Badass Bands 7-Year Anniversary ft. EasyFriend

Badass Bands 7-Year Anniversary ft. EasyFriend

Yip Yops, VOWWS

Fri · June 29, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Yip Yops
The Coachella Valley is where YIP YOPS were born and still call home. However, there’s an indefinable and indescribable urge that spurned the quartet- lead singer and guitarist Ison Van Winkle, drummer Ross Murakami, bassist Jacob Gutierrez, and keyboardist/ vocalist Mari Brossfield- to send their own kind of aftershocks through alternative music. The band’s singular sound could’ve been signed to Factory Records in 1981, but feels at home on your favorite Spotify playlist. That’s why the group achieved the seemingly insurmountable within a few years of crystallizing its lineup (and graduating high school). They went from gracing the stage at Coachella, Chinatown Summer Nights, and Echo Park Rising to building an organic buzz online. Counting New Order, The Smiths, and Pink Floyd among myriad influences, their sound tempers male-female harmonies over swooning synths, robust accentuated guitars, and hyper-charged beats. Rising out from the area’s monolithic musical shadow, they prove the classic possibilities of musicians jamming in a suburban garage. 2018 sees the four-piece release more music as they push the single “She” and hit the road supporting Lauren Ruth Ward on tour.
VOWWS are an Australian Death-Pop duo, based in Los Angeles.

Their debut album, 2015's The Great Sun was co-produced by friend, mentor and engineer Kevin S. McMahon at his upstate New York studio (an old converted barn, full of Mad Max versions of old vintage equipment, tape, and large wooden spaces). The product of an intense and symbiotic chemistry between McMahon and the band, The Great Sun is a dirty, grinding and swaying work - a collection of dark, driving death-pop songs shrouded in layers of tape distortion. The album attracted the interest of some distinguished peers, featuring guest appearances by electronic music legend Gary Numan and Swans' percussionist Thor Harris.

With their second album, Under the World, VOWWS have crafted a cinematic, stylish and menacing statement of intent. Drawing upon influences as diverse as classic western, electronica, surf rock, metal, and film music, the enigmatic duo weave disparate threads of cultural influence together into a tapestry of drama, imagination and surprising warmth - only to deconstruct them again in front of your ears.

For Under the World, the band chose to work with McMahon again, but this time around VOWWS took on a more prominent role in producing and mixing the record. The timeless influence of McMahon and his weatherworn New Paltz studio/barn is still present, but Under the World deliberately eschews any obvious Post-Punk and Industrial tropes, instead allowing space for its stylish hooks, direct vocals and rich textures to shine.

"[VOWWS] craft a booming industrial sound, heavy percussion and synths darkening a subtly pop structure." - Consequence of Sound

"VOWWS intense sound quickly conjures comparisons to a multitude of genres, from industrial and electronic pop to post-punk and metal, even bordering on heavy rave at certain points." - Spill Magazine

“casting sublime, carefree West Coast temperaments into their shadowy, distortion-filled pop songs.” - Cool Hunting

"eerie vocals atop wiry synth and static percussion in the haunting track, “The Great Sun,” which will chill you to the core in just under three minutes" - Culture Collide
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042