Warm Thoughts Record Release

Warm Thoughts Record Release

Toys That Kill, Graf Orlock, Upset

Fri · June 15, 2018

8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

Warm Thoughts
Warm Thoughts
Warm Thoughts is the continuation of Elliot Babin (Touche Amore)'s bedroom recording project, which previously took form under the consciously self-sabotaging moniker ǮDad Punchersǯ. In 2016, Babin set out to create his most focused and dynamic release to date, without compromising the unwavering and occasionally heartbreaking honesty of his previous work. The result is DzI Went Swimming Alonedz: a new LP which revolves around themes of isolation, nostalgia, and romanticizing the future as a way to cope. DzI Went Swimming Alonedz is out June 8th, 2018 on Asian Man Records.
Toys That Kill
Toys That Kill
Toys That Kill formed in San Pedro, CA from a previous incarnation known as F.Y.P (1989-1999). Just after the release of their last album entitled, strangely enough, Toys That Kill, Todd C., SEAN C. and some new guys (Chachi and Jimmy) started the new band. Although the music varies greatly from F.Y.P to Toys That Kill both bands have been influential in the DIY punk scene since the late 80's.
Graf Orlock
Graf Orlock
Graf Orlock is a Los Angeles, California-based grindcore / hardcore band named after Count Graf Orlock from the film Nosferatu. Formed in 2003.

Current Line-up:
Karl Bournze - vocals
Alan Hunter - drums
Jason Schmidt - guitar, vocals
Sven Calhoun - bass

Past Members:
Kalvin Kristoff - vocals
Brent Sharpton - bass
Upset
Upset
For the past few years, Ali Koehler has been best known as the drummer of the pop group Best Coast and the noisy girl punk trio Vivian Girls. After her departure from Best Coast, Koehler decided to step up from behind the kit to front a band of her own, embracing her melodic punk-spirited songwriting impulses with Upset. Joined by Patty Schemel (of Hole) on drums and Jennifer Prince on lead guitar and vocals, Upsetwill release its massively hooky debut record, She's Gone, this fall.

With 12 songs in just under 30 minutes, it's a pop-punk album that immediately sounds classic, full of unshakeable hooks and the sincerest of shouts. It is fitting that She's Gone will see a release with Don Giovanni Records; the record could easily fit in the record collections of Ergs or Lemuria fans. She's Gone was recorded primarily at Koehler's house in April of 2013 by Kyle Gilbride of Swearin'.

As a songwriter, Koehler draws on the snarky angst and punk simplicity of her previous bands, with a delivery that masks angry and cheeky lyrics with a sweet-sung and wide-eyed infliction. She's Gone opens with "Back To School," conveying that sense of first-day anxieties and uncertainty that comes with a return to an old routine. "First day back's a heart attack," Koehler sings. It's an intro to the sort of personal and relatable lyrics she sings throughout, full of anxious introspection. "Game Over" (written and sung by Jenn Prince) is bored and angsty, channeling distant vox and 90s-indebted noise-pop guitars; "Never Wanna" is an urgent and impatient earworm. "I just don't know what to do / I can't stop thinking of you," Koehler sings.

"Queen Frosteen" uses childlike, upbeat rhymes and a sticky chorus to set up her indictment of a friendship gone wrong. "When she sets the scene / it's a sugarcoated fantasy," she sings, in a way that's so overly sugar-sweet, it almost sounds sarcastic. "Queen Frosteen, my enemy / she's everything and I'm nobody / Queen Frosteen, my enemy." The closing track sounds similarly burned and pissed about it. "This was a lesson learned / this is goodbye," the band sings, girl-gang style. "That's not what friends are for."

She's Gone has moments of self-doubt and resonant angst ("I can't remember feeling worse than this," Koehler sings on "Oxfords and Wingtips") but it has a sense of humor about it as well; "About Me" even starts with a giggle. It's a sort of record that's not afraid to have sincere open-book, downer moments, but doesn't take itself too seriously.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042