Bootleg Theater & SMiLE! Present
Luke Sweeney / Part Time
Healing Gems, Cassandra, DJ Neil Martinson (SMiLE!)
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
San Francisco poet, composer, and guitarist Luke Sweeney picks up a variety of stylings from forebearers such as Marc Bolan, Al Green, and Stephen Malkmus like pieces of pavement bubblegum to build a bridge into new, unforged territories of psychedelic pop. This journey is sustained by a palpable substance in the hapless escape artists, hopeless romantics, and enduring spiritual images he embraces and celebrates along the way. A “pillar of San Francisco's garage-psych community” (TheBayBridged), Sweeney branched out from previous outfits to release his own material in 2013, resulting thus far in two critically acclaimed albums. His self-released debut ‘Ether Ore’ gained praises for its “distinctly handcrafted feel” and “melodies that feel like opiates for the soul” (SF Chronicle), while his studio follow-up ‘Adventure:Us’(Aerobic International) expanded into “far-reaching pop, psychedelic, and classic-rock realms with humor and irreverence—both calling cards of Sweeney's songwriting,” and was considered “one of the best albums released” in 2014 (Portland Mercury).
Recently dubbed “classic rock’s piercingly bright diamond in the rough”, Luke Sweeney’s “refreshing compositions and forward-thinking lyrics don’t rely on old tropes or underestimate today’s listeners; if anything, they encourage listeners to think for themselves, explore and grow, never stop re-imagining the status quo...” (BandsInTown News). After various festival appearances including Noise Pop, CMJ, and SXSW, as well as multiple jaunts through the Western United States, Sweeney’s songs are reverberating across the landscape of his band’s busy touring map. Meanwhile, he’s kept his pen sharp, his notebook handy, and the microphone on standby. Among the recent recordings due to surface in the near future is a long player with ‘Adventure:Us’ producer Robin MacMillan and Sweeney’s band of accomplished players. For those who let their rock-n-roll muse take the wheel in travels of the heart, it’s tempting to believe the road being paved ahead could be as thrilling and beautiful as anything we’ve heard before.
- Hank Earring, 2017, Eagle Rock, CA
From his apartment in The Tenderloin, David Speck languidly jams out a soundtrack to the happily half-wasted lives of a San Franciscan generation. Effortlessly stacking his hazy vibes sky high, the debut album What Would You Say? released on Mexican Summer was a glorious mix of post-Cure pop rubbing up against West Coast boogie, surfguitars and Krautrock grooves, all with the intimacy of a house party performance.
Having left Daniel Gottlieb of Altered Zones pondering whether Part Time is "the unintentionally great project of a poster-adoring musician away from the day job", Speck's warm, half-dissolved home production modestly betrays the brilliant song writing evident throughout his record. Sharing the sensibilities and musicianship of the 80s generation that so obviously inspires him, Part Time instead wraps it in something bright, earnest and - well, we don't often say this, but - really sexy.
The angular funk and twang, synth twinkles and keyboard brass, cowbells and relaxed vocals therefore easily become something new and perfectly placed. It's the buzz of local bars full of beautiful, every-day people, steadily getting more drunk and in love as the night slides by. It's karaoke booths and fizzing neon signs, bare legs and denim,
cigarettes, Polaroids and spilled beer bottles. But more than anything, it's the blurry memories of the night before and waking up next to someone outrageously hot.
Vanessa Robinson Doom Pop