The Echo Presents


Vex Ruffin, Slayron (Peaking Lights)

Tue, April 23, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Spectrum is the most song based of the projects undertaken by Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember since the demise of Spacemen 3, which he co-founded with Jason Pierce in the ’80′s . Spectrum cover a variety of approaches though never losing sight of the hypnotic drones and psychedelic soundscapes that are his music’s trademark.

The band has a knack for manipulating their instruments into hypnotic, sensual and stimulating patterns, alternately lulling us into a trance-like state and diving down into the wah, feedback & fuzzed frenzy of their powerchord epics.

Sonic boom once sited ‘three chords good ,two chords better , one chord best’ – and has consistently wrought an array of moods & sounds based on this principle.

The first three Spectrum albums (Sonic Boom-Spectrum, Highs, Lows & Heavenly Blows, Soul Kiss (Glide Divine) are due for reissue during 2011 and some of this material will feature in the touring this year and in 2012. Featuring alongside material from the recent War Sucks EP and Spectrum’s last collaborative album with the late Jim Dickinson (2008′s Indian Giver), as well as a shifting look through the Spacemen 3 catalogue.

Best known for his projects including Spacemen 3 & Experimental Audio Research , Some people might know elements of Sonic boom’s work through some of the myriad collaborations over the last two decades with an array of artists including , the Silver Apples, Kevin Shields (MBV), Stereolab, Eddie Prevost( AMM), Delia Derbyshire (Radiophonic Workshop,) ,Psychic ills, Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) , Jessamine , Stylus, James Luther Dickinson & Magnetophone .

Most recently Kember co-produced MGMT’s ‘Congratulations’ long player and has mixed & recorded the forthcoming ‘Tomboy’ album with Panda Bear.
Vex Ruffin
Vex Ruffin
On paper Vex Ruffin's music is simple: an untrained punk musician who uses a few basic instruments in uncomplicated ways, he calls the style 'minimalist.' Although it may not seem like it upon first listen, Vex's music is rooted in sampling and hip hop beat-making culture. The SP 303 sampler provides the drums and other sounds, a purchase inspired by Madlib.

Vex is the first and only artist signed to Stones Throw Records on the strength of an unsolicited demo sent through the mail. Peanut Butter Wolf recalls, "It was kind of a fluke that I listened. I just liked the drawing on the cover so I decided to check it out. I called the phone number on the CD and Vex thought I was his friend playing a practical joke."

These days, Vex is playing shows around LA and OC as a 3-piece band while getting ready for his debut EP release on Stones Throw in July and his full length at the end of 2011. He just played his dream gig at The Smell and is now ready for Coachella and 106 & Park.
Slayron (Peaking Lights)
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026