Sugar Candy Mountain, Veronica Bianqui

Mon · June 12, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Founded by Jake Ingalls, who has spent the last few years as a touring member of the Flaming Lips, Spaceface offers a refreshing approach on psychedelic rock, with transparent '70s references but also strikingly modern elements that make this trick something to behold. - Cool Hunting

Memphis six-piece Spaceface is led by Jake Ingalls, a touring guitarist and keyboardist of The Flaming Lips, which makes a lot of sense the second one puts on today’s featured song. “Sun Kids” is hazy, psychedelic pop music, elegantly composed. It may be these tumultuous times, and the fact that so much protest music was being made during periods of similar unrest, like the ’60s, that when Ingalls and band sing about “children of the sun” it seems they’re making political and social commentary. Yet, even while rock ‘n’ roll has always confronted injustice, it’s also a form of escapism from ugly realities. As Spaceface’s soundscapes and extended dreamy harmonies float around your headphones, it’s easy to forget the continuing winter weather or the fact that it’s a truly bizarre 2017 so far. - KEXP

Spaceface is led by Jake Ingalls who also plays guitar and synthesizer in The Flaming Lips. And the show reflects that influence. Spaceface works to bring the concert grade experience to a club level employing a DIY light rig and other theatrical elements. They have two Ep's that were released in the past year, the first recorded at Pink Floor Studio in OKC and second at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. They have been a touring band for 3 years playing shows and festivals all across the country, including Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL, SXSW in Austin, Treefort Music Festival in Boise ID, and ACM Fest in OKC. Some of the acts Spaceface has toured and worked with include a broad range of genres like Phantogram, The Flaming Lips, Bright Light Social Hour, Young Buffalo, Prince Rama, Swimm, Morgan Delt, Stardeath and White Dwarfs and Electric Wurms. Spaceface is putting out a new LP called "Sun Kids" via Behind The Curtains Media in early march and will be touring in support of it nationally.
Sugar Candy Mountain
Sugar Candy Mountain
A mix of Os Mutantes, The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Kinks.

"Sugar Candy Mountain, a side project of Ash Reiter, has been sharing tracks from their upcoming LP Saudade Love on Bandcamp, and it's music any fan of indie pop and/or psych rock should check out immediately. Drummer Will Halsey, who splits lead vocal duties with Reiter, tells me Saudade Love is a collection of songs he wrote while touring with The Blank Tapes in Brazil and a few "psychadelic tunes" he's been working on with the rest of the band back in the Bay Area. While Reiter's music under her own name is mostly sunny pop, Sugar Candy Mountain drifts out into the spacey psychedelic territory Halsey mentioned, while throwing in a bit of electronica and Brazilian influence for good measure. Despite the slightly different musical direction, Sugar Candy Mountain still crafts ear-catching hooks that I want to listen to over and over." -- Bay Bridged
Veronica Bianqui
Veronica Bianqui
27 year old Veronica Bianqui was born in Los Angeles and raised during the rise of all things lo-fi and jangly; but for her own work, she prefers to skirt the edges of LA's garage rock revival, rather than jump through the eye of the storm. With her catchy-as-all-hell songwriting, strong melodies, and effortlessly complex song structures, her music is a playful mix of Classic R&B/Soul, pop and garage rock. It's as personal as any female songsmith of the early seventies, but with serious raw 60s power in every note-like like if Carole King opened her mouth, and out came Tina Turner!

That's not to say Bianqui sounds like Tina Turner, or like anybody else, but there's definitely something of the Ikettes review in her stage presence, and her history. Before breaking out with her solo material, Bianqui performed in local horror-garage band Isaac Rother & The Phantoms as well as in Jail Weddings across the U.S. and Europe. While her own career eventually took precedence over both those projects, she still finds time to play with psychedelic stoner rock band the Blank Tapes.

In a few short months, and only one recently released single (on Lolipop Records) under her belt, she has managed to already get a swarm of press, including an LA Weekly Show Pick of the Week, "Ears Wide Open" feature on Buzzbands.LA as well as "Hot New Artist" on Grimy Goods, and airplay on LA's top tastemaker independent station KCRW.

Last year, she put together a hugely successful residency at Hollywood's trendy venue Harvard & Stone, averaging over 200 attendees each Tuesday. She recently opened for Mikal Cronin in Manchester, UK as well as played a string of additional UK dates in November/December. Upon her return to LA, she had the honor of playing The Echo's annual FOMO Fest featuring handpicked, up-and-coming artists to watch.

With a new single due out in the next month, and an EP later this year, it's safe to say, with only limited material online, and the praise she's gotten for her performances, 2016 and beyond is looking up for the young songstress.


"If she isn't already on your radar she should be now." ~Grimy Goods

"The chorus will lodge itself in your brain, and the verses contain some quirky gems that are worth savoring." ~Buzzbands.LA

"Tuesday night's show attested why people are showing up in droves to see the new L.A. indie rock it-girl." ~Janky Smooth

"Cheeky lyrics like "I like it rough, and you like it round" give Bianqui a level-up from girl next door to girl you want to be seen cruising town with." ~Indie Rock Reviews

"Special praise is saved for the production, pitched perfectly between lo-fi garage and glossed-up bubblegum." ~lo-pie

Listed as one of Top 10 acts to see at Echo Park Rising 2015 by Grimy Goods and Indie Rock Reviews
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042