FRENCH VANILLA, Roses

FRENCH VANILLA

Roses

Moaning, Lithics

Fri · September 9, 2016

8:00 pm

$7.00

This event is 18 and over

FRENCH VANILLA
FRENCH VANILLA
French Vanilla is a feminist art-punk band based in Los Angeles consisting of Max Albeck (drums), Ali Day (guitar/bass), Sally Spitz (vocals), and Daniel Trautfield (bass/sax). They regulate the dance floor with socially sensitive lyrics, vocal freneticism, punchy basslines, and catchy sax. Half-driven by a desire to challenge the established SoCal music scene, dominated by a few influential (male) tastemakers, and half by a desire to hang out with friends, FV started in LA's queer punk underground and it is in these spaces that they feel the most at home. The band's ideology assumes the generative nature of women's and/or BFF's collaboration, and they hope to spread this message until all dude-rock bands cease to exist. More than anything, FV wants you to have fun at their shows and they deliver performances filled with infectious energy and enthusiasm.
Roses
Roses
Dream pop trio Roses bloomed from the recesses of Los Angeles in early 2013. While guitarist Juan Velasquez was on hiatus from L.A. darkwavers Abe Vigoda, he met singer/keyboardist Marc Steinberg at a local gay bar, trading mix tapes and finding they shared a love for alt heroines like Yoko Ono, Julee Cruise and Marianne Faithful. Meanwhile, Velasquez knew bassist Victor Herrera after meeting him eight years ago at L.A. punk venue The Smell during its legendary run in the 2000s, bonding over female-fronted jangle pop bands like 10,000 Maniacs, The Sundays and The Cranberries. They were all looking to start a new band, so the three-piece began recording demos reflecting that love of delicate alt-rock of the ’80s and ’90s but smothering the results with industrial beats, shoegaze guitars and Steinberg’s intoning vocals. They’d go on to get their live legs while touring the West Coast and playing alongside bands like Diiv, Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles.

With the four-song Dreamlover EP out August 5, recorded in L.A. by Alex DeGroot (engineer/keyboardist for Zola Jesus) and released on Group Tightener, the band has waxed their sound down to a fine point. They blend shimmering guitars and power chords with washes of dreamy synthesizers and new-wave basslines on “Florence Girls,” like The Wake taking off in The Go-Go’s convertible. An air of New Romanticism and the influence of the Cocteau Twins can be heard on nostalgic ballad “The Fog.” Steinberg’s lilting croon sails on woozy keys and waves of distortion on “Icicle” and skips with David Byrne-esque abandon over a stuttering beat and walking bassline on pop jam “It’s Over.” With Dreamlover, Roses take up the mantle as one of L.A.’s next great bands.
Moaning
Moaning
"Heavy on reverb and angst, Moaning's "Misheard" starts out like an outtake from an early Minus the Bear track, settling in to a morose verse ending in "I just miss her." We feel you, homie. The chorus is where Moaning yells with fist clenched at the heavens, letting the distortion rip for a heavy, and heady, section before settling back into the dirge and purge. Music is therapy, clearly.

https://soundcloud.com/moaningmusic/misheard

Stream this heartbreaking and gorgeous, indie-leaning track below for the first time below, and make sure to cry along with them at a gig near you." - Noisey
Lithics
Lithics
Lithics is a four person band from Portland, Oregon that makes minimal punk music informed by The Fall, Pylon, Captain Beefheart and Devo, as some main influences. The sound focuses on interlocked bass and drum rhythms paired with shrill guitar counterpoint and female vocals.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042