The Echo & KROQ Present
Monday Night Residency with Torches (Arcade Fire Covers Nite)
Infantree, Radars to the Sky, Manhattan Murder Mystery as Wesley Willis, UME
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 21 and over
T O R C H E S are a rock outfit that have been hypnotizing and swooning the Los Angeles scene. Singer/guitarist Azad Cheikosman and bassist, Bridgette Moody formed this band with during what was a relationship. Azad and drummer, Eric Fabbro had been bashing away at their instruments in a hot and sweaty garage for about 4-5 years before she came in to lay down the root. The band previously consisted of five members, but went down to a more cohesive number of three. Bridgette learned how to play bass the same week that the band was set to play a show in Los Angeles back in 2010. Although she has left the band, Azad and Eric continue their journey, new bass player and all.
Their music has been aired on KROQ, KCRW, KPFK, KXLU and many stations all across the U.S. They have also been featured in BBC, LA Times, Filter Magazine, RCRD LBL, Buzz Bands LA etc. The band has played mostly every nook and cranny in packed L.A. venues and have shared the stage with bands such as Sea Wolf, Andrew W.K., and other great acts. They've toured throughout the US and played at SXSW and CMJ 2012. Torches have been fortunate enough to work with Local Natives' producer, Raymond Richards, David Newton (The Soft Pack, The Henry Clay People, Happy Hollows) and Mark Chalecki who has mastered records for some of today's most intriguing artists (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bright Eyes, Silversun Pickups, Liars, Sunn O))), Brian Jonestown Massacre). This trio is excited to put out records, pet as many animals as humanly possible, see the world, meet weird looking people, share experiences and much more.
Radars to the Sky
"Radars to the Sky occupy the same emotional space as bands like Modest Mouse, R.E.M., Spoon, and The Arcade Fire; mature if melancholic indie rock that is if at times reflective, never introverted. In the spirit of indie rock dating back to post-punk, Radars to the Sky don't shy away from experimenting and expanding their rock core with a variety of sonic flavors, (from grungy grime to rock freak-outs to pretty pop trumpets) and in this way their music could be best traced back to The Cure. Radars to the Sky have often drawn comparisons to Built to Spill, comparisons the band welcomes." - Classical Geek Theater
Manhattan Murder Mystery as Wesley Willis
"every Manhattan Murder Mystery show is like a battle royal. A wonderful, scummy battle royal." -Radio Free Silverlake.
"Ume simply killed it and set the bar for the rest of the night - hell, the rest of the festival - appropriately high" — Chromewaves
"Snarling guitars, catchy melodies, and a sense of NYC cool - straight from Texas!"
"Ume started the day with their poppy and suprisingly heavy take on 90s post-punk that is both powerful and charming. Outside of her devilish coo, Lauren is an enigmatic guitarist; all flailing hair, swinging arms, and wild movements. If this band didn't have such catchy songs, you'd probably be content just watching" — Brooklyn Vegan
"The band's new EP, Sunshower is at once beautiful, brutal, flawlessly executed, and completely unpretentious. It's the type of record that grabs the listener immediately and demands repeated listens. It's the whole package - as close to a perfect rock record as has come out of Austin (or anywhere for the matter) in quite some time." — Austin Sound
"How could I have not known about Ume? An Austin trio fronted by a whirling dervish of a singer/guitarist who in the standard PR head shot looks like she wouldn't hurt a fly; yet give her a guitar, a Marshall stack and a mic and stand back, way back... File under - Do Not Overlook and Go Tell Your Friends..." — Dave Allen (Gang of Four)
4/5 stars — The Austin Chronicle and The Irish Times
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