Black Marble + Cold Showers + Flaamingos

The Echo Presents

Black Marble + Cold Showers + Flaamingos

Cold Showers, Flaamingos

Sun, February 24, 2013

10:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00 - $13.00

This event is 18 and over

Part Time Punks
Part Time Punks
Black Marble
Black Marble
BLACK MARBLE are one of NYC's most promising synthpop/darkwave outfits, with their debut LP, "A Different Arrangement," released in October on Hardly Art topping many critics' best of the year lists. And understandably so. The band's sound marries synthpop to synthpunk, alternately bleak, melodic, punk and electronic. If you saw the band this winter, then you know how incredible they are live...and this time around, they return with NEW tracks from their next LP!!
Cold Showers
Cold Showers
COLD SHOWERS fuses the sort of dreamscape typically associated with Shoegaze to the melancholia of the Darkwave. A band who, it is mentioned in most reviews, would fit comfortably "in the dusty catalog of Factory Records," perhaps because of the talents members...and just the right revolving counterbalance piston-precise drumming ala' Steve Morris, resounding bass leads worthy of Peter Hook and the alternately complex and catchy guitarwork of a chap who could very well be the next Vini Reilly. Their debut on Dais, also is making a lot of Top Ten lists around the country this time of year...and very deservedly fucking so. And with their 2nd LP nearly completed, you can expect it to appear on those Top Ten lists for 2014 (including PTP's!)
Flaamingos
Flaamingos
Pounding analog drum machines. Rumbling basslines that are as moody as they are thoroughly danceable. Atmospheric washes of echo-laden synth textures. Jangling guitar sounds. And choruses that resonate with emotion. Listening to Flaamingos' self-titled debut album, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it might come from the north of England, or somewhere else where the skies are consistently leaden and everybody always wears black.

In fact, it's the work of a bunch of (black-clad) Angelenos. Flaamingos are the latest signing to Felte, and their music drags the classic sounds of their favorite bands into the 21st century, in the process creating a sound that's entirely their own. The band was formed by Jerry Narrows (vocals, drum programming) and Daniel Koontz (guitar, bass, synth) — the two played together in psych and shoegaze bands as youngsters, before going their separate ways and working in other musical projects for a time.

They bumped into one another at an Echo Park party spot in 2011, and decided to collaborate again — this time, however, their work involved crafting a new sound that would include traces of their past psych/shoegaze inclinations, but also drew on newer-found love for krautrock, post-punk, synth pop and new romantic shimmer. As Narrows told LA's TPR Mag last year, "We have both post-punk and psychedelic sensibilities. I’d say we’re heavily influenced by the poppier side of both 'genres.' Of course we have our influences but in the end we’re not really going for such a specific target with our sound — we're trying to create something greater than the sum of its parts."

This is certainly a description that fits the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now via NYC label felte. Its music runs a gamut from dancefloor-friendly synthpop ("Digital Dialogue") through brooding post-punk ("All I Want to Do Is Live") to dark, rhythmic atmospherics ("Fractured Love"). As a whole, the sound of a band who have relentlessly honed their aesthetic — often at the iconic Part Time Punks night at The Echo in Echo Park, a de facto home to LA's post-punk scene and a second home to Flaamingos. Now they're ready to take that vision to the world.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com