Interviews

Interview

RHYS LANGSTON: SEE IF I CAN OBLITERATE

September 3rd, 2017

Hailing from the far away lands of Langstonia, the multi-disciplinary artist Rhys Langston captured the attention of Earthlings with his Full Frontal Incumbent, an Incongruous Mixtape—a genre-defying attempt at revealing the the human mind. We sat down late last year with the foreigner in his Mothership off Slauson and chatted about the limitations of language, purist standards and life on Earth, as well as his love ballad to a coat rack. Rhys Langston performs Sun., Sept. 3, at the Bananas anniversary at the Echo and his new Aggressively Ethnically Ambiguous album is out now on Black Market Poetry. This interview by Senay Kenfe.

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L.A. WITCH: EXTREMES OF HAPPINESS AND MISERY

August 31st, 2017

L.A. WITCH’s hotly anticipated self-titled debut album is almost here, and it's been worth the wait. The psychedelic garage-rock trio delivers a set of dark, gritty, and haunting songs that are just much at home in the 1960s as they are in 2017. We caught up with Sade Sanchez, Irita Pai, and Ellie English to talk about the trials of touring, horror films, and the best arcade in Los Angeles. L.A. WITCH’s album release show is Thurs., Aug. 31, at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. This interview by Julia Gibson.

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TERRY MALTS: BACK TO BASICS

August 14th, 2017

Terry Malts’ new record sounds something like a rebirth. The band has always had an affinity for pop hooks, but their recent Lost at the Party foregrounds that sensibility while paring down the fuzz. It’s a sound that can feel reassuring in its directness, drawing a straight line between sorrow and joy while encompassing both. We talked with Terry Malts guitarist and songwriter Corey Cunningham about the evolution of his band—which includes members in both L.A. and San Francisco—as well as his passion for discovering music and the ideas pop music can communicate in foreboding times. Terry Malts performs on Fri., Aug. 18, at the Hi-Hat. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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PRIESTS: A TORNADO BEHIND YOU

August 3rd, 2017

Priests are more than a D.C. band. By running their own label Sister Polygon, making their own zines and helping to foster a positive inclusive scene in their own city—among other things—they embody punk in the truest sense of the word. Their new record, Nothing Feels Natural, is out on Sister Polygon now. Priests performs Tue., Aug. 8, with Lithics at the Highland Park Ebell Club. This interview by Emily Twombly.

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GOSPELBEACH: LOVE DOESN’T AGE

August 1st, 2017

For almost 30 years, Brent Rademaker has been a presence in L.A. music, and his influence—infused with the legacy of country rock like Gram Parsons and Gene Clark—looms large over local artists as diverse as Ariel Pink, the Allah-Las, and Ryan Adams. Among his credits: founding the storied ‘90s indie rock band Further with his brother Darren; leading early-‘00s psychedelic country band Beachwood Sparks; and, in recent years, fronting GospelbeacH, whose music has drifted from rustic American Beauty-inspired rock to cozy late-‘70s AOR-inspired pop. GospelbeacH performs Thurs., Aug. 3, at the Echo. This interview by Chris Kissel.

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FRENCH VANILLA: THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF

July 27th, 2017

French Vanilla’s tag line is ‘Destroy All Dude Rock,’ but they are not anti-all-dudes. There are dudes, after all, in the band. What they want is inclusion for everyone, and they seek to spread a socially conscious message with affably aggressive post-punk-and-disco music. Here they discuss their debut full-length, out now via Danger Collective, as well as being political, being self-conscious, and the importance of DIY spaces. You might notice the absence of drummer Max from both the photos and interview. He doesn’t like that stuff, so he doesn’t do it. Boom. French Vanilla performs this Fri., July 28, at the Observatory with Surf Curse. This interview by Daiana Feuer.