THE BLANK TAPES + THE PESOS + THE ROTTEN MANGOS @ RESIDENT
Photos by Sheva Kafai Words by Zach Bilson
The Blank Tapes’ Matt Adams is one of our generation’s unsung auteurs. For over a decade now, he’s been crafting melodic, sprawling psychedelic rock at his own pace, letting a fervent crowd build around him in the process. Fans from all eras of Adams’ work packed out LA’s Resident and were treated to a mix of old favorites and new cuts from this year’s Ojos Rojos. The band’s current lineup includes Brandon Graham and Veronica Bianqui, established solo artists in their own right, and their three-part harmonies perfectly complemented the music. Drummer Will Halsey (of cohorts Sugar Candy Mountain) kept the set grooving from behind the skins.
The Blank Tapes’ Resident show was part of a five-date Californian tour supported by The Pesos and The Rotten Mangos. The Pesos, a guitar-pop outfit originally from Orange County, played an energetic set. Vocalist Yaan Pessino had a magnetic energy that got the audience off Resident’s couches and onto the dance floor, although they might’ve been lured there by Ether Wave’s live psychedelic visuals that played throughout the night courtesy of Austin based visual artist, Federico Moreno.
The Rotten Mangos hail from Austin, TX, and true to their home city, they were the most straightforwardly “heavy” band of the night. The brainchild of singer/guitarist Ramiro Verdooren and drummer Cristian Sigler, they made the best of an 8:30 opening slot by digging into their songs like only a band that’s at the end of a nearly three-week tour can. As the group who brought the live visuals, their music lent itself to some seriously psychedelic introspection, but the fairly lucid crowd who had showed up to check them out seemed pleased they were.