Sleep Still, Midnight Faces, My Double, My Brother

Sleep Still

Sleep Still is a Los Angeles based rock band drawing influences from Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post Rock, and Post Punk to create an impassioned nostalgic and modern soundscape. Female/male lead vocals blend to evoke an ethereal and melancholy introspection, dynamic wall of sound guitar layers, and dizzying synth sounds contribute to the LA natives memorable and expressive sound.

Midnight Faces

Midnight Faces is an LA duo comprised of vocalist Phil Stancil and multi instrumentalist Matthew Doty. Barely into his teens, Matthew Doty began making music with childhood friend Jonny Pierce (of The Drums), resulting in a full-length album released by Columbia Records. At age twenty, he went on to co-found post-rock instrumental giants Saxon Shore with Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), releasing three EPs, and two albums produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips).

To better understand what The Fire Is Gone is, please understand what it isn’t: No fancy producers, no big name special guests, no one wearing robot costumes, no all-analog studio, and no songs recorded live to tape. The non-singing half of Midnight Faces is Matthew Doty who elaborates by explaining, “We made this album by ourselves and for ourselves. We made it in my apartment on a computer one track at a time. If you dig the tunes, cool. If you don’t, that’s cool, too.” Fair enough, but there’s a damn good chance you’ll be landing in the camp of the former. The album has received critical acclaim from the likes of SPIN, NYLON, AV CLUB, and CONAN O'BRIEN along with several local LA music blogs including BUZZBANDS LA, FREE BIKE VALET, and THE BURNING EAR.

Still, Doty asserts, “Just what L.A. needs –another fucking 80’s new wave band, right?” Well, no. But when the songs are as good as what Midnight Faces is cranking out, perhaps the listener should be the ultimate judge of that? In fact, The Fire Is Gone is an even more evolved take on the sound that Doty and vocalist Philip Stancil already had pretty damn near perfect on Fornication. “Phil and I no longer live in separate parts of the country,” Doty explains of the duo’s progression. “We were able to sit down and write together, no more file sharing.” Stancil elaborates, saying, “We hit on a lot of genres while working on this album, throwing out songs we didn’t like and re-working others to fit the mood.”

The bands debut album, Fornication, received acclaim from the likes of MTV BUZZWORTHY, MTV HIVE and NPR along with popular and influential music discovery websites such as UNDER THE RADAR, MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG, EARMILK, and BAEBLE MUSIC among others.

My Double, My Brother

My Double, My Brother is an indie rock five-piece based in Long Beach, California. After meeting in college and playing together in the school’s music conservatory, the band started rehearsing at an old church in Whittier. They soon moved into a rundown house in Fullerton to record their debut album What We Found Beneath the Ground, which was self-released in March 2011. After a warm reception, many gigs—including an opening slot for mewithoutYou—and a successful Kickstarter campaign, My Double, My Brother released Infinite Line EP and started recording their follow-up LP with producer Jon O’Brien in Orange County at the Music Box. Their sophomore album Shelves came out February 10, and the single “I’ll Die” has seen frequent play on KCRW’s famous tastemaking radio show Morning Becomes Eclectic since its release.

Members: Joel Hasemeyer: vocals, guitar; Evan Eliason: bass; Andy Leong: guitar; Matt Bushyeager: drums, percussion; Beau Knechtel: keys, horns

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