White Dove (formerly Monster), The Milk Thief
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:00PM
This event is 21 and over
White Dove (formerly Monster)
White Dove, formerly known as Monster, was conceived in the early 2000s by songwriter Alex Johnstone. The original members formed the band in Sierra Madre, Ca after teaching themselves how to play guitar, piano and drums. The band's self-released CDRs of roughly recorded songs varied from the stark banjo picking of "We Shot it" to the Os Mutantes inspired "Underwater Song."
They continued to experiment sonically and entered the studio in 2005 to record their first LP which was released on the local label The New Black. The album was well-received critically and drew comparisons to Mojave 3, Galaxie 500, Big Star and Catpower. The LP eventually sold out in the United States and found its way to Europe where it caught the attention of French label Le Jardin Collectif. The label repressed the album and the band toured France in April 2009 to promote the release.
Over the years, songwriter Alex Johnstone has remained the only constant member of the band formerly known as Monster. The current line-up includes multi-instrumentalist Jack Long and bassist Carl Harders.
Their LP "The Hoss, The Candle" was recorded with Dave Trumfio at Kingsize Sound Labs and is due for release this year. The album features 10 more of Alexandra Johnstone’s delicate and haunting songs. Tracks like “I Was The Famous Horseman” and “Sister” put Johnstone’s voice front and center as usual, and yet the songs have become more celestial and hazy at times. "The Hoss, The Candle" seems to suggest that the band's interests lay primarily in 60s and 70s pop music a la late era Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac with hints of Cosmic American Music.
The Milk Thief
The Milk Thief was born in Washington, D.C. & grew up in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to the city of Sierra Madre, CA at the age of 14. Here he remained until the age of 18 when he formed the infamous female/male, punk-folk, drums & guitar duo "X0" in 1997. He relocated in-between various cities within the Southern California area, performing at numerous local, well-known venues. After a brief time spent living back in "Charm City" during the early 2000's, The Milk Thief returned to living in SoCal (mostly crashing on floors & couches, and sleeping in the back of a van) to continue writing, recording, & performing exclusively with his most heavily focused upon project: "X0" from 2003 - 2006. But The Milk Thief also spent time writing, traveling, & performing with other projects as well, including a short stint playing bass for the ubiquitous punk band "Lungbutter", collaborating with Lou Sherman back in Baltimore, briefly, on a few demos such as "Oh You", "Falling Out Of Bed", and an extended, half-electronic version of "My Blood Whispers To Me". Then, back again in SoCal, creating a brief incarnation of an instrumental guitar/drums duo dubbed "The Poison Apples". After the attempted recording of "X0"'s debut record "Get Out Alive" @ HeadGear Studios in Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2004 and unfortunate failure to complete the album back in Southern California, "X0" (which by then had become a trio) finally came to an end as a band in 2006. The Milk Thief re-joined "Lungbutter" as 2nd guitarist & vocalist and, a few years later, in the summer of 2008, The Milk Thief began to write & record casual, off-the-cuff, dirty-loud & fuzzy demos every now and again. Songs such as "Bleeds Me" (which is now performed by "The Radio Kills"), a few "X0" songs that would never see the light of day, such as "Seahorses Corpses" & "Katbath", & recording a few more "NEW" demos ( "OwellOwellOwell", "Nightgown", "Our Stars", and a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic") during late 2009. Meanwhile, "Lungbutter" eventually went through a few personnel and overall sound changes and re-named themselves "The Radio Kills" in late 2011. In the first few months of 2012 The Milk Thief has begun to write new, and re-work old, material that he hopes to record with Lou Sherman @ his studio in NY, NY, during the summer of 2012.
¡Socorro! is a five-piece Los Angeles band delivering tight-yet-jangly, infectious California pop, featuring bittersweet hooks and warm, strong male-female vocal harmonies.
¡Socorro! was formed in its earliest incarnation in 2007, when songwriter Guy Valdez drew inspiration from a $5 miniature acoustic guitar from historic L.A. tourist mecca Olvera Street, and comprised a band of his fellow employees at a Pasadena art-house movie theater. After creating music together after-hours (in a makeshift recording studio Valdez discreetly built inside the theater), what began as a mellow, mini-acoustic guitar-driven solo project evolved to attain its current eclectic sound, backed by live conga and bongo drums, electric slide guitar and bass.
Although ¡Socorro! maintains an earnest pop-rock sound (influenced by The Kinks, "Magical Mystery Tour"-era Beatles, and harmonious early 90's rock), its genre stands in stark contrast to Valdez's earlier projects; he is also co-founder of instrumental cinematic noise-attack band The Antarcticans. In addition to The Antarcticans, ¡Socorro! includes members of The Crooked Cowboy and The Black Pine. Their debut EP, "You're Are Beautiful," was released on The New Black Records in January 2009.
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