Kristina Esfandiari creates an impressive breadth of moods conjured in her various musical projects. In her work as the vocalist for King Woman, Esfandiari takes on a powerful, defiant stance against a backdrop of nocturnal doom rock. Her croon feels like a war cry. But in her ever-evolving solo endeavor Miserable, Esfandiari removes the armor and reveals her vulnerabilities. Across the span of two EPs and an LP, she examines the peaks and valleys of her young adult life. The polarizing scope of Esfandiari’s work under the Miserable moniker is aptly demonstrated on Loverboy/Dog Days, an album consisting of two EPs offered up by Sargent House: the brand new Loverboy EP and a remastered re-issue of the highly sought after Dog Days EP.

Loverboy is a somber and stormy affair. Written during Esfandiari’s brief residency in Brooklyn, it captures the songwriter during a personal nadir. But beyond the inevitable loneliness stemming from a cross-country move, there was an underlying fury in the four songs. It was a record born out of navigating past traumas and addressing the ugly side of humanity in a cathartic manner. And it was a record that seemed to write itself, with Esfandiari stating that the foundations for the songs came to her suddenly during a flight back to NYC. “I had chills running down my body for a couple of minutes,” she says of the moment of inspiration. “I wrote all of the lyrics out on napkins. I could hear how I wanted everything to sound.” The songs came easily, but getting them out into the world was a different story. The songs had to be completely re-recorded after a freak accident destroyed the hard-drives and back-ups of the album’s audio files, forcing Esfandiari to continue ping-ponging between coasts. The title track “Loverboy” is an exercise in tension and dynamics, with seething, understated verses sparring against lush bombastic choruses. “Gasoline” is the record’s closest approximation of pop, though the ode to an old relationship’s stalemate is charged with minor key melodies and crashing guitar chords until it exudes a forlorn aura.

Dog Days was a much different outlet for Miserable, written while Esfandiari was still living in San Francisco and originally released as a limited edition cassette. The EP was born out of a week-long bender in Brooklyn. “It was my first stab at writing upbeat pop songs,” Esfandiari says of the record. And indeed, there’s something comforting and nostalgic in the shimmering dream pop of Dog Days. “Hotel” and “Fever” offer the kind of woozy, distortion-saturated melodicism of the late ‘80s Manchester scene while “High” and “Kiss” have a reverb-drenched amplified A.M. radio vibe. It’s an upbeat record filtered through late-night atmosphere.

Spare Parts

Sarah Green (Sg), is the founder and front person of the melodic, three-piece, post-grunge band, Spare Parts for Broken Hearts (Spare Parts). Known for their unique blend of big and beautiful choruses soaring above the heavy pulse of distorted drive, Spare Parts is a nostalgic nod to the beloved dynamic of classic ‘90s fuzz-drenched melodies, often soaked in the angst of its tortured storyteller. The band is reminiscent of many post-grunge era greats, but with a modern and memorable kick to the teeth. LA Record has said “In an era of music characterized so frequently by pastiche delivered with a sly wink, it’s refreshing to hear a band utilize and own their influences this sincerely,” After Ellen said “Sg’s voice is going to become your new favorite sound” and The Orange County Register has dubbed them “An ardent testament to true alternative rock music.”

After returning from another Van’s Warped Tour in 2010, Green made plans to start the Long Beach based trio doubling as both singer/guitar player while also frequently alternating on bass. The inception of Spare Parts was the culmination of Green’s diverse roster of musical endeavors as both a multi-instrumentalist and solo artist; this became the catalyst for Green to eventually sum all of them up into one core project and create a band of her own. Green dropped out of college and came out the same year she jumped on the Van’s Warped Tour for the first time, touring as a bassist and traveling alongside bands such as CKY, Weezer, The Muffs and Thursday. Upon returning, Green’s interest in activism within her own LGBTQIA community became the fundamental root of what would later become the core foundation Spare Parts for Broken Hearts is built upon, noting the band’s tagline, “Everything Heavy, Everyone Here.”

In 2018, Green rounded out a new lineup with long-time fan, Jonny Cifuentes (bass) and long-time friend, Jessica Lankford (drums). With a recent relocation of the band to Echo Park, Green and Spare Parts for Broken Hearts are manifesting a year of new beginnings. To welcome their first official hometown show, Grimy Goods named them “One of the 15 must see bands of Echo Park Rising 2018.” Spare Parts began recording new material in 2018 and self-released their new single "Mush" this past fall. They are currently recording their first full length record with plans for release in 2019.



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