Dustin: I have been in bands since I was a teenager. I was always the guitar player. I’d write a guitar part, and have somebody else write a melody and lyrics over it. To me, it was like making a painting and having somebody else give it color. A lot of times the colors wouldn’t match and the painting would get distorted until you couldn’t even tell what it was originally supposed to be. I kept getting tired of losing control over my ideas, so I started writing my own melodies and lyrics to keep myself happy. I did a batch of home recordings and came to Long Beach with the idea of putting a band together. Eventually we all sort of found each other and evolved into a five piece band with four main songwriters. (more…)
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April 19, 2011 by Steph
I fell in love with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.when they played their first Los Angeles show as part of Futuresounds’ The Rumble Tour in September. Their live show is a big gimmick-y but they’re fun and their music is unique–like Animal Collective meets Deerhunter. After releasing Horse Power EP and two remix EPs, they’ve finally compiled a full-length. It’s a Corporate World will be released through Quite Scientific Records in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records.
In addition, a double EP on vinyl will be made available for the first time and sold on their tour, featuring the Horse Power EP on the front, My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1 on the back, and comes complete with a pair ofChroma-Depth 3D glasses!
The band will be on a headlining tour, starting May 10th in Boston. I’m hoping to catch them June 3rd at The Echo. See you there?
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April 4, 2011 by Steph
THE RUMBLE: LOS ANGELES – APRIL 7TH @ THE ECHOPLEX – FREE!
21+, RSVP: http://therumblelosangeles.eventbrite.com/
Featuring Vanaprasta, Stone Darling & Polls
…This LA based five piece make soaring area ready indie rock that landed them on Pure Volume’s Top Unsigned bands of 2010 with they’re wowed at SXSW with eight shows that had Consequence of Sound touting them as one of the Top 25 o catch in Austin. Known for their hypnotic live shows full of aggressive guitars and impassioned vocals, VANAPRASTA are going big in 2011 and readying to drop their debut later this year.
“Sometimes the heavens part and you are witness to rock immortality . . . Steven Wilkin’s vocals are going to knock you sideways . . . Come bring your friends. You can say you knew them when.” – LA Weekly
This LA based quartet are serious contenders for Best Coast level stardom in 2011 with dreamy indie pop butchressed with fuzzy guitars. Infectious numbers like “All I Wanna Do” and “Can You Get to That” have been on repeat around here for a while, with classic girl group melodies that would put Spector to shame.
“The whispery, harmony-glazed “All I Wanna Do” by Los Angeles band Stone Darling is the kind of lush and gorgeous pop confection that only takes a few seconds to forever nestle itself inside your collective consciousness.” – Everybody Taste
Comprised of Julien Bellin, David Franklin, and Chris Newcomer, this local trio are channeling 90s indie rock forefathers like Pavement and Sonic Youth with their self-titled debut EP and have LA tastemakers like Brand X and Buzzbands LA singing the praises of their fuzzy yet melodic pop numbers.
“Big, driving guitars with noisy flashes of sound. Slowly draws you in like a warm blanket of fuzz on cruise control.” – Surfing On Steam
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