Wellness, Nightgown, Vicious Cousins

Wed · May 23, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

TEST is not a project. TEST is a band. A Los Angeles-based trio of young men who have bonded like brothers over brisk, gritty rock with punk abandon.

Two thirds of the members, Blake Stokes (vocals, guitar) and Wayne Meza (bass), have known each other for over a third of their lives after meeting at a dirty dive bar in their hometown of Houston. Week after week, their respective bands performed at the bar and the duo routinely closed the joint down while drinking underage. And in between cheap tequila shots and pitchers of Shiner Bock, they struck an accord by obsessing over late ‘70s punk (The Clash, Sex Pistols), mid ‘90s Britpop (Blur, Oasis), and early ‘00s garage rock (The Libertines, The Hives).

Years later, Stokes graduated from college in Los Angeles and soon after Meza drove out to join him. Together, they clandestinely moved into a windowless, lockout rehearsal space in Vernon (a corrupt, autonomous city of industry within L.A. and prominently featured in the second season of HBO’s True Detective). Surrounded by colossal warehouses, garment factories, and meatpacking plants, it was in this smelly, industrial urbanscape that they collectively forged their intense tone with drummer Morgan Ponder.

And while sustaining on generic instant noodles and only taking showers at truck stops, they wrote songs about battling inner demons, hating their day jobs, and living in a concrete wasteland. The result was their debut EP, Tremble and Vibrate, which was released on April 15th, 2016 and features L.A. Girlfriend on the title track. Recorded at the Velveteen Lounge and produced by Trey Findley (of Liphemra), the four songs are intentionally abrasive as an amalgam of dance-punk rhythms, alternative riffs, and macabre lyrics. Love ballads these are not.

The band no longer lives in their practice space, but their new singles for 2017, “7th Street Metro” and “Hallways,” can attest that their blatantly raw vibe has not subsided and probably never will.
Nightgown is the project of LA based musician and singer/songwriter Laurel Noone. Originally hailing from outside the colorful port city of Baltimore where she studied opera, philosophy, and the art of disillusionment, Laurel now focuses her energies into writing sweet-n-low-down rock-n-roll. Her sound seamlessly shifts between delicate, color-washed dream-pop to biting, straightforward garage rock with lyrics that walk a fine line between sincerity and tongue-in-cheek. Nightgown is currently breaking from her streak of musical reclusiveness and slowly releasing her self-produced lo-fi demos. Be sure to expect the unexpected from this debuting artist.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042