The Echo Presents
Team Spirit, The Black Watch
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
Hailing from Birmingham, Peace are a young four-piece pointing the way for a new generation of British guitar bands. Their debut release, EP Delicious (out in USA in February), has a sense of adventure and playfulness that led it to enter the UK iTunes chart at 14, surprising everyone, especially the band. Singer Harrison said “Up until now we’ve been working a a release rate of 1.5 songs a year, so this is us basically smashing our personal best. I can’t really work out what EP ‘Delicious’ is but I think that’s the best way to feel.”
Signed to Columbia Records, Peace are an incredible live band with over 200 shows alone in 2012, playing with the likes of Mystery Jets, Manic Street Preachers and Vaccines. They’re in the studio with Jim Abbiss finishing up their debut album which will be released early 2013.
Ayad Al Adhamy looked over at his guitar collecting dust in the corner and decided that he had had enough. He picked it up, fell back in love and Team Spirit was born.
Needing a band, he got in touch with his old shred-metal college roommate Roman Tobias Pettigrew (who had spent the last few years in Los Angeles starting a cult) and recruited Cosmo Kilburn Di Giulio after finding and nearly losing him after a night’s drinking in a country music bar. The line-up is rounded off by ball-kickin’ drummer Mike Addesso.
Bursting with soulpower, Team Spirit’s music is a cocktail of Motown basslines, Thin Lizzy-esque duelling guitars, 90’s sing-along hooks, Glam beats and Chuck Berry feet.
Do you like to rock? Do you like to move your body and shake those hips of yours? Exactly.
So then, friend, get out the drinks, light your cigarette, lace up your boots and turn it up to eleven! Prepare yourself for the new mavericks of Rock n’ Roll: Team Spirit.
The Black Watch
"With a vocal styling rivaling Robert Smith's, John Andrew Fredrick writes the dreamiest pop songs this side of My Bloody Valentine. Guitar slinger/other vocalist Steven Schayer (ex-The Chills) adds just the right amount of six string freakout and Beatlesque harmony. An L.A. treasure!"--Pop Matters
"the black watch merits acclaim for such a strong album [Led Zeppelin Five] far into its career. At its best, it displays an enviable command of loud, crunchy guitar-based pop rock, not too sweet, not too sour."--Pop Matters
"For a variety of reasons, I am a big fan of Led Zeppelin Five. The words and music combine to form one of those perfect storm records--when the music sings, the lyrics bite--and when the music threatens, the words soothe."--BlogCritics
"Even the slower tracks don't diffuse the momentum; LZ5 boasts the kinds of lustre and allure that continue to make TBW tick."--No Depression
"Steven Schayer is an extraordinary addition to a band that melds shoegaze, post-punk and jangle-pop in a masterly way."--LA Buzz Bands
"It's astonishing that a band as concerned with quality control as California's the black watch could go for this long with the following the size of a kitchen sponge. They are a literary/melodic marvel--a real treasure, for more than those who merely seek out obscure pop bands who started in the late 80s."--Trouser Press