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#BeatDWNKidTour: West Coast Tour Diary Oct '16

words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi

A year ago I went on tour with Kid Cadaver because I asked them to. This year I went on tour with them after a few months spent collaborating, texting daily, and emailing hourly to eventually book my first West Coast tour for them and DWNTWN. It was a project I'd never taken on before, so I was more than humbled to be able to test the waters with the help of my good friends. 

On October 21st we packed the van with 2 bands' worth of gear, 8 people's worth of  pillows and bags, 6 dudes, 2 girls and a big box of Red Vines. It was tight, but it was cozy, and I was as prepared as I was going to be with my Google Doc files in one hand and my notebook in the other for my first little venture as a Tour Manager. TM'ing is a beast in itself, but since I booked all the shows too, I was promoting every show as well. I became the point person between all the bands in every city and the venues we were driving towards, the band mom for our people in the van, and the photographer trying to capture it all. I felt like I was running in circles most of the time, but WOW MAN LISTEN: that was the most fulfilling and thrilling week I've ever had. 

We met so many great  and kind people,  connected with so many cool bands, hugged so many trees, drank so much good coffee, and I loved getting to know Kid Cadaver and DWNTWN even more in the most unintentional of ways while being stuck in the van with them for a week. I laughed so much I cried every day, honestly. 

Needless to say, I have a list in my iPhone's notes called "Things I'm Learning On The Road" that's more than a few lines long and I can't wait to put it to more use. 

Here are some of my favorite photos I took this week:


::San Luis Obispo: SLO Do Co w/ Box the Oxford and Shoot the Mariner::

::Weekend Off:  middle of nowhere + PDX, Oregon::

:: Seattle: The Crocodile with CRITTÉ::

::Vancouver, BC: it was a blur::

::Portland: Analog Lounge w/ Bermuda Love Triangle and Adventure Galley::

::Off day: 16 hour drive from PDX to LA::

::San Diego:: Lestat's West w/ JARA::


PHOTOS: ARMORS • Dark Waves • Kid Cadaver @ The Constellation Room 1/2/16

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night ARMORS sold out the Constellation Room in Santa Ana for the release of their newest EP Collisions. It was packed to the brim, making it so difficult to groove but that definitely didn't stop their fans from dancing their way through and singing along to every lyric. Dark Waves and Kid Cadaver opened the night with killer sets, and DJ Grant Owens of We Found New Music spun some cool indie jams in between.

Here are some photos I took throughout the night:

NEW MUSIC: Kid Cadaver- Keep Well

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Kid Cadaver is that band I've been obsessing over since I first heard of them in January, and now I'm swooning all over again with the release of their newest track, "Keep Well." It stays true to their synth-infused rock that can get you simultaneously dancing your heart out under a disco ball while rocking out in a tiny, heated garage. The trio has been making music for a while, and if they've slipped your radar, it's time you jump on board before you miss out on all the fun they're having.  

Their new EP Roam is out on August 21st, and the play a release show in LA at The Satellite on the 25th! Come dance with us. 


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PHOTOS: Statues of Cats / Kid Cadaver / WASI @ The Smell 5/22/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night WASI had their EP release show at The Smell in DTLA, presented by Odd Records, supported by Statues of Cats and Kid Cadaver, 

The Smell is a DIY, volunteer-run venue in the heart of DTLA. I'd been wanting to see the space for a while and this show was the perfect chance.

Statues of Cats opened up the show, warming up our eardrums with their loud energy and raw, no-frills performance. 

Kid Cadaver  went up next, and although I've seen them live countless of times by now, something about their performance blew me away. Maybe it's been a while since I've seen them play so I was reminded of their passionate yet humble stage presence. Individually killing their parts, vibing to their own jams, and together bringing the crowd to their level. I found myself dancing more than I normally do and shamelessly singing along to every word. Their new EP is in the works, and you better stay tuned! It's going to be groovy. 

WASI brought the crowd home, as expected since they were the stars of the show! I had met up with them beforehand for a cup of coffee (and french fries?) in Echo Park for an interview that will be up here soon, and by the end of the conversation they had me as hyped as they were. I was expecting a party and they definitely brought it. Halfway through they handed out balloons for people to blow up and pass around: talk about audience participation! That got the entire room wriggling and jumping in seconds. They ended their set with my favorite off their new EP, "And the World" and if you weren't  already dancing, chanting or at least moving your body remotely to the beat, you would've been by the time they finished.  Wonderful people with humble hearts making passionate music: WASI is sure to make waves. 

Listen to WASI's EP Bleed Pop here and check some photos I took below!

PHOTOS: Armors/ The Bulls / Kid Cadaver/ Conway @ The Satellite 3/9/15

photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last night was CONWAY's second residency night at The Satellite. On the bill were ARMORS, The Bulls and Kid Cadaver.

It was a packed venue and I was grooving the entire night, not to mention the lighting was on point so I  was able to capture some cool moments:

SESSION: Kid Cadaver- New Friends

Kid Cadaver is a band based in LA. I found them on Free Bike Valet about a month ago and instantly got hooked onto their music. So I hit them up, went to a couple of their shows, they played our backyard event last week, and now here they are playing a stripped down version of their newest single,"New Friends".


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NEW MUSIC: Kid Cadaver- New Friends

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Last week LA-based trio, Kid Cadaver, released a new song, "New Friends" off their upcoming EP to be released later this spring. Since we’re a blog that’s so intrigued by how music makes you feel, I’ve decided to share with you a little bit about how Kid Cadaver's new tune makes me feel when I take a listen. 

"New Friends" makes me feel like like I'm at a pool party in mid-August, in the heat of summer break, probably in high school,  in the heat of some summer crush. Maybe it's the Weezer-esque guitar riffs that sound like summer, maybe it's the vocals that sound like Phoenix, maybe it's the grooving drum beats that want us dancing to the rhythm. Whatever it is, it takes me to a carefree moment where every next second is more exciting than the last, and every next minute holds endless possibilities.  

"Moving west, I'll be a broken boy at best / I'm over this, over the promise of moving lips / I came and went, but all the symptoms have never left / I'm only human."  The lyrics at the chorus, not only catchy, make it feel like the the nearing of the end of something brief, whatever it may have been. Maybe summer? maybe adolescence?  

Cue the percussion heavy instrumental interlude, and now we're all running away down a street at golden hour, clothes still  wet from our swimsuits underneath, running away from an end in the hopes that summer will last and we'll stay young forever. 

Take a listen to the track below, and let us know how it makes you feel:


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PHOTOS: Kid Cadaver @ The Echo 2/4/15

words and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi

I found Kid Cadaver's music around 3 weeks ago on a local blog, fell in love instantly with their sound and was more than ecstatic when I found out they were playing The Echo. 

Now The Echo has a really unfun/unfair/uncool way sometimes of having their sound be simply mediocre for their opener, or at least I've noticed this another couple times as well. Either they don't soundcheck long enough, either the sound guy is just warming up (doubtful?) or for some other reason I can't come up with. My point is, I wish someone else was running sound that night.

Regardless though, the 3 guys of Kid Cadaver each played such a fun show. They blew me away with their energy, and each seemed to be having their own dance party up there. They were each completely in their zones, vibing along to their own individual beats, having so much fun themselves that I wanted to get up there with them. 

So passionate, so fun, so hot. They definitely left us swooning. 


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