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.

"Los Angeles trio Gothic Tropic introduces some hard edges to the playful world of psych-pop. Gothic Tropic finds inspiration from high energy afro-cuban beats, and exuberant guitars. The brainchild of Cecilia Della Peruti, Gothic Tropic keeps the vibe measured and darkly bizarre with a unique lead guitar/vocal style that recalls catchy elements of pre-punk 70s acts such as Television, Captain Beefheart, and Can. Bassist Daniel Denton (Metric) and drummer Liv Marisco (Cold War Kids) have pushed a quick and steady evolution in Gothic Tropic's short history, growing from a collection of Della Peruti's loop station jams to one of Los Angeles' more exciting new acts in just a matter of months. Get a copy of their debut "Awesome Problems EP" and enjoy the lo-fi while you can." -BMI

"Like Fool's Gold, and Vampire Weekend, the new L.A. trio Gothic Tropic finds inspiration in world beats and exuberant guitars. The brainchild of Cecilia Della Peruti, who for the past two years has played with Rumspringa, Gothic Tropic takes a playful, lo-fi approach to the psych-pop on its four-song "Awesome Problems" EP, with guitar lines that poke and tickle and beats that quicken the pulse. Della Peruti, who's teamed up with bassist Daniel Denton (Never at Night) and drummer Liv Marsico (Cold War Kids, and Hot Hot Heat), got an assist from guitarist Sam Lopez Jr. (TRC, and Tapioca and the Flea) on the EP, whose rough edges are anything but a vibe-killer." -Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands LA

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