Monday Night Residency with The Dead Ships

The Echo, Grimy Goods, Moheak Radio Present

Monday Night Residency with The Dead Ships

Eastern Conference Champions, The Bixby Knolls, The Reflections

Mon, December 10, 2012

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

This event is 21 and over

**Entrance to both residency nights will be at Sunset Blvd.**

The Dead Ships
The Dead Ships
The Dead Ships | Electric Ahab
Electric Ahab is the first full-length record by Los Angeles garage rock band The Dead Ships — the duo the LA Times calls “a bluesy wrecking ball.” In this album the two men’s powerful, stripped down chords and catchy, pop-inflected hooks feel like a more mature iteration of what has drawn the ears of critics across the country: the melodic reconnection of garage roc
k with its soulful R&B roots. And true to the garage rock ethos, the band used vintage analog gear to record the tracks over one weekend, in two takes to 2”-tape. Electric Ahab is available now on Bandcamp.com and iTunes.

It was during graveyard shift smoke breaks at a t.v. post-production house in LA where guitarist/vocalist Devlin McCluskey and drummer Christopher Spindelilus discovered their shared musical interests and decided to play together. They transformed Devlin’s singer/songwriter style into a sound uniquely their own—developing the crisp, pop and blues inflected garage rock songs found on their eponymous demo EP (2011.)

The blitz of packed shows and media attention following their demo EP release came swiftly: the duo went on to play sold-out events at legendary LA venues The Echo, The Troubadour and The Echoplex with King Khan, Anthony Greene, Kevin Devine, Girl in a Coma — all while garnering blown-away reviews from the LA Times, Buzzbands.LA and OC Weekly, with the latter calling their live shows “visceral and primal”.
The Dead Ships ended their first year with a month’s residency at Central in Santa Monica, CA followed by their first US Tour in support of their 7” vinyl release, where they were officially selected for 2011’s CMJ Music Marathon. In addition to having released their new record, 2012 found the duo nominated as "Best New Emerging Artist, LA" by Deli Magazine and heading to Austin, TX for their first SXSW.
Eastern Conference Champions
Eastern Conference Champions
Known for self producing every creative aspect of their identity from the music to the artwork to the videos, Eastern Conference Champions have quickly gained a reputation at home and abroad for their tireless touring and performances burning with emotion and passion. ECC, made up of Joshua Ostrander, Melissa Dougherty and Greg Lyons, reach into their vast arsenal to create a swell of sound that seems impossible for a small group to make. And with the recent addition of bass player John Tucker, the newly minted quartet have upped the ante on an already explosive live show. While getting ready for a European tour this summer, the Los Angeles based outfit is currently in their downtown studio working on their much-anticipated sixth release.
The Bixby Knolls
The Bixby Knolls
There is a moment on “Runnin’ and Runnin’”—the propulsive first single from The Bixby Knolls’ excellent debut album, Near & Undear—when front man Curt Barlage sings that this might just be his “Last chance to prove them wrong” before advocating that he and the band do just as the song’s title suggests and just keep things moving. Not only does the song fit nicely alongside some of rock’s greatest run away anthems—“Running on Empty” “Running with the Devil” “Runnin Down a Dream”--it’s a fitting introduction for a band that has, above all else, persevered and flourished simply by never giving up and—more importantly—playing rock music for the pure and simple joy of it.
“From the South end to the North end to the East end, I’ve lived in LA my whole life and have played in a million bands,” says Barlage, “The Bixby Knolls is the only band I’ve been in that really worked, that really let me make the kind of music I always sort of dreamed about making.”
Formed in 2009, The Bixby Knolls are something of an anomaly in the LA music scene. While other bands were trying to reinvent electro pop or mining twee romance, the four boys in the Knolls, Curt Barlage, Christian Morales, Cesar Saez De Nanclares & Ed Patrick were cooking up their own hybrid version of California rock music—something equal parts Britpop, fuzzy garage rock, and anthemic power pop. It proved to be a combination that not only set them apart from most of their contemporaries, but it also put them squarely in their own lane.
The Bixby Knolls' full-length debut Near & Undear was recorded at the iconic Sound Factory Studios in Hollywood, and was produced by Joe Cardamone (moonlighting from his role as front man in The Icarus Line) and engineered by Greg Gordon. The resulting record was nothing if not a learning experience for the band. Culled from nearly fifty different demos, the eleven tracks that make up Near & Undear represent the band at their most fantastically loose.
According to Barlage, the songs that ultimately made it onto the record span a five-year period for the band (“Kind of a collection of everything this band has ever been” he says) and includes two tracks that were written in the studio while the band was recording. The results show a band equally adept at tossing off catchy singles seemingly tailor made for night drives and late nights (“Seeing Ghosts” “Renia Del Mezcal”) and the kind of guitar-driven pop (“Supervised War” “Want it All”) that wouldn’t be out of place on an old Primal Scream record. As it turns out, the connection between the Knolls and Mancunian power-pop is no accident.
“British pop music is really at the core of what I love,” says Barlage. ” Particularly late 80’s early 90’s Northern UK stuff. It’s definitely a major influence of. I love the simplicity of the songs--anthemic and with an attitude. So many of those records kind of embrace the idea that conditions might be kinda rough, but we’re still fighting…and that seems very appropriate for The Bixby Knolls.”
Having spent the last few years gigging around LA and logging memorable tours with the likes of Swervedriver, The Bixby Knolls have also managed to build up a sizable fan base by traveling south of the border. “Mexico does really well for us,” says Barlage. “Our guitar player Cesar was born in Mexico City, so we’d always talked about going there. At a certain point he and I had just broken up with our girlfriends so we decided to go and just hang out. We loved the vibe so much there—it’s dirty and dangerous and hungry for something new, artistically—so we made all these friends there. We ended up doing a tour where we drove all the way down to Mexico City. We spent 21 days on the tour and 11 of those days were mostly driving and avoiding a variety of dangers.”
Having experienced the highs and the lows of what it means to be a struggling rock band, Barlage and co are nothing but excited about what happens next for the band. “We learned from the mistakes of everything we’d done in the past,” he says. “Part of it is learning how to write better songs and be more creative, but part of it is also learning how to steer clear of people who are ultimately only going to hold you down. In the end we just want to make great music and play fun shows. It doesn’t really need to be any more complicated than that.”
The Reflections
The Reflections
The Reflections were born when Darian Zahedi and Jon Safley began collaborating together earlier this year, often sending ideas back and forth while on the road with other projects. Along with bassist, Brady Wills they finished up an album’s worth of songs and spent the better part of Spring at Brightstreet Recorders with producer/engineer, Kenny Woods (Jenny Lewis, Lykke Li, Vampire Weekend).

A hypnotic blend of classic indie pop with dashes of chillwave melodies, “Summer Days” is the first offering of their debut full-length, Limerence, set to be released in early 2013.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com