Interviews

Interview

HOPE SANDOVAL AND THE WARM INVENTIONS: THEN YOU WAKE UP

October 10th, 2017

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions make music that sounds like it comes from a better and even truer place, where the artificial pressures of the outside world dissolve into the mist and all that’s left is a long sweet dream. Colm and Hope joined us by phone­—she in California, he in Ireland—to talk cats, castles and the karate lessons that helped change the course of modern music. Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions' new Son Of A Lady EP is out now and they perform on Sat., Oct. 14, at the Fonda and Sun., Oct. 15, at the Desert Daze festival. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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SWARVY: SCENES IN A COMIC BOOK

October 4th, 2017

L.A. is proving to be a comfortable home for Swarvy, a recently arrived beatsmith and musical polymath. The Philly-area native spent years traversing prog-metal, psychedelic rock, and jazz; most recently he’s made his name with the warm and funky style of hip-hop beats most closely associated with Dilla and Madlib. But even there, he makes the style his own. He's constantly putting out new music, but his most recent efforts include a Feeniks single on Akashik Records and Tapes, a single with Pink Siifu and his own Blends Vol. 3. He performs this Friday with L.A. RECORD cover featuree Jimetta Rose and Apollo Bebop at the Eagle Rock Music Festival Kick-Off Party at the Hi-Hat. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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RIDE: GET US OUT OF HERE

September 28th, 2017

The quintessential shoegaze band Ride has returned twenty years after their untimely break-up with their impressive new release Weather Diaries. For fans, this album is as if the band never stopped playing—it sounds solid and mature, yet steeped in all the best qualities of the band you remember so fondly. I talked with co-founder Mark Gardener about Ride’s return, Ride’s past and—something that no one expected to discuss in 2017—Ride’s future. Ride performs at Hollywood Forever on Fri., Sept. 29, and Sat., Sept. 30, at the Music Tastes Good festival. This interview by Tiffany Anders.

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CHARLES BRADLEY: IT’S NOT OVER

September 25th, 2017

[Reposting this 2013 interview in honor of Charles Bradley, who passed away this weekend and who will be greatly missed—ed.] Charles Bradley is special. It goes beyond his howling lovelorn voice and sparkly shirts and the way he does the robot. It’s deeper than the splits he performs on stage and the sunshine in his bright smile. Watching him, it wouldn’t be silly for you to assume he’s some sort of soul prophet … especially if you get to sit down at a music festival for fifteen minutes with a prophet who’s wearing a homemade jumpsuit with a bedazzled eagle stitched across his back, look him straight in his blurry eyes and let him hold your hand. Then you’ll believe everything he says—at least for a moment. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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DOWNTOWN BOYS: FIGHTING FOR POWER

September 21st, 2017

When I first saw Downtown Boys, I thought to myself, “Is this what it felt like to see X-Ray Spex?” They exude an commitment and ferocity that is absolutely intoxicating. Victoria Ruiz’s vocals hit hard and the band delivers a rare kind of energy thanks to driving guitars and an slashing horn section. Their newest Cost Of Living is out now on Sub Pop and we spoke only a few days after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—so it felt fitting to be talking about the state of our country with a band that fights for the rights of marginalized people every time they perform. They perform at Summer Happenings at the Broad: Jean-Michel Basquiat on Sat., Sept. 23. This interview by Emily Twombly.

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L7: MAKE FUN OUT OF NOTHING

September 15th, 2017

L7 were at the heart of the L.A. music scene of the late 80s and early 90s,a time when a thriving hair metal scene, the remnants of punk rock and a very underground art rock scene all collided. They might not have started up in Seattle back when it became the grunge capitol of the world, but they deserve a lot of credit for creating that sound—even though many people aren’t aware just how significant they were. But now there’s the new documentary L7: Pretend We're Dead on the group, first started by singer/guitarist Donita Sparks and producer Robert Fagan simply as a way to preserve early L7 footage and now finished as a testament to the incredible journey of four fierce females as they created (and even took over) the sound of grunge. The band will do a meet-and-greet after the screening of L7: Pretend We're Dead on Sat., Sept., 16, at the Regent, and will perform with Adam Ant at the Greek Theatre on Sat., Sept. 30. This interview by Tiffany Anders.