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.

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.

VUM began in 2008 as the songwriting duo Jennifer Pearl and Christopher Badger working in and out of the Secret Lodge in Topanga Canyon, CA. Partners in crime, and co-conspirators for this new throbbing noir heartbeat, the two tread a deceptively minimalist path. Their debut EP “Strange Attractor” manages to be the desert, the tropics, and “the streets” all at once. In 2011, VUM released their first full-length album, Night Sun, on Secret Lodge Recordings. Night Sun lead the listener further into the jungle-choked latitudes of distant locales and explored the dark side of psychic war, whilst becoming a favorite of the underground blogosphere and a staple on Henry Rollins KCRW radio show.

VUM now includes live drummer/percussionist, Scott Spaulding, who makes his first appearance on their 2012 seven inch single release- Laura Palmer/Are You Animal? (Secret Lodge Recordings). These two tracks show a shift deeper into the darkwave/ pop-noir spectrum of VUM’s aesthetic. Laura Palmer was hailed as a song that “will forever be cemented into your mind as a song that you loved deeply" by bloggers, a “pop culture fav” by USA Today, and is in constant rotation on L.A.’s college radio KXLU and in Rollins’ Saturday night KCRW set.

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Monday Night Residency with HOTT MT with Gothic Tropic, VUM, DJ D.M. Collins (L.A. RECORD)

Monday, July 22 · 8:30 PM at The Echo