words and photos by Shab Ferdowsi
Last night was such a sweet banger at The Echo. My good pals ICE CREAM came down from San Francisco to play the show with DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats (on tour from Australia) and LA-based Aussies The Gooch Palms. The vibes all night were so good and every band had their way of getting the crowd to move (and sometimes mosh).
Cheers to the lighting designer who made the bands look LIT:
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.
words and photos by : Shabnam Ferdowsi
LA-based Soft Swells played their last residency show at The Echo on Monday night 9/22. I'd personally never been to the venue for their renown free monday nights so I had no idea what to expect.
I got there at 10pm sharp, and already the place was packed: friends hanging in the bar area, couples lounging near the dance floor and solo music-lovers who you could tell where frequent concert-goers. It was that Echo Park vibe that I love and we all know well.
Soft Swells played what I decided was a dreamy, grooving rock show. I think the sound guys could have checked it better, because the drum levels were a little too overpowering for my taste, but for the live show it only added to the swaying, foot-tapping atmosphere.
My favorites were obviously "Lifeboats" off their last EP and "Floodlights" off their new album out September 30th (and I say obviously because those are probably their most publicized tracks).
Their month-long tour starts today, so make sure to check them out if you can!
"Sun drenched indie rock in the vein of classic songwriters with modern sounds."
- Soft Swells
What has been the best part about your residency at The Echo?
Besides getting to hang with our new friends Fenech-Soler every week I really have loved playing all these new songs. It's been great fun discovering what will work live and what won't. Christopher Pappas, Kyle Fredrickson, Jack Lawless and I have really tried to keep our set uptempo and high energy. It's also been rad to see what people who liked the debut record think of the new record - as it's so different.
What’s one thing you want your fans to take away from your music, specially the new album?
I want both new fans and old fans to take away a sense of hope from Floodlights. A lot of the record is about the journey we all go through in life and the perspective we choose to give it.
As a band, what’s on your bucket list?
As a newish band we would really love to play venues we grew up loving like 9:30 club in DC, Newport Music Hall in Columbus (where I went to HS) and The Wiltern here in LA. We would also love to tour Japan and the UK next year - fingers crossed on those two!!!
What are you looking for in your upcoming tour?
We are really looking forward to exposing a lot of new people to our band, our new record Floodlights, and winning new fans over one by one every night. We have all toured and played in other bands before and know that as people consume and dispose of new music quickly it's important to make a one on one genuine connection with everyone we meet. (and we will do just that!)
Last night (8/22) I saw Hunter Hunted at The Echo here in Los Angeles. They headlined the show and KILLED it. It was my third time seeing them this summer, and in the past two months they’ve gotten even better than the last time! I’ve officially decided they’re my favorite band to see live. When they’re up there, they’re so obviously happy to be playing, their joy is contagious. Their chemistry together, their smiles, their harmonies, their riffs: pure bliss. I’m so excited to see where they go, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to catch an interview with them!