Monday Night Residency with HOTT MT

International sensation HOTT MT (Hour Of The Time Majesty Twelve), is an experimental post-pop collective based in Los Angeles, CA. HOTT MT is the result of an ongoing curiosity project between Queen Ashi Dala and Spooky Tavi, which expanded to include multi-instrumentalist Bahd Bad in December of 2011, and guitarist Guitty Dryver and drummer Chairman Towel in early 2012. Thoughts and anxieties about myth, experience, conspiracy theories, and Thailand fuel the groups explorations.

HOTT MT made headlines in 2012 when they drove from LA to Oklahoma City to pay homage to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. The trip resulted in a collaboration between Coyne and HOTT MT on the song “Never Hate Again”, as well as music for Ke$ha and Erykah Badu. “Never Hate Again” was released by Origami Vinyl in August 2012 with an accompanying video also featuring Coyne.

HOTT MT have recently returned to LA after showcasing at the SXSW music festival in Austin TX, and are currently working on new music with Artist / Producer Pop Levi. Their debut LP “I Made This” is slated for release May 21 on Manimal Vinyl / Frenchkiss. Other recent highlights include work w/ The Flaming Lips on a Stone Roses cover album (release TBD), live dates with Bat For Lashes, Wavves, Django Django, The Mynabirds, Vinyl Williams, Robert DeLong, Hands, and The Flaming Lips on their Guinness World Record-setting event.

Gothic Tropic

Their combination of tropical flavor and pre-punk elements dispersed on the stage and poured from the speakers. Bassist Daniel Denton kept a cool demure, but still served too much rhythmic bass for the crowd to handle. The mere image of the smiles on their faces helped show that they too enjoyed themselves just as much as the crowd dancing below." - LA Weekly

Los Angeles' Gothic Tropic introduces some hard edges to the playful world of psych-pop. The brainchild of Cecilia Della Peruti, Gothic Tropic keeps the vibe playful, but measured and dark with a unique lead guitar and vocal style that recalls catchy elements of pre-punk 70s acts such as Television, and Can.

Cecilia Della Peruti was born in New Jersey and lived with her father, composer and jazz player Carl Della Peruti. She moved to LA at age 11 to live with mother Juliana Gondek, who's performed as vocal soloist with many orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated with such musical luminaries as Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Cecilia has worked with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for HitRecordTV and collaborates with Ryan Adams, Jon Sortland of Broken Bells, and has received interest from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O as a session player and developing artist. LA native and bassist Daniel Denton's signature style has greatly contributed to Gothic Tropic's experimental sound. Having played in early Metric, Denton's bass writing is dynamic and vigorous. He also currently collaborates with Chelsea Wolfe and others. Born and raised in Ohio, drummer Rhys Detrow studied jazz performance and drum set in NYC, and moved to LA in 2010. He's since been gigging in different projects and joined Gothic Tropic in January 2014.

When Jennifer Pearl returned home from studying science in French Polynesia, armed with field recordings of street musicians, church choirs, and roosters, VUM wrote their first full-length album, Night Sun. Duo Jennifer Pearl and Chris Badger wrote, rehearsed and recorded Night Sun and their subsequent 7” single, Laura Palmer/Are You Animal?, in their Topanga Canyon studio apartment – the same four walls where Neil Young recorded After The Goldrush. Night Sun debuted on Henry Rollins’ KCRW radio show beginning a long-term musical exchange with the DJ and his “fanatics.”

Described as “noirishly psychedelic” by W Magazine, VUM is more of an invasive species in the ancestral home of the Oak Grove People -a place known more for country rock and peyote chewing hippies than post-punk and coldwave inspired sounds. Equal parts California psych flourishes and minimalist rhythms, VUM continues to write and record in their small, Canyon cabin crisscrossed with crooked shadows cast down by the cathedral ceiling of the coastal oaks, trying to make something real. Something with teeth.

2013-2014 brought the release of their 2nd album, Psychotropic Jukebox and European tour. Psychotropic Jukebox was named "Top Albums of 2013 According to Henry Rollins" in Consequence of Sound.

VUM’s 3rd album, Cryptocrystalline, is named after the natural phenomena which occurs when an orderly, molecular structure exists in rocks, but is not immediately apparent to the naked eye. In this age of protests, revolutions, and international warfare, remotely sensed images of crowds that appear as one, disorderly mass have become commonplace. However, each crowd consists of order in the physical presence, intent, and dreams of each individual. Surveillance, war, possession and dashed California dreams all serve as inspiration for this album.

VUM single and video premiere "New Girls," out 2/12/16 via Impose.

VUM is featured in the summer 2016 issue of L.A. Record print magazine.

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