THURSDAY, MAY 17: Here is an ambient / shoegaze wake-up call loud enough to last the entire month of May: ForceField ON is invading. Get your shoes on, brush your teeth and jump over your roommate’s pile of month-long “I’ll do it tomorrow” laundry and head straight for your front door—and in your best Paul Revere voice, scream, “ForceField ON is coming!” With experimental jam-band songs such as “BahkeeneeMasheen,” and the more somber, lyrically provocative “Mental Notes,” it’s no wonder the Long Beach band’s loyal local following is so excited for the release of Forcefield’s first album on Hey You Come Back With My Records. The band played the city almost non-stop during the month of April at local venues such as Prospector, and during March at Alex’s Bar with Spaceland favorites Minor Canon. Ask yourself what kind of a people could sustain a hungry city so unfailingly, and your answer is Jesse Wilder, John Sisk, Brandon Laws, Jake Berry, Matt Guy, Corey Rudolph and Zach Blair. Your answer is this band—a force to be reckoned with, to say the least. (JG)
WITH THE SOFT HANDS, THE NEW FIDELITY AND THE HAPPY HOLLOWS AT THE PROSPECTOR, 2400 E. 7TH ST., LONG BEACH. 9 PM / $5 / 21+. MYSPACE.COM/PROSPECTORLONGBEACH.